How to: Lighten Hair With Lemon Juice

My best summer beauty tip of all time, is probably this one: how to lighten your hair with lemon juice – naturally, safely and cheaply.

This is something I’ve personally been writing about and sharing with friends and family for years and years.

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Why does lemon juice work?

Lemon is a natural bleach, and in this case, it will accelerate the sun’s ability to lighten our hair. This is a natural, safe way to lighten your hair. (As long as you make sure the lemon juice doesn’t go into your eyes or touch your scalp.) It’s also something I’ve done many, many times with no problems.

I learnt it as a preteen from my mom, and was something I did growing up a lot. It’s basically how to lighten you hair in a way that is all-natural, much safer than all those chemicals in regular hair dyes. Best of all, it’s very inexpensive. Not to mention, it’s so ridiculous easy.

Curious? Read on.

What you need:

I’ve been writing about how to lighten hair with lemon juice for years and it’s caught on, but unfortunately a lot of the info out there is wrong, or simply over complicated. There is certainly no need for vodka, cinnamon or any other ingredients.

The truth is, all you need are:

  • a few lemons (depending on how much hair you want to lighten) because more hair = more lemons. (As an example, I have slightly over medium length hair, and I use 2 medium sized lemons.)
  • wide tooth comb or a clean toothbrush

How to: Lighten Hair With Lemon Juice

After getting all your tools, it’s time to begin! Here’s the step by step way to lighten your hair with lemon juice. (If you have any concerns or questions beforehand, read down for the FAQ section where I answer any questions you may have.)

how to lighten hair with lemon juice tips

1. To start, grab your lemon(s). 

As I mentioned earlier, the amount of lemons will depend on how much you want to lighten or how long your hair is. gGab as many lemons as you think you will need. Usually 1-2 small lemons will be enough for short to medium length hair. For long to very long hair, try 3 large lemons.

If you’re just doing simple hair highlights, your work here is almost done, and so easy. Simple cut half of the lemon and rub it on the crown area of your hair, making sure to get as much lemon juice out as possible. (And make sure your hair is dry.)

And that’s really it – a slight dampening of your hair with lemon juice. After that, skip to step #4.

But if you’ve got all the lemons and now you’re using the lemon juice to lighten your hair all over, continue below.

2. Squeeze out the lemon juice into a small bowl. 

After you’ve got your lemons, try to get as much juice out of them as possible, in whatever way you usually juice a lemon, and then remember to remove the pulp and seeds, to make sure it is pure lemon juice.

3. Grab a tool of your choice. 

This can be a hairbrush, a wide-tooth comb, a toothbrush, clean mascara wands… like I said above, use whatever tool you like. I personally like to use a clean toothbrush (you can get them for $1 at the dollar store) as it really deposits the lemon juice onto the hair with minimal mess. But try it out and see what works best for you.

Next, dip your tool into the lemon juice. Shake it a bit so that the lemon juice isn’t runny on your tool, but that there’s just enough to properly rub into your hair.

Then, apply it on dry hair only until all your hair is soaked with lemon juice. I like to gently apply it onto the hair in several ‘layers’ to really get the lemon juice working. And I would recommend that as well – simply adding or patting on the lemon juice won’t really work as well, I find. Really rub it in! Just make sure no lemon juice touches your scalp.

4. Lastly, find some sun.

The juice will only work with some sunshine, so get out there and make sure your hair gets some sun. The longer your hair is in the sun, the lighter it will get. 20-30 minutes is more than enough to get a little bit of difference.

Personally, I do it up to an hour, or even as long as I am out in the sun swimming, but make sure you don’t get sunburnt. Sunscreen is key. Also, don’t let the lemon juice get it in your eyes or too close to your scalp either, it will sting!

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Aftercare would be as normal colored hair – even though this is a more natural way, there still might be some slight damage to the hair, although it’ll be minimal.

At worst, your hair will feel a bit more dry than usual, so I recommend doing a deep conditioning hair mask for a week after. Or, I’d recommend using my all time favorite natural hair moisturizer: coconut oil.

Either way, regular conditioning your hair after shampooing is a great habit to cultivate for your hair health, regardless of whether it’s “healthy” or not, and in this case, will help tremendously.


There’s been so many questions regarding this lemon juice hair trick, so I compiled some of the most asked questions. If you have any other questions, please leave a comment and I can add it below!

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. This is because 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 4 times in one month and my color was alright. But definitely don’t do it more often than 4 times a month, I reckon.

Can I use store-bought lemon juice?
I reckon you could. But I’d still recommend squeezing an actual lemon and using that juice. This is 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.

Will this dry out my scalp?
Yes, it will! That is why I recommend to do this slowly and carefully so that no lemon juice touches your scalp – just focus on 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.

Bottom Line…

If you’re looking for a natural way to lighten your hair, look to lemon juice! It’s an easy, natural and safer way to lighten hair and create sun kissed color and tone to your hair.

Now over to you:

Have you lighten your hair with lemon juice?

What were the results? Do you have any other tips to add to this post? I’d love to know!

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  1. Wow, I had no idea you could do that! I have 2 questions 🙂
    Do you apply it to dry or wet hair?
    Is it lemon juice (lemons, water and sugar) or is it just the squeezed lemons?

    1. Hey Rosa, so sorry – I should’ve been clearer!

      1) Apply it on dry hair. 🙂

      2) It is squeezed lemon, nothing else. Take a fresh lemon, squeeze all the gunk out, take the juice, and apply it to your hair … sit out in the sun for as long as you want (or as light as you want your hair), and voila! I did this about 3 different times though, cause lemon bleaches very little at a time, but I wanted a real difference so I tried it a few times. It depends on how light you want your hair to be 🙂

      I hope to hear about your experience if you do try it out! 🙂

  2. Tavia, thanks for the great tip! I know lemon is great for oily hair as it really ‘cleans’. Have you ever noticed it lightening your hair as well? 🙂

  3. honey + water = amazing for hair. Honey mixed with water (I think it’s 1 part honey with 2 parts water) releases a sort of natural peroxide that delicately lightens the hair. When you combine it with lemon juice, i’m assuming that it’s like a dual-action highlighting mask for hair. It’s definitely something to try. Anyway, great post renee!

  4. Hey Jackie, thanks for sharing that with us! My readers are all so smart 🙂 I will have to try out these DIY hair masks, I haven’t heard anything about honey but it really is worth a try. Have you tried it yourself? 🙂

    1. yep, i’ve tried it 🙂 Over the course of 5 weeks (using the mask once a week), i’ve noticed that my hair has gotten a lot shinier and lighter. I previously had my stylist put in highlights a few months ago and the honey mask brightened them up. My stylist even marveled at how radiant my hair was. I love it!

  5. Lemons are great for hair. I start using a home made mask for about 1 month now. I mix the juice from a fresh sqeezed lemon with 2 spoons of honey and wash my hair. This helps my hair stay non greasy for a longer time than usual and give a good clean to the hair roots. I see that it’s really working because my hair doesn’t become oily in the day day or two like it did before.

    1. OMG! im so glad you told me that tip my hair is alwyas so greasy and i tried everything hopefully it works!! 🙂

  6. Maybe is to early to tell, cause I’ve been using this only 4 times. But I will let you know if I see a change of color, I’m a natural blonde anyway so….I don’t want to wake up one morning with platinum blonde hair 🙂 I’m kidding.

    1. It may be too early to tell, yeah, but also because you already have light hair! 😉 May take awhile … if you see it happening you may want to stop for a bit in case you do wake up with platinum blonde, haha! 😛

  7. I just found this site & I love it all (especially the Jennifer Aniston hair article) . My experience with lemon juice & hair isn’t a good one though. I used to have silky straight hair up until i was about 15- then i decided that i wanted to bleach it. Mum at the time wouldn’t let me buy “Sun-in” for my hair soo i would squeeze lemon juice on it & lay out in the sun. .. my hair went from a nice medium-dark brown to a gross orangey blonde & my hair got sooo soo dry & damaged that it turned my hair frizzy & curley
    🙁 . My hair dresser could not believe how damaged my hair had got -luckily im 21 now & those ends are long gone …but it did take a VERY long time to repair/ grow out my damaged hair so I would not advise it.

    1. Hey Sarah. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you around more! 🙂 I am so sorry to hear about your experience. Did you mix the lemon juice with bleach? My friends and I have been doing this for years and it’s the least damaging thing we’ve done to our hair, it always looks very natural. 🙁 I guess for different hair types it could react differently?

    1. Not stupid at all, Lois! I think the sun definitely ‘speeds’ up the process – I know leaving the lemon in your hair for 20 minutes at home will not do as much as sitting out in the sun, since it helps bleach it. I used to do it at home myself but I found the sun would do it much quicker. If you want to avoid the sun, you can apply it at home, but leave it on longer, perhaps 40 mins? And you may have to do this about 3 times before you notice a difference.

      Let me know how it goes 😀

  8. did you know that you can use lemon juice out of the bottle…it doesnt work as well but it still works!!! Try it…and enjoy

  9. i read that chamomille tea also works especially for dark hair because of color and texture but it says ( i found this info online searching for homemade bleach) tea will lighten dark hair and bring out natural highlights. the tea was recommended for very dark hair. where lemon was suggested for naturally light hair. some people suggest mixing the two and advised sun as well for significant and fast results. they did mention dark hair turns orange with peroxide and lemon, and light hair suffered from dry and brittle results. i would suggest oiling your hair or a deep condition before, or, and after bleaching, or abuse of any sort. good luck hope this helps and please always research before doing ANYTHING!!!

  10. Hi! Ummmm, im 11 and i want highlights for my bday, but my mom said no. Then we heard about this whole lemon juice things and she said i could do this, but idk if it will work cause i have dirty blonde hair and from what i’ve read on other sites it says it BARELY lightens hair. Help?

  11. I just discovered your website, and I love it! I’m already taking notes 🙂

    The thing is, I have almost black hair, and I read elsewhere that lemon juice does nothing for very dark hair, but that chamomile tea does. What would you recommend?

  12. i have blacki want to dye it red but i used the hair dye and it never worked , does this lemon trick work does it need to be bleached then the dye can cum onn

  13. Cool blog btw! Your entries are enjoyable!

    I’ve tried “lemonlighting” (haha that’s how I call it 🙂 my hair before, during my school days. As you probably know, many schools here in SG forbid their kids to color their heads. So, being a student and broke, I used lemons & hairdryer to lighten to lighten my black hair. The result was a fantastic shade of brunette on the parts I had applied pure lemon solution on. And my hair smelt good too!
    It didn’t look too “unnatural” (from my natural hair color) and my friends said it looked good under the sun.

    Cheap and fun! Why not! (:


  14. Hey, i was wondering if this is going damage my hair? Because i have colored my hair a lot and it has become quite damaged.

      1. No, you cannot. It’s UV rays from the sun, that’s helping the bleaching process not heat. So unless your blow dryer emits UV rays, I would say no ;D

  15. I’ve been using this beauty trick each summer for a couple of years now, to get the beachy natural look. I have natural dark brown hair, and it usual gets lighter in the summer, but with the lemon juice it speeds up the process. I usually put it on before I go out to sunbathe.

    But since lemon juice is sour, it might change the natural pH-value on your scalp, and that might be the reason why people experience dryness? I think you should take the usual precautions when going out in the sun though, like spraying hair-sunscreen on your hair when you go out in the sun, and using a hair mask regurlarly, especially after intensive sun bathing. AND avoid pools with chlorine!

    I will definitely try the trick with honey and lemon this summer! And maybe add some almond oil or lavender oil? Or maybe the camomille tea? 😛

  16. hey evry1,=~) i have darkish brown hair w natural highlights that depending on the time of year change colr they are usually mostly visible in the sun but not in low light or unnatural light what can i use to keep them the same color but make them more visible? does the lemon bleach the hair or jst bring out my natural highlights i would also like to add some redish honey brown highlights. any advice.+ im 13 and mom wont let me use any more chemicals cuz i already got a relaxer

  17. I’m 75. When I was a teenager I would squeeze 1/2 a lemon in a glass with a little water (my hair was short). Then I’d was my hair as
    usual, squeeze the water out and towel dry and then pour the lemon juice and water through my hair. I ran my fingers through my hair and then went outside in the sun and just let my hair air dry. It was summer. It looked so good and so natural.

  18. i want natural – looking high lights with the lemon juice. i have almost black dark brown hair and i wanted to know how i do this process with the lemon juice. like do i pick a strand of hair and spray the lemon juice or is there another way?

  19. I just want to mention/ sooth some of the fears I’ve been reading about applying lemon juice to dark hair. It depends on the shade and color of brown that your hair actually is. For example, I have dark hair with naturally occurring red/auburn highlights and lemon has not turned my hair brassy. Instead it’s brought out the red in my hair in a beautiful way.

  20. i’m trying this lemon juice thing right now while sitting in the sun.
    I can definatley see a difference!
    its already sort of lighter and it looks soo natural

  21. Hi! I really enjoy reading your blogs Renee!But i have a question, my hair is a medium brown with light-caramel (natural) highlights. Unfourtunatley these highlights can only be seen in the bright sun. so i was wondering, will the lemon juice make my hair brittle and orange or will it slightly bring out my highlights(like i want)?Does this depend on the amount of juice?

    Thanks a lemon bunch,
    Kia 🙂

    1. Hey Kia, yep I think it should work – as long as your hair color is natural and not dyed, i think it should!

      Oh and brown hair when bleached, even by lemon, has the tendency to go red/orange so just don’t do it too much! Maybe once or twice should be enough to bring out your highlights 🙂

  22. Hi, I’m very interested in trying this, but I’ve got a problem… There’s no sun, its winter. And cold, so i wouldnt really want to just be hanging around out there waiting for a couple precious uv rays. Escpecially considering there’s a lot of snow.

    I was wondering if perhaps a blow dryer would have similar effects.? Does it work at all if you use one ? Or will the lemon juice do its thing all by itself?

  23. This actually really does work I tried it and it last 4 like 3 1/2 months or it probably lasted cuz I use nonsolfates conditioners

  24. hey my hair is really really dark. In the summer my hair goes lighter but only at the bottom of my hair. I want my hair to be lighter all over but im a bit scared my hair will turn orange i need to be reassured by a person who has got really dark hair or should i just make some chamomile tea???


    1. Yep, it will so don’t do it too often. I suppose that it’s like bleach, which will dry your hair out. But at least this method is natural and less damaging, I love it 🙂

  25. Hi I have brown hair that has blonde and red highlights that you only can see in the sun. I really want to die my hair red but my parents won’t let me I heard that if you do it enough times lemon juice will turn your a reddish color. I just wanted to know if that was true how long or how many times you have to do that

  26. I have strawberry blone hair, would my hair turn blone or…? How many times would I need to do it to make a difference if I have light hair?

  27. So I’ve been scrolling through the comments and haven’t really seen anyone else ask this question so excuse me if someone has, but I have rather fine hair. Does it matter on the thickness of your hair? My hair is very thin and I didn’t want to damage it in a way that I didn’t even know about. Get back to me. Thanks!

    1. I have thin hair too so it should be fine!

      Just don’t do it too much, because it’s natural “bleach” so it will damage your hair a little.

  28. hi, this is a great blog btw. recently I’ve been trying to go au natural so have been doin the no poo method to clean my hair, which is going good.
    but anyways i did the lemon bleach and it works it has gone lighter to a murky light brown compared to the dark brown/ black. also it added great shine to it cos its a naturally acidic and balanced the ph on the scalp.
    btw doin it under direct sunlight is best because then the UV light can react to the lemon, causing the change in colour

    1. i’ve read about the no poo method but i do not have the courage to try plus i love the nice smelling hair !!! but i’ll try lemon to lighten hair soon. im asian so i wonder what color would my hair turn out to be

      1. hi roxanne,
        i definately reccomend doing the no poo method, for me it has worked wonder!! im an southern asian and also wear a hijab and prior to the no poo my hair would get greasy and would smell really bad,and had no idea why !! but after doing the no poo my hair feels great, its softer and less frizzy; before there was this crunch to my hair, but all gone NOW!! YAAY!!

        but with the lemon since asians have darker hair i recommend doing it more than once and in direct sunlight. if that doesnt work out try the cinnamon paste. my sister did that and it came really good. but again cos of the darker hair she had to do it a couple of times for a BIG change.
        hope this helps.

  29. I colored my hair over a month ago, almost my natural hair color. ( dark brown) I want some highlight but I don’t want to turn orangish brassy look. Should I try this or go to a professional and get highlights put in?


  30. Yesterday I noticed that there was a rip in my leggings/hosiery and my mom taught me the weirdest trick ever! She said that when she was little what she would do is get clear nail polish and apply a thick coat over the hole/rip and it won’t get any bigger. I tried it and it works!

    1. Haha Maelin, as I was reading your comment in my dashboard (it cuts it up) I was thinking… “I’m sure she’s gonna say clear nail polish” haha!

      I’ve heard this tip before also but I have never tried it myself! May I use it for one of the week’s? Full credit to you of course! 🙂

      1. Yes, of course you could use it! Oh my gosh I’d be honoured. I LOVE YOUR BLOG. I literally scrolled back to page 49 or something and read all of your posts! I love how humble you are and how I always feel like I can relate to you. (:

        1. Oh my gosh Maelin… Thank you so, so much for your sweet words. That made my day 😀

          OK, I have added your tip to my “list”. Haha I have a mega list of beauty tips now so I will never miss a week like before! It might be awhile before your tip goes up but it definitely will. Thank you Maelin! Have a lovely week xx

    1. Hey Emma! Try it a few times, maybe 4? It’ll work quicker if you sit under the sun with the lemon juice, too!

  31. Does this really work on black hair? I heard that honey does lightens hair too but errr…not sure how well since I only tried it couple of times but it did help with frizziness.

  32. i realy want to bleach my hair with blone highlights as i have dark brown hair so i can dye them pink but my mum says i am to young for bleach i am 13 will i get the same effect from lemon jucie because i realy want to have pink highlights !

    1. Hey Charlie – oh no, it definitely won’t bleach your hair so much that you can have such a bold color over it.:( Or, at least I don’t think so. It just lightens whatever hair color you have about 3 shades lighter, so it just looks like a very natural color.

  33. Hiya! I just found this website, and I’m in love with it! This is a great tip, but I had one question: because I’m a swimmer and I’m in chlorine 90% of the summer, will the lemon juice react to it and make my hair brittle and dry? I’m a little afraid to try it because of the effects.

    1. Katie, I’m afraid it might be damaging to your hair since you swim so often. 🙁 Lemon juice is like bleach, so it will strip your hair a little and cause little damage, though personally for me it was never an issue because I would just condition and it would be fine after one wash. But since you swim it might be quite damaging. Although certainly not as damaging as hair dye and chemical bleaches.

  34. Hey! So I’ve been wanting to lighten my hair for a while now and my hair is dark brown with natural blonde and red highlights. I asked my Aunt about the lemons and she said when she was younger she did lemon juice all the time! But instead of doing straight lemon juice she did 3 parts of any white conditioner and 1 part lemon juice from a bottle. I guess because there is so much conditioner it counter acts the harshness of the lemon juice and works just the same! Since some people are worried about damaging hair, I figured I would put this up. Of douse since you’re messing with your natural hair it will still damage after doing it a lot. I haven’t tried it yet but I will let y’all know how it goes! (: hope this helps!!

    1. Elizabeth, ahhh this is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I’ll have to try it myself too! 🙂

  35. I have dark red hair and im hoping it would make it abit lighter, would it work with dark red hair?

  36. thks renee it is fine i shouldnt really be doing pink highlights in my hair at this young age but will defenatly try this

  37. Hi I hope u can help me! I went for my usual high light and low light appointment and It turned out too blonde. So i went back and she put some low lights in.. NOw it’s too dark and i hate it! She put in too many. I heard about stripping the low lights with a certain shampoo. But then I heard about the lemon method. What color will my low lights turn from the lemon? They are like a light brown now. Not like a honey brown tho. Will the lemon high lights turn out streaky? I like the placements of my high lights now, so i dont want to mess them up. My fear is that it’ll be streaky. I’ve never done this before. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

  38. hey so i have like brown hair not to dark but not to light what colour will it turn after like 1 go

  39. does anyone know what it means to have brown hair but also born with a blonde highlight because i have that

  40. I colored my hair a week ago. It was suppose to be a dark natural brown, but instead I was left with a color that looks more black! I absolutely hate this and can’t really afford to go and get fixed at the salon. What do you suggest I can do to lighten up/ strip out the color?

  41. Can I use a spray bottle then use a fine tooth comb to distribute it perfectly? Oh yeah I am new to this website:)

  42. Helpful post! Is this permanent btw? How long do you think my hair would take to reach a honey brown if my hair is naturally dark brown? Thank you ^-^

  43. hey, I was just wondering what colour my hair would turn out! My hair is Dark Blonde/ Light Brown, if I bleached It using the sun and Lemons what colour would it turn out?:D Thanks!

  44. Okay so I have kind of inbetween dark brown and medium brown hair. I really want to try the lemon but I’m really scared it will turn orange. If it does at all turn redish orange does it actually look good that way?

  45. Will the lemon juice work on dyed black hair as well? Im looking for highlights but don’t want burnt orange looking hair.

  46. Hi,
    I saw in the part in the blog how your friend used a comb to create highlights with the lemon juice?? How did she do this- did she put the lemon juice on the comb and comb it through? Or did she put the lemon juice in her hair and them comb it??
    Also, do you JUST put lemon juice in, or lemon and water? Or something else..?
    Thanks 🙂

  47. This works on all hair, blonde will be a lighter blonde and YES you CAN do it on COLOURED hair! It just lightens it, my friend has purplish colour in her hair and she dips the ends in lemon juice she looks like she has dark purple ombré, looks beautiful!

    Lemon juice is a natural “bleach” so it does not matter what colour your hair is eventually it will go lighter! X

  48. İ have a friend who has black hair who has been using all sorts of brown hair dye to have it a lighter colour, do you think if she uses lemon on her hair that it Will help lighten her colour?

  49. If i have black hair and try this method, will my hair turn brown or just lightish like gray?? Just curious cuz i dont want to look old if i have gray hair 😀

  50. Hi. I have a question that concerns with one of the answered questions for the Update that someone posted…

    For question #4 that had an Update answer, it stated the following: “Will the lemon juice lightened my hair permanently?… Yes, the places that are lightened will probably not go back to it’s original color.”

    Ok. Here are my questions, in response to this sentence…

    So, lighten hair will never go back to it’s original color, EVEN IF I someone just sprayed or saturated the ends of their hair with lemon or chamomile tea?

    OR, is that ONLY TRUE for people that have saturated the roots of their hair with lemon or chamomile tea?

    Reason why I’m asking is because I want to lighten my hair, just to experiment, try-out and see what it looks like. But I want to be comfortable with having the option of letting my natural-colored roots grow back into place, to see which color I favor the most in my hair. Plus, this will be the VERY FIRST TIME, I’ve ever dyed or lightened my hair.

    Please respond, whenever you get a chance. Thanks.

    1. Hey Larisa, any “lightening” is permanent, and I think this is so natural/easy to do, it’ll be great for first timers!

  51. Loved the blog.

    I have 2 questions:
    When you say apply the lemon juice four times, do you mean 4 times in a row. 4 times in what period of time?
    Is your hair supposed to be dry when you apply the lemon juice?

    Please answer. I can’t wait to get started!

    1. Hey Karl!

      4 different times; you can do it how many times you want whenever you want! And yes, I apply it to dry hair. xx

  52. The ph of lime is just about the same as the lemon. So shouldn’t the effects be similar?
    I have the same question about applying the lemon: 4 times a year, or 4 times a month, or 4 times a week. or 4 times a day?
    After being in the sun with lemon juice, do you wash your hair with conditioner or just shampoo?

    Please reply

  53. I have black hair and I put lemon on the bottom of my hair so looks like
    Its dip dyed and it came out a very pretty redish dark just perfect
    But now I have to do it again cause I got my hair cut just waiting for
    It to grow out a little more to do it again everyone thought I dyed my hair

  54. Ha! I’ll bet u didnt kno that lemon juice and olive oil in ur hair helps with dandruff too! O yeah olive oil when lemonbleaching ur hair helps with the dry/frizzy/split stuff after. It helps a lot. What i do for a very slight natural color is mix lemon juice and water and some olive oil and then dip a comb in it and lightly wet only the top layer of hair then repeat until the top layer only is wet where i want it then i sit around INSIDE if its a sunny day and OUTSIDE if its cloudy. This works really well for gradient goldy blond to very very light brown hair. It adds beautiful barely noticable highlights if thats what you want.

  55. Hey, I really want an answer to this question and if you have tried it with brown hair, what color will it turn out to be? i heard that it turns brown hair to orange/red. Is it turn or not? Thx

  56. Hey, I was really disappointed to know that this method won’t work on dyed hair. I actually dyed my hair a couple of times and every time I was wishing I was dyeing it blond (coz I’m asian and I have pitch black hair) but the salon person said that it would look really weird especially at my age (13) so being the asian me who is scared of her mother I agreed to dye it brown. Is there any other alternative to lightien/get highlights on a previously dyed hair? Thank you so much xxx

    1. Actually I think you can, Subin! A lot of readers said they tried it on their colored hair and it worked as well. Good luck! 🙂 Let me know if it works for you as well!

  57. Sorry if I necro’d ._.

    Anyhow, I have dirty blonde hair with natural golden and red highlights (thankies, Mum), and I want to lighten it… I use oil as a pre-wash conditioner every day anyways, so should I worry about damage/dryness as much as someone else?

    Also, someone somewhere said that they mixxed a whole lemon’s juices with water in a spray bottle and sprayed it into their hair twice a day for two days. They stopped cause they weren’t seeing results, and washed their hair. Supposedly the next morning, the gal’s hair was MUCH lighter. Not platinum, but more like from dirty to a golden.

    Also, I think the sun is sort of a natural bleach itself.
    When I was little and had a sort of straw colored hair (before it darkened), I would be outside all summer. And my hair would lighten to platinum. But I don’t want to get skim cancer, so 😛
    And my Mum’s dark red hair would lighten quite a bit too.

  58. ummmm ok so its winter right now so would it work to do it under a lamp and ofcourse i have black hair

  59. Hey i have dark brown hair and i wanted to use this lemon juice but can i use blow dryer instead and how long should i put the blow dryer on my hair and what would it turn out..please please answer.

    1. The blow dryer won’t have the same effect, it’s the UV rays from the sun that really do the trick.

  60. Will this lightening process effect the hair.roots and hence will my new grown out hair Laos have the lighter shade. Cuz I read in one place that it does lighten new grown hair…? Reply ASAP pls tanks!!

  61. This is a little werid but does ur hair have to be clean when you put the lemon in ur hair or it doesnt really matter also can i just put my hair in a big bowl of lemon juice and water mixed together? Thanks 🙂

  62. This seemed to work a little first time round which is great – unfortunately the lemon juice did a much better job of bleaching my top than my hair! It turns out the old towel I wrapped around my shoulders didn’t catch all (well, most) of the drips…

  63. If I put it on my eyebrow, Will my eyebrow fall off? since its somehow like bleaching, I’m going to try the lemon thing today and I wanna make my brow the same shade as my hair, I have really really dark brown hair. will it work too? My hair is fragile if I do this method I won’t go bald right?

  64. Sorry to ask a question again, I just did it this afternoon, (I live in Singapore) I didn’t see much change, I dark brown almost black hair. How any times do I have to do it to have light brown hair?

  65. How often do you use the lemon juice? I have darkish brown hair, so would it be like, once a week for 4 weeks? Everyday for 4 days? I’m just confused about the schedule.

  66. I was wondering, I have light brown hair of a sort of caramelly color, do you think it would take less applications than yours if you have dark brown hair?

  67. so glad i found this! ive heard several mixed reviews on lemon juice and decided to do some research. my hair is dark brown and i really dont have a problem with it, but im interested in seeing what it would look like with a *little* bit of highlights. will it make my ends lighter of flat out blonde? just want to make sure i dont regret anything afterwards 🙂

  68. Hi I am 13 and I want to show off my highlights ( natural) well first I wanted to ombré it but I changed my mind , anyway my hair is a lighting brown which looks abit reddish in the sun I want to like comb the lemon through my hair to show off my highlights but I’m scared what if it makes it too light and I won’t like it and then it doesn’t come out so please help me what should I do :/

  69. Hey!
    I have been trying this,
    I am a dark blonde and i know this sounds crazy but i want to be almost a platinum blonde!
    haha, i have done the lemon juice like 4-5 times and ive stayed in the boiling hot sun for almost 3 hrs each time. I have not noticed any difference in my hair which is really annoying.
    I dont want to bleach or dye my hair
    i have also used other things on the internet like honey, baking soda…. nothing has worked! do you know any other ways or better ways of using the lemon… ive thought about leaving it in overnight but im not sure if that will work cuz theres no sunlight. Anyway lemme know what u think, Allie 😉

    1. Hey Kaida! Sorry for the late reply! Look up to the FAQs which answers your question, short answer is that I think it’ll only work on natural hair.

  70. I have dark hair with natural red highlights. Would this completely destroy them? Would it have any effect on them at all?

  71. Hey, my dad actually told me about this, and I tried it several times, but it didn’t lighten my hair. I must’ve done something wrong, I guess, but now I’m sort of glad it didn’t work, since I don’t know what color it would be. I want really light blond hair, and I doubt this would get it near white like I want it, but how much would it work on what my dad calls “dirty blond” hair?

    1. Hey Oliver, sorry to hear it didn’t work. Blonde hair is a bit trickier, will need many more times I think.

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