How to lighten dirty blonde hair without bleach?
Ready to get a natural blonde or a pretty brunette on a budget? Highlighting some or all of your curls can be a great way to add some shine to your mane without being too drastic with your hair color. But worried about the drastic effects of bleach or how to go about it?
Whether you’re adding highlights, going for a trendy ombre, or planning on going all-in on the beach, here are some tips to brighten up your hair without compromising the texture.
First, Choose your Natural Hair and Skin Color
Before applying any hair color, it is important to consider your natural hair color and skin tone. Therefore, consider natural undertones when choosing a lighter shade for your hair.
- A simple test to see if you have a warm or cold tone is to look at the veins in your wrist. Do they look green? They probably have warmer tones. If they look blue, you’re probably cool. Somewhere in the middle? You are neutral.
- You can add warm tones like honey or caramel to your hair to complement your warm tones. Cool hair tones, such as ash blondes and platinum, on the other hand, look great against cool tones. And if you are neutral, congratulations! You can shake almost any hue.
5 Best Ways to Lighten your Dirty Blonde Hair
Skip bleach if you want to lighten your hair without going to the hairdresser. At best, you get an uneven tone or a different shade than you thought it would be. It can burn, break, and cause hair loss on the scalp in the worst case. And then you may have to spend more money and time visiting a hairdresser or doctor to repair the damage.
Therefore, “I do not recommend bleaching your hair at home unless you are an experienced and certified professional,” warns Davis. Fortunately, there are four much safer ways to lighten your hair at home without the risk of bleaching failure.
Apply Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a mild oxidizing agent. It is similar to bleach but on a much smaller scale. The acidity of lemon juice chemically reduces the pigmentation of the hair, which is why it can make hair lighter and “whiter.” The lemon juice in lemons is thermally activated, so once the heat from the sun opens the hair cuticles, the lemon juice can begin to lighten the hair color. Thus, by incubating hair with lemon juice before going out in the sun, this “whitening” process is accelerated. Try mixing one part lemon juice and two parts water, and then soak your hair before dyeing it next time.
Apply Vitamin C to your Hair
Vitamin C is an effective skin lightener because it contains citric acid. Rachel regularly tells customers to try shampoos that contain vitamin C. “This one is easy. You crush some vitamin C, add it to a spray bottle, and spray it on. It brightens hair and removes minerals. accumulate,” Rachel explains.
Exposure to the Sunshine
Your hair will light up on its own when exposed to UV and UVA rays. Spray equal amounts of lemon juice and water on your hair and leave it in the sun to speed up this process. “The safest way to lighten skin at home is with lemon juice diluted with water,” says Davis. Sitting in the sun makes this process easier. However, Davis only recommends this method for people with naturally blonde hair, as used on brown hair can bring out a red/orange color in the hair.
Apply Chamomile Tea
The benefits of chamomile are not limited to making delicious tea. Chamomile can also be used to lighten hair! It is 100% natural and will not break the hair cuticle. It just makes the color lighter. It doesn’t make a dramatic difference, but it can lighten your hair. Pure chamomile also helps to rejuvenate dull hair and give it a fresh and healthy glow. Make a few cups of chamomile tea and apply to the entire hair. It works even better when you can lie in the sun. If not, soak the chamomile tea before the regular shower routine. Try leaving it on your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing it off and proceeding to your normal routine.
Application of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) seems to answer everything these days. ACV is a popular at-home treatment for many beauty routines, including thinning hair. ACV works as a brightener as it helps balance the pH levels in our hair. It is an acidic substance that gently lightens hair strands by dissolving unwanted oil, dirt, and residue in your hair. As a bonus, ACV is also a great detangling tool and can also help manage frizz.
You will want to dilute the ACV by mixing it with five times as much water. After shampooing and before conditioning, pour this mixture on your hair and massage for about 30 seconds. Then rinse and continue with your conditioner. ACV is one of our favorite ingredients to add to our conditioner; It does wonder for your hair and your scalp.
Say Bye-Bye to Bleach
Going from dark hair to a lighter color can stress your hair. Before resorting to bleach, try these more natural hair lightening methods first. Whichever way you decide to use it, the Prose Pre-Washing Mask and Shampoo are both great when it comes to skin lightening. They are individually formulated based on the intended density, condition, and treatment of your hair.
It’s important to remember that lightening hair is a process – don’t expect instant results, especially when using natural hair lightening methods. It can take a few treatments to get the shade you want, and that’s okay. Trust us, don’t fade your hair color. You will thank us later. Bleaching can cause irreparable damage; it is worth trying the natural methods first.
No matter how you decide to lighten your hair, this article is guaranteed to treat your hair with love and care.