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Hair Lightening Recipe

I'm looking for a home recipe for lightening my dishwater blonde hair. I used to buy "Touch of Sun" by Clairol and used sporadically throughout the summer time to give my hair a bleach blonde look without looking unnatural. It works well and never damaged my hair. Clairol no longer sells this and I know it had lemon juice, and hydrogen peroxide in it.


I have seen the recipes for lemon juice, but nothing with both ingredients. Does anyone know how many parts lemon juice and how many parts hydrogen peroxide will work safely? If so can I use lemon juice concentrate or is straight from the lemon best. Thanks for any and all replies.

SMCoulter from Freeport, MI



The spray "Sun In" is very damaging to your hair. Any hair specialist will tell you they wouldn't even give this product to their worst enemy.

Don't use it.

Your hair will turn orange like this person's. (05/15/2007)

By Sarah

Hair lightening Recipe

All I use is "vinegar" by its self. Changed my hair from dark brown to light brown. (06/07/2007)

By Emily

Hair Lightening Recipe

I used a mix of peroxide and lemon and sprayed it on dry. My dark brown hair turned instantly lighter with a tint of blond in it. I stayed out in the sun for 45 minutes and got plenty of compliments.



By Sheryl

Hair Lightening Recipe

My hair color is blonde, dirty blonde streaks. My older sister has bleach blonde hair, and it is natural and looks natural. I love it. I used vinegar, peroxide, and lemons and my hair is now the same color as hers. All I did was apply it, then I went out in the sun, and went to a board walk. There everyone was telling me how great it looked. (07/01/2007)

By Elle

Hair Lightening Recipe

Ever since I was 10, my mom had lightened my hair with lemon juice, that you buy in the bottle, and hydrogen peroxide. When you mix it half and half, put it into a spray bottle. Spray in hair. Make sure it is soaked. Leave it in for as long as you want not any less than 2 hours. If you want faster results, blow dry your hair on high heat. Leave in one hour then wash.


You will see better results: much lighter much faster. I would suggest repeating this at least 2 times a week until you achieve the results you want *If you have dyed your hair a darker color and are trying to lighten it do not do this. Your hair will become orange and will be two very different colors. Well hope this answered your question. Good luck. (08/11/2007)

By Roxy

Hair Lightening Recipe

"Sun In" does not turn your hair orange. I always use it and my hair never turned orange, besides you have to keep using it to get the results you want. Buy it. It's great. (08/16/2007)

By Amber

Hair Lightening Recipe

Mix apple vinegar (4 teaspoons) with vanilla extract (1 teaspoon) and 2 glasses of water. Just blow dry. Then wash your hair. It will be lighter (but not as a permanent hair dye). It won't turn orange. Don't use in the sun. It makes the hair lighter, but damages a lot. (09/24/2007)


By Diana

Hair Lightening Recipe

My natural hair color is black and now I have beautiful light blonde hair. I lightened it using:

  1. half cup water
  2. half or quarter cup hydrogen peroxide (9%)
  3. two lemons.
Mix all of these, and apply on your head. Sit in the sun for at least 20 to 30 minutes and blow dry or for better results keep the mixture on your head for 1 to 2 hours and wash off. Try this twice or thrice a week to get desired color. Your hair will get very dry so condition it well. (05/04/2008)

By Amy

Hair Lightening Recipe

Lemon and vinegar does work, especially in the sun. But you've got to even them out. Never use too much vinegar with just a little lemon. I think too much of that routine would damage your hair, but if you use it twice or three times a week, you're okay. Another less lightening thing is the Sunsilk shampoo for dyed hair, but it slightly and gradually lightens naturally dark hair. I hear butter in the sun makes your hair a lot lighter. Is it true?


Oh, forgot to mention chamomile. That's a huge hair lightener and I think there are recipes on using it for hair, somewhere on the Internet. (05/17/2008)

By Nadia

Hair Lightening Recipe

This isn't a reply to the original question but I have seen a lot of people asking how to remove artificial color. To be honest, the best I've ever used is Prell shampoo. Don't use it daily, it will strip the almighty right out of your hair, but I'd suggest using it twice a week. The artificial color will fade right out. (12/12/2008)

By Adrianne

Hair Lightening Recipe

Dried Chamomile also lightens hair in sunlight. I brewed tea bags in a cup or 2 of water, let it cool and then put it into my hair and then went out into the sun. After a few hours I could see brighter highlights. (12/25/2008)


By lala

Hair Lightening Recipe

I have lightish brown hair and I tried 1/4 cup of 6% peroxide and the juice from 1/2 a lemon and left it in my hair for 1 and 1/2 hours and it turned my hair considerably lighter. Just remember to wash it out with good quality shampoo or it dries your hair out a lot. Good luck. (12/26/2008)

By Stacey

Hair Lightener

You should always use chamomile, never vinegar, because that damages your hair very badly. Chamomile works in the winter, too, because you can pour it over your hair a few times and you can notice the lightening. It's great. (01/02/2009)

By Teresita

Hair Lightening Recipe

I have dark brown hair, I use a permanent hair color to lighten my hair, but when I go to the beach I put some beer (any type will work) on my hair and it brings nice highlights and shine to my hair. I would definitely recommend it. (03/22/2009)

By redishblonde

Hair Lightening Recipe

I had a hairdresser tell me that to lighten my hair to use Lemon Joy dishwashing liquid. She said it will lighten hair also will help take out color you have applied that you don't like. (07/27/2009)

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