The Best way to Lighten and Highlight your Hair Naturally: It Actually Works - hair buddha

The Best way to Lighten and Highlight your Hair Naturally: It Actually Works

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If you look around, nature has so much to offer.

Yes you can even highlight your hair to the glowing shades of gold or copper using common kitchen ingredients.

The most popular DIY hair highlighters are lemon juice, baking soda, salt and staying in sun. But too much of any of them can be drying and/or damaging to your hair.

If you want to lighten your hair but don’t want to damage them, use Chamomile

This beautiful fragrant flower gives a really beautiful golden tint to the hair so if you are blonde then your hair will be much more brighter and radiant and if you have brown hair, it will become 2 or 3 shades lighter.

Colouring properties of chamomile: chamomile contains a special pigment called apigenin, which gives hair a golden tint. Out of the two varieties of chamomile – German and Roman – German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) contain a higher concentration of the colour producing substance.

Chamomile is also a superb hair tonic and works to nourish and strengthen the hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth.

You can even use chamomile in place of your regular condition as it helps to soften and moisturise the hair and restores its natural shine. Besides, chamomile is also used to soothe the itchy scalp and may help with dandruff.

Another safe natural hair lightener is lime peel. A mild astringent, lime peel adds luster to dull hair and helps to purify the scalp skin.

The two together – chamomile and lime peel – work really well to lighten your hair, whilst keeping it looking healthy, strong and shiny.

Lighten Your Hair Naturally

Chamomile to Lighten Hair

To lighten your hair, simply brew some chamomile and lime peel tea. You can also add other herbs such as calendula, oat-straw, mullein, and rhubarb to create blond hair tones. And if you desire copper tones you can add some marigold (gendha phul) or henna to this tea.


Optional add-ins

How to make:

Boil the water to a boil, reduce the heat and add chamomile and lemon peel (and other herbs if using). Cover the pan and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep until cool. Strain and use.

How to use:

You can use this chamomile infusion 2 ways:

1. Hair lightening hair rinse: Slowly pour it over your wet hair, and massage the infusion into your hair and scalp. Leave the rinse on for about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing out. For extra boost, just leave-in and let your hair dry naturally.

With repeated use, it will subtly lighten the colour of your hair and bring out natural highlights.

Rinse tip: Catch the dripping in a bowl and reapply several times. You can also use squeeze bottle for easy application and even distribution. You can find them at beauty store or online.

2. Hair lightening hair Spray: Pour the infusion in a spray bottle and spritz your hair and scalp and leave on. Repeat every day or every other day.

Storage: Keep refrigerated and it will stay good for a week or two.

Replacing lime peel with lime juice is not a good idea

Lime peel powder to lighten your hair

Lime peel powder

Lime peel powder to lighten your hairLime juice is good for hair, but not good for repeated use. If you want to use this rinse frequently, lime juice can be very drying for your hair and may cause it to become rough over time.

Also, if you want to choose between lime and lemon, choose lime, as it is more beneficial for the hair.

To the right → my mother-in-law sent me this jar full of lime peel powder. And it’s homemade 🙂

You can make your own lime/lemon peel powder by simply drying out the peels and then grind them in the grinder. Or you can also buy them here.

Enjoy Your Goldilocks!

Have you ever used chamomile to lighten your hair? Share your experience below…

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I made the spray bottle, but it went bad after a few days. Anything you can recommend to keep it better for a longer time?

    Minaz says

    It won’t keep for more than a week in the fridge. You can freeze the extra in ice cube trays and unfreeze as and when required.

Celeste says

I used chamomile on my baby fine hair, which tends to really take in colour, for over a year steeping 6 chamomile bags for hours and keeping the rinse on my hair and not rinsing out with water, but it never DID ANYTHING WHATSOEVER. There was not even a hint of colour, nothing, so not sure why people say it works because it does not. I ended up using Clairol Sahara blonde natural herbal instincts with no ammonia and absolutely love the colour, which is close to the colour I was born with so could not be more pleased. I was hoping to get this result with the chamomile rinse. So save yourself the money and time and just get herbal instincts

    Irina says

    Maybe your hair has low porosity, so it doesn’t absorb too well the mixture, it doesn’t stain easily.

Claudia says

So I love alma as a conditioner but it is darker than my natural hair colour which I like so can you rinse with this every now and then to lighten abit or is that not a good idea ?

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Yes, you can alternate the two.

harshavardu says

Where do we even get this dry chamomile flowers or calendula oil here in india? Does this work for men too?

    Eerie says

    Try buying chamomile tea bags

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Ina says

Love this.. great chemical free option.

Rita says

Is it permanent?

San Tamashi Beauty says

I love your post! It is a good remedy to lighten hair, I’ve used it and it works, and chamomile tea is also good for the eyes, eliminates toxins and gives

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    I didn’t know chamomile tea is good for eyes. Thanks for sharing!

    I drink it before bed, makes me sleep like a baby.

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