10 September 2016

#GoneGreen2016 | Day 164 | ECO BEAUTY: Lightening Your Hair Naturally

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Day 164 / 365

As Summer slinks away into Fall, those bestowed with highlights by the beams of bright light Summer briefly had on offer will soon find Fall force a fade to darker shades. Though we're all entitled to a bit of beauty bravado, I've been trying to reign in my vain and keep myself from camouflaging with products I can't find eco and ethical solutions for. This takes traditional dye and bleach off the table as they ain't anything close to green.

It's now been two years since I last dyed my hair but I'll sit in the sun til I'm crispy in hopes my darker shades will depart. Most people's natural colours suit their skintones better than the colours we can change them to - and my mum says learning to embrace the hues we're born with is part of embracing ourselves ... but there can't be much harm in a bit of eco tweaking.

As it is Saturday and most are out having fun, I thought I'd keep this post a concise one with minimal ramblings (for once) as the subject of hair bleaching is a relatively straight forward one.

THE PROBLEM WITH BLEACH
Bleach (hair or household) comes from the organochlorine family of chemicals. There is nothing eco or ethical about its creation as it is made up of compounds rarely found in nature and takes centuries to decompose. Once used, like most our products, it washes down our drains, polluting waterways (with traces ending up back in our drinking water) and poisoning wildlife (which we then eat).

THE SOLUTIONS 
My blogger buddy Elizabeth from The Notepasser (whom I've featured on my blog numerous times and whom I genuinely adore) proactively found eco solutions (and tillustrated them below) to secure sunkiss strands naturally. This won't get your hair white enough to pastel your locks into a full unicorn mohawk, but slides up as a sure second to sénoir sun. 
illustration: ELIZABETH STILWELL
sources: 1, 2, 3

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