Homemade Hair Lightening Spray with Lemon + Chamomile

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This homemade hair lightening spray for blonde hair will leave your locks looking fresh and clean with no chemical residue or overpowering smells.

I dyed my hair blonde for more than 20 years. I went to the salon like clockwork every 2 months and got a refresh to keep those ‘natural looking’ highlights fresh. Until about 2 years ago when I decided to stop dying my hair and let it go to my natural color.

I actually had no idea how dark my ‘natural’ color was since I hadn’t seen it in so long.

Turns out I’m a ‘natural’ light brown with hints of dark golden blonde. When I was a teen my stylist called this color ‘mousy brown’ and dull. I should have ditched that stylist on the spot, ha!

I like my natural color now, but sometimes I miss my blonde highlights (especially in the summer months!).

So I worked up a natural hair lightening spray, and have been using it on myself and my oldest daughter, who has hair almost the same color as mine.

It gives a very subtle lightening effect, plus it smells wonderful! It just feels like summer to spray it all over my head and then sit in the sun (with natural sunscreen on, of course).


Not only does this spray lighten hair naturally, but it provides a whole host of benefits from the ingredients in the spray as well.

Chamomile tea is loaded with antioxidants and minerals that can help strengthen your hair and make it shinier than ever before. Lemon juice isn’t just for making lemonade: when applied topically, it can work wonders on your locks!


Chamomile and lemon has been used for centuries to lighten hair naturally. Mixing chamomile tea with fresh lemon juice produces a natural, inexpensive way to lighten hair at home in minutes!

Chamomile and lemon are some of the best natural hair lighteners around. Lemon juice isn’t just for making lemonade: when applied topically, it can work wonders on your locks!

Hydrogen peroxide is another ingredient commonly used to lighten hair at home and is used as in many store-bought hair lightening products. However, these chemicals can be damaging to your hair and scalp if not handled properly and hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on your hair.

I prefer lemon juice over hydrogen peroxide for the purpose of naturally lightening hair because it doesn’t contain any harsh irritants like peroxide does.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used to lighten hair at home. Simply apply a cup of apple cider vinegar to your hair and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing out with water. Or use it as a natural hair rinse every time you shower for super soft hair.


Chamomile is a powerhouse ingredient for skin and hair, with a whole host of benefits. It is a soothing herb that calms skin and hair.

  • Chamomile can reduce redness, dryness, itching, inflammation and rashes.
  • It also has antioxidant properties which protect the cells of your scalp from free-radical damage like pollution or UV exposure.
  • Chamomile is a natural substance that can help with hair loss and dandruff
  • It has been used for centuries to promote hair growth, as well as prevent breakage
  • chamomile can help lighten hair naturally
  • chamomile is gentle, calming and soothing to the scalp
  • Chamomile can help strengthen hair, making it shinier than ever before


Lemon is a wonderfully versatile ingredient that can be used in a whole host of ways for skin and hair. 

fresh cut lemons
  • Lemon can bring the pH of skin and hair back into balance
  • It has natural bleaching properties that make it effective for lightening hair and skin alike without stripping hair of its natural oils
  • Lemon is an excellent hair conditioner and is a natural remedy for dry, frizzy hair.
  • Lemon has vitamin C which helps with hair growth and prevents breakage.
  • Lemon juice can help remove buildup in your hair, such as minerals and styling products
  • If you have dandruff or dry scalp, lemon juice will help relieve these symptoms by closing the pores on your head and restoring moisture to the skin
  • The acid in lemons is great for people who struggle with oily or greasy hair because it balances out sebum production
  • It’s inexpensive and easy to use – you just need the juice of one lemon
  • Lemon juice can make your hair shiny, more manageable and reduce tangles


You’ll only need 2 ingredients for this hair lightening spray: chamomile tea and fresh lemon juice.

First, make a strong chamomile infusion:

Brew ¼ cup chamomile flowers in 1 cup of hot water

Let steep for 20 minutes

Strain infusion through a fine mesh strainer or tea strainer (like this one)

Alternatively, you could use bagged chamomile tea for your infusion. Try 4 bags of tea for 1 cup of water.

Next, combine equal parts chamomile infusion and fresh lemon juice.

lemon juice for hair lightening spray

I used 2 ounces of each to fill a 4 ounce spray bottle. This is plenty for several applications over about 2 weeks.

Give your mixture a shake before use and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can also add a few drops of chamomile essential oil if you like to give a stronger chamomile scent. Make sure to shake thoroughly to incorporate the essential oil.

chamomile and lemon hair lightening spray
chamomile and lemon hair lightening spray

Your Hair lightening spray is ready to use!

Spray thoroughly on hair and comb through. Sit in the sun to deepen the impact of the lemon and chamomile mixture.

Wash hair as usual, and repeat the spray as needed to lighten to desired color.

This is a subtle hair lightening, and will take several applications over time to see a more dramatic effect.

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4 thoughts on “Homemade Hair Lightening Spray with Lemon + Chamomile”

  1. Do you spray the lightening spray on dry or wet hair? I’d like to try this for my dark blonde hair. My last highlight caused a lot of damage/breakage so I’ve been searching for a natural alternative. Thank you! 🙂

  2. My hair was reddish-brown growing up and as a teen, I used vinegar to bring out the highlights. My hair was great. Now that I am much older, I have been a blonde lately. I am going to try this hair-lightening recipe to see if it will take out the slightly reddish tint I have. My hair is actually naturally white now but I tell everyone it’s platinum blonde! I have used lemon juice to soak my nails in for years, to bleach my elbows and heels, and even on my face to remove any dark spots. It works wonders! Lemon juice and sunshine are great for removing stains on clothes, too. This is a very good and helpful article and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks!


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