Lighten Henna Hair Color Naturally

Lighten or strip your easily and effectively indoors in 24 hours. The trick is using 2 ingredients separately 1 day apart. You will love the results!

Since I started experimenting with henna in 2006 stripping it from the hair seemed impossible. In many cases it gets darker after each application or some get different colors due to different reactions from either shampoo, oil treatments, and worse hair straighteners. Some people will use one shampoo, and everything is fine and then another person uses the exact same shampoo with adverse effects. Most of the time the fact is how porous the hair follicle is. While it is always recommended to do root touch ups as needed instead of doing the entire head, some fall short of the desired color they are after.
The people that really benefit from dark is people doing dark brown or black, they can do the entire head and love the darker results. People with lighter colored hair do not have it so easy.

Experimenting over the years, I new you could lighten your hair using lemons and sunlight. Spraying lemon on any colored hair and sitting in the sun us a sure fore way of making your hair lighter, but what about a way with lemons and no sun? Who wants to sit in the sun for hours (unless you’re on a beach of course) to wait for your hair to get lighter? I have heard Irish Spring soap, honey, chamomile, cinnamon all lighten the hair color, but none were extremely effective.
With so many customers not doing a strand test, sometimes the color comes out darker than expected. I cannot say how many times I had said “Do a strand test!” This is also the very first instruction on the back of the packet. I know, I know we all are impatient, and I am surely guilty of this, but remember the results will be there a long time and it only takes 24 hours to see what the outcome of the color you put on your head will be! When you are attempting the directions below, you might want to try out a small area first. I can tell you first hand some people have different types of hair and get different results. If you are like me and impatient, jump on it and at worst you can dye over it with some fresh henna hair dye!

This recipe came from a long-time customer, Susan like many others likes to dye her hair a lot. In the old days she would eventually surrender and go back to nasty chemical hair dye. Not giving up she continually looked for a way to lighten her hair. Especially when she learned about EarthDye Ash brown.
EarthDye ash brown is blond on “light or white” hair and “ash brown” on darker or gray hair. She was determined to lighten her hair naturally and get her natural ash blond color back in her hair with out using the nasty chemicals. The problem is there is thousands of ways if you search YouTube or Google, but as usual, none of them work. Kind of like the stop snoring products that never work (by the way, I’m still searching).

For the best part we have each other to learn from and confirm our sneaking suspicions, and that is what has made me a believer when I saw a pic of Susan’s hair after she lightened her hair, I was stunned, and she was as well.
Please keep in mind if you have chemical hair dye underneath the henna dye, you will only strip what’s on top, it will not work on chemical dyes. Chemical hair dyes kill the proteins in your hair or beard and alter the color. Henna on the other hand binds to the proteins and covers your color. So, when you use henna for hair dye, it protects your hair like wax does for a car, but in most cases is very permanent.

Easy Steps to lighten your hennaed hair

You will need:
1 large bowl
1 box of baking soda
7 Fresh Lemons

Fill a large bowl with tap water and mix in 4-5 table spoons of baking soda until dissolved.
Dip hair in water and let drain, squeeze out excess water in hair and repeat 4 more times with fresh water and baking soda (you should see some color leaving each time). This might require 5 rinses depending on how dark your hair is.
*Each time use a fresh bowl of water with baking soda. Do not shampoo, rinse with water only after the last dip.
The next day squeeze 7 fresh lemons, dip or apply to hair and leave on 30 minutes and rinse.
Your hair should be several shades lighter. Susan reported all her henna color was gone, and she was able to start the henna process over with a lighter color.

Susan after using ash brown henna

After lightening and using  ash brown henna hair dye.

Below is other methods to lighten your henna


Susan before lightening her hair.






Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

The first and one that most people have heard of is lemon juice. The acid in the lemon juice will bleach the pigment in the hair making it lighter. You will need the assistance of the sun as well. Do not use lemon from concentrate. It has preservatives and will not work nearly as well. Always squeeze your own lemon. Simply squeeze a fresh lemon in water and spritz on in the sun. Lemon is not good for your hair and will more than likely cause split ends and dry our your hair.

Do not use oil in your hair either, it does the same thing as lemon. Oil will make your natural oil stop producing and strip the good oil and leave you hair that is even dryer than what you started with. Use a natural shampoo with out preservatives for damaged hair and scalp.


Chamomile has many anti-inflammatory effects if applied directly to the skin. It can also lighten your hair if left on for long periods of time.

Boil it up, add several packs, then cool it down, mix it into some yogurt or Harvest Moon all natural hair conditioner, apply and leave it on several hours. It can lighten it several shades over a period of time. Everyone’s hair is different. Camomile looks like a daisy and remember not all camomile has camomile! So look at the ingredients.

So while soothing the nerves and getting the digestive track back, you can use it to lighten your hair!

Did you know chamomile even helps reduce swollen hemorrhoids? Not the greatest topic we know however, it’s not just for drinking these days!

Keep in mind it only works if applied topically.


New research is showing that cinnamon is a great way to lower blood pressure. We love this news, some research has also showed that cinnamon will help lighten your hair. Cinnamon might irritate your skin, but should not for long. Mix 3-4 tablespoons in with chamomile or Harvest Moon all natural hair conditioner to make a thick paste. Apply to hair for several hours (4-12 hours) and your hair should lighten a few shades. Do it as often as you like to lighten or strip your henna hair color.