Using natural items, you can lighten your black or brown hair at home. Unlike using store-bought dyes, lightening your hair at home doesn‘t give you immediate results, but within a few weeks, your hair will start to lighten. Your hair will be healthy, while radiating vibrant color that looks natural. There are several methods to lighten your hair at home and they all work well, as long as you practice them consistently.

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Spray your hair with hydrogen peroxide. Fill a spray bottle with 2 parts peroxide and 1 part water. Spray the mixture generously through your hair. Use a comb to evenly distribute the peroxide from your roots to the ends of your hair. Leave the peroxide in your hair for 15 to 30 minutes before washing out with shampoo. Spray your hair with peroxide every other day to avoid dry hair.

Create a lemon juice lightener. Mix together 1 part lemon juice, 1 parts water and 1 tsp. olive oil. The olive oil acts as a conditioner, replacing the moisture in your hair that the lemon takes away. Apply a generous amount of lemon juice mixture throughout your hair and sit in the sun. The sun will activate the lemon’s bleaching power. Rinse your hair after 15 to 20 minutes.

Rinse your hair with chamomile. Place ½ cup of chamomile flowers in 6 cups boiling water. Allow the flowers to boil for 30 minutes. After boiling, strain the contents into a large bowl and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Tilt your head over the bathtub or sink, with the bowl of chamomile directly underneath your hair. Use a cup to pour the rinse throughout your hair, allowing the bowl to catch any excess contents. Continue pouring the contents through your hair several times. Allow the chamomile rinse to sit in your hair for 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as normal.

Sleep with honey in your hair. Mix together ¾ cup honey and ½ cup hair conditioner. Distribute this mixture generously throughout your hair. Fold all of your hair so that it is secured at the top of your head. Use a shower cap to contain the honey. Allow the honey mixture to sit in your hair for up to eight hours. It’s easiest to do this before bed so that you can sleep through the night while your hair is being lightened. Wash and condition your hair in the morning.

Lighten your hair with rhubarb. Mix ¼ cup freshly chopped rhubarb in 2 cups boiling water. Allow the rhubarb to boil for a few minutes before straining into a bowl. Allow the mixture to cool before using. After shampooing your hair as normal, rinse the rhubarb throughout your hair. Wait a few minutes before conditioning.

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Natural Hair Care Recipes