Products to lighten hair without dye?

abbievaabbieva Posts: 5Registered Users
I have highlighted my 2b hair for years. Recently my colorist started charging much more so I tried someone new. She basically colored me back to my natural dk blond/lt brwn color. I plan to go back to my regular stylist in several weeks, but in the mean time is there anything I can use to lighten my hair. I know stuff like sun in is crap and will leave my hair orange. But, maybe something natural might work better? Or should I just wait it out still I can go back and see my regular guy? The woman I went to used a toner and it just didn't lighten my hair. I am much darker than I'm used to. TIA


  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    Honey. I did honey masks twice a week and used a bit of honey in my gel every day and after the first week my hair was all toned with a medium golden color. The peroxide in it lightens nicely with no noticeable damage for my 3b hair. And I'm very damage prone!
  • abbievaabbieva Posts: 5Registered Users
    Was the honey mask pure honey? How long did it take to see changes?
  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    Yes pure raw honey is what i used. Sometimes id add conditioner. And after a week, i noticed. I have a pic here...this is all i have sorry it's not the best but my hair is naturally almost black and this was after 3 weeks. So 6 masks and daily use of a drop in my gel. This was a huge difference. Everyone thought i lightened my hair.

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  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    This is how dark it was prior. For reference. Hope it helps.
  • earthnutsearthnuts Posts: 39Registered Users
    Here is the original honey lightening thread on another forum. Tons of info.

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  • anonymous_115090anonymous_115090 Posts: 25Registered Users
    I have heard from a lot of people that lemon juice is fantastic for highlights. You can just mix some in with your conditioner so it doesn't dry out your hair, or just mix a little water with it and spray it in.
  • SusieSuzeSusieSuze Posts: 524Registered Users
    I wonder if anyone's tried honey + lemon... must work great??
  • abbievaabbieva Posts: 5Registered Users
    Thank everyone. Honey sounds really interesting. I don't have any right now, but I do have some fresh lemons. So I might try mixing some with my conditioner. I think I used it when I was younger, but I can't remember how it worked.
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I heard cinnamon and conditioner helps. There's like a huge thread about honey lightening in some forum somewhere. You can google it or I can find it for you if you like. I really recommend you looking at it. They pretty much experimented about it, posted their results, and tried to find the dilution ratio that works the fastest. And they have a list of pure raw honey. And what you can add, like olive oil cinnamon to make it work better.

    I've also done lemon sprayed in my hair out in the sun and sometimes hydrogen peroxide just for a while.. Though I don't recommend it cuz it can be drying but it worked pretty well. I have highlights from the lemon as a spray and the peroxide lightened my hair over all cuz I used it in a rinse. Just make sure you dilute it and condition your hair.
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    Chamomile tea is supposed to help too..
    So I suggest that you can dilute the lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide with chamomile tea.
  • country_curlycountry_curly Posts: 35Registered Users
    can lemon juice lighten without sunlight or does it need sunlight to work?
  • country_curlycountry_curly Posts: 35Registered Users
    btw, depressedcurls, your hair looks really pretty and it looks like u got some awesome results :)
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I've only used lemon juice when I was out so I'm not sure whether it works without sunlight. But I do recommend using it outside in than sun because it supposedly made it more effective. Plus it could be drying so condition. I rather have dry hair from lemon juice lightened in the sun than dry hair from lemon juice not lightening without the sun... And again, condition.
  • country_curlycountry_curly Posts: 35Registered Users
    oh ok i was just wondering cuz im thinking about adding some lemon juice to the cold water that i rinse with, for shine. but i thought it might maybe lighten my hair simultaneously? lol i'll let u guys know then, i guess, if i notice a difference
  • redhead17redhead17 Posts: 11Registered Users
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    I've never tried any of these methods, but I'm planning to as soon as I can get the resources.
  • nevaeh72nevaeh72 Posts: 5Registered Users
    You could use"Sun-in" it works very well all you have do is go on the sun its AMAZING. It lighting your hair very quick depending on how long in the sunImageUploadedByCurlTalk1371958933.820958.jpg
  • rissapryorrissapryor Posts: 8Registered Users
    How do you do a honey mask
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  • sarahoesarahoe Posts: 3Registered Users
    Lemon Juice. Take lemon juice, and put it in a spray bottle and dilute it with some water.
  • Wurly_GirlWurly_Girl Posts: 41Registered Users
    On Long Hair Community forum there's a HUGE thread about Honey lightening ;)
    Honey thread - from TBB and bits from old LHC

    I second the lemon juice and camomile advices and i add another one: beer and sunlight (spray beer on hair, then go outside :)).
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