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Natural Hair Lightener

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.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:05AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

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

11:03AM PDT on May 13, 2013


8:22AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

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

1:18AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013


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2:08AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Nice ! :)

4:37PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thank you :)

4:20AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

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.

3:31AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

thanks for sharing

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