There are a few ways to help your hair become somewhat lighter without the use chemical hair bleach. This guide is about lightening hair naturally.
Is there anything natural I can put in my hair to bring out the blonde in it?
By Melissa from Hendersonville, NC
Like the other posters, I've used 1 lemon squeezed into a jug with strong camomile tea, this worked better than anything else I tried as the results are more natural looking than if you use peroxide. Ive tried that in the past and you can end up looking strange if you're not careful.
Lots of time in saltwater and sunshine (like surfers), lemon juice and sunshine or heat, chamomile and sunshine or heat. Short of that you could use peroxide but unless your hair color is close to blonde the peroxide might make it look brassy.
Any of you who are using the lemon juices, or vinegars, the reason your hair is drying out, is because these are an acid. - As is the Beer. The Chamomile is not. I am a Naturopath. Here's a suggestion:
Take your formulas:
half cup water
half or quarter cup hydrogen peroxide (9%)
Then: Boil the half cup water on the stove and add 1-2T Chamomile - let boil on low 10 min (kills bacteria) turn off the heat and steep one hour.
Strain through cloth into your bottle. Then, add 1 and a 1/2 tsp avocado oil. Most health food stores carry this. The oil will nourish your hair.
I sometimes will use cornstarch and make a paste and comb the mixture through my hair because the cornstarch is inactive and will not do anything but provide a carrier. Let this sit on your hair for up to 45 min or until you like your tone. Wet in the shower and condition with coconut milk, rinse again. If you need to adjust your tone, follow below:
For a deeper brown-red, use a paste with black tea instead of water
For Deep Red- Substitute Logwood chips that have been decocted (boiled) in water for an hour.
To tone Red: Make a paste with black coffee instead of water. (This especially works if you accidentally turned yourself orange!)
If you want to go darker red, add 2 Tablespoons Cloves, (I added Cayenne) myself. I'll let you all know HOW that one turns out! You can also use red wine as well. (I do a lot of experimenting with color!)
You can use sage for brown. Make sure you infuse this as well in the water, and you can use 2 Tablespoons of cloves, I also added 1 tsp. of comfrey!
Walnut brown: Boil the walnut hulls in warm water until the water is a rich, dark brown. Make sure you strain the hulls. Use the infusion to mix your paste.
Auburn: You can use the Chamomile flower infusion for the water. Again, I mixed just a PINCH of cayenne and comfrey with this, and a touch of Oat Grass and Goldenseal to get a "natural" tone.
Remember that the Native American had to mix all of their colors from the plants around them. The same is true for us. We still have this available today. Have fun with it.
MaxiSpeaks, I need to clear up that acid on a PH scale regarding hair is not drying but rather it's the alkaline on the scale that is drying to hair. Hair is a dead appendage and does not react exactly the same as the living cells in our body. Your recipes are good though because the ingredients (alkaline, neutral (water) and acid) balance out PH values close to neutral. ;-)
Retired (after 35 years) Cosmetologist
I have heard that chamomile tea will make you go blonder? Is that true? and if so how do I use it?
I'm dark-haired, but I used to use a chamomile rinse simply because it left my hair feeling so nice. :-)
I think you can achieve the same result using lemons too. Work lemon juice into your hair, go out into the sun for about an hour (not longer) and then rinse your hair out. If you do this several times you will definitely start noticing a difference.
I know this post is from 3 yrs ago, but the directions are not clear. You say to use 1 - 2 cups of "tea" when I think you meant to say 1 - 2 cups of chamomile flowers which creates the tea?
I use chamomile to lighten my hair and love it. My method is to take a 12 oz. spray bottle and fill with very warm water and one chamomile tea bag. Let it sit until it cools down. Sometimes I spray it on my hair after washing or sometimes just on dry hair. Then you can either blow dry or go sit in the sun. I find that if I use more than one tea bag it dries out my hair slightly.
To lighten my hair naturally and gradually what can I use and how should it be used? I know when I was a teenager we would use SUN IN but I am unable to locate here 50 years later. All suggestions are welcome!
Paula Jo from Mebane, NC
I googled it up and found it online, actually:
Search for Sun In
You can also try using some lemon in your hair and going outside in the sun for a while everyday. Hydrogen Peroxide too. (07/11/2006)
I use lemon juice. I squeeze all the juice I can out of one lemon, then I take that and two big bowls to the bathroom. I put one bowl in the sink. I get my husband to help me pour the juice over my hair and catch whatever drips out in the bowl. Then we put the other bowl in the sink and pour the juice from the first bowl.
We keep going back and forth like that until all lemon juice is absorbed in my hair. I leave it in for an hour or so, and sometimes go out in the sun (but I am usually attacked by bees so I don't always do that) and then wash it out. My hair is usually a bit lighter, but nothing dramatic. (07/14/2006)
Walmart here in SC carries it, check that store. Or at least ask them to start carrying it. Since the neighboring state does.It can't be that hard for them if it is in the warehouse. (07/14/2006)
Our local Rite-Aid store still carries SUN-IN. My daughter checked on it just yesterday. It is $5.00 a bottle. It will lighten your hair gradually and in just the amounts that you desire. I hope the Rite-Aid in your area carries it as well. If not ask if they can order it for you. Hope this helps. (07/14/2006)
By Connie A.
Dump a can of beer on your hair, sit in sun until hair is dry, not only will your hair be a bit lighter will also be soft as silk . Have been doing this for years, (sometimes I even drink some of the beer too) ;-) (07/15/2006)
First of all id like to say .. lemon doesn't work very well . It dries out your hair and it gives you a little bit of a difference. Somewhat of a shade lighter.
2nd Hydrogen Peroxide does work if you sit in the sun with it for 2 hours! Long time unless your at the beach but it would be sort of awkward if your smelling funny.
3rd The one and only thing that actually works is the recipe I have been using for over a year. I have light brown hair, but its been medium blonde and I haven't dyed it with chemicals once. Natural products is the way to go.
It may dry your hair out a tiny bit but no biggy.
1) Take lemon juice and an egg and beat them together until they are soft and fluffy.
2) In The shower put this hair mask into your hair and leave it on for 15 minutes , BEFORE shampooing
3)Wash your hair out with warm water, not hot though. Shampoo
4) Then condition. After this spritz lemon juice evenly all over your hair. Then rinse out.
And voila, you have 3 shades lighter of hair and you don't need to go in the sun for this one!
Yes, you use a lot of lemons which dries out your hair ... but the egg is a moisturizer (which by the way, you can use as a conditioner. It's very healthy for your hair ) so the egg will help your hair from drying out =]
Use this, trust me, it works! (07/23/2006)
After having fun swimming with your friends and your hair is still wet, get out of the pool, and sit under the sun for like an hour. If you have dark brown hair it will be a pretty light brown. I did this on accident and then discovered that my hair was lighter! Try it because it worked for m.e (03/12/2007)
If you use lemon juice on your hair when it's dirty the oils on your un-washed hair will help protect it from the acidic damage. Good luck! (07/25/2007)
okay well, I hope this helps! I just tried using lemon juice and I had medium brown hair, but it made my hair orange. Then I tried some store bought Sun in, and I got even more orange hair.. Then i was a carrot top. So I rushed to the hair salon and got it done. Natural stuff does not work, and do not buy store bought hair dye if you have dark hair seeking to lighten. Just get it done :] (08/04/2007)
Lemon juice will actually damage your hair :( If you have dishwasher blond hair then you should use a teaspoon of lemon juice with a gallon of water. Rinse in this solution daily. As it isn't concentrate, it wont damage it much and you wont' have dry hair.
If you have brown/ black or red hair lemon juice isn't recommended as you may just end up with orange hair or worse! There is a herbal remedy for red hair, but I am unsure of it. Sorry
but for brunettes, chemicals are the best way to avoid disappointment!
hope it helps.(01/02/2008)
So. I have medium-brown hair. Let me tell you, lemon juice definitely does dry out your hair. . But... What I do is use a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. (iIuse herbal essence, the blue one) and that way, when I use lemon juice, or blow dry and straighten my hair, I am reducing the risk of getting split ends. Split ends and other hair damaging things happen from drying out your hair.
A lot of people don't do that, use the hydrating or moisture rich shampoo's/conditioners, because they think that it leaves their hair greasy, but it doesn't for me, because I balance it out by blow drying, straightening, ect. Even when I don't it doesn't get greasy or yuk-ish. Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents :) hope you guys find the thing that works best for you :D (04/18/2008)
I used sun in and my hair was light brown and it turned my hair bright orange! If you are a brunette do not use sun in! (04/30/2008)
So all you natural blondes out there, you know how when you're younger your hair is so blonde, but as you get older, it gets slightly darker. Mine is a light golden brown or dark honey blonde. I use chamomile extract in my hair and it doesn't make it noticeably lighter but it keeps it from getting darker. (05/12/2008)
OK so I've been using this for a little bit and it works so well! All you do is get lemon juice, any kind, you then pour on a brush and brush parts of your hair which you want lightened. Or just tip your hair in it if you want the whole thing lighter. Then go in the sun for 30 minutes (roughly.) rinse your hair, and put some fresh lemon juice in. Go in the sun for about another 30 minutes. This makes your hair lighter without becoming orange.
The reason it usually becomes orange is because people leave it in without rinsing and adding fresh lemon juice. This just keeps coating the hair with dirty lemon juice and the sun reacts turning it orange. If you do it my way, you'll get results you love :]] hope it works for you too! good luck! (06/09/2008)
By Sarah H<3</p>
I have chemically straightened hair, so any kind of harsh chemical is out for me. My hair is a black-brown color, and I once bleached it and dyed it. I was hoping for a chestnut brown, but instead got fire engine red! For those that have processed hair or dark, bleaching, peroxide, and lemon juice are all bad options (they'll turn your hair clownish-red and give you killer split-ends).
My suggestion is to use cinnamon to lighten your hair; it's not harsh and it's easy to make. You may have to use it more than once to see a significant difference; I noticed a slight lightening after my first try. You can search for recipes on Google. (06/17/2008)
I have dirty blonde hair and it used to be BLEACH blonde. I would like it to be lighter so I tried the lemon, vinegar, and water trick today and it didn't seem to help much. I'm probably going to try lemon juice, and egg tomorrow and see what happens. If nothing, the beer trick may be the next thing I try. (06/22/2008)
You should try mixing lemon juice with conditioner and then going outside! Supposed to work :) (06/23/2008)
By Dirty Blonde
Try olive oil and lemon juice it works fast and doesn't damage your hair
Just mix it together and put it on then go out in the sun for as long as you like. (07/24/2008)
I have dark brown hair and I tried using Sun-In to lighten up my hair just a little bit. It really didn't work very well. I suggest leaving the Sun-In for the lighter brunettes and blonds. (07/30/2008)
My hair is naturally dark blonde, almost like a caramel color. I mixed half conditioner half lemon juice (from an actual lemon) and brushed it all over and through my unwashed hair and sat in the sun for 20 min. Then I washed my hair as usual. it worked wonderfully! So natural looking but also noticeably lighter. Great trick. (08/05/2008)
I put concentrate lemon juice in a spray bottle. For about a week on vacation and after I swam I sprayed the juice in and let it dry in the sun. My hair is considerably lighter, just make sure your hair dries completely and then jump into the water again and repeat! You also get a good tan! :-) But remember I had sandy blonde hair (now it's beach blonde!) I don't know if it will work for other colors, sorry! (08/15/2008)
To the person with the four-point plan: the nourishing part of the egg is the yolk, there aren't many nutrients in the white. It's so much easier if you just use the yolks to condition your hair, since it doesn't congeal. You can just stir one into a bit of conditioner. (09/15/2008)
I use a mixture of pure chamomile tea and lemon juice, and it makes hair lighter, although the lemon juice causes split ends. I think washing hair with beer and chamomile repeatedly will make hair lighter. Chamomile is probably the best bet. :) (11/22/2008)
What you can do is you can put lemon juice (any kind like fresh squeezed or from the little bottles) and put it into a spray bottle then spray it onto the areas you want to lighten and sit in the sun for about and hour or so. Repeat a couple of times and you should be good to go! :) (02/15/2009)
By Blondie wannabe
I know everyone says not to use lemon juice with dark brown hair, but I have very dark hair, almost black and I used lemon juice. I sprayed it in my hair when it was diluted with water, then I blow dried my hair. Then I sprayed more in, let it sit for 10 minutes. then I took a shower, but I put lemon juice in an extremely moisturizing conditioner and my hair is noticeably lighter, and no orange! :) Hope it works for you too. (02/26/2009)
Sun In. can be found at Wal-mart for about $3-5. :) (07/01/2010)
If you go to Walmart u can get Clearisil the face wipes. If you lighten the area every night before you go to bed it gets noticeably lighter. I have dark brown hair and my bangs are gold now. :) I might try the lemon juice for streaks in my hair though. Hope this helps! (09/28/2010)
If you try lemon juice and the sun it works! But if you try lemon juice and egg in the shower trust me it doesn't work! I have black hair, so now I have brown highlights! (12/28/2010)
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