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Question: What are some ways to naturally lighten your hair?

Answer: People tend to go with lighter hair colors in the summer, and darker colors in the winter. However, dying excessively can be quite damaging for your hair — so let’s take a look at some natural hair lighteners!

Honey

Honey is an effective natural hair lightener, mostly because it contains a natural hydrogen peroxide. It also is very moisturizing for your hair and will leave your locks silky smooth!

– Mix 2 tablespoons of honey(organic honey is preferred) with 3/4 cup of distilled water (In other words, you’d want to have a 1:4 ratio with 1 part honey, 4 parts water). Then, allow to sit for at least an hour if possible, for best effect. If not, you can go ahead and apply it on your hair and rinse out with shampoo. You may see a slight change after the first time, but it is best to do it daily to see fully noticeable results!

Optional: Saran-wrap your hair, sleep with it, wake up, and rinse out for added effect.

Lemon juice

Warning: Lemon juice is best for lightening if you have lighter hair. It is not recommended not to try this lightener if you have black hair, as it will look brassy with orange tones.

– Mix 1/4 water with 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of orange juice. You may also add conditioner if you’d like, as the acidity is very drying on hair. Then, simply apply the mixture to your hair(using a spray bottle would be ideal). Next, sit in direct sunlight for 1-1/2 hour.  Lastly, reapply the mixture and sit in the sunlight for an additional thirty minutes. You’re all done!

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea will add a blond/golden tint to the hair, therefore lightening it. It works works best for light brown/blond hair, and is not advisable for black hair.

– Take a teabag and steep it in water for about ten minutes. Spritz onto hair and rinse after fifteen minutes.

Wallah! You’re all done. These hair lighteners are natural, inexpensive, and not as damaging as hair dyes–which makes them the epitome of a natural hair lightener. Happy dyeing!