Natural Ways to Lighten Hair

Natural Ways to Lighten Hair

By Aniela M / March 25, 2019

Get light and bright locks this spring with these all natural ways to lighten hair!

light hair

In the mood to change up your hair color? Want to lighten your locks for that beach babe glow? Commercial hair dyes are often laden with chemicals that irritate the scalp and leave hair damaged. But don’t be discouraged, your kitchen has all the items necessary for a natural DIY hair lightening process. Cancel your appointment with the salon because all you need is a few ingredients and some sunshine 🙂

Natural Ways to Lighten Hair

#1, Lemon Juice

lemon and witch hazel toner

Lemon juice is the age-old, tried-and-true method for lightening hair. Simply combing fresh-squeezed lemon juice through your hair before hanging out in the sunshine can be very effective for achieving lighter locks.

Ever notice after a beach vacation that your hair is a little lighter? Sea salt combined with sun exposure is a hair lightening match made in heaven. Fill a spray bottle about ½ full with warm water and add a tablespoon or two of sea salt and let it dissolve. Take the spray bottle along with you to the patio, to the pool, wherever outdoors and give your hair a spritz while you relax in the sun for 20 minutes. Later rinse and wash as usual.

Chamomile Tea

chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can be used to lighten hair all over simply by brewing a cup, letting it chill, then transferring the tea to a spray bottle and spritzing it onto hair then lounge in the sun for 20-30 minutes.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is also a natural hair lightener that can be mixed with a small amount of water to form a paste, then smeared on the sections of the hair that you want lightened. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes then rinse and wash as usual.

Hair Lightening Recipe

For a hair lightening boost try this out!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 Chamomile tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • ? – ½ cup of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil


Bring the water to a boil and steep the tea for 15 minutes. Set the tea aside in the fridge and allow to chill. Once chilled, combine tea, baking soda, sea salt, and coconut oil in a bowl and mix. Apply the mixture to the sections of hair you wish to lighten. And, if it’s sunny out, grab an icy drink and a lounge chair and enjoy yourself for 20 minutes. Rinse and wash as usual.

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Natural Ways to Lighten Hair
Elaine Jennings

My hair is very dry. I do have it cut regularly and I always leave whatever conditioner, I buy or make, on overnight. But I have NEVER been able to get a shine on my hair. I have natural ginger hair, blue eyes (mutant I know) so I dont know if that’s got anything to do with it. Having said that, I’ve got lost of ginger friends and their hair shines like the sun. My hair is also naturally wavy. I never blow dry it or use any heated appliances on it. Please help.

Aniela M

Hi Elaine,

Have you tried using a shine serum? Sounds to me like you may have very dry hair, in which case, I can suggest a hydrating avocado hair mask 2-3 times a week. Simply mash a ripe avocado with about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage through your hair, making sure to focus on ends. Do this for at least a month straight and see if that helps! Avocado and coconut oil are high in fatty acids which should penetrate the hair shaft to hydrate and moisturize dry strands. Then, rinse your hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse (equal parts ACV + equal parts water). This should help remove any buildup and dirt, and encourage shinier hair 🙂

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