How To Lighten Hair with Lemon Juice

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Are you sick of shelling out big bucks at the salon to get gorgeous highlights?  Do you want to avoid harsh chemicals and ingredients that you can't even pronounce?  If your hair is dirty blond or light brown, you can lighten hair with lemon juice in the comfort of your own home.  Women, myself included, have been doing it for years.  Follow the steps below to highlight your own hair with lemon juice.

First, prepare your lemon juice mixture.  There are a variety of ways that you can do this, so I will provide several options:

  • Squeeze fresh lemons into a spray bottle, carefully removing pulp and seeds.  Dilute with water, if desired.
  • Use pure lemon juice extract (usually found in the produce section, in little plastic lemon-shaped containers).  Add a bit of water to the container.
  • Add a handful of dried chamomile flowers and a teaspoon of honey to freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemon juice extract.

Are you wondering how much water to add to your lemon juice mixture?  1 or 2 teaspoons should be enough, but add more if your hair is dry, brittle, or chemically processed.

Wash and condition your hair (be sure to use a gentle shampoo), then towel dry it.  You can add lemon juice to dry hair too, but the lightening process works best on damp hair.

Apply your lemon juice mixture to your hair.  Use a comb for even distribution, spray it from a bottle, or dunk strands of hair into a bowl.  There is no right or wrong way; apply the lemon juice to your hair using the method that works best for you.  Some people even rub sliced lemons directly on their hair.

Allow your hair to dry naturally for 1-2 hours in the sun.  The UV rays from the sun are what help the lemons perform their hair lightening magic.  You can also use a blow dryer, but the effects will not be the same.

Repeat your hair lightening process several times a week until your desired results are achieved; it may take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month.  You can speed up the process by increasing the amount of lemon juice, and decreasing the amount of water in your mixture; however, be careful not to fry your hair.

REMEMBER: lemon juice is highly acidic.  Lemons are natural, yes- but they are still not suitable for daily use on most hair types.  As stated earlier in the article, remember to exercise caution when applying lemon juice to dry, brittle, or chemically treated hair.  Lemon juice should also not be used to lighten hair that is dark brown, black, or red; please use henna for darker hair, or visit a beautician.


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