One of the most popular posts on this blog, How to Lighten Hair With Lemon Juice, where I share the little DIY trick my mom taught me as a teen, has gotten quite the buzz – and with that, a lot of questions! So I thought I’d write a follow up to answer all your questions about it. If you have any more, feel free to leave a comment.
How much will it lighter my hair? The lighten hair with lemon juice method above will lighten your hair by perhaps half a shade – yes, it’s a small difference, but that’s why it looks so natural. If you want to keep going lighter and lighter, do this several times.
Will this work on dyed hair? To lighten your hair with lemon juice, I’d say it works the best on natural, un-dyed hair. However, it does still work on colored and/or dyed hair, but be careful that in doing this, you’ll be lightening the chemical color – and it could end up looking brassy or even orange/green.
Will this damage my hair? Yes, it is “bleach” after all. But the damage is minimal and you should be fine as long as you condition it well after. But proceed at your own risk, and see if your personal hair type can take this hair “treatment”.
Does the lemon juice make brown hair look brassy? Like all hair dyes on dark hair, there is a chance it comes out brassy and even orange. For lemon, I’ve found that if you do it too often, yes it will look too brassy. I’ve done it up to 5 times in one month and my color was alright, but don’t do it more often than that, I’d say. Unless of course, you like the orange look!
Can I use store-bought lemon juice? I reckon you could, but I’d still recommend squeezing an actual lemon and using that juice, because store-bought fruit juices these days are loaded with sugar and preservatives, and you don’t really want all that in your hair.
Can I use a lamp (or artificial light) to lighten my hair instead of the sun? Unfortunately I think this will need the sun only. How long will the lemon juice lighten my hair? This is a “natural” bleach, so it’s permanent until your hair grows out (or you put hair dye on top of it).
How long will it take to lighten my hair? The method I wrote about will take awhile, since it’s so natural, but you should see results (albeit very slight) after the first time. If you still want to go lighter, do it maybe 4-5 times. Try to space it out though, as it can damage your hair.
I can’t see any results! Did I do something wrong? That sucks! OK, so you probably didn’t do anything wrong. You can try it again and leave your hair out in the sun longer. Or, you probably haven’t seen results because you have really light hair already! I think this would be hard to do on blondes, since it’s so natural and the results are very slight. I reckon this method works best on those with very dark hair, since you can actually see the difference.