Low Impact Life Series #9

The Low Impact Life series is a way to capture what it actually looks like to live a frugal low impact life. From my point of view it feels like it isn’t much different from living a “normal” life but I thought that it might be fun sharing aspects of my life that maybe stray somewhat from norm for inspiration and tips. So I will share posts on Saturdays with short frugal or low impact tips that I do in my own life.

As my hair has grown longer my darker roots have become more prominent. I was hoping that this sunny summer would naturally bleach my hair some but since that wasn’t the case I’ve decided to throw in the towel. I wrote in my post Why I stopped wearing makeup that I was going to embrace my natural hair color but as my darker hair emerged I realized that I didn’t want to let a lifetime of being blond go just yet. I instead looked for alternatives to the bleaching products normally used which contain a lot of harmful chemicals and damage your hair and found an organic salon that does organic bleaching. It is made from a clay from Morocco mixed with pure hydrogen peroxide so there is no weird chemicals added in. I was talking to the hair dresser who said that the industry talks a lot about the health effects of being a hair dresser like having wet hands a lot which cause dry and damaged skin or pain in your hands and body but nothing about the effects of breathing in hair color fumes all day which cause an increased risk of cancer and miscarriage.

I did blond highights and was pleased with the result which made my roots blend in with the blonder color of my ends so it isn’t as stark contrast as before. Natural bleaching can only lighten up your hair 2 shades or so and into a golden blond color which worked well for me but if you want it blonder you will have to use conventional hair bleaching. The hair dresser also said as you layer it more with highlights it also becomes lighter so along with sun bleaching and using a chamomile spray that lightens your hair naturally I think this could be a great option to conventional bleaching.

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