Natural Hair Lightener

This ritual used to be one I would do every spring and summer, to lighten my hair. I call it a ritual because in retrospect it had overtones of an earth-honoring beauty ritual. I dried my hair with this plant-based rinse on my hair in the sun. Growing up in the north, I have always found time in the sun to be warming on many levels.

Try this one-ingredient rinse to lighten your hair with the sun:

The only ingredient you need, besides the sun, is fresh squeezed lemon juice. After washing your hair, pour about one-quarter to one-half of a cup of lemon juice onto your hair (use more or less, depending on the length of your hair), and without rinsing, go lie in the sun until your hair is completely dry. Rinse if desired.

By Annie B. Bond

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Makayla Morgan
Makayla Morgan2 years ago

if i did it and then went swimming in chlorine water would it affect my hair

Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago


Noreen Niamath
Noreen Niamath2 years ago

It only works on already light hair, don't expect to see a difference if you have black hair.

Nils Anders Lunde


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


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Dolly Navina L.3 years ago

Nice ! :)

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

susan k.
susan k.3 years ago

I remember doing this when I was a teen , it works great , A great tip is to add it in a fine tip squeeze bottle and make natural streaks .Thanks for the reminder.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for sharing