It’s time to ditch the harsh bleaching kits and learn how to naturally lighten your hair at home without bleach. Bleach can cause serious damage to your hair and scalp, and it’s best to avoid it if at all possible. Luckily, there are several ways to lighten your hair at home without it!

Henna is often used as a natural alternative to hair color, but it doesn’t really work for lightening your hair. It only deposits color and doesn’t provide any lightening effect.



Before you get started trying to lighten your hair at home, please note the following:

  • These natural hair lightening methods will likely only lighten your hair 1-2 shades. You will not go from brunette to beach blonde with these methods, especially not within a short amount of time.
  • Some methods will cause more lightening effect if used multiple times over several weeks, and some people may be able to lighten by 2-3 shades if they do this. Keep in mind that even lemon juice can cause damage to your hair if used too often.
  • If your hair is a very deep brown to black color, you may have minimal success with these methods. It’s possible you won’t even notice a difference. This works best on hair shades medium brown or lighter.



Lemon juice is hugely popular as a way to naturally lighten hair, but beware of commercial hair products that claim to use lemon juice–they’re often full of unwanted harsh ingredients (and precious little lemon juice!).

Stick with real lemon juice instead to lighten your hair at home. Bottled or fresh works well, but fresh can be a little pricey.

You can naturally lighten hair with lemon juice by mixing one part lemon juice with one part water–this will reduce the acidity of the lemon juice and minimize damage to your hair. Use this mixture to spritz your hair, or rinse and leave in at the end of a shower. The longer the lemon juice stays in contact with your hair, the stronger the lightening results will be.

Go out in the sun for 30-60 minutes after spritzing to enhance the lightening effect.


Chamomile is an old-fashioned remedy for lightening hair naturally. Brew some strong chamomile tea, and rinse through your hair daily until you see the desired results. You can also put it in a spray bottle to use for a spritz before you head out in the sun. Chamomile is very gentle on the hair, so this method is safer to use regularly.


Honey is well known for its nourishing properties for the skin (I love using honey face masks), but it can work wonders for your hair too! Honey naturally contains traces of hydrogen peroxide that will gently lighten your hair. Stir a tablespoon or two of raw honey into a cup of water, then apply evenly to your hair. Let this sit for 30-60 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Or you can put on a shower cap and leave it on overnight.


Olive oil is famous as a moisturizer, but it also contains gentle lightening agents. Coat your hair with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, and leave it to soak in for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual to remove. Olive oil is moisturizing, so it’s good to use on dry, damaged hair, and can be used safely on a regular basis.

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