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The Lowdown on Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

Yes, Lemon Juice will Lighten Some Hair . . . But

A recent question from a student in my online class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You, asks:

I’ve been told that lemon juice can bring out high lights in hair, and I have tried this. In the summer I always naturally get lighter high lights in my hair as I spend time outdoors. In the winter I lose them. This winter I did try lemon juice once. It looked very dim and nondescript the first day, but then seemed to give me some nice high lights for a few weeks. Is lemon juice damaging to hair? Can it bring out lighter high lights in some hair colors?

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Lemon juice as a hair lightener will work for some hair types but, it’s not the best choice.

Lemon juice has a low pH level and is acidic. Using this too often on healthy hair will make it brittle. It’s not controllable on chemically treated hair.

Hair care products these days are formulated to have a balanced pH level which leaves the hair in better condition. Straight lemon juice on the hair will dry it out. Here is what I know about using lemon juice as a hair lightener:

  • Lemon juice, plus oxygen and UV rays, equals a bleaching product.

  • Lemon juice as a hair lightener is only effective on hair that is dishwater blonde or lighter in color. Its bleaching quality is only effective when used in the sun and will not lighten brunettes or red heads.

  • Using lemon juice on chemically treated hair can turn it an orange or brassy color.

  • It can also dry out the hair with its acidic quality and make the hair extremely brittle.

If you still decide you want to use lemon juice in your hair, don’t use it straight without diluting it. Dilute one tablespoon of lemon juice in a gallon of water and use it daily as a rinse. Use it this way when you know you will get sun exposure and it will lighten your hair, but be aware of how it is affecting your hairs condition.

Lemon juice high lights used sparingly may be fine in healthy, non chemically treated hair. Also think about this, if you use it too often, you will have bleached hair with roots growing in, now what do you do?

Need I say . . . my first recommendation is to have high lighting done by a professional if you want it done right. It may save you lot’s of hair and headaches to come.

 
  



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Blonde Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones

Hair colors for cool skin tones

Gorgeous blonde hair colors perfect for cool skin tones.

When your hair color meshes with your skin tone, you look and feel healthier, more natural and put-together. Get this delicate balance wrong however, and your hair color can look painfully off, and your skin can appear muddy, ruddy or washed out.  Knowing if your skin tone has warm or cool undertones, will help you in choosing the most flattering hair colors for you.  Not sure what your undertones are? Here is a quick and easy quiz that will help you determine your skin tone.

If  you’re blonde, (or you want to be) and your skin tone is cool, you have plenty of hues to choose from.  Colors are especially stunning when combined as dimensional color with multiple hues. Dimensional color involves weaving a mixture of complimentary colors into the hair to give it depth and a natural appearance. The colors that look best are those that compliment your skin tone.

 

Blonde hair color for cool skin tone

Light olive skin tone

For gorgeous hair color inspiration look to Carrie Underwood’s at the 2014 ACM Awards. This combination of cool blonde tones compliments her light olive skin tone.  The dark natural blonde base with wheat blonde highlights adds depth and dimension and looks natural and stunning.  Going too light on olive skin tone can make skin look yellow.  Avoid golden or caramel colors in favor of cool blonde tones like honey, taupe or cool ash browns.

 

 

Blonde hair color with cool skin tone

Medium olive skin tone

Shakira, like many Latino’s and Asian’s, have true olive skin tone.  Her skin tone is part of her classic Latin American attractiveness. She has gone through some hair color phases that were not as complimentary as this tawny honey blonde with ashy undertones. Warm golden blonde shades look unnatural with olive skin and have a yellowing effect on the complexion. Instead, choose platinum-ash highlights and avoid the temptation of getting all-over light . . . It won’t do your skin any favors!

 

 

Hair colors for cool skin tones

Fair skin tone

If you are fair-skinned like Gwen Stefani, with blue (cool) undertones, you are the envy of all.  You can go as light as you dare with your hair color. The general rule is; the lighter the skin, the lighter the hair.  Platinum blondes are all the rage now and can be worn as a solid monochromatic color, or interspersed with creamy blonde balayaged pieces. If you’re skin is fair and you want to wear the lightest blonde shades, you run the risk of looking too pale or washed out.  Makeup that defines your eyes, eyebrows and mouth will help solve the problem.  If you love the platinum look but you’re not a natural blonde, talk with your stylist about the maintenance; it could be a problem.

 

Hair colors for cool skin tones

Light skin tone

If you’re not ready to take your hair to platinum blonde, there are plenty of shades of hair colors that work for cool skin tones with names like; honey blonde, champagne, cool ash blonde, dark cool blonde, medium ash blonde, light ash brown, sandalwood, bamboo and more.  Cate Blanchett is wearing a strawberry-blonde which adds some richness to her overall cool tones.

 

Hair colors for cool skin tones

Dark cool skin tone

Dark-skinned divas can totally rock a blonde style, (if you don’t mind the maintenance) as Rihanna knows. The same color rules apply; keep away from warm, honey or caramel tones if your skin tone is cool, in favor of ashy colors. Check Mary J. Blige for some inspiration on going blonde when you have dark skin with cool undertones.

There are a variety of blonde hair colors that work well with cool skin tones, but instead of relying on a name ( different in most brands) a color chart is a good tool to use. If you still aren’t sure what to choose, go to the mall and try on some hairpieces. Bring along a trusted friend who will give you good objective advice. Or, consult with a hairstylist or two, till you feel confident about which color suits you best.

For more ideas see our Pinterest Hair Colors for Cool Tones Board.

  



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Hairstyle Trends Year End Review

Hairstyle Trends

Best and Worst Hairstyle Trends of the Year

This was the year of hairstyle trends. From short bobs to crazy colored hair, there were vast amounts of new and unusual looks. I wanted to take a look back at some of the best and worst hairstyle trends of the year and see what’s to come for next year.

Best Hairstyle Trends of the Year

Hairstyle Trends

Short Bob Hairstyles

Many women tried a version of the short bob hairstyle this year. From a-line bobs to short cropped bobs, these short bob hairstyle trends were seen on just about everyone. My favorite short bob hairstyle of the year was the a-line bob, which is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy were seen sporting this style, as was I. For more short bobs check out my article 10 Short Bob Hairstyles to Die For.

 

Hairstyle Trends

Braided Hair

I saw braided hair everywhere this past year. What a hairstyle trend this was! Celebrities were rocking this look on the red carpet while you and I wore this look on the beach. Small braids, big braids and everything in between encompassed the braided hairstyle trends look. I predict that we will see more of this look in the upcoming year. For more great braid ideas and DIY how to tips check out my article Braids, Braids, Braids!!

Hairstyle Trends

 

Long Hair

Although the short bob hairstyles were quite popular this year, long hair was also in. I saw a trend towards more relaxed long hair that looked undone on celebs like Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Gisele Bündchen among others. Strong wave patterns in long hair that we saw relaxed this past year for a more laid back look. For more hot looks check out my article Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014.

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Worst Hairstyle Trends

Hairstyle Trends

Crazy Colored Hair

Between Drew Barrymore’s dipped ends look and bad color jobs all over, the year seemed to have many crazy colored hairstyle trends. Although experimentation is sometimes good . . . these looks were very, very bad. I think we all learned our lesson and crazy colored hair will not be back. Thank God!

Hairstyle Trends

Blondes

So many celebrities went with an unnatural blonde look this year. Katharine McPhee, Rihanna and Lily Allen come to mind. If you, too, went with an unnatural blonde look this year, I urge you to return back to a more natural looking color. Platinum blonde isn’t widely flattering and these hairstyle trends will go away next year. 80’s Hairstyles Twilight star Kristen Stewart was one of the first ones to get an 80’s hairstyle trends look. She channeled Joan Jett for her look, but others followed suit. Let’s leave 80’s hair in the 80’s.

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What’s to Come

Hairstyle Trends

More Bobs

Hairstyle trends like the bob are so popular that I think they will stick around in the New Year. I expect we’ll be seeing longer bobs that are shoulder length as the shorter bob styles are grown out. For more medium and long bob ideas check out my article Layered Bob Hairstyles Big New Trend!

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Relaxed Hairstyles

Hairstyles will continue to be more relaxed and laid back looking. There is a time and place for formal hair, but I don’t believe this next year will be that time. Hairstyles like Blake Lively’s in Gossip Girl are gaining popularity so I see hairstyle trends heading this way.

  



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