With the holidays just round the corner, it always helps…
Maybe we all have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the sun. We fear it’s damaging effects on our skin, yet it is a great natural resource. Some of the things it can be useful for is sun bleaching hair, clothing and other objects. Read on to find out the best way to utilize the sun in any of these activities.
In order to sun bleach your hair naturally, you will need lemon juice or chamomile tea, water, a blow dryer and a spritzing bottle. Start by shampooing and drying hair. Next, you will need to decide whether you want to use lemon juice or chamomile tea on your hair. Leaf points out that the lemon juice is more acidic and will lighten the hair quickly. Because of this, it may be best for hair that is already light like sandy or ash blondes. Chamomile works well on blondes too but, because it’s less acidic, it will create caramel tones which are not brassy and work well on brunettes and red heads. If you are using lemon juice, start by putting two parts lemon juice and one part water in a spritz bottle. If you are using the chamomile tea, steep a large mug and pour it directly into the spritz bottle once it cools.
Style hair as you normally would, then start spritzing with the bottle six inches away. Blow dry hair completely and leave in for about half an hour. Wash out and repeat the process a couple of times a week until you are satisfied with your highlights.
Clothes can also be sun bleached. This is an effective way to get rid of stains while saving water and money that you would spend on store bought bleach. Bleach can be corrosive, harsh and toxic. You can considered less toxic products on the market but that can be pricey and less effective. Many have found the sun to be the cheapest and most potent solution.
Start with wet clothing. Lay them flat so all areas can be reached by sunlight equally. Leave clothes out for 4-5 hours at a time. Leaving clothing out too long may weaken the fabric, so stick to the guidelines. For tougher stains, spray stained areas with ¼ cup lemon juice and 2 cups water. These may also take a couple of ‘sun sessions’ before disappearing completely.
Sun bleaching paper is also a fun and educational activity that you can do with your kids. Websites like Craftsy gives simple tips on the best way to sun bleach. Start out with a darker color construction paper. Place objects (stencils, leaves, fruits, etc. ) on the paper. Leave in sunlight for 3-5 hours. Craftsy also goes on to recommend the use of sun sensitive paper which will expedite the paper bleaching process for kids that want faster results.