Natural Ways to Lighten Hair

Natural Ways to Lighten Hair

By Aniela M / March 25, 2019

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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.

These natural ways to lighten hair, are all 100% natural and effective. To achieve lighter hair, all you need are some ingredients you probably already have in your home! Please note that these hair lightening methods are best suited for those with lighter hair. These methods will not work on dark or black hair. Those with blonde hair can definitely benefit from these methods – even if the blonde is dark.

Natural Ways to Lighten Hair

#1, Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

lemon and witch hazel toner

Use lemon juice to lighten hair the natural way! 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. Pro tip: be sure to use fresh lemons, as artificial lemon juice will not work.

#2. Sea Salt to Lighten Hair

sea salt

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.

#3. 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. Lounge in the sun for 20-30 minutes. You may not see immediate results, but with regular application, chamomile tea will definitely work to lighten strands of hair.

#4. 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. Avoid making a mess by putting on a shower cap while you wait for the baking soda to do its thing. Repeat on a regular basis to lighten hair.

#5. Hair Lightening Recipe

before and after hair lightening

For a hair lightening boost, try our this hair lightening recipe that contains chamomile, sea salt, baking soda, and coconut oil. Please note that the coconut oil can be substituted for olive oil or another carrier oil of your choice.

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 Chamomile tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 1/4 – ½ cup of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Directions:

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.

If it's the middle of winter, you can also do this! Just be sure to put on a shower cap, and let the citric acid to its job!

before and after hair lightening
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Hair Lightening Recipe

This simple hair lightening recipe works and only requires a handful of ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Hair Care
Cuisine: Hair Lightening
Keyword: hair care, hair lightening, lemon juice to lighten hair
Servings: 1
Calories: 1kcal
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bag chamomile tea
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

Instructions

  • 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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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.

trina

Why doesn’t bottle lemon juice work?

sandy

How long does it take for lemon juice to lighten hair?

Hayley_P

I use the chamomile hair lightening method and it works really well for me! I have medium blonde hair and I usually put it all over my head, and it gives a really nice sheen to my hair!


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