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How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun

by
author image Melissa King
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.
How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Salon and at-home dye treatments lighten your hair in a hurry, but the results may not look as natural as you'd like. Dye also contains harsh chemicals that can damage your hair. If you prefer a more gentle, subtle effect, use lemon juice and the power of the sun to lighten your tresses. This lightening trick works best if you already have blond or light-colored hair.

Step 1

How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Cut a large lemon into slices, then squeeze 1/2 cup of the juice into a bowl.

Step 2

How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Combine the lemon juice with 2 cups of water. Mix well.

Step 3

How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Fill a spray bottle with some of the lemon-water mixture.

Step 4

How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Mist your hair with the lemon water, but do not spray it directly on your scalp. For total coverage, spray your hair all over. To do highlights, only spray a few sections of hair.

Step 5

How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Use a comb or brush to work the lemon juice through your hair.

Step 6

How to Lighten Your Hair in the Sun
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Sit outside in the sun until your hair is as light as you'd like.

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