If you desire to get lighter hair, there are plenty of ways to do it—without damaging your hair or spending big bucks. And that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you in this article. Here I have listed the best essential oils to lighten hair naturally using homemade recipes.
- 1 Essential Oils To Lighten Hair
- 2 Essential Oils Recipes To Get Lighter Hair
- 3 Other Ways To Bleach Your Hair
- 4 More Ways To Lighten Hair Naturally
Essential Oils To Lighten Hair
Lemon Essential Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Essential Oils Recipes To Get Lighter Hair
What You’ll need:
- 1/2 cup water
- Lemon Essential oil
How to do it:
- Add 24 drops of lemon essential oil to 1/2 cup of water (use distilled water or boil your water for better results).
- Add some grapefruit for additional support (10 drops) and rosemary (5 drops). These oils provide nourishment for your hair.
- Add your mixture to a glass spray bottle.
How to apply it:
Spray this mixture on your hair before going outside in the sun. The more you use this spray, the lighter your hair will be!
Other Ways To Bleach Your Hair
1. Raw Honey
Lightening your hair is a two-step process. It works by using a bleaching agent, which includes hydrogen peroxide to penetrate your hair shaft in order to break up melanin (pigments). The more melanin that are dispersed, the lighter the color of your hair becomes.
The problem is hydrogen peroxide is a strong chemical. It could leave your hair extremely dry, brittle, and coarse.
Fortunately, raw honey contains a milder form of hydrogen peroxide, which is activated by dilution. This component of honey is generally responsible for its antibacterial activities.  What’s more, honey softens hair, promotes hair growth, and contains antiseptic properties.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
- Vegetable oil (e.g. virgin coconut oil and olive oil)
- Mix raw honey and cinnamon together. To make it less viscous, you could add a small amount of water or vegetable oil into the mixture. A ratio you could follow is 3 parts of raw honey to one part water or vegetable oil.
- Let the mixture sit for 15 to 30 minutes. While waiting, brush your hair to remove tangles.
- Next, apply evenly to your hair using either your hands or an old hair brush. Then wear a shower cap.
- Wash everything off after 1 to 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.
2. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are good bleaching agents because they contain a weak organic acid called citrus acid. This acid is most abundant in lemons and limes, where it consists up to 8% of their dry weight. 
However, citric acid is not enough. It needs the sun’s UV rays and oxygen to oxidize it, said University of Southern California professor Roger Clemens.  And the good thing about it is that citric acid found in lemon or lime is a weak bleaching agent. It lightens your hair without harming it, well, at least not so much that it would cause irreparable damage.
- 1 whole lemon (if you have really long hair, you might need more than one.)
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- First Method: Slice the lemon in half, and then gently rub it on your hair starting from the roots.
- Second Method: Squeeze to get around 1/3 cup of lemon juice. Then add the virgin coconut oil. Strain then transfer the resulting mixture into a spray bottle. Shake well before use.
- Third Method: Dip your clean hairbrush, wide-toothed comb, or soft-bristled toothbrush into the lemon juice. Apply evenly on your hair.
- Whatever method you use, the important thing is your hair is exposed to sunlight for a short time, around 10 to 20 minutes. The rule of thumb is the longer your hair stays under the sun, the lighter it becomes. Just don’t forget to moisturize your hair after.
3. Chamomile Extract
Chamomile extract has long been used in many hair care products as a lightening agent. It’s believed that one of its major bioactive compounds called apigenin is responsible for its effect on hair color. Apigenin works by attaching and covering hair cuticles in order to give it gorgeous golden highlights.
If you’re willing to spend more money, there are many organic shampoos with chamomile extract that you could purchase. Take Klorane Golden Highlight Shampoo as an example. But if you prefer making one from scratch, here’s a hair mask recipe you could use:
- 1 1/2 cups of raw honey
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- Steep 2 chamomile tea bags in 16 ounces (or 2 cups) of hot water for 15 minutes. After it has cooled down, you could already use it to lighten your hair. Simply transfer it into a spray bottle.
- To complete this hair mask recipe, mix the chamomile tea and raw honey in a separate container. Comb your hair before applying the hair mask.
- After application, spend 20 minutes max under the sun. If you’re doing this at night or on days there’s no sun, you can just wear a shower cap.
- Shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Allow your hair to air dry.
More Ways To Lighten Hair Naturally
Baking soda will lighten the hair but it takes a little more time. You can add a spoonful of baking soda in the water and rinse your hair with it. Or add it to your favorite shampoo.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is anti-septic and also contains antioxidants which is great for nourishing hair and scalp. Mix aloe vera gel with honey and lemon to make a powerful mixture that lightens your hair.
Here are detailed steps on how to use aloe vera for hair.
Salt Water Rinse
Salt water rinse will help you get lighter hair. Add 5 spoonfuls of salt into 2 cups of water and rinse your hair with it. This rinse will brighten the hair color and reduce the darkness of your hair.
Vitamin C is great for brightening your hair color. Add a powdered capsule of vitamin C into your shampoo and wash your hair with it. This remedy will gently brighten your hair.
Olive oil contains moisturizing properties which also makes hair soft and glowing. Add some lemon drops to olive oil and apply it to your hair. Let the sun’s UV rays shine on your hair to lighten your hair. Leave the mixture in your hair for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
How to Lighten Hair Naturally – Final Thoughts
Using natural ingredients is great. They tend to be gentler than commercial hair bleaching products. Of course, there are downsides of using homemade hair bleaching recipes. For one, you can’t control the outcome. You may have to do more experiments to find the right ingredients, including the amount and concentration, which would suit your liking.
And if you’ve already dyed your hair countless times, chances are it’s not in the best condition. Thus, I highly encouraged you to do the necessary steps to restore and strengthen it in order to prevent further damage.
Tips for Strengthening Hair
- Ditch your chemical-based hair care products and switch to organic ones. For instance, you can use shampoo products made from lawat, which helps ease scalp itchiness, support hair growth, and prevent excessive hair loss.
- Don’t expose your hair to excessive heat. As you may know, hair styling tools, like blow dryer and curling iron, can cause split ends and brittle hair.
- Regularly moisturize your hair and scalp using natural oils. One of my favorites is virgin coconut oil, which is able to deeply penetrate your hair to truly repair and nourish it. 
- Trim your hair regularly to get rid of split ends and excessive hair loss.
What natural ingredients have you used that worked perfectly to lighten your hair? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!