The Lowdown on 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?
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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