all-natural sun-kissed hairspray is not your mother’s sun-in!

As a child of the 70’s, summer looked very different than it does today. I recently went down a DEEP rabbit hole of vintage ads from that era, to see if things were as bad as I recalled (spoiler alert: they were).

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Tanning = MORE youthful skin?

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Orange skin (aka, a “double tan”) can be yours – in 3-5 hours!

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Who needs stupid sun protection anyway? Not you, 15-to-25-year-old. YOU want to get “super dark”, “super fast”.

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This was basically my mom. Basically everyone’s mom.

But my favorite finds were these “Sun-In” ads. As a lifelong brunette I only wanted what I assumed the promise of lighter locks held. I mean, LOOK AT THESE ADS.

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Notice how her smile gets bigger as her hair gets blonder.

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My mom would not let me buy Sun-in, refusing to understand that it was the only thing standing between me and my true love Steven K. Which turned out to be lucky for me, because my brown-haired friends who were allowed to use it wound up with all kinds of NOT blonde, DEFINITELY orange, TOTALLY damaged tresses. Thanks Mom!

Flash forward 40 years a bunch of years later and lo and behold, this all-natural DIY came across my feed.

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I couldn’t whip it up fast enough.

I loved that there were only 2 ingredients – chamomile tea and essential oils. I was curious about chamomile and how it worked to lighten hair. Chamomile contains three flavonoids called apigen, quercetin, and azulene. Apigen and azulene work together to brighten the hair, while quercetin is the one that lightens the hair.

I’ve been using the spray on my ends about 3 times a week for a few weeks now, and can definitely see a brighter shade than when I started. It smells amazing too!

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Sun-Kissed Hairspray (see Notes, below)

2-ounce spray bottle
4 chamomile tea bags
5 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Lime essential oil

Steep the tea bags in a mug of boiled water; cool completely. Pour into your spray bottle and add the essential oils (store any leftover tea in a covered jar in the fridge). Shake to blend and apply to damp hair; do not rinse out (you’ll shake before each use).

Avoid spraying directly on your scalp as citrus oils increase UV sensitivity.
Don’t use daily as it can dry out hair.
This spray will lighten blonde hair and enhance natural highlights in brunette hair.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

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Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.


  1. Janet Hurlbrink on July 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    This was me! Baby oil instead of sunscreen. Sun-in =orange hair. There must not have been quality products in the 70’s. Then again, I was brought home from the hospital in my mother’s arms. I

  2. D. Scott on August 9, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Crisco on my skin and aluminum foil on my banker ♡ We even laid on the roof of our garage because it was “closer to the sun”! Lol

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