Best essential oils for lightening natural hair

Hi Beauties! 

I’ve recently been pondering the thought of lightening my hair. I have no idea what color but the black is getting old and I want something new and fresh for the summer. 

I’m very nervous about lightening my hair because as you all know my permed hair broke off years ago when I experimented with permanent coloring. However, I am confident that my hair is at its strongest and is prepared to go through the coloring process again. I love the light reddish tint that I get from henna-ing my hair every couple of months. I would love something aubronish brown (if that makes sense) lol 

I started researching natural ways to lighten hair and came across this fantastic article via The article speaks of ‘The best essential oils for lightening natural hair.”

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is pressed from the skin of the common lemon fruit, Citrus limon. Natural beauty author Dina Falconi recommends it for use in hair-lightening shampoos and rinses. Lemon essential oil also pulls double-duty as a grease-fighter for people with oily hair. If you have dry or damaged hair, lemon oil may be overly drying. Citrus oils can make skin more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid getting lemon oil on your exposed scalp or hairline.

Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit oil carries many of the same pros and cons as lemon oil. Like lemon oil, grapefruit oil comes from the pressed skin of a citrus fruit, in this case the common grapefruit, Citrus paradise. And like lemon oil, grapefruit oil can be over-drying for some hair types. It also also puts you at risk of phototoxic exposure if not used carefully. On the bright side, grapefruit oil lightens hair and puts oily glands in their place. Along with those charms, most people find grapefruit essential oil’s aroma uplifting and energizing – a great attribute for the morning shower. Falconi recommends combining grapefruit and lemon oils in hair-lightening shampoos, rinses and oil treatments..

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile’s tradition of lightening blonde hair goes back centuries, when women infused the daisy-like flower’s fresh or dried petals to make a lightening rinse. Of the chamomile oils produced today, Roman chamomile is best suited for hair products. Roman chamomile oil is distilled from the flowers of the perennial chamomile plant Arthemis nobilis. Because it lightens without drying or over-moisturizing hair, Roman chamomile oil is a good choice for people of all hair types.

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I will most definitely be incorporating these oils into my regimen to see what kind of results I will get before going the permanent route of coloring my hair. 

The article continues by giving the best techniques of using the above oils:


Add lemon, grapefruit or chamomile essential oils directly to your favorite mild shampoo at a rate of about 30 to 40 drops for every 8 ounces of shampoo. Or place one or two drops of one of these brightening essential oils onto your hairbrush before brushing your hair from scalp to ends. Never put the oil in your hands first, because the highly concentrated oils can irritate exposed skin. You may also add two to three drops of essential oils to 2 cups of water or cooled chamomile tea. Use this infused water to rinse hair after shampooing. Finally, consider adding a few drops of lemon, grapefruit or chamomile oil to a hot oil treatment.

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What do you think beauties? Will you try some of these oils for lightening your natural hair? Sound off below! 


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  1. February 28, 2012 / 1:37 am

    I was just thinking about lightening my hair today. I am wishing for the honey colored hair of my TWA days but I know the bleach and the henna wont mix. So this was right on time-I think I am going to try it!

  2. February 29, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much!!

    @Anjolcake I'm glad this post came right now time for you..let me know how the results turn out 😉

  3. Anonymous
    July 21, 2012 / 2:48 pm

    I have tried honey and chamomile tea with more chamomile essential oil, then of course sun it while it's wet – aside from going to the beach- this technique works best!

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  5. January 20, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Those getting their hands on hair oil and hopeful they will achieve positive results must be aware of the importance of making certain they use it properly and precisely. It is important they use it each and every time the hair is washed and they should also make all efforts to see that this is done daily. Including the oil into the conditioner used is a great step and offers sufficient time for the adherence of the oil prior to the conditioner being washed out from the head. hair health

  6. June 7, 2016 / 11:07 am

    If anyone want to keep her him hair is natural and black he or she can use this oil .Its work very well for hair.

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