Natural Hair Lighteners?

CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
I wanted to naturally lighten my hair..it's black for the most part..but in the sunlight it's a dark brown. I wanted to dye my hair but i REALLY don't wanna put all those chemicals in it so i was trying to see if anyone has tried to lighten their hair naturally. I searched on Google and I saw a bunch of posts about lemon juice and but also i saw just as many post about lemon juice giving you terrible split ends. So i wanted to hear from some people who have actually tried this lemon juice thing or another natural hair lightener and how did it work for them?
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  • lodylody Posts: 334Registered Users
    The issue with lightening dark hair like that is it almost inevitably will go RED if you don't dye back over it.
    That's why sun-in (and lemon has the same effect as sun in, just with natural stuff instead of hydrogen peroxide) is very much not recommended for darker hair unless you are looking for that orangy red.
    I use sun in (well, an equivalent, not that brand) to make my hair blonde, but I am naturally a dark blonde/light brown, so it's not the same. As far as damage, my hair is not in amazing shape, but I don't find it makes it worse (and it's that completely dull shade of brown un-bleached, so I'm not willing to just let it be and see if it's in better health that way XD
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  • CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
    Oh ok..so i couldn't get my hair to be say this color or a little darker..without it going red?
    12-corbin-bleu-400a070907.jpg
    CG Since Nov 2008 and Currently using:
    Co-wash: VO5 strawberries and cream
    Conditioner: Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberries
    Gel:Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparklites(only use when pulling my hair back in slick ponytail)

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  • lodylody Posts: 334Registered Users
    I can't see your picture, so I can't say, but what it gives you, I believe, is this kind of color (darker at first, but tending towards this shade: )
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    Now sun in is quite cheap, so you can always do a test on the hair that you pull out with a comb in the shower or such, or just test a strand on the underside of your head.
    3a in Paris
    I use:
    Garnier Ultra Doux conditioners
    High in glycerin conditioners
    As much gel as possible
    Testing out flax seed gel
    Plopping, for around 30 minutes
    Pixiecurl drying
    Pineappling

  • CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
    Or does anyone know of any product that will lighten dark hair just a tad..i don't want a DRAMATIC difference..just subtle where you can noticeably tell that the color has changed.
    CG Since Nov 2008 and Currently using:
    Co-wash: VO5 strawberries and cream
    Conditioner: Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberries
    Gel:Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparklites(only use when pulling my hair back in slick ponytail)

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  • CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
    Oh wow that's pretty red!! EEK! hmm Here's my picture..you can see slightly that a few strands are more dark brown that black.

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    I definitely don't think that shade of red would look good on me tho...darn..i really wanted a lighter color..it's summer and all my friends are going lighter and I want to too :(...hmm i guess i could do the test and see what happens
    CG Since Nov 2008 and Currently using:
    Co-wash: VO5 strawberries and cream
    Conditioner: Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberries
    Gel:Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparklites(only use when pulling my hair back in slick ponytail)

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  • eche428eche428 Posts: 2,782Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Oh ok..so i couldn't get my hair to be say this color or a little darker..without it going red?
    12-corbin-bleu-400a070907.jpg

    The best way to achieve this is to go to a professional. Personally I'd never try to lighten this many levels on my own. I've turned myself Bozo the Clown red too many times in the past. Also going this light will more than likely cause some damage and might effect your curl pattern on the lightened hair. A color specialist could definitely do this for you though.
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  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    Here's the deal...

    At the end of the day - every single one of you - no matter how dark your hair is - has red tones in it. Here's where the color wheel from your elementary school art class comes in handy.
    colorwheel.gif

    If you want to get rid of a color, the easiest way to do that is to dye over with it's opposite on the color wheel. What's across from red? Green!!

    Hair color that does not have red tones in it uses green dye to cancel out the red tones. That's why you see things like "Ash Blond"... it's a blond that uses a green tint to cancel out the red.

    When you put lemon juice on your hair, all you are doing is removing color. That still leaves the red tones there. So unless you dye over it, you're gonna have some red.
  • CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
    Yikes, IDK..i'm really hesitant to go to a salon. I have trust issues, especially with my hair lol. I've never gone to a salon before and I don't even let my mom do anything to my hair unless i need her help slicking it down into a neat ponytail(my hair is so thick I can't do it by myself :/). Plus they might try to talk me into getting it cut or cut it without telling me and that's a no-no lol. I don't know..I mean I want to go just a tad bit lighter. Like if you look on this chart
    ETCOLORS.jpg
    My current color would probably be the 6E..black with a few lighter hints in it...now i would like to get to 10E...still dark but noticibly lighter...I guess using corbins picture wasn't a good idea..his hair has like blonde tones in it. But also if it's going to ruin my curl patter I DEFINITELY don't want to do it. My friend who is dirty blonde told me she rubs hydrogen peroxide in her hair and goes and lays out in the sun or blowdry it and does that for three days and by then it's almost platinum blonde..is peroxide damaging to the hair too(she has straight hair btw)
    CG Since Nov 2008 and Currently using:
    Co-wash: VO5 strawberries and cream
    Conditioner: Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberries
    Gel:Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparklites(only use when pulling my hair back in slick ponytail)

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  • CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
    morrighu wrote: »
    Here's the deal...

    At the end of the day - every single one of you - no matter how dark your hair is - has red tones in it. Here's where the color wheel from your elementary school art class comes in handy.
    colorwheel.gif

    If you want to get rid of a color, the easiest way to do that is to dye over with it's opposite on the color wheel. What's across from red? Green!!

    Hair color that does not have red tones in it uses green dye to cancel out the red tones. That's why you see things like "Ash Blond"... it's a blond that uses a green tint to cancel out the red.

    When you put lemon juice on your hair, all you are doing is removing color. That still leaves the red tones there. So unless you dye over it, you're gonna have some red.


    OOOOHH well that makes since...yeah my sister's hair is naturally lighter than mine and when she goes out in the sun you can see the red tints in her hair..my mom's hair is the same way. Wow..thats interesting..well umm i don't think i'll be dying it green so i'm not sure what i'm gonna do lol
    CG Since Nov 2008 and Currently using:
    Co-wash: VO5 strawberries and cream
    Conditioner: Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberries
    Gel:Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparklites(only use when pulling my hair back in slick ponytail)

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  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    I would suggest getting ahold of some raw honey and try putting that on your hair and getting out in the sun for a bit.

    1) the honey is good for your hair
    2) it will release small amounts of natural peroxide
    3) you can always put it on your pancakes
  • CrazyCurlyHairedGuyCrazyCurlyHairedGuy Posts: 151Registered Users
    morrighu wrote: »
    I would suggest getting ahold of some raw honey and try putting that on your hair and getting out in the sun for a bit.

    1) the honey is good for your hair
    2) it will release small amounts of natural peroxide
    3) you can always put it on your pancakes

    Wow honey...thats different lol. I do love eat it! How would I go about applying it..it's really thick and sticky lol. What are some oter benefits of it? And also how would I find the "raw" honey?
    CG Since Nov 2008 and Currently using:
    Co-wash: VO5 strawberries and cream
    Conditioner: Suave Fresh Mountain Strawberries
    Gel:Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparklites(only use when pulling my hair back in slick ponytail)

    Follow Me on Twitter~~~~~>www.twitter.com/CourtneyAllenW
  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    Just go to your local farmer's market. I use honey in my hair every day. You can see how I do it. Yes, it lightens my hair slightly, but I don't mind. If you want to know how to use professional hair color, head over to the redken eq thread. I just posted a big "how to" in there.

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