Can You Lighten Your Hair With Chamomile Tea?

Every summer, I long for lighter hair. My hair does get a little lighter when I’m out in the sun, but mostly it turns copper or gets reddish tones. I was rocking the ombre for a while, but got sick of it and decided that I couldn’t actually go through with being blonde. I love it when my hair gets caramel and honey tones in it, but I really don’t want to deal with bleach or any other products that will damage my hair.

I was looking around for some natural ways to lighten hair and kept seeing pins about using lemons. But lemons are really acidic and aren’t actually good for your hair. (They also don’t quite work for brunettes.) After some digging, I found a pin that said chamomile tea can lighten hair so I decided to give it a shot. Click through to see what happened!

Have you ever tried this? Will you? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Susan Hall

    OK…I tried this and it turned my hair a green color……AND dried it out……DO not mess your hair up like I did mine~~~~ just sayin…..

  • mrs_car

    I followed the recommendations and my hair lightened a level, maybe 1.5. I do have naturally dark blonde hair that lightens in the sun and my hair was golden blonde as a child. My stylist has also remarked that my hair lightens very easily when he’s done highlights in the past. Overall, I had great results but I doubt this is for everyone.

  • Rylie

    I have a question. If I did this for ombre hair, and then I decided after 2 months or so that I wanted to go back to my regular hair (the hair I had before dying it with the tea bag), would it eventually just fade out or is there a shampoo or something I could use, or would I just need to dye my hair another color altogether?

  • miranda

    Professional hairstylist here, who also studied herbs and essential oils for therapeutic/natural beauty alternatives. Chamomile does have some ability to lighten natural pigments in hair, skin, and eyes, but it’s extremely negligible and takes time and consistent use.

    Because your hair had been previously lightened on the ends, the cuticle and hair shaft were more porous and your underlying pigment had been at least partially removed. even if it was dyed back, those artificial dye molecules went into hair that had a higher porosity than your virgin hair, therefore they will fade out faster, too. any effect the chamomile had on those ends was due to the porosity of the ends. a single application of chamomile tea – even extremely strong – wouldn’t have a visible effect on virgin hair. on previously chemically treated (color, highlights, perms, etc.) the effect may be more noticeable (and more quickly noticeable), but unpredictable. hair that is darker than level 5 (“light brown”) has a large amount of underlying natural red pigment, which is why lemon juice, Sun-In, and even professional color often results in brassy tones. Professional stylists take this into consideration when formulating color.

    i’m not knocking natural treatments, or saying that this is completely ineffective — but i would only recommend it for completely virgin hair, and then it would take daily applications and considerable time to see any noticeable results, if at all.

  • Renata

    How did u the tea in do u dip your hair in the tea is it warm or hot cold