How to Naturally Lighten Hair

Ditch the toxic hair products and learn how to naturally lighten hair! Hair dye is loaded with crazy chemicals. Henna is often used as a natural alternative to hair color, but it doesn’t really work for lightening your hair. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to naturally lighten hair without chemicals. All the methods below are food-based, totally natural, and actually healthy for your hair!

How to Naturally Lighten Hair

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is hugely popular as a natural hair lightener, but beware of commercial hair products that claim to use lemon juice–they’re often full of unwanted chemicals (and precious little lemon juice!). Stick with real lemon juice instead. Bottled is acceptable, organic is better, and of course fresh squeezed is always best (though on the pricey side).
Naturally lighten your hair with lemon juice by mixing one part lemon juice with one part water–this will reduce the acidity of the lemon juice and minimize damage to your hair. Use this mixture to spritz your hair, or rinse and leave in at the end of a shower. The longer the lemon juice stays in contact with your hair, the stronger the lightening results will be.


Chamomile is an old-fashioned remedy for lightening hair naturally. Brew some strong chamomile tea, and rinse through your hair daily until you see the desired results. You can also put it in a spray bottle to use for a spritz before you head out in the sun.


Honey is well known for its nourishing properties for the skin, but it can work wonders for your hair too! Honey naturally contains traces of hydrogen peroxide that will gently lighten your hair. Stir a tablespoon or two of raw honey into a cup of water, then apply evenly to your hair. Let this sit for 30-60 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Or you can put on a shower cap and leave it on overnight.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is famous as a moisturizer, but it also contains gentle lightening agents. Coat your hair with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, and leave it to soak in for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual to remove.
Grab Some Sun!

What’s the easiest way to naturally lighten hair? Go out in the sunshine! The sun will naturally lighten hair, but it can also enhance the effects of all the above methods. Use them before heading out in the sun, and you’ll notice a big difference!

Note #1: These methods will work in combination as well. For instance, lemon juice and chamomile can work as a rinse or spritz. Or mix olive oil and honey for a lightening hair mask that nourishes your hair.

Note #2: The methods above will help lighten or brighten your hair, but they aren’t likely to do more than lighten a shade or two. However, the effect is much more natural-looking, and much less damaging to your hair!


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