4 Ways to Lighten Brunette Hair without Bleach

4 Ways to Lighten Brunette Hair without BleachI have a confession to make. I feel a pang of envy upon seeing some of my friends with beach-waved, blonde hair. My hairstylist tries to convince me to color my hair, but I’m hesitant to do so since I’m afraid to lose its unique tone.

If you’re looking for a way to get lighter hair but don’t want to dye it, keep reading. This week, we’d like to share with your 4 ways to lighten your hair this summer minus the harsh chemicals.

Baking soda

Many of you are probably aware that baking soda can strip your hair off harmful chemicals, but did you know that it can also lighten your hair overtime?

Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with water and use it as a rinse. Repeat once a month and the pigment should be lifted out of your hair after several weeks.

Chamomile tea

Tea, particularly chamomile tea, is a great lightening agent. Chamomile is one of the gentlest essential oils. So, it’s safe even on color-treated hair.

Brew a cup of chamomile tea. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and allow it to cool. Once the tea has cooled, rinse your hair with it. Wear a shower cap and leave it on for 15 minutes. This treatment works best if used multiple times.


Lemon juice has been used as a natural hair lightener for years. Mix 2 tablespoons of pure lemon juice with 6 tablespoons of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz liberally on clean, damp hair.

Lemon juice can have a drying effect on hair. So be sure to follow it up with a conditioning treatment.

Use a clarifying shampoo

Clarifying shampoos contain powerful surfactant that is capable of stripping away hair dye, chemicals and grime. Keep in mind, though, that clarifying shampoos can be drying to your hair. A deep conditioner can help.


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