How Lighten Hair with Chamomile

Chamomile is a medicinal plant that’s very well known to aid in stomach ailments and salves for centuries. More so, it’s very gentle and subtle to the body, skin, and hair, which is why it’s highly recommended for use in various home DIY projects.

Chamomile has naturally occurring chemical compounds also known as flavonoids that easily lighten your hair, especially for brunettes. To brighten your mane can use it inform of tea bags, as a mask or rinse.

In the sections below, let’s have a look at some of the methods you can use to lighten your hair with chamomile.

How Does it Work?

Chamomile has three active ingredients also referred to as flavonoids. These are chemical compounds that equally give plants their pigmentation. The flavanoids include; apigenin, quercetin, and azulene. Apigenin is a naturally reactive chemical that brightens hair hue when combined with azulene; a navy blue extract.

Quercetin, on the other hand, lightens hair through an inhibitor enzyme called tyrosinase; the same enzyme that aids in the production of melanin and darkens skin as well as hair. Repeated application of these three flavonoids will result in lighter, brighter hair color.

How to Lighten Dark Hair with Chamomile

There are several ways you can use to lighten hair with chamomile. These are;

  • Use of tea bags
  • Chamomile mask
  • Chamomile rinse


  • Pure chamomile tea
  • Mixing bowl
  • Hot/ warm water
  • Yogurt (optional)
  • Eggs (optional)

Spray bottle (optional)


  1. Start off by boiling two cups of water and adding it to a bowl. Take three to five tea bags of pure chamomile tea and let it sit in the water until it cools.
  2. As the tea seeps into the water, shampoo, and conditions your hair to get rid of the buildup that could prevent bleaching and lightening of the hair.
  3. Once your hair is clean, remove the tea bags from the water and begin to use it on your hair. You have two options for using the cooled chamomile tea; rinse your hair with it or soak your hair into the bowl of tea.
  4. Stay on this procedure for about 10 minutes massaging your hair up to the roots to ensure it fully enters your hair.
  5. Rinse your hair again and moisturize accordingly.

For the next couple of days, add the cooled tea to a spray bottle and constantly spray your hair daily. Be keen to add moisture to the hair as chamomile can dry our hair making it brittle.

Another viable option is to whip up a mask and use it to treat and condition the hair. You can include eggs, yogurt, and half a cup of chamomile tea. Mix it to form a runny consistency then apply to your hair after you shampoo it. If the consistency isn’t good enough, add some honey to thicken it.

Ensure you cover the hair with a shower cap or plastic bags and steam it for about two hours. Sun exposure is also a great idea for steaming the hair.

Finally, rinse the hair and use the spray bottle to add tints of chamomile every day. Repeat this procedure as many times as you want.

Chamomile Tea Hair Lightening for Brunettes

Brunettes have naturally dull hair, not dark and not brown nor red. Using chamomile tea can be an excellent choice since it will highlight the lighter ends of the hair rather than the dark roots.

Chamomile tea

Therefore, here are several options using you can use to lighten the hair using chamomile tea.

Chamomile with Lemon and Honey

Instead of using the good old chamomile tea bags and water, include other natural ingredients such as lemon and honey to boost its lightening abilities. What’s more, the honey will aid you to prevent damage to your hair.


  • A cup of water
  • Three sachets of chamomile  tea
  • One lemon
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • Bowl


  1. Add a cup of water to a saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Add in the chamomile tea bag and allow for infusion. Let it boil for five minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag and add the table of honey followed by a squeeze of the lemon. Mix well with a spoon to form a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Apply the mixture to the hair and leave it in for about 15 to 20 minutes. Sit under the sun with your bathing cap to enhance further infusion into the hair.
  5. Rinse the hair and moisturize.

Chamomile and Shampoo Infusion

Alternatively, you can add a cup of chamomile tea to your usual shampoo and use it to clean out your hair.


  • One cup of shampoo
  • 300ml of chamomile tea
  • A tablespoon of honey


  1. Make a chamomile infusion using hot water and tea bags as seen in the segments above.
  2. Add the fusion into a bottle. Add the cup of shampoo and cover the bottle. Shake the mixture to get one consistent mixture.
  3. Use the shampoo as your daily cleaning agent for your hair. Repeated action should result in lightened hair.

Note: you can opt still get chamomile shampoo from your local stores.

chamomile shampoo
chamomile shampoo

Can Chamomile Tea Lighten Hair Overnight?

There is no definite answer to this query since the effects of chamomile vary depending on multiple factors including one’s natural hair color, the intended results, and how big a section of hair you intend to lighten.

However, in many cases, chamomile tea shows results after repeat procedures and not simply overnight.

Before and After Results

Following are photos of before and after results, chamomile hair lightening

Before and after chamile hair results
Before after photos


It’s vital to note that home remedies don’t give guaranteed results and they often take time to show. Hence, invest in a lot of patience if and when you decide to do these procedures.

Chamomile has a drying effect on the skin. While it offers other incredible benefits, it leaves the skin feeling flaky and dry. Therefore, always remember to moisturize the skin and hair scalp, as well as the hair, thoroughly.

An unpleasant smell is also something you want to know about. You can counter the awful smell by adding honey, other spices like cinnamon, or using a strong hair conditioner later. You wouldn’t want to leave your hair smelling strange.

Repeating the procedure too many times as is the case with chamomile tea poses a great risk to threaten the health of your hair. The more times you repeat, the more susceptible the hair is to damage and bristling, which negatively affects the health of your hair.

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