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    Things you need to consider before you try lemon juice highlights

    Are Lemon Juice Highlights an Option for You?

    Hair highlighting with lemon juice has been done for decades. I can remember my friends and I using lemon juice to try and add natural looking high lights to our hair in the summertime. Being a brunette, it never worked for me, but it did leave me with delicious smelling strands!

    If your natural hair color is like Mischa Barton’s, then hair high lighting with lemon juice would be perfect for you.

    If you are trying to avoid costly hair high lighting in the salon, you may be considering lemon juice highlights. But be forewarned, lemon juice does not work for every hair type. Lemon juice lightens hair because of the high acidity content of lemons. The acid helps to speed up the lightening effects that the sun already has on your hair.

    Woman applying lemon juice highlights

    So if your hair is dishwater blonde and lightens up in the summer time, then lemon juice may just help with the process. However, if you have darker hair like me, it probably won’t do much other than dry out your hair. Another thing to note is that lemon juice highlights won’t work on previously colored hair. So if there is any hair color leftover on your hair, the lemon juice will not lighten it.

    If you have dishwater blonde hair or lighter and want to try some highlighting at home, here are some how to tips on high lighting with lemon juice.

    Lemon Juice Highlights Tip #1:

    Mix the lemon juice with water. I’d suggest equal parts water to lemon juice to dilute the juice a bit and help it to spray evenly over the hair. Also, use the juice squeezed from fresh lemons instead of bottled lemon juice, it will be a more concentrated and in that way more effective.

    Lemon Juice Highlights Tip #2:

    Put the lemon juice mixture in a spray bottle to spray on hair. This will help to apply the lemon juice more evenly to strands. You can also easily reapply the mixture by periodically spraying your hair after it get’s dry.

    Lemon Juice Highlights Tip #3:

    For natural looking high lights, pull your hair back into a loose ponytail, then spray the mixture all over hair until damp. Do this sometime when you will be out in the sun for a few hours (don’t forget your sun block) to get your best sun-kissed results.

    So why do lemon juice instead of heading to the salon? Well, if you have the right hair for this, then it can give you natural looking highlights without the cost. If you don’t have the right hair for lemon juice, I wouldn’t even bother trying, you may only end up with hair that is more dried out!

    Hair High Lighting with Lemon Juice

    Redken’s Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask is a great choice for deep conditioning your hair after at-home lemon juice highlighting. The acid in lemon juice will dry your hair, not unlike using other hair coloring techniques to lighten your hair color. So, be sure to follow up with a good deep conditioner that will remoisturize your hair and give it lots of body and shine!

    For more highlight ideas check out our Pinterest Hairstyles with Highlights Board.

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    1. My hair has been damaged from highlighting and I was growing tired of the time it took to comb out the tangled mess it became after shampooing and conditioning. It was stressful. I was seriously thinking of cutting my hair short to get rid of all the damage. Then my stylist recommended the Shielo Color Protect Shampoo & Conditioner. The Shielo Color Protect shampoo left my hair in such great condition that I went back to their website and bout their Antioxidant Hair Protectant.

      Last night I used the Shielo Antioxidant Protectant for the first time and just after shampooing it out, the comb ran right through the damaged strands. Plus, it smells great. I can not believe how much of an improvement I have seen already and I have not even had these products for a whole week.

      Comment by Mary Anne — April 21, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    2. Hi Meg,

      Lemon juice can lighten may lighten your hair a little to a lot depending on the specific circumstances. Women with hair that has never been chemically treated, also known as virgin hair, will have the greatest results with lemon juice. You can also achieve more noticeable results by spending more time out in the sun with the solution on your hair.

      For other cool ideas, check out this spring’s hair color trends.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — February 18, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    3. Im trying it today with my friend! I have light brown hair.. But most of my friends say its a dark blonde. How light will it get?

      Comment by Meg — February 17, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    4. Add oil (i think olive) so the hair wont dry out.

      so lemon, water and oil.

      Comment by Bianca — August 1, 2010 @ 2:59 am

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