How to Lighten Black Hair without Bleach

how to lighten dyed hair without bleach

If you are like me then you most probably know the dangers of using bleach to try and lighten your black hair. It all started when I was in high school and all the cool girls had lighter hair. To try and fit in I decide to do what no one in his right mind should ever do. Bleach!

Dangers of Bleaching

My hair became dry and very inelastic. This forced me to use the little pocket money I had, to buy expensive moisturizers. Most of the time I was always broke.

When I realized that I was losing hair, it dawned on me that these girls were bad news. I had no option but to decide to find new friends who would respect me as I was. My hair would fall off at any time and in an uneven manner. I had to wear a wig to conceal my misfortune.

Trust me when I tell you that trying to reverse a bleaching effect is costly and may not work. When I was desperate for their attention I used all sorts of chemicals. I didn’t care, the pressure to fit in had blinded my logical thinking and I paid dearly for it. It took me two years to regain my normal hair color and texture.

TIP: There are better ways of how to lighten hair without bleaching. Always be a natural lady.

How to Lighten Hair Naturally without Bleach

There is only one safe way of lightening hair without bleaching. That is going natural. The best way to approach this is to use home remedies and if you prefer over the counter products, make sure these products are sulfate free.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider is the best natural method you can opt for. Though apple cider will gently lighten your hair, it has other important benefits that you should not overlook. It helps to dissolve oil and residue build up in your hair.

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Do not forget to dilute the vinegar with the same proportion of water. So as to achieve maximum results, you will have to do this for at least two weeks.

Using Cinnamon and Honey Mask

In case you were never good at chemistry, I will explain it to you as I would explain an 11-year-old. When you mix cinnamon and honey, a chemical reaction takes place. This is because honey mask contains some traces of hydrogen peroxide. This activation is what you need to lighten up your hair without bleaching it.

I know what you are thinking. Why not just use hydrogen peroxide alone instead of this ‘complicated chemistry’? The answer is simple. Hydrogen peroxide cannot rest on your hair long enough to lighten it. It will just dry out.

Use Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an effective hair-lightening agent as it contains citric acid. The best way to add this to your hair is to crush up some vitamin C and add it to your spray bottle. The acid will brighten your hair and at the same time remove any mineral build up.

Lemon Juice

I hope by now you know why lemon is a miracle fruit. It is easy to find in your local grocery store and it is fairly affordable depending on where you come from. A word of caution to all ladies out there; most of those products that claim to have lemon as an ingredient are most probably telling you the truth. However, they often contain harmful products such as sulfates and you do not want them in your hair.

Never use concentrated lemon juice as this will destroy your hair. You should dilute it with water and then sprinkle it on your hair. Let the sun dry the hair for more 30 minutes.

How to Lift Dark Hair Color without Bleach

A lift is a hair color that is used to lighten your hair without bleaching it. It can either be temporary or permanent like a high lift color. Use of a lift is ideal and recommendable especially if you are not a very big fan of bleaching.

Unlike other hair dyes, lifts have unique components such as a dye pigment, ammonia and 40 vol developer. Once the three major ingredients are mixed together, you have a solution that lightens your hair and at the same time tones it.

When to Use High Lift Dyes

For high lift dyes to be effective, they must be used in the right manner and instructions followed to the latter. One of the golden rules that you should always observe when using this dye, is that you should never use it if you have previously dyed your hair.

The only exception to this case is if your dyed hair has completely grown. The following need to be observed before you use a high lift dye;

  •    Make sure you have virgin hair
  •    Your hair is in perfect shape
  •    Your hair should be light brown or dark blonde.
  •    The required lift level is 3-4

Preparing for high lift dyes

The following requirements are needed;

  •    A mixing bowl
  •    Brush
  •    40 vol developer

Note: Never substitute a 40 vol developer with a 30 vol developer or below. These are substandard products and will not give you the desired outcome.

The second thing you should know is that you should always use an ash shade rather than what you read on the internet. An ash shade will help to counteract the warmth that is generated. I say help because you will need to tone your hair either way.


Once you have all the necessary equipment ready, add two parts of vol to the high lift dye. For the ingredients to mix with relative ease, add a small amount of developer to the dye and as you mix it gradually add more of it.

Once the solution is ready, start to apply it from the back left section. Do not worry as this is not a live or die procedure, you can start wherever you feel comfortable.

Apply the dye to your lengths and then apply to your roots. This way you will not have lighter roots as a result of excessive heat on your scalp.

Let it rest for about an hour so that it can lighten your hair. After an hour, wash your hair.

How to Lighten Dyed Black Hair at Home

The best way to lighten dyed black hair at home is to use shampoo and baking soda. Trust me when I tell you that this actually works.  At first, I doubted its capability, but when I tried it and experimented on my best friend it worked wonders.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to have the right equipment such as a bowl and a towel. You will have to heat water so that you can soak your towel in it and then dump your hair with the warm towel. This is very beneficial as it opens up your hair follicles and it also helps to pull the color off your hair.

Step 2: This where I take you back to chemistry class 101. You will mix your regular shampoo with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. If you exceed the amount of baking soda I will not be held liable for your hair loose. Once the mixture is ready, apply it on your hair as you would a regular shampoo and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Step 3: After 15 minutes wash it off with warm water and then use cold water together with your favorite moisturizer.

TIP: This is not a quick solution to your dye problem. You will need to do this at least 2 times a week to achieve significant results. Where you do not have any baking soda, you can use lemon instead.

Toning Your Hair

After removing them from your hair, you will have to tone it to make sure that the intended color is

What you get. Once you lighten your hair, you will need to use another hair dye so as to get rid of warm tones that appear afterwards.

More: Best Hair Toner

The best hair dye to use should be determined by the shade that you want. If you prefer a light brown color, then it is recommended that you get an ash tone that is in this color. Ash tones do not dye your hair, they just remove the warm tones and give your hair a neutral look.

Always take care of your hair by using natural ingredients in it and not bleaching it with chemicals from rural China.

Irina Tracy

I am a writer, journalist and nonconformist blogger. I was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. When it comes to writing, I like to explore every topic I find to be interesting and I get out all the details about it. I published several books and wrote for national & international publications. Looking forward to share my writing with all you, readers so we can learn new things together with every post!

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