Yes, it is possible to naturally lighten hair without using dyes and chemical laden products. By bleaching your hair, actually, you are removing its natural pigment. The most important is to understand that most of the hair products contain dangerous chemicals. When you are exposed to these chemicals, they can cause cancer and numerous health problems. For example, formaldehyde, which is found in most of the hair products, according to OSHA, poses a huge risk. (1) Additionally, hair dyeing products, when in contact with the skin, may cause allergic reactions such as redness and itching on the scalp, hair loss, hair breakage, headache, and conjunctivitis.
Numerous studies reveal that the absorption of toxic chemicals in hair products through the skin of the scalp can pose health risks for both baby and mother. (2) So, here are 10 ways to naturally lighten hair. The best thing is you can do it with products you may already have in your home.
9 Ways to Naturally Lighten Hair At Home
Maybe you thought that chamomile was only for tea but it can also safely and naturally lighten hair. Brew yourself a strong cup or two of tea and let it cool. Then apply it on your hair if you want to make lighter or on individual strands of hair for highlights. Leave it on for at least half an hour, or leave it a bit longer for a stronger effect. Go out into the sun and let it dry. Wash out and condition as usual.
Chamomile oil is also known as an anti-dandruff solution. (3)
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2. Vinegar Soak
Raw apple cider vinegar can offer some shine, but it also will bring out the red undertones in your hair. Mix a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with a ½ cup of water. Apply it to strands to give yourself natural highlights or spray it all over your hair until it is soaked. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes and rinse out.
3. Honey and Olive Oil
Not only will this naturally lighten hair, but it creates softer hair and nice subtle highlights. Olive oil is an excellent cleanser and moisturizer for your hair. Mix a ¼ cup of honey with a ¼ cup of olive oil. Apply this mixture on individual strands of hair for highlights and leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Wash out well.
Henna usually darkens hair, but it can lighten very dark brown or black hair. It provides some reddish highlights. Take about 3 tablespoons of henna powder and mix it with ½ cup of boiling water. Let the mixture sit overnight and then apply to your hair or parts of your hair you want to lighten. Let the mixture sit for at least two hours. Wash out well.
This amazing spice besides that is excellent for your health, it also makes your hair a little brighter and brings out the red in your hair. Prepare a thick paste using your regular conditioner and cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on your hair and leave it in for 2 – 3 hours or overnight. Wash out well. Expect to get nice and silky hair. Additionally, cinnamon works as a natural sunscreen that will provide protection for your hair from damaging sun rays.
Lemon juice, because of its bleaching properties has been popular for lightening hair for years. It seems to work best on lighter shades of hair and it won’t leave reddish tones. In one cup of water, mix 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Soak the parts of your hair you want to make lighter and sit in the sun until your hair dries.
7. Vitamin C
Besides that it keeps your immune system strong, vitamin C can also lighten your hair, strengthen it and improve your hair health too. Simply crush 8-9 of the vitamin C capsules and mix the powder with the amount of shampoo you normally use.
Salt naturally balances and restores the scalp. Actually, sea salt is loaded with minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. These minerals are essential to the health of our hair, skin, and nails. (4) Maybe you have noticed that salt from the sea can brighten your hair. This works especially if you are out in the sun. But you don’t need to swim in the ocean for a brighter hair because you can simulate the same effect by using warm water and sea salt. In a ½ cup of warm water mix a tablespoon of salt. Apply the mixture to your hair for about 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse and wash out well.
9. Baking Soda
Among its various uses, baking soda can also naturally lighten hair. In a ⅓ cup of baking soda add water until you get a moderately thick paste. Apply it on your hair and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse and wash well.