How to Lighten Your Hair Naturally: 7 Chemical-free Ways


Do you want to streak or lighten your hair but are afraid of the hair damage caused by commercial bleaching products that are loaded with chemicals?

Getting your hair professionally lightened over a long period can make your hair extremely dry, brittle, and frizzy. As the chemicals start to buildup in your hair and scalp, you begin to lose large chunks of hair, leading to the development of bald patches. And that is definitely not what you had signed up for.

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Use home remedies to lighten hair naturally

However, you can set aside your worries as we have come up with 7 tried and tested home remedies that will easily lighten your hair naturally. And the best part is that they are made with chemical-free household products easily found in your kitchen and bathroom.

Method 1: Lemon and Cinnamon

You can easily make a simple hair lightening mask at home by mixing freshly squeezed lemon juice and ground cinnamon spice.

Lemon contains citric acid and vitamin C; consequently, it acts as a natural lightening agent for both skin and hair.

On the other hand, powdered cinnamon has potent bleaching properties and is also rich in minerals such as manganese, iron, and calcium that help nourish your hair as opposed to chemical hair-lightening products that only cause damage.

For this natural hair lightening mixture to work most successfully, you have to expose your hair to sunlight after application as the UV rays help boost the natural bleaching properties of both the ingredients.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use lemon and cinnamon to lighten hair naturally

  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – ½ cup
  • Cinnamon powder (natural bleaching agent) – 2 teaspoons
  • Raw honey (contains hydrogen peroxide and acts as humectant) – 2 teaspoons
  • Organic, extra-virgin coconut oil (nourishes and rehydrates hair) – 2 teaspoons
  • Water – 1 cup

Step 1. Mix lemon juice, cinnamon powder and honey in a beaker

Mix together lemon juice, cinnamon powder and honey to lighten hair naturally
Mix together lemon juice, cinnamon powder and honey
  • Pour ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice into a beaker.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder.
  • Pour 2 teaspoons of honey as well.

Step 2. Add coconut oil and water

Add coconut oil and water to the mix to lighten hair naturally
Add coconut oil and water to the mix
  • Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil.
  • Finally, pour in 1 cup of water.

Step 3. Whisk and spray to lighten hair

whisk and apply to lighten hair naturally
Use a blender to whisk it up; transfer to a spray bottle and apply
  • Use a small, motorized blender to whisk everything into a smooth blend.
  • Transfer the prepared blend into a spray bottle.
  • Shake well and spray on your hair to lighten it naturally; you can either spray it all over your hair or on the sections you wish to lighten to get highlights.
  • Go out in the sun to enhance the bleaching properties of lemon and leave the mask on till your hair dries completely.
  • Shampoo and condition as usual; repeat once a week or as required to lighten your hair naturally.

Alternatively, you can also apply this mix on damp hair and leave it on overnight; cover your head with a shower cap to avoid making a mess on your sheets.

Method 2: Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea works to both brighten and lighten your hair. This natural herb is full of nutrients that also rejuvenate your hair, giving it a beautiful silky shine.

Plain yogurt contains lactic acid that has mild bleaching properties, while also being full of fatty acids that nourish and rehydrate your strands. We have also added organic coconut oil into the mix to prevent your hair from drying out during the hair-lightening process. This mask is especially recommended for those with dull, dry, or damaged hair.

As mentioned before, you will need to sit under the sunlight for this mask to work properly.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use chamomile tea to lighten hair naturally

  • Chamomile tea bags (natural bleaching agent) – 4
  • Plain yogurt (natural bleaching agent) – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 2 tablespoons
  • Organic, extra-virgin coconut oil (nourishes and rehydrates hair) – 2 teaspoons
  • Hot water

Step 1. Brew 1 cup of chamomile tea

Brew a cup of chamomile tea to lighten hair naturally
Brew a cup of chamomile tea
  • Take 1 cup of hot water in a jar and steep 4 chamomile tea bags in it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the teabags and wait for the tea to cool down a little.

Step 2. Pour the tea into a mixing bowl, add yogurt

Add yogurt to the tea to lighten hair naturally
Add yogurt to chamomile tea
  • Pour the chamomile tea into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add ½ cup of plain or sugar-free yogurt.

Step 3. Add lemon juice and coconut oil

Add in lemon juice and coconut oil to lighten hair naturally
Add in lemon juice and coconut oil to the blend
  • Add 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of organic, extra-virgin coconut oil as well.

Step 4. Whisk and apply to lighten hair

Whisk everything up and apply to lighten hair naturally
Whisk everything up and apply on your hair strands
  • Whisk thoroughly to get a uniform blend.
  • Apply using a hair-dye brush; make sure to coat each and every strand completely.
  • If your mixing bowl is large enough, you can also dip your hair in it and let it soak up the mixture.
  • Sit in the sunlight for 30 minutes or till your hair dries up completely.
  • Shampoo as usual and use a rich conditioner.

Repeat the process every 3 to 4 days or as required to lighten your hair naturally.

Method 3: Honey and Cinnamon

Honey has been highly valued since Ancient Egypt for health and beauty purposes. This rich amber liquid contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide that acts as a bleaching agent for your hair and in combination with cinnamon powder can give you excellent results.

Honey also acts as a humectant, hydrating and nourishing your hair, while also locking in the moisture.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use cinnamon and honey to lighten hair naturally

  • Raw honey (contains hydrogen peroxide and acts as humectant) – 2 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon powder (natural bleaching agent) – 2 teaspoons
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (contains vitamin E) – 2 teaspoons

Step 1. Combine cinnamon and honey in a bowl

Combine honey and cinnamon powder to lighten hair naturally
Combine honey and cinnamon powder; both serve as bleaching agents
  • Take 2 teaspoons of organic cinnamon powder in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey.

Step 2. Add olive oil and mix well

Add olive oil to lighten hair naturally
Add olive oil that helps nourish hair
  • Add 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil as well.
  • Mix well using a wooden spoon.

Step 3. Apply on your hair for a few hours

Apply the mix on the strands to lighten hair naturally
Apply the mix on the strands you wish to highlight
  • Dampen your hair a little for application.
  • Use a hair-dye brush to apply the prepared mixture on the strands you wish to highlight or all over if you want complete hair lightening.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the mixture on for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Shampoo and condition as usual.

You can repeat the steps every 2 to 3 days until you get the desired hair color.

Method 4: Vitamin C

In addition, you can use vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, to lighten your dark strands. The one upshot of using this method is that there is absolutely no damage to your hair as vitamin C does not cause dryness while lightening your hair color.

It is, in fact, a natural vitamin required by our bodies for everyday functioning. This is one of the simplest ways to lighten your hair naturally.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use vitamin c to lighten hair naturally

  • Vitamin C tablets (natural bleaching agent) – 4 to 5
  • Shampoo – As required

Step 1.Add shampoo to crushed vitamin C tablets

Mix crushed vitamin C in your shampoo to lighten hair naturally
Add your regular shampoo to crushed vitamin C tablets
  • Crush 4 to 5 vitamin C tablets to get a fine powder.
  • Add a regular amount of your usual shampoo; roughly the amount you use to wash your hair each time.

Step 2. Mix well and shampoo

Mix well and use it to shampoo your hair to lighten hair naturally
Mix well and use it to shampoo your hair
  • Keep stirring till the vitamin C powder is completely dissolved in the shampoo.
  • Massage it gently into your hair and leave it on for 1 hour; you can cover your head with a shower cap.
  • Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly; make certain that none of the vitamin C shampoo is left behind on your scalp or hair.

You can do this 2 to 3 times a week to naturally lighten your hair.

Method 5: Henna

Henna is a natural hair dye, traditionally used to cover graying hair. However, if you have black or dark brown hair, you can apply henna to lighten your hair. We especially recommend this method if you want reddish highlights in your hair.

In combination with chamomile tea that has natural bleaching properties, this hair mask works wonders for darker hair colors, and apart from lightening your hair, this mask can also be used to get global hair color with warm red tones.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use henna to lighten hair naturally

  • Henna powder (natural hair dye and lightening agent) – ½ cup
  • Chamomile tea (natural bleaching agent) – ½ cup

Step 1. Combine henna powder and chamomile tea in a bowl

Combine henna and chamomile tea to lighten hair naturally
Combine henna and chamomile tea
  • Take ½ cup of henna powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add ½ cup of cool chamomile tea.

Step 2. Form a smooth paste and apply this on your hair

Form a smooth paste and apply to lighten hair naturally
Form a smooth paste and apply once a week
  • Blend well with a spatula to form a smooth paste.
  • Apply with a hair-dye brush; you can use it as a hair mask, covering your entire hair and scalp.
  • Cover with a shower cap and leave it on, till it dries completely.
  • If you are a brunette, you can leave it on for 2 hours.
  • Afterwards, shampoo and deep condition your hair.

You can apply this mask once a week to lighten your hair naturally, make sure to condition your hair as this mask can be extremely drying.

Method 6: Vinegar and Honey

This method puts the acidic properties of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar to use for lightening hair color. Organic apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid that acts as a natural lightening agent and in combination with raw honey works to lighten dark hair shades.

This natural hair lightening mask also contains olive oil that keeps your hair healthy and buoyant.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use vinegar and honey to lighten hair naturally

  • Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (contains acetic acid) – 2 tablespoons
  • Raw Honey (contains hydrogen peroxide and acts as humectant) – 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil (contains vitamin E) – 2 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Combine apple cider vinegar, honey and olive oil to lighten hair naturally
Combine apple cider vinegar, honey and olive oil
  • Take 2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil as well.

Step 2. Whisk and apply on hair for lightening

Whisk and apply the blend to lighten hair naturally
Whisk and apply the blend on your hair; leave it on overnight
  • Whisk using a hand blender and apply using a dye brush.
  • Apply it at night and put on a shower cap; let the ingredients work their magic overnight.
  • In the morning, shampoo and condition as usual.

Apply it once every 3 days to get and maintain your desired hair color.

Method 7: Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a strong bleaching agent, and when mixed with baking soda, it forms a highly powerful formula to lighten your hair.

Make sure that you use 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide as higher concentrations can damage your hair.

Note: As this paste consists of strong ingredients, do a patch test on a few strands first to see how it reacts with your hair.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair naturally

  • 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide (strong bleaching agent) – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Baking soda (strong bleaching agent) – 4 tablespoons

Step 1. Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

Prepare a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to lighten hair naturally
Prepare a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
  • Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide.
  • Add water if required and mix well to form a smooth runny paste.

Step 2. Apply the prepared paste on hair

apply the mix and roll it in aluminium foil to lighten hair naturally
Apply the mix on sections of your hair and roll it up in aluminum foil for intense lightening
  • Slightly dampen your hair.
  • Cut a sheet of aluminum foil into broad strips.
  • Take a section of your hair while it is still damp and spread an aluminum foil strip underneath.
  • Use an applicator brush to apply the paste on your hair strands; you can highlight a few strands or lighten all of your hair in different bunches.
  • Roll up the aluminum foil along with your hair for intense lightening.
  • Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how light you want your hair to be.
  • Wash it out of your hair with normal water.
  • Use a mild shampoo on your hair and follow it up with a deep conditioner
  • Allow your hair to air dry. Do not use a hair dryer as this lightening paste already has a drying effect on hair.

Tips

  • For best possible results, stop getting hair treatments done for 2 to 3 weeks before trying out any of the methods described above to lighten your hair naturally.
  • You can try out all of the above techniques first on a few hair strands and determine which one is the best for you.
  • Sunlight is great for hair lightening; you can spend long hours in the sun to gradually lighten your hair and have fun at the beach of course. Now, you have another reason to spend long days at the beach during the summer.
  • Another trick is to brew a strong pot of coffee and spray it all over your hair. You now just have to expose your coffee-covered hair in the sunlight for 30 minutes, and voila, the natural highlights in your gorgeous brown hair come into focus.

Comments 2

  1. Great information! I hope this natural colors will work on my frizzy dry hair. and hope I can find a mixture or hair mask that will cure my frezzy hair . Thanks

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