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How to Lighten Your Hair Naturally at Home

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Lightening your hair doesn't necessarily require an expensive trip to the salon! Here are six easy ways to lighten hair at home.

Lightening your hair doesn't necessarily require an expensive trip to the salon! Here are six easy ways to lighten hair at home.

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If you want that sun-kissed blonde look but don't want to damage your hair or pay big bucks, then these natural tricks are for you. With the methods below, you can get the same results you would from bleaching products, but with all-natural ingredients that won't damage your hair as badly.

The items in these recipes below can be easily found at a grocery or health store, and if you are on a budget, then these tricks will be even more of a perk for you—all of the methods below cost less than fifteen dollars.

Below, find some ways to lighten various shades of hair.

1. Lemon Juice

Things Needed:

  • Lemon juice (Note: Lime works also!)
  • A spray bottle
  • Water
  • Sunshine


  1. Fill your spray bottle halfway with lemon (or lime) juice.
  2. Fill the rest with water. (This is optional, depending on how strong you want your mixture.)
  3. Spritz hair until damp. Do not soak your hair and scalp.
  4. Go outside and let your hair dry in the sun.

Further Tips:

  • Try not to overexpose your hair. You should not be in direct sunlight for more than a half hour.
  • You can leave the juice in your hair overnight or wash it out immediately after you're done in the sun, it's up to you.
  • The juice does bleach your hair and cause some dryness, so be sure to condition and moisturize before and after trying this.

How to Make Lemon Juice Lightener

Chamomile is great for naturally lightening hair.

Chamomile is great for naturally lightening hair.

2. Chamomile

Things Needed:

  • Chamomile tea
  • A spray bottle
  • Sunshine


  1. Brew some chamomile tea.
  2. Put the tea in your spray bottle.
  3. Spritz your hair until damp, not soaked
  4. Go hang out in the sun

This method is not as damaging or as harsh as lemon juice and you do not have to worry about over exposure. You can also boil camomile flowers instead of using the tea—both ways are effective.

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It can be tricky to get natural-looking highlights when you have really dark hair. You often risk getting orange looking shades, instead of blonde.

Note: Always try out the mixture on a small sample of hair before applying to the rest. This will help prevent orange hair.

The following highlighting techniques are much stronger than the two listed above so they should work better for darker shades of hair.

3. Rhubarb

Things Needed:

  • Lemon juice
  • A spray bottle
  • A blender
  • Rhubarb
  • Water
  • Sunshine


  1. Take a couple of pieces of rhubarb and puree them in your blender.
  2. Take the rhubarb juice and fill your spray bottle one-third of the way
  3. Fill another third of your bottle with lemon juice and the remaining third with water.
  4. Shake well to mix the three liquids.
  5. Spritz hair with the mixture.
  6. Go out into the sun for half an hour.
  7. Rinse mixture out of hair, condition, and towel dry

The rhubarb makes the bleaching effects of the lemon juice a lot stronger. Do not forget to condition your hair. Lemon juice can dry your hair out a bit.

4. Henna Powder

Things Needed:

  • Henna powder
  • Chamomile tea
  • Water
  • Sunshine
  • A comb
  • A plastic bag


  1. Make the chamomile tea and pour it into a bowl.
  2. Mix in the henna powder, enough so that it makes a thick paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the comb and run it thoroughly through your hair.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic bag, leaving it for thirty minutes.
  5. After thirty minutes, rinse the mixture out of your hair and towel dry.

Henna powder is pretty strong, so don't forget to try it on a small sample of your hair first.

5. Honey

Things Needed:

  • Honey
  • Your usual conditioner


  • Mix equal parts your conditioner and honey in a bowl. Make sure you mix it really well.
  • Lather the mixture into your hair like you would for shampoo.
  • Leave it in your hair for about a half an hour.
  • After thirty minutes, rinse it off and then towel dry your hair.

Honey has natural qualities that will lighten your hair, much like peroxide does, except it's obviously much healthier. The conditioner helps your hair from getting damaged badly and drying out.

Sunshine is a great way to lighten hair without using any products at all.

Sunshine is a great way to lighten hair without using any products at all.

6. More Ways to Lighten Hair Naturally

  • The sun will naturally lighten your hair all by itself as well. It just takes longer this way.
  • You can go swimming. The combination of water and sun will lighten your hair too, not as fast as the ways listed above, but this is faster than just the sun alone.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Brittanie Anne

I Would Love to Hear What You Think!

April J Wallace on April 27, 2019:

Can I use coloring blond conditioner with honey my hair is sevierly orange from bleach cap

Stacey colclough on December 19, 2017:

Can you use facial tones to help lighten the orange roots or does it have to be hair toner

Marissa on July 18, 2017:

I use

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup shampoo

4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp honey

leave on for 4-8 hours or overnight to see results. If you have white dots on your fingers or hands from using this mixture it's fine the dots go away.

Kat on May 07, 2017:

Will the sun help the honey mixture also?

Rianne on August 21, 2016:

Hiya, I was wondering whether dark blonde hair with red undertones will turn yellowish after a treatment with any of the above ingredients. When I was a teen I used to go crazy with peroxide in a spray bottle, with the result that my hair had bright yellow highlights, while the rest stayed dark blonde. Horrible. So I guess I'm also looking for a way to bleach it evenly.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 20, 2015:

I've used to lighten my hair blonde, a long time ago. It's so expensive to get it done at the hair salon. This is a great way to do it at home. I'm going to try it real soon! Nice hub!

Rachel Gaddie on March 13, 2015:

I think I am going to use the honey and conditioner method. I have a few days to get my hair lightened so time isn't an issue. Thank you so much for the info~

bakingSense from Vaughan, Canada on February 19, 2015:

Can't wait to try it!

Coco on December 13, 2014:

I loved the honey method !!!!❤️

Anon on November 30, 2014:

Thank you! My hair is dark brown but I want it to be blonde.

chloetuck on October 28, 2014:

i really liked them they were very good

torrilynn on June 20, 2014:

thanks for this hub. I've been trying to find ways to lighten my hair without damaging it with harsh chemicals. voted up and sharing. thank you so much will try the honey method sooner rather than later

Daliaaaaa on March 21, 2014:

I've lightened my hair with honey and instead of conditioner, I used olive oil and it worked pretty good!

torrilynn on December 07, 2013:

Good article on lightening your hair naturally. Ive always wanted lighter hair but was afraid to due to fear of my hair falling out. Thanks for the tips. Voted up.

KatEast from United Kingdom on September 06, 2013:

Thanks for the great advice, I've been using the Organic Camomile Natural Hair Lightening Spray from Amazon UK but these free tips may also help me along!

jake on May 01, 2013:

will the honey method work on leg hair

Ashley on April 12, 2013:

Thank you for the information I can't wait to use it and ,make my blond hair a bight libreta. I will try to use the honey one it sounds .more esier. Thank You

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on March 28, 2013:

wowww...i never heard heard about it that looks interesting

Sunshine-17 on March 22, 2013:

Hi Brittanie2216, Thank you so much for this article it is very helpful! I tried the method of lemon, some water and a drop of olive oil. I have medium brown hair. I read that the olive oil helps too keep the natural oils in the hair that lemon takes out, is this true? or does it have no effect? ..Also once I applied the products to my hair the sun went out and it started to rain. Will this method still work without sunlight?? thanks for your time :-)

stroudie17 on February 06, 2013:

How quickly does the honey and conditioner work? Will i need to repete the honey and conditioner over again? Also i was wondering what is in the honey that lightens the hair?

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 29, 2013:

Hydrogen peroxide will definitely lighten your hair but it is very damaging.

Marco Piazzalunga from Presezzo, Italy on January 29, 2013:

What happened to the old method of hydrogen peroxide? I remember my aunts and the grandmother if I remember correctly, they used this method to lighten their hair, sometimes they even get a platinum blonde!

Audrey on January 21, 2013:

Wow thanks! XD

Katheryn on January 20, 2013:

This helped a lot! I'm gonna go try the honey and conditioner one (:

ReneeLoves from Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 16, 2013:

Hi again Brittanie2216, so I put the honey mixture on my hair for an hour and then after rinsing it, I washed any remains out with a little bit of baby shampoo and used a special hair conditioning treatment after. I results weren't dramatic at all, I have no idea why I was so scared. My hair is very thick and very dark brown at the roots and slowly lightens to a medium brown mid length, so I think it will take a few treatments before I will see the results I'm looking for. I'm excited to take the rollers out tomorrow and see what it all looks like. And thank you for your blessing!! :)

P.S. looking forward to seeing your other articles and such!!

Oh! And the two in one shampoo/conditioner that I used to make the recipe worked perfectly. I didn't see any hurt in using it. I would just recommend for other users to use a good quality 2-in-1, and place a towel around your neck before applying!!!

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 16, 2013:

Thank you have a wonderful date

ReneeLoves from Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 16, 2013:

Great, thank you so much for your quick reply. I have a special date tomorrow night and needed to do this today so I can continue with the rest of my plans for getting ready. And yes, I will come back and let you know. :-)

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 16, 2013:

The change is subtle it takes a few uses before you see any drastic changes. I would try the two in one shampoo and conditioner. Let me know if it works. The conditioner is to help hydrate your hair but I don't think that shampoo would hurt.

Amanda on January 15, 2013:

Hi, I was interested in using the honey and conditioner method but I unfortunately don't have any plain conditioner, all I have is the 2 in 1 Shampoo and conditioner. Will this work? Also, does the honey and conditioner method bring about dramatic, noticeable results after a few hours, or are the subtle? I don't want it to be a drastic change, just looking for something a little different.

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 07, 2013:

Is your hair naturally an orange shade or was is colored that way? If your hair is naturally that color than it may take a bit longer to lighten it. If it turned orange while trying to bleach it then I would suggest honey because this method will not dry out your hair anymore.

Angolena on January 07, 2013:

i have orange hair :( and i woz just wondering wot the best method is for me ? it's short !!

Celeste Wilson on January 03, 2013:

Great advice thank you. Finally an alternative to all those chemicals.

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 02, 2013:

If you are in the sun lemon is the way to go. Honey does not need sun but it takes longer.

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 02, 2013:

Thank you so much I am glad you ejoy this page :) Since your hair is already damaged and you do not want to dry it out anymore I would suggest the honey and conditioner method. This is the one I use most often. The plus is that it does not damage your hair to much. The cons are the amount of time it takes. I leave the honey in my hair all day for one or two days but it feels soft and looks great when I am done. I would also suggest putting egg whites in your hair for a half an hour and then rinsing them out. This just puts the protien back in your hair and makes healthy again. Thank you for reading my article and I am glad I could help.

Justine on January 02, 2013:

I LOVE THIS PAGE!!! OK, so my hair is naturally light brown, and I lightened it with Sun In a while back...I liked the color at first...then it become gross as my hair grew out. It was pretty dried out my hair quite a bit. I need to touch up my roots with something other than Sun In. What is the best method to use in the Wintertime? I really value your opinion!!!

Finn on November 03, 2012:

Thank you for the methods!!

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on October 29, 2012:

When you use honey it takes time but you should definitely see results after the first use. I use honey to lighten my hair and I usually put it in my hair for six hours one day and then again the next day. I also have light brown hair and after the second day my hair is a very light blonde. If you want to speed up the process you can hang out in the sun or use a blow dryer. Heat speeds the process up good luck :)

bangell08 from Ohio on October 29, 2012:

With the honey technique, will it lighten your hair noticeably after one use, or does it needs to be repeated often? I have light brown hair

Alison-Jean from Egypt on October 20, 2012:

Hi, I've always used lemon and cammomile to lighten my hair in the sun but I love the idea of honey; I'll try it tomorrow and let you know how it works out.

All the Best!

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on August 24, 2012:

I love all natural beauty techniques I am glad that you liked these ones. Yes I would say that either honey or henna would be the best for very dark hair.

kass16 on August 24, 2012:

Does the honey treatment work for dark hair too? Mine is a darkish brown like brunette

jusbeth16 on August 10, 2012:

I love reading all about different home remedies. They all work so well, and lemon? That is def. one of my favorite for it can be used for a lot of things.

Great ideas!

taylor on July 26, 2012:

I I have brown hair, but I really want it to be lighter! I will deffinitely ask my mom if I can try the lemon!

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on July 02, 2012:

When you use lemon lemon juice the results depend on the amount of sunlight. The honey and conditioner does not depend on any other variables so I find it more dependable. If you are out in the sun a lot I would recommend the lemon juice. Thank you for all the feedback :)

lolasporch from Michigan Great Lakes State on June 18, 2012:

I appreciate this information. I have seen blondes who have that natural look, and maybe this has been the method they've used. Thank you!

nancypatel on June 18, 2012:

Very useful informations, great writing ... Thanks !

Beachlife on June 17, 2012:

I will have to remember to tell my daughter to use lemon juice she is always nagging me to bleach her hair all the time. thanks!

Jean Rogers on June 16, 2012:

I had heard of lemon and chamomile, but never rhubarb or honey. Very interesting!

karla on June 16, 2012:

Which way lightens hair the most: lemon or honey?

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on June 16, 2012:

The honey and conditioner method works better when your hair is wet but it will work either way.

miranda on June 16, 2012:

does your hair need to be wet with honey & conditioner one?

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on June 15, 2012:

Thank you

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on June 13, 2012:

thank you for the comment :)

Nicole Quaste from Philadelphia, PA on June 13, 2012:

Thanks so much for this! I always heard of the lemon juice, but the others were new to me, and I think I'll go try the chamomile tea one :)

Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on June 11, 2012:

I am glad you liked it thank you :)

Kalani Elkins on June 10, 2012:

This was very helpful for my girlfriend. Thank you.

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