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Old 08-15-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
 
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Question cinnamon to lighten hair?

I posted this in the colouring section as well but thought it would get mroe views here
I was searching ways to lighten hair naturally and I came across this. Apparently mixing equal parts of cinnamon and conditioner and leaving it in your hair overnight lightens your hair. Has anybody tried this? and does it work? I'm thinking of giving it a go but thought I'd first check that nobody has any horror stories!!!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:21 PM   #2
 
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I posted this in the colouring section as well but thought it would get mroe views here
I was searching ways to lighten hair naturally and I came across this. Apparently mixing equal parts of cinnamon and conditioner and leaving it in your hair overnight lightens your hair. Has anybody tried this? and does it work? I'm thinking of giving it a go but thought I'd first check that nobody has any horror stories!!!!
Have you tried it yet? My best girlfriend and I got the word on this in high school, many moons ago. I wanted lighter, she wanted redder and lighter, and it was supposed to be good for both. I said I'd do it first, and my experience was such that there was no way she would try it. The cinnamon burned like hell on my scalp, I couldn't get it all rinsed out, basically it was miserable.

Which is a shame- I absolutely LOVE cinnamon. I could have sprinkled it into my pie-hole and into my hair at the same time.
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
 
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Try honey + cinnamon. Apparently cinnamon is a peroxide booster. Honey actually has peroxide in it. The combo helps lighten your hair. Also, cinnamon will make some heads tingle. See warning below.

Ingredients
1/2 cup raw uncooked
honey (Jarrah honey works best)
1 1/2 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon or cardamom
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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How It Works

Honey and cinnamon are both natural peroxide agents. When combined together they help lift henna and even commercial chemical dyes. The honey only acts as a peroxide through dilution which is where the distilled water comes in. Some people have reported using tap water in their honeyrecipes but did not have nearly the same success.

Cardamom, cinnamon and extra virgin olive oil are peroxide boosters. Since different honeys produce different amounts of peroxide qualities one or more peroxide boosters are recommended. Cardamom, cinnamon and extra virgin olive oil are 3 that can be combined in the recipe with no ill effects on the hair. As a warning, ground cinnamon is known to cause some tingling and redness. In most people the redness goes away within a few minutes and the tingling is akin to slapping yourself with aftershave. A patch test on your skin is recommended.

One the
honey recipe is mixed together it is best if it is left to sit out for about an hour to allow the peroxide levels to be released. It is possible to allow the honey to release the peroxide levels while it is on the hair but there is no guarantee that it will happen evenly under such conditions.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
 
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I agree with the first two posters- although I've never tried it, I'm guessing it would really burn your scalp!
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You could try the recipe and leave out or replace the cinnammon. Or just put less than the other "peroxide boosters".
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