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Cinnamon for Lightening Hair – Here’s How to Do It Naturally

Lighter-colored hair is a success among women. Many women have been choosing natural lightening treatments, saving on time and money. Such is the case of using cinnamon to lighten hair color, which you’ll learn about here.

cinnamon to lighten hair

Women especially during summer, like to change their look and get lighter hair, so they look “kissed by the sun”. It makes for a modern look, as well as making you look younger and prettier, without the heaviness of dark hair.

Although many of us wish for lighter hair, having to submit our hair to chemical procedures makes us think twice about what the products used can do. Most of them have very strong formulas and can damage the hair, making it dry and dull, which can be a nightmare.

This causes a greater demand for moisturizing processes, to restore the hair’s smoothness and shine naturally. These must be followed closely and deeply to strengthen the hair, which makes you spend more on hair products and beauty salon visits.

Is it possible to lighten your hair with cinnamon? Keep reading and learn about its benefits and how to do it yourself. Let’s start!

Why Use Cinnamon to Lighten Hair?

lightening hair with cinnamon

Before we teach you how to use cinnamon to lighten hair, we’ll explain why it can be used this way.

Cinnamon is a popular spice in kitchens. It intensifies flavors and aromas of dishes and has several health benefits such as boosting immunity and helping with weight loss.

Due to its lightening properties, it can be used to change the look of your hair, making it lighter and healthy at the end of the process. Cinnamon lightening is gradual, which means you’ll need a few applications to have the desired effect. However, since it is a natural treatment, it doesn’t damage the hair fibre. This means you’ll save on money and also save your hair from the chemical damages.

Since the process is gradual, you can also choose how light you’ll want your hair, as you apply cinnamon to it. You can also use it only on the hair tips, getting a subtle, stylish and natural look.

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Important Tips

tips to lighten hair with cinnamon

Now you’ll learn how to prepare the mixture to lighten your hair with cinnamon. But first, you need a few important tips:

  • Cinnamon hair lightening is not recommended for pregnant people.
  • Avoid exposing your hair to the sun while the mixture is on it. One of its ingredients is lemon juice, which might cause burns on your scalp and hair, making them dry.
  • This treatment should be done once a week, maximum.
  • When applying it, wear a long-sleeved cotton shirt or protect your shoulders with a towel. This will prevent contact of the mixture with your skin, which could cause irritations or burns.
  • All hair types and colors can use the cinnamon lightening, be they straight, kinky & curly, black, blonde, red or brown.
  • When washing your hair, wash all of the masks off your hair, neck, and shoulders so that the lemon juice doesn’t burn your skin afterwards.

How to Lighten Your Hair with Cinnamon, Step by Step

how to lighten hair with cinnamon

You’ll need the following ingredients to do this 100% natural hair lightening treatment at home:


  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder;
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice;
  • 1 teaspoon of honey;
  • 1 tablespoon of your regular moisturizing mask.

How to Prepare

Mix all the ingredients in a plastic bowl, until smooth.

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How to Apply

how to apply cinnamon hair mask

1st step: Shampoo your hair, rinse it off and towel off the excess water.

2nd step: Apply the cinnamon mask all over the strands. Avoid too much contact with the scalp.

3rd step: Tie your hair in a bun and cover it with a plastic cap. If you don’t have one, you can also use a plastic bag.

4th step: Leave the cinnamon mask on your hair for 5 hours.

5th step: Afterwards, wash your hair with plenty of water (cold or lukewarm), until all the mixture is removed.

6th step: Shampoo your hair and rinse again. Then, apply conditioner and rinse once more. And it’s done! Finish your hair as usual.

What Are The Results?

results of cinnamon lightening

The results of cinnamon lightening can be seen after the third or fourth application since it is a gradual procedure and it varies with every hair. See below the effects on each shade of hair:

Blonde hairCinnamon lightening can give blonde hair reddish or brownish streaks, like the color of cinnamon.

Black hair: This procedure gives reddish or dark brown streaks to black hair.

Red hair: Usually, red hair gets streaks of light brown and cinnamon color.

Light brown hair: The treatment gives it reddish or dark blonde streaks.

Dark brown hair: This hair shade tends to get reddish, light brown or chocolate colored streaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions people always ask when talking about cinnamon to lighten the hair.

How long does cinnamon take to lighten hair?

You should leave the cinnamon in for 2-4 hours when using it as a lightening agent. This mixture does not make a drastic change like bleach. 

If you want a lighter color after the treatment is complete, you can repeat the treatment multiple times. It can take up to three or four applications before the hair is noticeably lighter in some cases. 

Does cinnamon lighten hair permanently?

Yes. Cinnamon is a natural alternative to bleach for lightening your hair. The effect is not permanent, and it will take many treatments before you see a lighter shade or highlight in your hair. 

Will cinnamon damage my hair?

No, using it in your hair will not cause damage because it is an all-natural ingredient! If you have a cinnamon allergy, this is not the right lightening treatment for you. If you are unsure whether you have an allergy, test a small patch on the back of your hand before using it on your scalp. 

What’ll cinnamon do to blonde hair?

Blondes will likely turn a shade of strawberry blonde. In some cases, blondes can expect to see some brown highlights too. 

Can cinnamon be used for hair growth?

Yes, cinnamon promotes hair growth. If you use the same concoction to lighten your hair, you might see some unexpected hair growth too!

Can I apply cinnamon powder to my hair?

You can apply cinnamon powder to your hair, but for it to work as a lightening agent, you should mix it with water, honey, and lemon juice. This concoction will help to stay put on your hair follicles while you let it sit. 

Powdered cinnamon is more useful for circulation effects, particularly in a scrub form. You can also experience hair growth and reduced hair loss if you use it. 

So have you ever used cinnamon to lighten hair? If not, then use it asap and share the experience with us by leaving a comment below!