The Sun-In Alternative: Lightening Hair Tonic 

I have two potentially nostalgic words for you: Sun In. If this triggered memories of your preteen self desperately spritzing your hair at summer camp—welcome. If not, you didn’t miss out on much. Summer is a great time to lighten your hair, so we wanted to create a natural alternative to the drugstore options out there. The tonic itself is super simple to make (the ingredients are most likely in your kitchen already) and you can believe it smells a whole lot better than whatever you’ve used in the past. For this particular recipe, we combined Peppermint, Lemongrass and Spruce essential oils for a fresh, warm, outdoorsy vibe. The lemon juice helps naturally control oil production on the scalp, which can be more intense in the summer. We love to apply it after a quick dip in the ocean and let the sun work its magic.

What you’ll need:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp honey
3 drops Lemongrass
3 drops Peppermint
3 drops Spruce
Spray bottle

How to do it:

1. Add all the components into a spray bottle.
2. Shake well to combine and help the honey dissipate throughout the mixture.
3. To apply, spray the mixture on your hair. Leave it in for 30-90 mins and spend sometime outside in the sunshine. To remove, rinse the mixture out with a natural homemade shampoo or just simple water and allow the hair to air dry. For best results, we recommend using it once a week or twice a month.

Photo by Lauren Leggatt.


August 21, 2018