5 ways to lighten hair without bleach 


Lauren Kuehnlein, Staff Writer

Bleach is harmful to hair; it raises the outer cuticle and damages the bonds in the hair. Hair is from three types of bonds such as salt, hydrogen, and disulfide that cause the bleach to weaken and break the hair which makes hair more likely to snap and split. Bleach can also cause hair loss. Here are five ways to lighten hair without using bleach:

Sun in hair lightener bottle: Spray damp hair, comb, then blow dry to lighten all over. For the highlights select strands, spray each strand, and blow dry. Repeat to receive results of lighter hair. Disclaimer: for darker hair, it may turn reddish. 

Apply apple cider vinegar: Leave on for 15-30 minutes, and rinse hair. Apple cider vinegar also helps promote growth, detangle, and get rid of frizziness in hair. You can do this up to twice a week without causing damage.

Lemon juice and water in the hair conditioner: Two tablespoons of lemon juice and a cup of water mix. Lemon juice helps reduce dandruff and oils.

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle: Leave it in for 30-40 minutes one cup of baking soda with three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide.

The Sun: The sun’s high uv rays will lighten your hair automatically and is the most natural way for lighter hair.