How to Lighten Hair Using Apple Cider Vinegar

I tried an apple cider vinegar lightening spray on my hair for 7 days (1 week) to see if it would really give my hair natural highlights. Here’s how it went…

After using foods to colour my hair, it was suggested to me that I try this apple cider vinegar spray to lighten my hair naturally!

Combining chamomile with apple cider vinegar can help to enhance the lightening effects, the same with adding lemon juice, as it has a natural bleaching effect on hair.

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The after effect of lightening my hair with apple cider vinegar for a week.

If you try apple cider vinegar for hair highlights, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

How to Give Hair Natural Highlights Using Apple Cider Vinegar

I used a 50:50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water, and sprayed it all over my hair, saturating as much of my hair as possible, then combing it through to ensure no strand was left untouched. After that I went and sat outside in the sunshine for 1-2 hours – it was recommended to sit out in the sun for a minimum of 15 minutes, but I stayed longer as it was winter at the time, and the sun wasn’t as strong – then left the spray on my hair for around 2-3 hours after that. To finish up, I rinsed my hair with warm water (no shampoo, no conditioner), and on every third day I’d give my hair a proper wash.

If you find plain apple cider vinegar, water and sunlight just aren’t enough, you can combine the apple cider vinegar spray with chamomile and/or lemon juice;

  • 1/4 cup chamomile tea
  • 1/4 cup ACV
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Combine the ingredients together in a bowl or spray bottle, saturate hair, then leave it on for a minimum of 3 hours (or all day if you can). Going out in the sun for a minimum of 15 minutes really helps enhance the lightening process. Finally, rinse out the spray with water and dry as usual.

This lightening process works best when done over several days. It’s won’t be effective if done only once. The key is it consistency.

Alternatively, apply this apple cider vinegar sprays on hair with a cotton ball or brush for strands of highlights instead of spraying it all over for an overall lightening effect.

DIY apple cider vinegar highlights tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you used apple cider vinegar before to lighten hair? How did it go? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa