Natural ways to dye your hair blonde

Updated April 17, 2017

What lengths would you go to dye your hair blonde? Unnatural blondes use chemicals such as peroxide to strip the colour from their hair. This leaves the hair damaged and weak. There are natural ways to dye your hair blonde. These methods do not work as fast as peroxide, but they are less damaging to your hair and can be used safely at home without risk to your health.

Lemon Juice

Both freshly squeezed and concentrated lemon juice may be used to lighten hair and dye it blonde. Mix lemon juice with a little water and spray it onto the damp hair. The mixture needs heat to react, so either use a hair-dryer or sit in the sun. After 30 minutes, rince the lemon juice from the hair. The process should be repeated every other day until the desired colour is reached. Lemon juice can dry out hair. To avoid this, condition after use and add a couple of drops of olive oil to the mixture.

Chamomile and Marigold Infusion

Chamomile and marigold flowers have been used to colour fabrics for hundreds of years. To dye hair, the flowers are boiled in water to make a tea. Then the hair is rinsed with the tea several times a week. The tea infusions will lighten hair, making it blonder.


Henna is a paste made from the Lawsonia Inermis shrub. It has been used for thousands of years in India to decorate the hands and faces of brides-to-be. Henna can also be applied to the hair. Once the henna has dried, it will flake away naturally and the hair beneath will have absorbed the natural dye within the paste. Pure henna creates a reddish-brown colour, but it can be mixed with other herbs to produce black and yellow. Henna can be used repeatedly without health risks.

Natural Dye Shampoos

Natural dye shampoos such as Aveda and Artec contain a blend of herbal ingredients designed to lighten your hair. Used as a normal shampoo, these dye shampoos recommend leaving the lather on the hair for several minutes before rinsing. Used daily over a few weeks, the shampoo will begin to lighten the hair. According to, you shouldn't expect miracles. Although the shampoo will lighten your hair gradually, if you are dark brunette or black, it is likely never to dye your hair bright yellow.

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Alan Faeorin-Cruich has been writing and editing professionally since 2001. He has worked for publications such as "FLAGS Press" and "3DK." He specializes in legal and business topics. Faeorin-Cruich has a bachelor's degree from Edinburgh Napier University.