Lightening hair dyed too dark

The best way to lighten hair naturallyEither you’re interested in lightening hair dyed/ colored too dark or if you want to naturally lighten dark hair, you’ve come to the right place to find this out. πŸ™‚ I want to show you several ways in which you canΒ lighten your hair without using hair dye or any other chemical product. Why? Because all these ingredients cosmetic products contain can seriously damage your hair, so much that you might even regret using them.

That said, let’s get to work. If you want to lighten your hair in a natural way, you can use stuff found no further than in your own kitchen! Though I’m not a huge fan of light hair and I always return to dark hair no matter what, I’ve tried these ingredients myself and I can say they work. Some of them not as well as they say, but they do work.

Lemon juice

This is probably the most famous natural ingredient for hair lightening, and I believe one of the reasons for this is that its effect is quite fast and visible. When it comes to me, this is the method that worked best, so I wrote it as a number one.

 best way lighten hair lemon juiceAs lemon contains citric acids, it works very well for any kind of lightening, so you should mix a glass of fresh lemon juice with half a glass of water. In case you want to obtain a lighter (and faster) color, you can try to apply the lemon juice without diluting it with water.

Because lemon contains those acids mentioned before, it could dry your hair, especially if you have curly hair, which is more prone to dryness. In order to prevent this, you can also apply some conditioner together with the lemon juice (diluted or not).

After applying it to your hair, it is recommended to sit in the sun, so that the lemon juice has a better effect. To be honest, I haven’t done that and I still got a lighter color, so in my opinion, this is an optional instruction. You just have to keep the mixture for at least half an hour and then rinse deeply, and you will see a change. At least I have, after only one try. In case you don’t, you can try it again and you’ll notice that your hair is (at least) a bit lighter.


This is also an ingredient that helped me very much, simply because it helped me get rid of one of the things I really hated about my hair: natural highlights. I know most people would call me crazy, because there are a lot of women who pay a lot of money to get highlights, but I really hated them. Maybe I’ll change my mind if I don’t have them anymore, but I don’t really think so.

So, my hair had visible differences of color between the roots and the ends. This was probably because of the sun exposure or who knows, maybe that’s s my hair. Anyway, I had a very dark brown, almost black color at the roots, and a brown color to my hair ends. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you may realize that normally I want the very dark brown shade all over my hair, but once I wanted to give it a try and see if I liked a lighter color. I knew I wouldn’t, but I just wanted to try, in the end I could easily return to my dark hair πŸ˜€

best way naturally lighten hairTherefore, I chose cinnamon this time. I mixed cinnamon powder with a bit of water until it became more liquid, liquid enough to apply it on my hair. As you probably suppose, I only applied it on my roots, because I didn’t wanna make my hair ends get even lighter. So, I applied it on my hair and left it over the night. As far as I know, the minimum is 2-3 hours, but if you can, leave it over night, it won’t make your hair too blond πŸ™‚

After rising with a lot of water to get that thick mixture out of my hair (it was pretty hard, that’s true), I let my hair dry naturally and noticed a much lighter color at my roots. Finally, my hair was no longer highlighted!

Obviously, I didn’t like how I looked with such a light hair and returned to my dark color after a few weeks. But the cinnamon method really did its job, and it did not harm my hair at all, so I was satisfied with having tried πŸ˜€


Even though it’s very sticky and very hard to rinse, honey is a common ingredient of hair masks and hair treatments because it has moisturizing proprieties and it can also lighten your hair. This is because honey contains benzoyl peroxide, an organic compound similar to hydrogen peroxide, which is known as oxygenated water. You have definitely heard of the last as a lightening agent, but I bet you didn’t know honey contains a similar substance. I didn’t, for sure.

lightening hair colored too darkAnyway, you can add some water to the honey, so that it will be easier to apply, and you should let it sit for 5-6 hours, even a night actually. Honey isn’t such a strong lightener as cinnamon or lemon juice, so the more, the better.

The effects may or may not be visible from the first time, it depends. But if you try this thing three times, there has to be at least a small lightening πŸ˜€

However, if you want a rapid and a clear lightening, I recommend you to use either lemon juice or cinnamon. They have a very good effect even on darker hair, so you can really count on them.

Have you tried any natural ingredients in order to lighten your hair? If you have, I’m really curious what you used and how it worked. At the same time, if I can be of any use to you, don’t hesitate to write me and I’ll be really glad to give you an opinion or an advice πŸ˜€

12 thoughts on “Lightening hair dyed too dark

  1. I believe to get great hair we ought to do our best to take care of our hair, taking care of our hair is just as important as taking care of our hair, many person can learn alot from your article you have a wealthy of information here that can help so much people to know all about hair treatment great job with your post

  2. Such interesting new info. I have heard and used lemon juice for hair lightening. Cinnamon and honey are ingredients that I didn’t know had any active lightening acids.
    I wonder what a mixture of all three would do to your hair.
    Is their a natural conditioner I can use to mix with these yummy ingredients?

    • Hi Janelle, I’m glad this post was helpful πŸ™‚

      Hmm, you really made me curious about that mixture…I should try it, but I’m a bit afraid I would end up blonde, which is something I definitely don’t want lol.

      Regarding the conditioner, I usually use Extreme Dry Hair Conditioner from JustNatural, which is 100% organic and for my hair, it works amazing, so I don’t plan to change it very soon. I guess you’re more interested if it protects while lightening your hair, so I can say that it does protect very well.
      Hope I helped πŸ™‚

  3. Hello, Ashley, I am very balding at this point in my life, and the hair I have is brown/greying. I did, however, enjoy your article about hair natural hair lightening techniques.
    I remember growing up in southern California beach area and my hair was long and blonde. 70’s thing. lol
    I used to lighten my hair, as I got older and my hair started getting darker, by using the lemon juice and it actually worked.
    I didn’t know about the peroxide in honey, probably why they have used it for centuries as an antibiotic for cuts and burns.
    Enjoyed visiting your website and reading your articles. Keep up the great service to your readers

    • Hey Bob, I’m glad you liked it. Yes, lemon juice is probably my favorite choice for lightening hair naturally, because it’s a pretty simple way, it can’t really go wrong. Honey is also very good, but lemon juice is still an easier option. πŸ˜‰

  4. Thank you so much for all of this amazing information!!! I am excited to try these remedies at home. You actually inspired me to throw a little hair remedy party with my sisters and mom and show them!

  5. Hi Ashley:

    This is a great article. As a natural blonde who over the years has seen her hair become darker due to age or whatever, I really enjoyed reading this article. I have used lemon juice in the past to make my hair lighter and I like you, highly recommend it. It works quickly and effectively.

    I did not know however about the tricks of using cinnamon and honey. I had no idea about using cinnamon diluted with some water would help with your hair roots. I think I know what I am going to be doing tonight…. πŸ™‚ I am declaring war on my ugly dark hair roots thanks to the ammunition you have given me with this article. πŸ™‚


    • Stephanie, I’m really glad you liked it πŸ™‚

      Wow, so you’re thinking about trying it, that’s great! I’m sooo curious how it works on your hair. If you can, please let me know πŸ™‚

  6. Home remedies don’t seem to have any limitations. Me being a guy, didn’t realize there were home remedies for lightening your hair. Honestly, I am a guy that doesn’t care if I have grey or whatever happens with my receding hair line. However, there are men out there that do care about these things. Would you say that these remedies will work just as well for a guy? What would you suggest to a guy for getting rid of the grey hair?

    Thanks for the great information. Learn something new everyday.

    • Hey πŸ™‚ Haha, yes, I know many people don’t care about their hair color, but I guess there are some who do πŸ™‚

      These things work for every type of hair, so yes, they work for guys too.

      Hmm, I don’t think there is a miraculous treatment that would make grey hair disappear overnight, as far as I know, once your hair gets grey it’s quite impossible to get it back as it was. Then dying is probably the only solution. But if hair hasn’t already got grey, then I guess there are some solutions,probably the most common one would be to try to reduce the stress level (though this is very hard).

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