How do you lighten dirty blonde hair without using bleach or damaging it?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i have heard lemon juice? I have been considerign doing something too! 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

You don’t.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@helenberrycrunch: I was going to say that too. If you put lemon juice in your hair (acidic) and then sit under heat or in the sun, you are going to have damage.

It’s better to have a salon do it, and take care of it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

You can’t lighten hair without using bleach, sorry. If you go to a salon and get some highlights it’ll lighten the overall shade of your hair without damage.

ETA: They’ll have to use bleach but at least they know what they’re doing and will do the least amount of damage to your hair. Do not use lemon juice – it dries your hair out and makes it straw-like.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My suggestion is to spend alot of time in the sun.  No joke, my hair is red/blonde/brown, and if I spend time in the sun it turns more blond, if I don’t it turns brown, and either one has red in it.  It takes a month or so, but be careful about freckles if you’re prone to them.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

My SIL’s use Sun In.  It’s a spray that gradually lightens your hair when you’re out in the sun.  I used it when I was a teenager and it didn’t do any visible damage to my hair, but honestly I have no idea if it does or not.  I really liked it and my SIL’s use it all summer!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@CruiseWedding2010: There is a highlight enhancing shampoo and spray. It won’t necessarily lighten your hair, but it brings our your highlights and makes your hair brighter. I tried it and my hair didn’t get lighter, but my highlights stood out more and my hair was brighter and shinier.

http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/ProductDetail/Hair-Care/Sheer-Blonde/Go-Blonder-Controlled-Lightening-Spray

http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/ProductDetail/Hair-Care/Sheer-Blonde/Go-Blonder-Lightening-Shampoo

(Be warned though – some reviews say this turned their hair orange and brassy!)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second Sun-In. It will lighten you up gradually. You can use a blowdryer if you can’t go in the sun. It’s only like $4 too.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have dirty blonde hair naturally and there are a lot of things you can do to lighten it, but unfortunately you’re going to get damage no matter what. Lemon juice works, but it dries your hair out a lot. If you want to use a method like that where you apply and then go out in the sun check out John Freida’s line at any drug store because they have a leave in. That brand also carries a “Go Blonder” line that has citrus infused shampoos and conditioners that can lighten blonde hair. It works and I haven’t had too much damage. Then again I usually opt for a hair color as well, so i’m used to the effects.

Here it is:

http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/ProductDetail/Hair-Care/Sheer-Blonde/Go-Blonder-Lightening-Shampoo

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The only way to lighten hair is to use peroxcide or bleach. There is absolutly no way to lighten hair and make it healthier, if there was that stylist would be rich rich rich. Also if you want to lighten your hair you have to be prepared for the up keep, hair grows at approx. 1/2 inch per month, there is no way to disguise roots… Sorry.

You can have hilights which will lessen the appearance of roots but you still have damage and up keep.

Also whatever you want to do, go to the salon, paying them up front will be cheaper than having them fix a mistake that you may make using an over the counter box of color.

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The only way to lighten hair is to use peroxcide or bleach. There is absolutly no way to lighten hair and make it healthier, if there was that stylist would be rich rich rich. Also if you want to lighten your hair you have to be prepared for the up keep, hair grows at approx. 1/2 inch per month, there is no way to disguise roots… Sorry.

You can have hilights which will lessen the appearance of roots but you still have damage and up keep.

Also whatever you want to do, go to the salon, paying them up front will be cheaper than having them fix a mistake that you may make using an over the counter box of color.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh BTW, if you do go to a salon I highly reccomend that you ask to have a “high-lift” color applied to your hair. If you already have dirty blonde hair there is absolutely no reason why you should have bleach applied. Using a “high-lift” color will lighten considerably without the application of bleach. If you got to a salon that says they can’t do it without bleach, go somewhere else because they are not top rate.

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