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In the previous post I introduced you to a completely natural way of making your hair lighter for the upcoming summer months. A few posts ago, I showed you a completely free way of lightening your hair as well! So what else can there still be that could possibly top that? Well, take a seat and make yourself a cup of tea!

A cup of chamomile tea?

Yes, just like me, your hair probably likes a cup of tea from time to time! And you know what? Tea is also a great lightening agent! Especially chamomile tea has a number of different properties that will not only lighten your hair but will also keep it sleek and healthy. Not only is tea great for your hair, but it has a number of other healthy side-effects, almost forcing you to use it!

Step 1: You will have to leave the bag in your boiling water a
while longer (for about 10 – 30 minutes) as you would normally drink your tea. Unless you like it bitter. If you want even stronger tea, keep the pot on a medium heat while the tea is brewing. That way even more of the tea will get into your water.

Step 2: When the tea is cooled down – boiling water on your hair is not a good idea in case you wonder – spray it on your hair with a regular spraying bottle and let it soak in for about 30 minutes.

Step 3: Repeat this for 2 or 3 times to get a better lightening effect.

Step 4: After you’re all done shampoo your hair and rinse out and enjoy a lighter hair color!

Lightening hair with chamomile tea

Lightening hair with chamomile tea is a cheap and healthy way of achieving highlights!

Into the wild

No, I’m not talking about the book or the movie. I’m still talking about tea. The shops are closed and you ran out of tea! It can happen to the best of us… However, tea is basically just dried flowers! So your best option might be to do some forest-hunting (or buy it in advance if you feel less adventures) and get those flowers yourself! Keep an eye out for chamomile flowers, but also marigolds. Similarly to chamomile flowers, marigolds can give you the golden highlights you’ve always dreamed of. A bit more work, but a lot more satisfaction!


Step 1: Put 1 cup of water, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, and some dried marigold flowers in a pot and bring it to a boil.

Step 2: Strain out the flowers and let the liquid cool completely.

Step 3: Put it into a spray bottle, spritz it on dry hair and massage it into the scalp

Step 4: Let the hair air-dry.

Marigold flowers can lighten your hair too

Except for chamomile flowers, marigold flowers can also lighten your hair!

Tea Tips

  • Experiment with longer soaking times to achieve a better effect, one step at a time!
  • Lightening hair with chamomile tea is a great method to achieve some highlights in your hair, but you can also use other teas for other effects! Use for example red tea to bring out red highlights. You can use a variety of red teas such as raspberry, pomegranate, blackberry, … Make sure you use enough teabags so that the tea is nicely red. You can use the same application method as the one you use for your chamomille tea. Experiment with the soaking times (minimum = 30 minutes) and the number of applications to achieve the effect that you want.
  • No chamomile tea? Black tea is also capable of making your hair lighter! Black tea contains tannic acid which is also capable of bringing out the highlights in your hair over time. The amounts of tannic acid (which is a flavoring agent) that are found in food, are perfectly safe to be used on hair or skin. Larger amounts however can cause stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting. So stick to the tea!
  • Coffee is also a great option to bring out natural highlights if you have brown hair. True, it won’t make your hair lighter, but see it as a little extra. Just make a pot of really strong coffee and let it cool down completely. Pour the coffee in the spray bottle and spritzle it all over your hair. Is the sun shining as well? Head on out then for an even better effect.
  • Always remember you can add your favorite ingredients to all of these natural products! Add some honey, or some of your preferred natural shampoo or conditioner, and enjoy the awesome result! Remember to shake, shake, shake!
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