How to lighten your hair (and dreadlocks)

I dyed my hair 3 months ago but the color had faded and I decided to lighten it. I didn't want to dye it again because of the damage that this would cause to my hair. Here is what I did : 

The ingredients:
-I took a bowl and filled it with 6 cups of water.(some people say that distilled water works best but I used tap water instead)
- 2 chamomile tea bags

- 3 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
-   saran wrap

How to:

First, fill the bowl with hot water and dip in the chamomile bags. Add honey. Stir, so it can melt. Add cinnamon and THEN olive oil. Continue to stir. Let the mixture to sit out for about an hour. This will allow the peroxide levels to be released.
Cinnamon can cause some tingling, so it is recommended that you do a patch test on your skin first. It will also cause some redness but it will go away.
The best way to coat your hair with the mixture is to put your head in the bowl. I tried to pour it once and I lost most of it and I wasn't able to coat my hair evenly. Squeeze out the excess.
During the process of lightening, your hair must stay wet that's why you need to wrap it with saran wrap.
Leave the mixture on for 2 hours. Then wash several times to take off all the cinnamon from your hair.

-The second time I didn't use cinnamon.This time worked very well too.
-And the third time I added 1/4 cup of lemon juice.

Before        After the first application       Third one                   Final result   

When I took the third photo there wasn't the same room lightening as in the 3 other pics  because it was a rainy day. But anyway you can see the difference from the first one. Also my friends asked me if I had dyed my hair so this recipe totally works :)

How to lighten dreadlocks

Here is the recipe :

Boil 4 cups of water. 
Steep 2 chamomile tea bags.
1/2 cup of lemon juice
Add 1 tablespoon of honey and make sure it melts completely.

Let the mixture cool down and then pour it in a spray bottle. You can also add sea salt in there. Spray your locks. Either blow dry them or let them stay like that. Wash them after 2 hours.
(*I've had dreadlocks)


Emy said...

Hmmm must give this a try! ♥

Fleur said...

And you have beautiful hair! :o <3

LediaJ said...

Oh thank you :) <3

Anja said...

sounds great! I think I will try it :)
xoxo anja


Ronja said...

Yes, exactly ;) You have wonderful hairs!
Have a nice day

LediaJ said...

Thank you Ronja :)

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Jaz xo said...

Great post! xo

Robots in Trouble said...

whoa... this is cool. how long did the color last you ?

LediaJ said...

I had my hair like this for one month.Now I have dyed it with henna.But anyway, once you lighten your hair, the color doesn't fade or change until you dye it. Even if it does,you can do the lightening again as many times as you want :)

lisa brandstaetter said...

your hair looks really good! great post! :)

carooolyne said...

Like your result :)

L'Extravagance said...

This is a really smart idea! Definitely worth trying. Your hair looks amazing, especially on the fourth photo :) xx

Sarah E said...

I have medium to dark brown hair and I'm trying this to lighten it before dying with pure henna - I'm going for a natural red/copper look. I'm trying this as we speak, using the mixture with cinnamon instead of chamomile. I'm excited to see how it turns out! I plan to do it a few times before I finally color.

I'm curious to see if it works, since its supposed to have a "peroxide like" effect and I've put straight peroxide on my hair (I know, bad.) for up to an hour with no results.

Two things:
Do you find that heat helps?
How long did you wait before repeating the process?

LediaJ said...

Oh, you reminded me of something I haven't included in the post.If your hair is naturally that color, I don't think the recipe will help.It will only lift the color you've dyed it with or henna.I say this because I didn't notice any change of the color of my roots.Because I dyed my hair black 2 years ago my natural color turned dark brown and after I used the recipe it remained the same.But I just thought of a solution for you.:D
1.Try the recipe adding the chamomile, too.(2 teabags.Add it in the beginning).Also 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.Don't worry about your hair getting dry because all the other ingredients are the best conditioners ever. So it won't happen :)
2.If you wrap your head very well with the saran wrap,your hair will stay wet and warm.If you want you can also put a towel on your hair.It will get warmer.Plus,it's summer,so it's hot already :D I don't know if it will work better if you blow dry to add heat though.
3.I used the recipe 3 times within 10 days.The time when you do it doesn't matter.You can do it everyday if you want :)
4.Here comes the best part..I recommend you do it 3 times.If you don't notice even a slight change..Henna your hair!! And then use the recipe :D In this case it is guaranteed that it will work :D But you have to be realistic about the results..I don't think your hair will get as light as copper,but it's worth a try.Anyway ,henna looks gorgeous in daylight/sunlight and much lighter that it looks in the dark.However it turns out it will look amazing.I'm sure.
Good luck and I hope you achieve great results :)

Carol Santos said...

Will this recipe work with natural black hair? My hair is naturally black and I dye it black to cover up gray hair. I recently tried a bleaching kit and it was a disaster! I really want to lighten my hair and after doing the bleaching kit, I don't want to use chemicals. Please any advice would be appreciated.

LediaJ said...

I can't guarantee that it will work, but you have to try it.I recently saw a video of an african-american woman who lightened her hair only with cinnamon.Honey and olive oil will def help more.So it really depends on your hair and you'll have to do it many times.If it doesn't work,at least you'll be left with the smoothest hair ever :)
Please feel free to tell me if it worked or not after you try it a couple of times.

Carol Santos said...

Thanks, I will definitely try it and let you know how it turns out. :)

Sehriyo said...

I just made this mixture. The honey mixed fine with the hot water. The oil created trouble. It obviously didn't mix with the water but it didn't let the cinnamon mix either. The cinnamon stuck to the oil blobs and no amount of heating or stirring would get it to dissolve in the water. Some of it did, but most floated on top in dark brown blobs with the olive oil.
How did you avoid this? My mixture ended up being watery with blobs on top!

LediaJ said...

Oh I'm so sorry to have wasted your ingredients.I did it myself yesterday and it ended up exactly how you describe it.I should've written in the post to add cinnamon first and then olive oil.Take a small bowl and add cinnamon first and see how when you add oil afterwards it won't mess it up.

AimeƩ said...

I've never dyed my hair. I have a medium brown color and I used very concentrated cinnamon tea and lots of lemon juice. I put it in a bottle and sprayed it on my hair (I only wanted some highlights) and then I stood out in the sun. It worked really well and it gave me natural-looking golden highlights. I had never heard of cinnamon, I may add it and see how it works.

Dunia Adel said...

I'm Currently trying it. i have dreads and this is the first version of this recipe i've seen for dreads thanks!

Noura☆ said...

Hi, I have dark brown hair, I tried this and nothing changed its kinda frustrating ): I read ur reply below and was wondering whats the color of ur natural hair, before dying it black? Was it light originally? because im thinking of henna-ing my hair then this again, maybe it'll give me the great result u had.. <3

Healthy Beauty said...

The roots of my hair which are dark brown didn't get any lighter either. The recipe only worked on the colored hair. It was like a medium chocolate brown I think. You won't get the same results since our hair colors are different, but however, it will definitely turn out beautiful if you use henna :) I recommend you search some more for recipes with cinnamon for dark hair, preferably from african-american women, since their hair is very dark naturally. And I also think that maybe you should do it more than 3 times to see a significant change. :)
(I'm not sure what my natural color was, maybe a medium brown ? :S Still dark, but not as dark as dark brown :D ) <3

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