My best summer beauty tip of all time, is probably this one – a super easy tip on how to lighten your hair naturally, safely and cheaply.
This is something I’ve personally been writing about and sharing with friends and family for years and years: lightening hair with lemon juice.
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, and best of all, it’s very inexpensive.
Not to mention, it’s so ridiculous easy.
Curious? Read on.
How Does Lemon Juice Work?
Well, it’s so simple really – 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 (as long as you make sure the lemon juice doesn’t go into your eyes or touch your scalp) way to lighten your hair, and something I’ve done many, many times with no problems.
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.
There is certainly no need for vodka, cinnamon or any other ingredients other publications are telling you. The truth is, all you need are a few lemons (depending on how much hair you want to lighten) because more hair = more lemons, and for me, who has medium length hair, I use 2 lemons.
The next thing you’ll need is a wide tooth comb or a clean toothbrush. This just depends on what tool you prefer to spread the lemon juice over your hair with.
That’s really it: a few lemons and a brush.
How to Lighten Hair With Lemon Juice
1. Grab your lemon(s). Again, the amount of lemons will depend on how much you want to lighten or how long your hair is, grab as many lemons as you think you will need. Usually 1-2 small lemons will be enough, unless you have super long hair.
2. Cut it in half. If you’re just doing simple hair highlights, your work here is done – use that half cut lemon and rub it on the crown area of your hair, making such to get as much lemon juice out as possible. Then skip to step #5. If you’re using the lemon to lighten all your hair, continue below.
3. Squeeze out the lemon juice into a small bowl. Remove the pulp and seeds, make sure it is pure lemon juice.
4. 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. Dip it into the juice. Apply it on dry hair only until all your hair is soaked with lemon juice.
5. 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, although 20-30 minutes is more than enough to get a little bit of difference. Don’t let the lemon juice get it in your eyes or too close to your scalp either, it will sting!
Aftercare (This Is Important)
If you do this many times, you may get a bit of build-up to the hair.
I recommend to do this simple, DIY clarifying shampoo a couple of times a month to help hair stay as clean and healthy – the bonus is that it also keeps the color in!
Also, after doing this lightening treatment, make sure to condition your hair, as this can dry your hair out. My favorite natural condition that works really well is coconut oil.
Frequently Asked Questions
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”.
P.S. This is a natural product I love that would be great to reverse the damage from lightening your hair with lemon juice.