Homemade Hair Bleaching Tips

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Homemade Hair Bleaching Tips
Bleach hair with natural ingredients that may already be in the cupboard. (shaker style doors image by Rob Hill from Fotolia.com)

Chemical bleaching can dry out and damage hair because it strips the hair of its natural oils. The bleach exposes its user to harsh fumes and the skin absorbs toxic chemicals. However, there are homemade hair bleaching methods that can allow a person to lighten hair using natural ingredients that may already be in the cupboard. These homemade approaches are effective at lightening hair and serve as an excellent alternative to chemical hair bleach.

Sun and Lemon Juice

The suns rays act as a natural lightener. They change the water content in the hair and rearrange the molecular structure of hair's pigments. This affects the way light is reflected and the density of colour pigments, producing a lighter hair colour. To intensify sun bleaching, rub a mixture of 2 Tbsp of lemon juice with 6 Tbsp water into hair while it is being exposed to sun.

Homemade Hair Bleaching Tips
Apply a mixture of lemon juice and water onto hair to intensify sun bleaching. (juicy lemon image by Cherry-Merry from Fotolia.com)

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile flower has long been noted for its bleaching abilities. Chamomile flowers or chamomile tea can be used to create a homemade hair bleaching rinse. Place 1/4 cup of chamomile flowers or two chamomile tea bags into 2 cups of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for at least 15 minutes or longer. The water will become infused with chamomile and once cooled it may be repeatedly poured onto hair, creating a natural hair bleaching rinse.

Homemade Hair Bleaching Tips
Chamomile flowers offer a natural bleaching effect. (Some chamomiles image by amlet from Fotolia.com)


Cinnamon is not just a spice, but also an effective natural lightener. It works as sort of a natural hydrogen peroxide that lifts hair colour to a visibly lighter shade. Mix 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon with 1 cup of water, a 1/2 cup honey and 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil to create the homemade bleaching paste. Apply paste evenly through hair and allow to sit for a minimum of 4 hours to achieve a lighter hair colour.

Homemade Hair Bleaching Tips
Cinnamon acts as a natural hydrogen peroxide. (cinnamon image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

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