I've hear you can use lemon juice to lighten you hair. Which works better, lemon juice in a bottle, or fresh squeezed? Anything else I should know? Please tell me.
Kiera from Seattle, WA
I'm doing the lemon juice thing now, my hair is a deep ginger/red. I read on the internet just then it may go green? I've only used it on a small section, and I will use the blow dryer to see how it works, as it is night time now. I'll keep you posted on how it turns out. (: (08/21/2008)
Lemon juice works great in your hair! It made my hair practically blonde and it doesn't dry it out at all. You should definitely try it and DON'T USE SUN-IN. It turns your hair orange! (08/24/2008)
One of my mom's friends is a cosmetologist and I was telling her how I love how blonde the top of my hair is but underneath it's just a little bit yellower and that I spend like $30 a week on hair dye at Riteaid, but it doesn't get any blonder it just keeps killing my hair! She said your hair is already as blonde as its gunna get.
She said use lemon juice! I was like what? and she said, seriously its amazing! She said just squeeze natural lemons like the yellow plastic ones into a cup or whatever and put on your hair (not sure to do it wet or dry) and go tanning in your backyard for about a hour. JUST PUT UR HAIR BY HEAT heat heat heat and it will brighten! She is a hairstylist use to work at Regis. She knows her stuff, so, try it! I am gunna! I'll update after I do. (08/27/2008)
I tried lemon juice, but I didn't have the chance to get out in the sun with it and so I didn't quite get the results I wanted although I have to say it did give me some results. I'm a naturally white blonde haired person but over the years my hairs gotten darker and now it's dirty blonde. I looked around on different websites, and finally I tried dish soap. it really works, at least for me! I don't know if all dish soaps work, but I used dawn, it's a blue color. It worked for me, I hope it works for you to =] (09/05/2008)
I've always heard this may work but I don't want blonde hair, just maybe a few red/ gold highlights (I have some natural ones already; and my hair used to be natural blonde - but it turned a strange, flat brown as I got older) so I'm going to try a little and just go biking under the sun and see if anything happen! Haha! Instead of this ugly brown color I want shiny, warm reddish-brown =.= Good luck to me and I know it doesn't work on some people. So it may not work. D: (09/06/2008)
I read all of these and decided to find my own recipe 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup chamomile tea and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. I sprayed my hair when dry with the ingredients in a spray bottle then I sat in the sun for three hours then I washed it and conditioned it really good with Aussie products. I love my new color! At first the top layer was dirty blonde and the bottom was a medium brown, now the top is a rich buttery blonde and the bottom a really sandy brown. I love it! (09/14/2008)
By Koti Bear
I have been rinsing my hair in diluted lemon juice (2 tbs of lemon and fill the rest of the cup up with water) for 3 days now it's 1 or 2 shades lighter now. I'm gonna rinse it like this until it's totally blond (09/15/2008)
I have been highlighting my hair with lemon juice in the bottle - you do NOT need to go out in the sun for this to work! I apply the lemon juice in the bottle to my WET hair and let it sit awhile before I blow-dry the rest out.
I wash my hair and condition it really well before adding the lemon juice. It is still soft and a gorgeous color - not dry at all! I think the bottle lemon juice is better because it is diluted and not as harsh on the hair. (09/15/2008)
Lemon juice, it's fabulous. I got on here and read all about it. I put 1/2 cup of lemon juice (from the bottle) 1 tablespoon of veg. oil, and a little bit of salt; mixed it together, stayed in the sun till it dried (I think about 30 minutes or less) then, came in blow dried it all little, then washed it out with shampoo and conditioner; and now that its dried its VERY blonde =D
My original hair color was blonde-dirty blonde in some areas. It worked pretty good. (09/17/2008)
I have dark brown hair and I think that lemon juice is a great way to lighten your hair. One summer I achieved great highlights by soaking individual pieces of hair (most about a half inch wide) in lemon juice before going outside. My hair looked really sun-bleached and the highlights were blond- not red. This is important because I have had problems in the past with dye unintentionally turning my hair red. (09/19/2008)
I have always used fresh lemon juice, it works quite well. I use it on my daughters hair in the summer and it doesn't leave a brassy tone to it. I love it! (09/23/2008)
If you don't want your hair to turn orange, the main point is that you should check if the base of your hair is red or gold. If it's gold, you should be able to lighten it with lemon juice and it will go up the kind of medium-gold-brown to blonde scale, but if the base is red, it will go dark auburn to red to orange, depending on how long you leave it on. Basically, if you have red-brown hair you should be very cautious and don't leave it in for too long. (If you're not sure about your hair's base then hold a section up to the sun and see if it shines red or gold. Gold colours are kind of 'straightforward' browns such as caramels or ashy browns while red colours are chestnut browns.) (10/11/2008)
Freshly squeezed because lemon juice in a bottle often contains other things i;e: sweeteners or sugar. If you choose to use lemon juice make sure you protect your hair cause it damages and dries out hair. (11/02/2008)
You can make a lemon hair conditioning treatment by mushing an avocado with a fork and mixing in 1/2 cup lemon juice, wet your hair and put it on then wrap your hair in clingfilm and wait like 1/2 hour. Rinse and shampoo your hair. The avocado makes your hair soft and shiny and stops it from drying out. Works great! (12/20/2008)
SunIn is a spray that you use in your hair. When exposed to sun or light, it lightens the hair. I've used SunIn and Lemon juice and have found that SunIn works much better than the juice. Good Luck! :) (12/30/2008)
I used lemon juice with a little bit of oil mixed in it and when tanning in the tanning booth. When I came out it gave me a lot of blond highlights and my hair is light brown. After that I washed my hair and squeezed lemon juice over my hair, waited a couple of minutes and then I blow-dried it and it gave me even blonder highlights!
Good Luck! (01/01/2009)
It may be a little acidic for your hair. So I'd be careful. Don't concentrate the lemon mixture too much. Add a little bit of water to weaken it, and make sure that you wash your hair once you have finished using the lemon juice, because the lemon acidity will damage your hair. :D (01/04/2009)
Hey, I'm Britt and a natural blonde; however, my hair tends to get pretty dark in the winter and I use lemon juice to lighten it. It works great for me actually. If you let it soak in your hair, wherever you want it lighter for about 15 minutes, then put a little more in. Blow drying it, works well. The heat somehow makes it work better. Then wash it out. Actually my hair felt really soft after I washed it out. I was expecting it to be damaged but it wasn't at all. (01/15/2009)
Ok well, I literally just used sun in to dye my hair, but not a lot. I have blond hair naturally, but my hair is like a mood ring, lol (not really). It's platinum in the summer and brown in the winter. I get so mad cause I want it blond all the time. I just took a shower, dried my hair a little, so it was damp, then flipped my hair and sprayed every part of it. Then I flipped it back and sprayed all of that, and then just blow dried it (sun in is a conditioner and it stays in). It worked so awesome. (01/26/2009)
You can use lemon juice and oil, chamomile tea, or lemon juice and eggs. (02/02/2009)
I have light dirty blonde hair with a few blonde highlights. I squeezed halves of lemon up and down my head until it was soaked and then conditioned on top. When it dried, i rinsed out the conditioner and the lemon juice had worked! My hair had pale whitish blonde highlights, plus the rest was a few shades lighter! It takes a while but it really works! Also, if you want reddish auburn highlights, mix red wine vinegar and dark vinegar with water (so its not too harsh on your hair) and mix it with your shampoo and conditioner.
Take a shower and wash your hair like you normally would, except wait until the conditioner gets to a sort of dryness were your hair looks greasy, feels oily, and the ends are a little frayed and "crusty." Then you rinse it out. Instead of a leave in conditioner, put the vinegar mix in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair while you brush. After, you might want to wear a little fragrance- the vinegar smells pretty harsh! (02/13/2009)
I think that it is easier to just use Sun-In. Lemon Juice might damage your hair, and Sun in definitely wont. But, if you are going to go to the hairdresser within a year of using Sun-in for dying or highlighting your hair, you can't use Sun-in. I have used Sun-in all of my life, then i went to the hairdresser for her to dye my roots lighter because its winter. and she said she couldn't because if she did your hair could fall out. so it's either Sun-in or hairdresser. (02/15/2009)
Watch out sun-in is very damaging to your hair, lots of nasty chemicals. My friend used it and her is hair turned orange!
This could just be me, but I have strawberry blonde/golden hair and when it's summer my hair naturally gets lighter. Especially when I go outside all day. You can't really say lemon juice is good or bad. It all depends on what kind of hair you have, how you mix the lemon juice, etc. But remember that putting anything (no matter how "natural" or "organic" they say it is) onto your hair or skin can be potentially harmful. If you do use SUN-IN, it is SO important to shampoo and condition your hair afterwards. Also remember to spray the sun-in evenly or will get patches of light hair (talking from experience.. this is not fun.) (03/16/2009)
Lemon juice has given my hair a nice lift. I wouldn't ever use Sun In again. The first time I used it, my hair came off in chunks but I still didn't learn and thought there might have been another reason it happened, so years later I was fooled by the natural looking pictures on the bottle, and my hair burnt off again. It took me ages to grow it back. Wella Sun Lights also give a nice lift and isn't as damaging as Sun In. (03/20/2009)
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