Lightening your hair is a great way to spice up your style and give yourself a new look. If you already have blonde or light brown hair, you can use natural products to lighten your hair strands in no time. If you have dark brown or black hair, you may need to use bleach to remove the entire color. Whichever method you choose, remember to go slowly and work carefully to keep your hair in tip-top shape.
Try lemon juice. Mix equal parts lemon juice and water in a small bowl. Use a clean roller or mascara wand to sweep the mixture into your hair to give yourself a highlight. If you want an all-over lift, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it all over your hair. Wait 15 to 30 minutes, then wash your hair with cold water and shampoo. Lemon juice can be a little drying, so use a moisturizing treatment or hair mask afterward to keep your extremities healthy.
If passing the mixture on your hair is too difficult, combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray it on your damp hair.
Lemon juice may lift your hair only a shade or two, if you’re already starting out a light brown or blonde color. If you notice any yellow or copper undertones, use a purple shampoo to tone your color
Section your hair into small sections. Comb your hair and make sure it is tangle-free, then gather your hair into 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) vertical sections. Use clips or hair ties to keep each section in place, and peel them off one by one to apply the bleach.
Apply the bleach from your ends to your roots. Mix one part bleach and two parts conditioner in a plastic hair dye container. The developer you use depends on your color and hair type, but 20 volumes are usually the safest to use at home. Use a hair dye brush to gently brush the bleach into a 1 inch (2.5 cm) section of your hair. Apply the bleach to your entire head, but leave a 1 inch (2.5 cm) gap of the bleach into your scalp to leave the roots. After applying the bleach to your entire head, go back and apply the bleach to your roots.
Let the bleach sit, then rinse. Check the back of the case for how long you should leave the bleach in your hair. Leave it in your hair for 20 to 45 minutes, then head to the shower and use cold water to rinse it out. Bleach is somewhat harmful, so use a deep conditioner or hair mask on your hair to add some hydration.
Use ink to standardize your color. When you bleach your hair, you may end up looking slightly yellow or coppery, which is normal. To combat this, buy a purple or blue hair toner and mix it with a developer in a hair dye bowl. Apply the toner to your hair with a hair dye brush, then leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it out.
Yes, if you mix it with water. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup (240 ml) of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup (240 ml) of water. Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, then pour the mixture over your hair in the shower for an all-over lift. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Apple cider vinegar is also a natural way to remove dirt and product buildup from your hair.
Your hair will likely lighten a degree or two with apple cider vinegar. If you notice any copper in your hair, try using a purple shampoo to remove it
Yes, and it is less harmful than bleach. Rinse your hair in the shower and pat it dry so that it stays slightly damp. Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray it on your hair where you want to lighten it. To get the highlight, use a cotton ball instead and sweep it across 1-inch (2.5 cm) sections of hair. Leave the hydrogen peroxide on for 30 minutes, then rinse your hair with cold water.
Hydrogen peroxide can be a little drying, so use a deep conditioner or hair mask afterward.
Hydrogen peroxide lightens your hair one to two shades only. If your hair turns yellow or copper, use a violet shampoo to tone your hair
Mix honey with some water. Raw honey contains trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, so it can gently lighten your hair. To make a solution to lighten hair natural, mix 4 tablespoons (86 g) of raw honey in 1 / 4 c (59 ml) of water until blended well. If you’re concerned about drying out your hair, add 1 to 2 teaspoons (4.9 to 9.9 ml) of olive or coconut oil for extra hydration.
Massage the mixture into your hair. Starting with clean, dry hair, gently massage the mixture into your strands, starting at the ends. You can apply it all over your head, or you can target specific areas where you want to add highlights, like the ends. If you have thick hair, divide your hair into upper and lower sections to ensure the mixture is evenly distributed.
Leave the mixture for 2 to 3 hours. The longer you leave honey on your hair, the lighter it will become. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for at least two hours, or even overnight! Rinse thoroughly with cold water and then use conditioner on your hair if it feels dry.
The honey will only lighten your hair 1-2 shades, so it won’t be a drastic change.
Try chamomile tea to lighten it a degree or two. Brew a strong pot of chamomile tea, then let it cool down to room temperature. Pour the tea over your hair in the shower for an all-over lift and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes as you would the rest of your shower routine. Wash off the tea with shampoo and then use the conditioner to condition your ends.
Use lemon juice, honey, or apple cider vinegar for a simple change. Mix your favorite product in a 1:1 ratio with some water. Spray the mixture on your hair for an overall lighter shade, or use a clean mascara wand to sweep it through your hair to highlight it. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes to an hour, then rinse your hair well.
Sit in the sun to lighten your hair a degree or two. UV rays naturally lighten your hair, especially if you are already blonde. If you want to add a few highlights or lighten your hair a bit, head out to the beach and let your hair down. Over time, your hair will begin to lighten naturally.