How to lighten your hair color naturally

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Summer is approaching, and with the changing seasons, we all want to switch up our hairstyles and hair colors. Whether you're looking to lighten your hair a few shades or achieve that coveted highlight look, it's only natural that doing so will expose your hair to chemicals that can cause damage.

You, dear reader, might be able to achieve that alluring hair look and lighten your hair by trying out the following homemade hair masks.

However, before you dive in, here are some essential considerations:

You might see quicker and more pronounced results if your hair is already naturally light and soft to the touch.

  • If your hair is darker, you're dealing with underlying red and orange undertones, so these are the colors that will show up first.
  • If you have light brown hair, you might get some darker blonde highlights.
  • If your hair is red, it may turn into a strawberry blonde shade.
  • If your hair is very dark brown or black, there's a possibility that you won't see any results from these natural lightening remedies because your hair is rich in dark pigments, making it quite challenging to lift the color.

Here are some ways you can naturally lighten your hair using common household ingredients:

1. Lemon Juice

You can use lemon juice to lighten your hair, but be cautious as lemon is acidic and can be harsh on your hair. The best way to use this method is to mix lemon juice with conditioner or coconut oil. The conditioner or coconut oil provides hydration, while the lemon works to lighten your hair color.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is effective in lightening hair due to its citric acid content. You can crush vitamin C tablets or use vitamin C powder. Mix it with water in a spray bottle and spritz it on your hair. This not only lightens your hair but also removes product buildup.

3. Saltwater:

Mix some salt with water and spray it on your hair if you're at the beach. This will help open up your hair cuticles and expose them to the sun, resulting in lighter hair. Keep in mind that if you have dyed hair, regardless of the color, the sun can cause the dye to fade. To protect your hair color from fading, use UV-protective shampoo and conditioner.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for your hair. It not only gently lightens your hair but also dissolves oils and product residue in your hair and scalp. It helps with detangling and removing buildup. Simply mix one part apple cider vinegar with six parts water (1:6) to get rid of accumulated substances like chlorine from pool water. You may need to repeat this process several times for results, and it's a gentle way to lighten your hair without causing damage.

5. Cinnamon and Honey Mask:

This delightful-smelling mask naturally lightens and moisturizes your hair. When you mix honey and cinnamon, it activates the small amounts of hydrogen peroxide in honey, lightening your hair up to two shades if left on for 30-40 minutes.


    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (for hair hydration)

6. Chamomile

You can use chamomile in two different ways at home to naturally lighten your hair over time.

Chamomile Rinse
  • Chamomile tea bags
  • Hot water
  • Let chamomile tea bags steep in hot water until it cools.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
  • Pour the cooled chamomile tea over your hair. Don't rinse it out; allow it to air dry.

Chamomile Hair Mask:

  • Chamomile tea bags
  • Yogurt
  • Hot water
  • Let chamomile tea bags steep in hot water until it cools.
  • Add plain yogurt to the mixture and mix well.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
  • Use a comb to apply the mixture to your clean, damp hair.
  • Leave the mixture on your hair for 30 to 60 minutes.
These methods can gradually lighten your hair in a natural way. Please be patient as it may take some time to see noticeable results.