Naturally Lightening My Hair

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


Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Kaki

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)


By Allison

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Karen

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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.

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)


By Rosa

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Alis.

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Sal

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Hanna

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Shaheena

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Stephanie

Naturally lightening your hair

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)

By Mae

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Sarah

lighten your hair with lemon juice (without becoming orange)

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>

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Antoinette

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Eile

Naturally Lightening My Hair

You should try mixing lemon juice with conditioner and then going outside! Supposed to work :) (06/23/2008)

By Dirty Blonde

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Will

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Leah

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By oxjx3

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Bella

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Rebs

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By Elena

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By emma

Naturally Lightening My Hair

Sun In. can be found at Wal-mart for about $3-5. :) (07/01/2010)

By laukraaa

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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)

By rebelgirl5683

Naturally Lightening My Hair

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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