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July 17, 2012

DIY Deep Conditioner that Gradually Lightens Hair

I’ve came up with a concoction that gradually lightens hair with minimal to no damage. Here is the recipe! I wish I had taken a good before and after picture but I don’t have that much foresight. I now have some natural subtle streaks through my hair and my tips are naturally lighter from exposure to the sun and this concoction for a few months.

What you’ll need:

  1. A normal conditioner (I used Biosilk Silk Therapy Conditioner)
  2. Chamomile tea
  3. Extra virgin olive oil
  4. Honey
  5. A tub or bottle to store everything in (I used an old tub from Macadamia Natural Oil)
  6. A spoon or fork for mixing


  1. Fill the tub with some conditioner. The amount varies. I generally start with a quarter of the tub.
  2. Slowly mix in some chamomile tea and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Keep adding more conditioner, tea, and extra virgin olive oil. Try to maintain a texture similar to creamy thick soup.
  4. When you get close to the top of the tub, mix in some honey. Honey will do most of the lightening but since it has natural peroxide in it you don’t want to add too much.
  5. Close the container and  you are done! Shake before each use.
  6. Use several times a week. I use it 3-4 times a week. Results will show after 3 weeks and continue to intensify the longer you use it.

Chamomile tea has lightening properties and anti-oxidants that are good for the hair, honey is very moisturizing and has natural peroxides to lighten the hair, and extra virgin olive oil works as a peroxide accelerator and also moisturizes the hair. The conditioner does what any other conditioner would do but for this experiment it mostly works as a base to keep all the other ingredients together.

Do you make any DIY hair or beauty products? Share your recipes in the comments!

 What do you think of this DIY Deep Conditioner that Gradually Lightens Hair?
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  • Chloe

    I might have to try this! I have been wanting to lighten my hair, and this might just be the way to do it! =)

    July 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I hope you love it!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 18, 2012 at 7:28 am Reply
  • K

    When does it go bad? Doesn’t tea go bad fast? I just don’t want to make one and see it go all moldy after three days..

    October 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I use it once or twice a week for a month and didn’t have any mold at all. If you are concerned though, keeping it in a more ventilated area and away from heat would help with bacteria growth (though I haven’t had that problem).

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      October 28, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply
      • cierra

        are you sure? you do shake it before every use lol

        January 9, 2015 at 12:52 am Reply
        • Jennifer

          Honey is also antibacterial so I doubt there would be mold.

          June 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Amber

    is this a leave in conditioner or are you supposed to use it the way you would a normal conditioner and wash it out?

    March 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      It could be a deep conditioner if you keep it on for a longer period but I’ve used it in place of my normal conditioner with no problems.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      March 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    Do you have to use chamomile tea? Or can you use just regular tea?

    April 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      As long as it’s a light colored tea it will be fine! Darker tea can stain your hair.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      April 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    Will the darker colored tea stain brown hair to a darker color of brown or no?

    April 7, 2013 at 12:25 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Yes! Darker colored tea can make your hair browner temporarily (it’s something you’d have to build up for a long time and then keep doing to keep that color). If you want darker colored hair gradually rather then lighter I would mix conditioner and coffee (to make it faster add henna too), don’t worry about the tea or honey. EVOO would make it a deeper conditioner but if you just want a darker color then stick to coffee and henna.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      April 7, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

      Obviously like OMG

      May 27, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

        I actually have no idea

        May 27, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply
  • Nicole

    I can’t wait to try this! I have one question: for the tea, do you open up the tea bag and add the dry chamomile or do you brew the tea and add the liquid?

    May 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I add only the liquid. Let me know how it goes!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      June 4, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Kendra

    Do you apply to the roots? My hair always turns greasy when I apply conditioner to the roots, but won’t you get the ombre affect if you just apply to the ends??


    May 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I apply mine to the roots as well.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      June 4, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Kendra

    How much honey would you say is too much??

    June 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I generally add two tablespoons. It depends on how your hair feels. If after using this for awhile your hair starts to feel more dry then you should use it less often and then use less honey in the next batch.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      June 15, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Mallory

    Very nice idea. Can’t wait to try it.

    Question: when adding the chamomile tea, do I add in what’s in the tea bag in the conditioner or do I pour in the tea premade?

    October 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • Mallory

    Ok just found the answer to the previously question I asked! But I have another one. How much chamomile tea do I mix in with the conditioner?

    October 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      I don’t have exact amounts, I just add a tablespoon at a time until I get a smooth consistency.

      March 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Lalala

    Is it really neseccary for the tea? Cuz i dont hv that tea at home…. :((

    April 20, 2014 at 3:24 am Reply
  • terrell

    Can you make it into a cleansing conditioner?

    October 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      I used it as a cleansing conditioner often, I didn’t even change the ingredients.

      March 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • david

    Hey so if I just want streaks (like i dont want all my hair to ve lighter) how would i go about that? How long do i leave it in and stuff?

    November 30, 2014 at 10:03 am Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      You would have to separate small pieces of hair and only put the product on that and leave in for as long as possible. It would be pretty difficult to do though since you’d have to repeat the process on those stands several times to see results.

      March 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Bea

    Is there an alternative to the extra virgin olive oil? If there isn’t, is it alright to not include it?

    July 13, 2015 at 9:48 am Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      You could add coconut oil for extra moisture or you could just leave it out entirely. It isn’t as important as the honey.

      July 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Heather Lawrence

    This sounds like a much safer option than my “spray lemon juice in my hair and sit out in the sun all day” method I did when I was younger. LOL!! I have never tried making my own hair products before to be totally home with you.

    July 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • natalia

    How long until i see the results(weeks,months)? how light would be? orange highlights or more caramel highlights?

    January 15, 2018 at 10:31 pm Reply
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