Can you really lighten you hair with lemon juice?

Wait, can you really lighten your hair with lemon juice?

This is a trick passed from generation to generation but how effective is it? Read on to find out more.

We all know how trendy has DIY culture become, and, of course, hair care is not an exception. As one might expect, there is a new shift towards natural hair coloring. If we want to be truthful, we have to say that the truth is that this is not new; our grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers would not be surprised to hear about the method of lightening their hair with lemon.

Can you really lighten your hair with lemon juice?

In this article, we tell you how to do it, who should abstain from doing it and what things to take into account to achieve the desired result. Lemon is not enough to bleach hair or to achieve a uniform tone.

Lightening hair with lemon: myths and truths

Lemon juice by itself is not capable of changing the color of your hair. You need the sun's help. The sun, together with the acidity of the lemon helps speed up this lightening process.

Can anyone do it?

Well, yes, but you might not get the desired results. Sitting in the sun with lemon on your head only works for blondes, who are going to notice their hair lightening a bit with subtle highlights. If you have dark hair, it may turn a bit reddish, this might not necessarily a bad thing, but you have to bear in mind that if you want some fair highlight, you won't get that from lemon. 

Lemon juice by itself is not capable of changing the color of your hair.

The warnings

Science indicates that UV rays cause internal reactions in the hair, impacting the pigment. UV rays can also be harmful by breaking down important proteins in your hair, weakening it. So, be very careful with this lemon hair lightening technique!

The method

Now that you know what to expect from this technique, without further ado, I present to you how to do it.

  1. Squeeze juice from a fresh lemon into a spray bottle and add water. Use one part lemon juice to two parts water.
  2. Spray the lemon juice mixture directly onto your hair.
  3. Massage the juice over your hair and scalp, and let it sit for around 10 minutes. Rinse, shampoo, and condition your hair as you would usually do.
  4. You can repeat this process up to two times per week until you get the desired color. 

You won't be able to dye or bleach your hair as you would if going to a salon with a professional, but you can try it at home and decide whether you like it or not.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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