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Natural Hair Lightener For The Chemical Haters!

natural hair lightener is a great way to change up your hair this spring and summer and we've got some great recipes to try!

A natural hair lightener would be exactly what many may be wanting to try this spring and summer.  Yes, you can wear braids, wigs and even weaves that will give you instant color, but if you want to simply jazz up your own natural tresses, you can do that without all the damage.

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Are there really natural hair lighteners out here? Yes, and they actually work. I’ve found more than one natural hair lightener that will surely give you some added boost to your mane and none of them will break the bank ore damage your beautiful natural hair.

Vinegar natural hair lightener

We decided to spruce up this post and add some other options and one I found interesting is trying vinegar.

Supplies you’ll need: 

1/4 cup chamomile tea
1/4 cup ACV
squeeze of lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a bowl or spray bottle.  Saturate hair well and leave on as long as you like or even all day.   Going out in the sun may help speed the lightening process. Rinse and style as usual.

natural hair lightener is a great way to change up your hair this spring and summer and we've got some great recipes to try!

Honey & Cinnamon Natural Hair Lightener

Many may already know that cinnamon has been used for promoting hair growth and combatting hair loss, but yes it can be use to lighten hair as well. Honey which is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to it, is also used because once you put the cinnamon and honey together they create a natural hydrogen peroxide booster that lightens your strands.  You must use raw honey as it contains the necessary active enzymes to create the lightening effect.

Supplies you’ll need:

1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine ingredients and allow to  sit for an hour. Apply to dampened hair for at least a few hours or for overnight.  You may need to scale the ingredients to how much hair you have but always keep the ratio 4x the amount of honey to cinnamon.  They actually say to do 10 or more times for a drastic change in color.  This same mixture will also add moisture and softness to your hair, so your are welcome!

Henna for hair lightening

We all love henna and many naturals use it to make hair stronger, shinier and healthier because it fills in the weak areas of the hair strand hence it’s a great conditioning treatment.  Henna is natural reddish-brown dye that is made from the powdered leaves of a tropic shrub that can be used to color hair (and/or decorate the body).

Often when naturals are trying to get darker hair coloring they add indigo powder AFTER applying the henna since henna will turn your hair different variations of red depending on where it was grown ranging from auburn to cherry.

Supplies you’ll need:

3 tablespoons henna powder
1/2 cup boiling water

Combine ingredients (you may need more for longer hair) into a paste and let the mixture sit overnight. Apply to hair fully and allow to sit for two to three hours. Cover hair with a shower cap to protect your scalp and clothing from being dyed as this mixture is messy.  Then rinse and style as usual.


Not for recipes and mixing it all up? Well, we found a few that weren’t EXACTLY chemical free, but easy to use and perfect for spring and summer. Check out our picks of sprays that will keep you out of the kitchen and bathroom for lightening your hair, but remember: using hair lightener on dark brown hair will work, but it will just give you warmer hues… think amber, gold, and honey.

Suntouched Hair Lightener for Dark Hair

Say hello to effortless, beautiful Sunkissed highlights with our heat-activated lightener that will brighten and lighten your locks for a salon-worthy beachy look year-round, all done from home or the beach. They are very proud to introduce the very first hair lightening product specifically formulated for dark hair; this lightener will gradually lighten your current hair shade up to three shades over several applications.

Camomila Intea Hair Lightener for Dark Hair

Camomila Intea Hair Lightener is formulated to lighten the Dark Hair; It’s been also combined with a conditioner to make hairstyling easier.  Highly enriched with ECO extract of chamomile flower to protect your hair. It’s Alcohol FREE.

Sun-In Hair Lightener, Lemon

Sun in hair with botanical extracts such as Aloe, Marigold, Chamomile and Flaxseed, pampers your hair while it lightens.  Sun-in conditioners are light and won’t weigh hair down, leaving it smoother, full of body, and more manageable.

While this is for lighter hair I found someone who tried it on darker hair:  Sun-In is recommended for use on blonde to medium-brown hair, however I’ve seen it work beautifully on black hair as well, to lighten it a few shades. So far, I’ve only used Sun-In three times, applying to the bottom half of my hair only (and somewhat randomly to get natural-looking highlights here and there) with the hope of eventually creating an ombre-like effect. All three times, I used a blow dryer to ‘activate’ it instead of the sun.

Having read that it takes most people with dark brown hair a good month’s worth of treatments to reach dark blonde, I’m expecting to reach my desired results after about 6-10 more uses.

Well, this post is longer than I expected but definitely worth it for anyone looking for a natural hair lightener this spring and summer.  Have fun with color, have fun in the sun and enjoy the color ride!

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.