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RH – Lighten Up! Try This All-Natural Alternative to Chemical Hair Lighteners

RH - Lighten Up! Try This All-Natural Alternative to Chemical Hair Lighteners

I’m not one for much color in my hair but it can be a great way to change up your look and since I’m against chemicals I’ve felt I was out of luck.  Now, I’ve known many women to use Henna but I haven’t tried that nor wanted to go out and get any and I don’t know much about it.  Does that mean I’m stuck?  No, there are more choices for color than I thought.

DeeCoily, from has come up with a great recipe that RealHealth shared on their site.  Now, this is something I really wanna try!

Chemical lighteners usually work in a two-step process that’s more likely to damage your strands. What’s more, for many curlies even henna can dry out and damage hair. For an alternative that works well on natural hair, mix up a batch of raw honey, cinnamon, chamomile and olive oil. This concoction will lighten your mane’s color by allowing your hair’s natural base color (usually red or yellow) to shine through. Here’s the DIY recipe:

1 cup of raw uncooked honey, which has low levels of hydrogen peroxide
2 cups of distilled water; steep with chamomile and allow to cool
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon (or use cardamom for an extra boost)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
plastic wrap or a shower or bathing cap

Start by mixing all the ingredients in a cup. Let the sweet and spicy mixture sit at room temperature for at least one hour, a process that releases the low levels of peroxide in the honey, making it a more effective lightener. Next, apply the natural lightener to your tresses using a spray bottle, a long-nosed applicator bottle, or a tint or highlight brush. (If you want highlights, apply the mixture only to the strands that you want lightened and isolate the rest of your strands with plastic wrap.) Put on a shower cap or use a loose-fitting elastic band to secure a plastic bag over the hair-covered part of your head. Leave in the mixture for as long as you want—from one hour to all night, depending on how much lighter you want your strands to be. Finally, thoroughly rinse out your mane with warm water and follow with a normal shampoo and conditioning regimen. (Warning: If you experience any itching, a rash or an allergic reaction to the mixture, stop the application and immediately wash out your hair.)

I already have everything except the Chamomile but I could pick that up real quick. I’m a little excited about trying this and think I’ll start with highlights first and would wanna keep it in overnight for a real change.  Has anyone ever tried this or another home recipe for hair color?  Please share!

Let’s change for the summer Naturals,


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  1. July 4, 2012 / 2:48 pm

    this is a great and simple technique. I haven't heard of it and don't know anyone who has tried it. I wonder how it will react to existing dyed hair. I have the very tips of mine sunkissed and I was just going to grow out the dye, but I did want to go lighter this summer. I wonder how long this lightening treatment will last. Do you know?

    • July 4, 2012 / 9:07 pm

      I have no clue. It looks like I'll be doing this this weekend if I'm not to lazy about it.

  2. July 4, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    I'm kinda excited to see your results. I once wore highlights in my hair years ago, but my hair broke off so badly I never tried it again. Is this like a rinse or permentant?

    • July 4, 2012 / 9:07 pm

      I really don't know. If I can't find anyone to help me I'll just color all over and ditch the highlights. I'm just excited about trying something all natural for color.

  3. July 4, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    Let us know how it goes for you!

  4. July 6, 2012 / 1:14 pm

    I wish I would have seen this article before I colored my hair. I have this color thats on the picture, but I had to bleach it to get it there. The bleach hasn't broken my hair so I am glad about that. I am excited about how it will work for you, please keep me informed. This may become the new way that I color my hair. Happy Coloring!

    • July 6, 2012 / 2:00 pm

      I am not sure if we could acheive this color and probably not but I won't add bleach to my hair. So glad it hasn't hurt your hair.

  5. January 3, 2013 / 5:31 pm

    Did you do this? Have you posted a pic of the results?
    Were you coming from already dark (black) hair?

    • January 3, 2013 / 9:42 pm

      Oh, I'm sorry…I did try it with no results. Yes, I have really dark brown hair and actually I tired it twice! I was told by many that you will need to try it a few times to see any lightening but I kinda wanted immediate results but not with chemicals so I stopped trying.

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