5 ways to lighten your hair without totally destroying it (yes, it’s possible!)

damage free hair lightening
Photography by Peter Stigter

When summer rolls around, we all long for those luscious blonde locks that every beach babe and cool festival girl seem to be sporting this season. We weigh the pros and cons of going lighter – the cons being, well, having fried, dry hair. Or so we thought. Thanks to recent innovations (hello, Olaplex!) and ol’ trusty beauty hacks (lemon juice, anyone?), going lighter this summer without the dreaded damage is now possible. To help you achieve those coveted soft, golden strands, we’ve compiled a list of the best products for lightening your hair.