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Old December 9th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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Camomile to lighten hair

I was told that camomile rinses make your hair color lighter. How much lighter exactly can it get? I know it won't achieve platinum blonde, but are camomile rinses really worth the trouble?

My colored hair is blondish, and my natural roots (about 1.5") are brown.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

Glittergirl-I wonder if this might be better answered or responded to under the sticky thread about henna, since they kinda go together. I could be wrong but that was the first thing that came to mind when I read this.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

Hmmffff People keep suggesting hena, but it will never give me the color I want. I'm naturally brown. The roots are dark brown and it tends to get a bit lighter at the ends. Hena will only make it either dark brown or reddish, which will look awful on me.

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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:19 PM   #4
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

I think chamomile rinses will give you some lighter highlights, but won't really LIGHTEN your total color too much. But I could be wrong, I've never done them!
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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:32 PM   #5
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

Actually, I've never used it either. I heard about it on the Mehandi.com site (body art henna ) . No, you probably don't want henna itself, but maybe a hint of indigo or not?, chamomile and walnut? I've heard on the forum at Catherine's henna site that those ingredients can help lighten hair or make it more light brown and not dark brown. With eception of indigo-since that is black in itself. I suggested the sticky thread on henna because there are posts about chamomile for hair, etc already there w/ more helpful info than I can give. HTH
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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:36 PM   #6
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

I used chamomile all through high school. It's a common rinse in Spain for people with "honey-colored" (light to medium brown) hair. I made a very strong tea--to a deep, golden brown--and kept left overs in the fridge. I used it as a leave-in rinse after shampooing.

At first, it gives gold or red highlights, depending on your own hair. Then it starts to lighten it. Within several applications, it will definitely be a shade or two lighter. I had roots after a time, and stopped doing it. I don't know how much lighter it would eventually have gotten, but I'd say three shades.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #7
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

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I used chamomile all through high school. It's a common rinse in Spain for people with "honey-colored" (light to medium brown) hair. I made a very strong tea--to a deep, golden brown--and kept left overs in the fridge. I used it as a leave-in rinse after shampooing.

At first, it gives gold or red highlights, depending on your own hair. Then it starts to lighten it. Within several applications, it will definitely be a shade or two lighter. I had roots after a time, and stopped doing it. I don't know how much lighter it would eventually have gotten, but I'd say three shades.

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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:05 PM   #8
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

Wow! I'll try that too!
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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:34 PM   #9
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

I use a camomille rinse during the summer to add golden highlights to my reddish/coppery colored hair. I was very happy with the results, they were very natural looking and I like the general feeling of softness it created in my hair. I still use it some but not as much as I do in the summertime. Next summer, I plan on growing my own camomille, lavender, and sage in my garden. I already have rosemary. I hope this works for you, let us know one way or the other.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #10
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

You can also use lemon juice to naturally lighten your hair. You have to sit in the sun for a few hours, and there is a risk that you can dry you hair out, but I'm pretty sure it works. It will turn very dark hair red though, instead of blond. I'm planning on doing that in spring to add some highlights. I've used chammomile tea in my henna mix before, but never noticed a difference. From what I've read on chammomile, it coats the hair shaft with a yellow hue, so it's only noticeable on lighter hair.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 05:47 AM   #11
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

I use to use Chamomile and Lemon juice to lighten my hair as a teenager and it did give nice results. However as has been mentioned, lemon can be a little drying, although i'm sure not as drying as peroxide! Other herbs can be used like Calendula for reddy gold effects, mullein, and rhubarb.
I would say definately DON'T use henna as the only colour it gives is red! And DON'T use Indigo as that is used for a black tint, walnut is for a brown shade. I'd suggest trying the Chamomile first but don't expect miraculous results instantly, it takes time and won't be terribly dramatic.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 06:37 AM   #12
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

Chamomile leave-in definitely works, unfortunately for me I can't stand the smell in my hair.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 08:03 AM   #13
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

If your hair is naturally brown or even dark brown, chamomile won't make your hair blonde, not even dark blonde. It can perhaps lighten your brown some, give it a golden brown touch, but it'll never achieve the results a dye does. I have dark blonde to light brown hair myself and chamomile doesn't really do anything to it, even repeated leave-in applications. I think chamomile works best on already blondish hair, to bring out the blonde and make it shinier and appear brighter.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:47 PM   #14
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

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I used chamomile all through high school. It's a common rinse in Spain for people with "honey-colored" (light to medium brown) hair. I made a very strong tea--to a deep, golden brown--and kept left overs in the fridge. I used it as a leave-in rinse after shampooing.

At first, it gives gold or red highlights, depending on your own hair. Then it starts to lighten it. Within several applications, it will definitely be a shade or two lighter. I had roots after a time, and stopped doing it. I don't know how much lighter it would eventually have gotten, but I'd say three shades.
Ooooooooo! I might try that!
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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:56 PM   #15
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Re: Camomile to lighten hair

Remember, the only reason lemon juice lightens your hair is the citric acid. Peroxide is an acid too! EEK ACID IT WILL EAT US

Seriously though, I'm sure when used with caution at very low concentrations, it's not a big deal. For all I know, the chamomile might have a mild acidic action as well.
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