10 Ways to Lighten your Hair Naturally {Homemade Recipes}

Lighten Your Hair Naturally for Summer with These Great Homemade Recipes
10 Ways to Lighten your Hair Naturally {Homemade Recipes}

Everyone wants lighter hair in summer. Well, maybe not everyone but most people do prefer a lighter look for the warmer months. If you tend to want to highlight your hair during the summer but prefer to steer clear of harsh chemical lighteners, there is a great homemade recipe that you can try. These recipes are using uses all natural ingredients so there is no damage to your hair. You may remember spritzing lemon juice on your hair when you were younger and hoping that it would lighten. Well, this is about the same thing only with a few key ingredients thrown in.

Homemade lightening is much less expensive than buying highlighter in the store and you can use it more than once because there are no chemicals to cause dry and brittle hair. Here are a few different lightening methods that you can try:

1. Honey and Vinegar

Honey is a great lightening ingredient and the olive oil in this recipe will help to keep hair from drying out. To make it, you need:

  • 2 cups of distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup of raw uncooked honey – you can find this at most health food stores
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cardamom or cinnamon – either one is good so it’s really your choice

You just have to mix the ingredients together and then apply onto damp hair. You can use a brush or comb to make sure that you get it evenly distributed or just apply it wherever you want highlights. When you have the mixture applied, just wrap your hair in plastic wrap. If you have one, you can put a shower cap or swim cap on to keep the plastic wrap in place or just wrap a towel around your head.

You want to leave the mixture on overnight and then wash it out in the morning. There is no need to sit in the sunlight. This mixture works because honey has a small trace of hydrogen peroxide which is a lightening agent. Cinnamon and cardamom along with the extra virgin olive oil help to boost the lightening effect.

2. Tea

– Tea, specifically chamomile tea, is a great lightening agent. You can use black tea if you like but chamomile offers a number of properties that will help to keep your hair sleek and healthy. To use tea, you need:

  • 1 Tea Bag
  • Water

You simply boil the water and steep the tea bag for about 10 minutes. Once the tea has cooled, just rinse your hair with it and leave it on for about 15 minutes. You may want to do this 2 or 3 times before you shampoo or rinse to get extra lightening power.

3. Rhubarb

– Rhubarb works great and is a good choice during the summer. If you grow rhubarb, this one will not cost anything. If not, you can pick up rhubarb at your local grocery or farmer’s market. To lighten hair with rhubarb, you will need:

  • ¼ cup chopped rhubarb
  • 2 cups water

Just bring the rhubarb to a boil and then allow it to cool completely. Strain and use the liquid as a rinse. Leave the rinse on for about 10 minutes and then just rinse clear with water.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda is actually great for stripping your hair of chemical buildup and can be used as a lightening agent as well. This takes a while longer than other methods but if you use baking soda on your hair about once each week, you can strip harmful chemicals out and lighten your hair naturally over time.

5. Cinnamon

– Cinnamon is not only a great lightener but it smells great, too. Just take:

  • Cinnamon powder
  • Conditioner

You just have to add cinnamon powder to a small handful of conditioner and then evenly coat your hair from top to bottom. You may want to comb the mixture through to ensure that it coats evenly. Pull your hair up and keep it secure with a clip. You can use a shower cap to hold your hair in place and leave the mixture on overnight. Rinse and shampoo first thing in the morning. This mixture is perfectly safe for hair so you can use it more than once if you want to really see highlights.

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    • Kat says

      no, its natural so nothing natural can do something that stong. If you do it 3 times a week for a couple months you may see yourself at 1-3 shades lighter (i know because I did this for 4 months , 3 times a week and my hair is 2 shades ligher)

  1. JULIA says

    What would happen if i did more than 1 of these? Is there any reason that would not work or damage my hair?

    • Random Girl says

      I’m pretty sure it has to be raw because other honeys that aren’t raw can have other ingredients in them that probably are not needed in the lightener and some could even have things you wouldn’t want in your hair in them.

    • BritneY says

      It won’t be sticky. Add a bit of water and if you want, some condititioner, too. Just wash it really well and act like it is how you would normally wash your hair and rinse it with shampoo. It shouldn’t be sticky.

    • Marie says

      I just tried the honey treatment last night (I did 4 parts honey and 1 part water). It kind of lightened my hair, but not noticeably so. I slept with it in over night and I woke up to a very sticky pillowcase in the morning; even with a shower cap on. So, I don’t think I would ever try this treatment again. Also, I put it on like an hour before I went to bed and it was dripping down my face like crazy!

      • Guest says

        Maybe because you didn’t use original honey .
        When honey is pure it never drips down . It just sticks to your body/hair .
        Sadly, they sell impure honey everywhere which is useful only for edibles .

  2. samantha says

    I mixed cinnamon, honey, lemon juice, water, baking soda,hydrogen peroxide and salt I’ve let it sit on my ends for over an hour but I’m scared to rinse it off because I don’t know how it will turn out

    • Alex says

      Why on earth would you combine several methods in the same application? Taking 3x the prescribed dose of a medicine does not cure you any faster: it makes you sick. Rinse your hair & try one method at a time, please! Your hair will thank you!

  3. berniejones says

    SALT? JUST DO NOT USE SALT in order to light up your hair!! it is very agressive against your hair, use salt is a very bad idea, believe me!

  4. ziayre says

    actually if u mix the baking soda and peroxide together it will actually lighten your hair noticeably its pretty cool and worked for me

  5. Mac says

    i just did the first method using the raw honey, olive oil, vinegar and cinnamon. I do not have sensitive skin ever but I had to get back in the shower and wash it out immediately because my shoulders, neck, ears and face started getting a burning rash and turned bright red. I’ve used honey and lemon together in past and it worked fine so I think I will go back to that. On the bright side though, the vinegar is a great way to remove build up and the honey conditions. Maybe the cinnamon was to harsh on my skin.

  6. Samantha says

    so I am tying the cinnamon treatment and wanted to know how long I leave the mixture in my hair, I am a first-timer with this and any help would be nice.

  7. vivian says

    I had my hair professional colored red and it turned out really dark. I would really like to lightened it naturally, what do i use

  8. Naqiyah says

    I have really dark brown hair almost black I want to really lighten it in the summer I also have red highlights so I want to know what’s the best method I can use.

  9. Mimi says

    With the tea, is it saying just pour a cup of tea over your head or are you meant to make it in a bowl or such??
    Also, which method would you say has the most drastic lightening effect?

    • Mimi says

      I don’t know about the making darker but to lighten the tips, just aply one of these methods to only the tips of your hair.

    • anonamous says

      Im pretty sure you can use baking soda and lemon juice on your hair people say it whitens your teeth so maybe it does the same with your hair.

  10. sus says

    I have dark blonde hair and want it to be light like it use to be will the cinnamon make my hair have a reddish tint?

  11. Priya says

    How many times do we have to apply the honey and vinegar mix? and how long? Also.. does it work for dark brown hair?

  12. ada says

    Tried the cinnamon water concoction. It worked but it burns your scalp so I only left it in about 30 minutes. I added the cinnamon to some conditioner and wet my hair while I was adding. It lighten my hair.

    • Aya says

      Yeah it burned around my neck but after that I just go into the shower and It kinda worked so I’m guessing it will burn but it does Work.

  13. Darling says

    I have blackish brownish hair and I don’t want highlights I just want my hair a lighter brown color. What method is good for me?!!!

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