Hair Lightening Shampoo
A lightening shampoo is designed to gradually lighten natural, colored, or highlighted blonde hair. This product works best on dark blonde and medium blonde hair, but lighter brunettes can also achieve good results. This type of shampoo will enhance the color you already have and give you very subtle lightening effects. However, if you want to lift shades, or achieve immediate results, you need to use bleach.
A lightening shampoo subtly lightens the hair by neutralizing the color pigments as well as decreasing the brassy and yellow tones. For best results, manufacturers often recommend using it in combination with the complementing conditioner and a lightening spray.
It may be difficult to find a lightening shampoo at drugstores that only carry basic beauty products, but it can be purchased from many online stores. Carefully select the brand, especially if your hair is chemically treated. The most popular product is not necessarily the right product for your hair. To make the right choice, read the product reviews, ask questions, and carefully read the label to ensure that the product is not loaded with harsh chemicals.
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What Are the Benefits of Hair Lightening Shampoo?
The effects of using lightening shampoo will vary depending mainly on the color, and condition of your hair. Ordinary, sulfate-containing lightening shampoos are not suitable for very fine or over-processed hair, because of the drying effect and increased likelihood of breakage.
- A lightening shampoo works well for natural blonde and light brown hair. It also works well for dyed blonde to medium-brown hair.
- This product keeps blonde hair bright and removes yellow, brassy, and orange tones caused by exposure to chlorine, hard water, and sunlight. If your blonde hair tends to get dull, this product will brighten the color and add some shine.
- This shampoo will make light brown hair slightly lighter.
- If your natural hair is dark and you dye it blonde, this shampoo will make the new growth less noticeable.
- It helps boost highlights and keep them fresh between salon visits. It also helps bring out natural highlights, making the hair look naturally sun lightened.
- It may be helpful during the transition from dyed back to naturally blonde hair.
- The product may help stretch out your color appointments by keeping blonde hair looking bright and fresh longer.
How Long does it Take to See Results?
The lightening shampoo produces very subtle effects, and you need to continually use the product until your hair becomes slightly lighter in color. The results may be noticeable after several uses. You need to keep using the shampoo to maintain the achieved results.
Natural Lightening Shampoo Brands
Tio Nacho Natural Lightening Shampoo is formulated with botanical extracts including royal jelly, Jojoba, Aloe Vera, ginseng, rosemary, and wheat, which work together to give the hair a lighter appearance. Thanks to its botanical extracts and other nourishing ingredients, this shampoo also helps strengthen hair, adds volume, and provides your hair with shine and softness. The seller states that the product is suitable for color treated hair as well as for non-colored hair.
Juice Organics Brightening Shampoo is a gentle shampoo formula free of sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and other harsh chemicals. It utilizes gentle plant-based cleansing agents and organic orange and aloe juices. This shampoo doesn’t have a drying effect on hair like most hair lightening shampoos. It can be used either on natural and color treated hair.
Abbey St. Clare Chamomile Shampoo for Light Hair is a gentle, SLS free, chamomile, and natural oils based formula made to intensify highlights, strengthen hair, eliminate static, and reduce breakage and split ends. Sun exposure helps enhance the lightening effect. Natural chamomile and lavender essential oils give the shampoo a pleasant scent and produce soothing and calming effects when inhaled. The product is suitable for lighter shades of hair.
Lightening Shampoo for Dark Hair
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo is formulated with honey and marigold flower extract to gently cleanse and gradually infuse your hair with golden tones. This product claims to steadily brighten natural or color-treated brunette hair, bring out the highlights and make the dark roots less noticeable. The formula is not SLS free. It will not work on very dark hair.
Common Ingredients in Shampoos that Lighten Hair
Lemon juice is a popular and highly effective natural hair highlighter. Lemon has a high content of citric acid which acts as a mild bleaching agent. Lemon juice works with the sun to naturally lighten hair or works even without sunlight if other enhancers are included in the formula like chamomile, hydrogen peroxide, or honey. It works well on blonde to dirty-blonde hair shades as well as on light brown hair.
Chamomile extract is one of the best natural lightening agents. The natural yellow color of chamomile flowers brings out lighter tones in the hair.
Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which acts as a bleaching agent when applied to hair.
Natural lightening shampoos also may contain botanical extracts, vitamins, and natural oils like rose hip and jojoba.
Some lightening shampoos contain yellow and violet color pigments.
How to Use a Shampoo to Lighten Hair?
Gentle, natural formulas can be used on a regular basis, the same way you use your regular shampoo. Daily use will help achieve the maximum lightening effects.
Drugstore lightening shampoos contain sulfates and harsh chemicals as well as lemon extract, without beneficial moisturizing ingredients can dry out your hair. If you use such a product, use it for a couple of weeks and then return to your regular shampoo. Make sure to follow it with a good conditioner. If you stop using a lightening shampoo your hair will return to its previous color shade.
Hair Lightening Conditioner
Lightening conditioners work as a complement to lightening shampoos to brighten hair, recover softness and shine, and make combing easier. They need to be applied to freshly clean, wet hair and left on for the recommended time (usually for 2 minutes) before rinsing.