How to lighten dyed black hair without bleaching

Hey guys! Today’s post is going to be on hair dye and how to lighten dyed black hair at home with absolute zero market bleach . So how did I come up with this post?

So the story goes like this…A week back I dyed my hair black because I was bored with my golden blond hair. Since my natural hair is black, I chose to dye my hair back to its natural color. To my horror, my hair became the darkest of black and it sort of looked like a wig! Since I wanted a simple and safe way to lighten my black hair without bleaching, I decided to try baking soda and shampoo to lighten my hair. I had already tried this method few days back and since it worked pretty well on my hair I decided to share it with you all. 🙂

If you have recently dyed your hair black and regretted as it look like an artificial hair, follow this step to lighten it and for a more natural look …

 lighten dyed black hair

1st step– Damp your hair with warm water (make sure it’s not extreme hot!). This will open the cuticles of the hair and help to pull the color off the hair easily.

2nd step– Mix baking soda and shampoo in a bowl. Just a bit of your regular shampoo and add 2 tbsp of baking soda will do. Mix it well and apply on your damp hair as you would shampoo your hair regularly. Leave the mixture on for at least 15 minutes.

3rd step– Rinse it off with Luke warm water followed by a good moisturizing conditioner. Use cold water to rinse your hair after the conditioner.

How often should you use baking soda and shampoo to rinse your hair?

Do this for twice a week and you’d see the dye completely fade.

I did it just for one day and I could already see my hair looked so much natural. 🙂

Apart from this, you can also try lemon juice or Apple cider vinegar hair rinse to lighten your hair color.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel spf – 50 Review

Hey guys! Today’s blog post is on Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel spf – 50 which is currently my favourite summer product. If you have an excessively oily skin and have been constantly looking for a non-oily sunscreen  then you have to try this one! Before I tell you guys what I really think of this product, lets have a quick look at the product description and other details.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Uv Screen Matte Gel Pa +++ spf – 50 is an innovative sunblock which is totally non-oily and provides a fresh and clean finish to the face, neck and hands. It protects against all forms of sun induced damage: skin tan, sun burn, pre-mature ageing & skin cancer.

Contains extracts of : Horse chestnut,comfrey and vanilla.


Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel spf - 50 Review

Direction- Apply liberally and evenly on face and exposed parts of the body. Re-apply frequently, every 2 hours for best result.
Price of Lotus Herbals Matte Sunscreen Gel spf – 50  : 440 INR ( I got it for 396 at Amazon ) Check Here 
Quantity : 100g

Packaging- It comes in a standard soft plastic tube like most lotus herbals sunblock. The tube has a flip cap which closes securely. The packaging is some what travel friendly, but I suggest you take 50g pack in case you are travelling. The one I have is 100g and I feel it’s little bulky to carry in bag.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel spf - 50 Review

Texture- The texture of  Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel is silky smooth and gel like consistency.Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel spf - 50 Review

My Overall Experience with Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Sunscreen Gel spf – 50 

This sunscreen unlike other sunscreens doesn’t make the skin sticky or greasy in any way. It keeps the skin matte for at least 2- 3 hours straight, and it absolutely light weight. It seems like a creamy texture when pressed fresh out of the tube, but it beautifully settles as matte finish once applied on skin. I feel  lotus sunscreen matte gel is great for oily skin because of its matte gel texture.I have an oily skin and this product gelled pretty well with my oily skin.  It gives a cool effect on the skin after application. It does have a mild fragrance, which doesn’t bother me much. I also used this underneath my makeup foundation and I am impressed with the result.  I know it is a bit overpriced as compared to other drug store sunscreen products, keeping the price factor aside, so far this one has worked best for me. You can first try the smaller tube ie 50g which is half the price of 100g. Try it on your skin and if at all you feel it works best for you then go for a bigger tube. 🙂

Best blotting paper for oily skin available online in India

Don’t you hate when your face turns oily, greasy and shinny? It is even more annoying during the summer when you have makeup on! In today’s post I am going to talk about facial blotting paper and how it helps in keeping the skin matte through out the day.

Just like we use blotting paper to remove excess oil from our favourite fried foods, facial blotting paper does the same for our face.

If you wondering about the blotting paper uses or how to use blotting paper for face here is how; these facial sheets helps to control excess oil on our face and keeps it non greasy through out the day. It’s very simple to use these facial blotting papers, just pat your face with blotting paper when ever your feel your face looks oily. You can also pat your face with these sheets after applying creamy makeup to absorb excess oil from the product. This will help the makeup to stay put. For maximum gratification, pat the sheet around your nose and other oily areas of your face.
I have been using blotting paper for my face for years now. Some of the best blotting paper for oily skin I have tried so far are:   

 NYX Matte Blotting Paper – It comes in a hard paper envelop and has 50 sheets inside. The paper is cleanly packed and it’s easy to take out. The sheets are very thin and absorbs oil form face quite good. NYX blotting paper price in India is 687 rs.
Buy here . You can even check out at for better offers .
best blotting paper

Jabs oil clear film- I got this one as a gift from my cousin and it’s almost like the clean and clear blotting sheets, which I’ll discuss next. The texture of this blotting sheets is soft . I am not so sure about the price of this one, but it shows 5 $ on

best blotting paper

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets- This one is by far the best blotting paper I have used. It instantly soaks up excess oil and remove shine from the face. Even when you have makeup on, you can use this sheets without any  doubt of smudging the makeup. The texture of these facial blotting sheets is super soft and silky.  

Clean and clear blotting paper price in India is may differ from site to site. You can check on Amazon.

best blotting paper


Pros of Facial Blotting paper –

  • Soaks up excess oil from your face without completely drying it.
  • Keeps the makeup intake.
  • Comes in travel friendly packs.
  • Gives the face a matte effect
  • Works Best for oily skin .

Cons of Facial Blotting paper –

  • Expensive
  • Not easily available in stores

where to buy blotting paper

I have not come across any cosmetic stores in Bangalore that sells these facial blotting sheets, but you can easily buy blotting paper online in India. I usually buy blotting paper on Amazon or from Nykaa.

Blotting paper substitute

If you feel the price is too high for these sheets, you can try a fresh Disposable Paper Toilet Seat Covers  instead. Toilet seat covers comes in huge size, all you got to do is cut them in small square sizes and store it in your empty compact powder container. You’ll be surprise to see how similar toilet seat covers works like the regular blotting sheets  🙂