Home Remedies to Lighten Hair

Is it possible to lighten the hair a few shades without visiting the salon?

Yes, with the right ingredients (many are probably already in the kitchen) it is possible to naturally lighten the hair with no ill effects.

Home remedies to lighten hair

Here are nine of the useful at-home remedies to lighten the hair:

1 – Apple cider vinegar

Rinsing the hair with a combination of apple cider vinegar and water can help to lighten it. Similar to baking soda, this mixture is slow acting and a practical choice for those looking to achieve a gradual change. Use 6 parts water/1 part ACV. Leave the mix in place for 10-15 minutes.

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2 – Baking Soda

Baking soda is a highly versatile product and helps to not only remove the chemical build up, but also acts as an agent to lighten the hair. While baking soda is slow acting, it can be used on a weekly basis to naturally lighten the hair while also stripping negative chemicals.

3 – Chamomile

A traditional remedy to lighten the hair naturally includes chamomile. Brew up a large pot of chamomile tea (strong) and use that (once cooled) to help color the hair. In addition to rinsing through the hair, a spray bottle can be used to dampen the hair before heading out into the sun.

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4 – Cinnamon

Use cinnamon (powder form) to help lighten the hair while also providing a refreshing fragrance. Mix a small amount of conditioner and cinnamon powder and apply direct to the hair. Make sure the coat is even and apply top down. A comb or brush can be used to ensure the hair is fully coated. Put on a shower cap or similar to keep the hair up. Leave in place overnight and wash out in the morning with warm water and shampoo.

5 – Honey

One of the most recognized at home remedies to lighten hair includes honey. Mix 1 cup of water with 2 tbsp of raw honey. Apply to the hair and leave in place for 25-45 minutes. Give the hair a thorough wash to clear the stickiness of the rich honey. Alternatively, applying the honey mix to the hair and put on a shower cap to let this natural ingredient work overnight.

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6 – Olive oil

Olive oil is great for the skin for its ability to moisturize, but it can also act much like a hair lightening agent. Use 2-3 tbsp of olive oil to fully coat the hair. Leave in place for 25-30 minutes. Wash out the oil with warm water and shampoo when finished

7 – Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a perfect choice to help lighten the hair during the summer season. Mix 2 cups of water with ¼ cup of rhubarb (sliced). Heat the mixture until it reaches boiling point and leave to one side to cool down. Give the mix a good strain and use the leftover liquid as a hair rinse. Leave in place for 10-15 minutes and wash out when finished.

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8 – Sunlight

A simple remedy to lighten hair in a natural way is of course sunlight. Natural sunshine has the ability to slowly lighten the hair while also helping to speed up the effects of the other remedies. Before heading out into the sun, apply chamomile or lemon juice. Alternatively, a hair mask of honey and olive oil (mixed together) can help to brighten the hair.

9 – Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a wonderful nutrient for the hair – it keeps it healthy while also helping to lighten. Use 6-8 crushed vitamin C tablets and mix with shampoo. Wash the hair as normal and apply a favorite conditioner.


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Further reading:

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