How To Naturally Lighten Your Hair

Ever wanted to lighten your hair without using harmful chemicals which can damage your hair and scalp?

There are actually a number of ways to naturally lighten your hair which are safe to use for all different ages. Try some of our suggestions this summer without using ammonia or peroxide on your hair.

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Lemon juice has been used for many years to bring out the natural highlights in blonde and brown hair. Apply it directly with your fingers, then use a comb to distribute the juice on your ends. Let it soak for 20 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.


Ever since I was a kid, my mum would fill a bowl with lukewarm water and drop 3-5 chamomile bags into the mixture. All you need to do is dunk your ends into the water, then wrap hair into a towel. Let it sit from 30 minutes, or air-dry naturally in the sun.


Treat your hair to a honey mask which will keep it soft and smooth, but will also lighten up your ends. Ideal for men and women with light brown hair since it will make it look shiny and clean.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The no-poo method (washing the hair without shampoo) has actually proven to lighten hair over time. Cleanse your hair and scalp with a mild apple cider vinegar solution which will give your hair natural highlights!

Baking Soda

Who knew? Apply 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda onto your scalp which will help to keep your colour lasting for longer. This is also a great idea for men and women who want to keep their salon colour from fading fast.

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Hot Spring/Summer Hair Trends

It’s cold outside baby, but spring/summer is fast on its way: do you need your hair to go from drab to fab? New seasons are a great chance to revamp your hair style and try something new. Here, hair guru, Schwarzkopf’s national technical educator, Grant Withnell, talks us through the top spring/summer hair trends and how to get – and keep – amazing hair when the weather hots up.

New season, new look

Now that autumn/winter is over, it’s time for some summer fun! You can achieve a subtle change in your look by lightening your natural hair colour, but avoid heavy bleaching, Grant says. He recommends Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde Lightening Spray to gradually lighten hair by working with the sun. The unique, heat-activated formula with Argan Oil lightens hair up to one quarter of a shade per application for a subtle, summer glow. Or, if you fancy going darker, Schwarzkopf’s Nectra Colour has 16 vibrant hues to choose from. “The best thing about this product,” Grant says, “is that it provides 100 per cent grey coverage, brilliant shine and exceptional nutrition for hair thanks to its unique formula.” Hot Spring/Summer Hair Trends
How to get beach hair

We all love tousled, summer waves, but seawater can actually be pretty harsh on your hair. After a swim in the ocean, salt crystals may form in your tresses, causing it to look dull and feel dry. To get that chic, beachy look without diving into the ocean, Grant says to use Schwarzkopf Taft Full On Surfer Chic Texturising Sea Salt Spray; you’ll get waves without the dreaded crunch. And, if you are heading out after the beach, but want to avoid looking like your hair has suffered too much sand and surf, Grant says to take a leave-in conditioner with you. Simply wash your hair at the public showers, apply the conditioner and voila! You hair will look shiny and soft.

Give your hair TLC

The hair guru says hair treatments are crucial all-year-round, particularly in summer after a long day in the sun, or at the beach. His top care tip? To use daily treatments such as Schwarzkopf’s Extra Care Normal Balance Leave In Conditioner and nourish your hair with Schwarzkopf’s Essence Ultime Omega Repair Hair Mask, after shampooing and before conditioning, to penetrate deep into the hair and restore healthy locks.

Use UV protection

While hair does not get sunburned, it still gets damaged by the sun, and a colour begins to fade and hair becomes dry, rough and brittle. The best way to protect your hair is by using hair care products with UV protection such as the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Colour range. “The unique conditioning agents infuse hair with proteins and vitamins, while antioxidants and light filters protect the hair pigments from the bleaching effects of the sun,” Grant says.

Combat the chlorine

That ugly green tint you may get in your hair in summer is caused by the copper in chlorine. Grant says the best way to avoid this is to use a liquid, leave-in conditioner when at the pool, as these products dilute chlorine. In addition, rinse hair immediately after getting out of pool.

Fight fading colour

If your hair colour is dull, this is usually due to excessive exposure to sunlight and/or water. Grant’s top tip to keep your colour fresh is to use a colour-protect care range and avoid washing hair too much. You can also try using semi-permanent colours like Schwarzkopf Live Colour, which he says lasts for eight washes and freshens up natural or coloured hair, as well as adding great shine and vibrancy, without too much risk.

Split ends prevention

A great hair care regime is paramount to prevent split ends this summer. “Adopt a three-step regime: shampoo, conditioner and treatment, every time you wash your hair,” Grant says. In addition, use a leave-in conditioner regularly and apply a mask weekly for extra nourishment. And trimming your hair every six weeks will also help keep it manageable and split-end free. If they do occur, smooth the ends with Schwarzkopf’s new Extra Care 6 Miracles Oil.

Summer must-have

Grant’s No.1 beach bag hair essential this summer is the new Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Cream. “It provides 11 benefits in one,” he says, “including softness, shine, frizz control, deep nourishment and repair; perfect for any girl on the go this summer!”

Hair image via www.fobsic.com

Get The Look: Nicole Richie’s Lavender Locks

Ever wish you could experiment with dreamy pastel tones like Nicole Richie? This season, De Lorenzo shows you how to create light violet hairstyles without the commitment.

Colour: Novasemi Dark Violet/Champagne Blonde – $21.95 

Experiment with purple tones by adding Novasemi Colour Mousse to enhance your look with no damage to your natural pigment. Add a hint of purple to darker hair colours with the Dark Violet mousse and for lighter tones try the Champagne Blonde to achieve Nicole’s pastel hues.

Enhance: Novafusion Rosewood – $26.95 

Achieve lavender highlights in blonde hair by using Novafusion colour care shampoo in Rosewood. With UV inhibitors and botanical extracts you’ll achieve a glossy shine and enhance the condition of your hair.

Style: Elements Granite Strong Hold Finishing Spray – $18.50

Simplicity is key to this look. To achieve Nicole’s sleek low bun use Elements Granite Strong Hold Finishing Spray. Providing firm hold, natural shine and volume, with certified organic fig and basil leaf extract.

Short Hairstyles for Every Occasion

Today marks the launch of Pantene’s second annual National Donate Your Hair Week in Australia, which sees hair donation events taking place across the country.  Pantene ambassador Barney Martin is encouraging people to get involved by pledging their ponytails to the cause, and shares some of his favourite short hairstyles. And in seems short hair is one of the hottest celebrity hairstyles right now, with everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Pamela Anderson cutting their hair short!

“There’s no better reason to go short than Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and Pantene’s National Donate Your Hair Week is a great opportunity to chop off your ponytail,” says Barney. Short, sleek styles are in this summer and there’s a style to suit all face shapes, so what are you waiting for – pledge your ponytail today!”

If you’re considering going short and donating your ponytail to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, but not quite sure if the look will work for you, Barney gives his reasons why short can work for every occasion. Now you can help a cancer patient in Australia and New Zealand deal with one of the effects of cancer treatment and rock a new look at the same time.

A cute pixie crop with a side part is the perfect grown up look to take you to the top in the boardroom.

Work event
Sweep the front of hair back off face to create a voluminous crown, and use pins to secure hair pulled back at the sides. The elegant look works well with chin length hair blow dried to turn in slightly at the ends.
Tip: Use the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Collection to smooth hair and help repair damage to prepare hair for this sleek look.

Night out
Up the glam stakes for a night out with a layered shoulder length cut, with waves and subtle side fringe.

Date night
Go smooth and sleek with a glossy cut finishing just below your chin. Complete the look with a blunt fringe sitting just above your eyes for maximum impact.
Tip: Use Pantene Styling Treatment Foam Smooth Straight before blow-drying for a smooth finish.

Music Concert
For extra edge, a bleach blonde undercut is an ultra-cool way to rock a short style.

Beach break
For the ultimate in easy holiday styling, make the most of a low maintenance jaw length bob tousled by salt and sun. Opt for an eyebrow-grazing fringe for a playful edge.
Tip: Use Pantene Styling Treatment Mist Soft Curls to help keep waves soft and touchable.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is the first program of its kind in Australia and New Zealand to inspire women to grow cut and donate their hair to be turned into real hair wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Since launch, over 6,000 ponytails have been donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This year, help Pantene create even more real-hair wigs by growing your hair long and strong with the new Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Collection before you donate.

Find out how to hold your own cutting event by visiting www.pantenebeautifullengths.com.au and registering to receive a party pack.

What are your favourite short hairstyles?