How to naturally lighten your hair – 5 easy ways!

How to naturally highlight your hair

We all crave those sun-kissed locks, but sometimes we are looking for ways to change our hair without committing to anything too drastic. If you’re looking for a more natural hair colour and don’t want to spend hours at the salon, then this post is for you! Here are some tried and tested tips and methods on how to naturally lighten your hair.

The best ways to naturally lighten your hair are:

  • Lemon juice
  • Honey and cinnamon
  • Vitamin C
  • Baking soda and peroxide
  • Salt water

Read more about each one below!

#1 Lemon juice

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Lemon juice is a natural hair lightener. It can be used to gradually lighten your hair, without the harsh chemicals.

Lemons are a great ingredient in hair products because they contain citric acid which helps provide shine and brightness. Plus, it’s easy and cheap to use!

Just put some lemon juice neat into a bowl and brush it on (try using a hair dye brush) in places you would like natural highlights – your hairline, temples and fringe.

And that’s it! Go out into the sun and let the lemon juice works its magic.

Don’t expect miracles, but you can keep doing the lemon lightening until you get the look you’re after.

Just seal the ends of your hair with some hair serum if the lemon dries it up in the sun.

Works best for: Blonde and already highlighted hair.

#2 Honey and cinnamon

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Honey and cinnamon are two natural ingredients that can be used to lighten your hair.

Not only is honey a great hair conditioner, it actually contains a teeny bit of hydrogen peroxide! That’s right friends – it’s a natural bleach.

The cinnamon works to activate the bleaching properties of honey and give them a little boost.

The best way to apply it is to mix together:

Then, apply it to your hair all over like a mask and cover your hair with a towel or shower cap.

Leave it on for a few hours, checking the colour as you go. If your hair is really dark, you may want to wear it overnight. Watch out for your pillows!

Works best for: Dark blonde/light brown hair colour.

#3 Vitamin C

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Much like lemon juice, vitamin C can lighten your hair thanks to its colour-stripping, citric properties.

It’s probably the least effective on the list as it’s more of a brightener than a bleaching agent. It removes all dirt, grease and grime from your hair which refreshes the colour.

Crush up a vitamin C tablet and mix it with water before painting onto your hair in all the sun-kissed places.

Leave it to work it’s magic in the sunshine.

Works best for: Brunettes

#4 Baking soda and peroxide

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Do you have dark hair that refuses to lighten despite all your efforts?

Ok, this isn’t chemical-free. But if you don’t want to go the whole hog of highlighting your hair, baking soda and peroxide is a quick n easy alternative.

Combine baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to create a paste that can sit on your hair for several hours. This will allow enough time for gentle chemical reactions between ingredients, which only happen as soon as they come in contact with each other.

To fight stubborn greys or touch up roots, just combine one cup of baking powder into three tablespoons of regular store-bought bleach and create an ultra-powerful formula. Leave the mixture on overnight (wear a shower cap!) so it has an ample amount of time to work its wonders.

Check it at intervals to make sure it’s not turning your hair a nasty shade of orange! You may need to lighten dark hair with bleach to get the desired effect.

Works best for: Dark and black hair

#5 Salt water

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If you already colour your hair, salt water is a really effective natural way to fade some of your hair dye fast.

Salt water opens up your hair follicles which lets the sun in and the hair colour out. It can be drying, so make sure you condition your hair with lots of love and a good deep conditioner that’s suitable for dyed hair afterwards.

Just mix up a salt water solution and spray some in your hair when you hit the beach.

For those who love the beachy waves look, it’s a natural, on-trend look that will get heads turning this summer.

Works best for: Coloured hair


So there you have it! A few natural ways to lighten your hair and keep it healthy.

We hope this article has been helpful for those of you who want to know how to naturally lighten your hair yourself, or if you’re just curious about how these methods work.

The best thing about all of these top tips and tricks is that they’re perfectly safe to try them all to find the one that works best for you.

Happy experimenting with your locks!