lemon juice in hair

When getting into hair structure, lemon acid destroys its pigments. In comparison with chemicals, it has a milder, spare effect. However, with the time being, the former color restores (the same happens with a usual dye). Therefore, if you aren’t content with the results of your experiment, you won’t have to wait long to get your previous color back.

Dyeing with lemon juice is suitable for women with both dark and light hair. But for it to be successful, you should have the natural hair color, and the weather should be sunny and warm. You need to apply the mixture on wet curves and stay in the sun for some time.

The classic way of hair dyeing is easy. You will need:

  • a ceramic mug
  • a ceramic bowl
  • lemons
  • warm water (1/4 of glass) or hair conditioner (1/4 of glass)
  • a fogger.

Pour lemon juice into the ceramic mug. Those with long hair should use the whole mug. Put the juice into the bowl and mix with water or conditioner. Women with strong perming or with very dry hair should choose the second option.

If you use water, make the mixture and put into the fogger. Apply the mixture on hair (get off 10 cm from the roots). You’ll do it twice, so don’t waste all the mixture right away.

If you use a conditioner, take a brush for dyeing and apply the mixture on hair.

Want to lighten a few separate locks? Soak the cotton sponge in lemon mixture and apply on hair.

Go out in the sun, stay outside for 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can perform this procedure in a solarium (it will take 5-7 minutes).

When it’s all done, you can start the second stage and repeat this procedure again. After that, wash your hair with a shampoo and apply a mask, a hair balsam, or oil.

Note that the lightening effect will continue for 3 weeks after the procedure. If you perform the procedure regularly, you can reach the following results:

Initial hair color: After dyeing:
Dark-brown Light-brown
Light-brown Golden blonde
Dark blonde Light blonde

Unfortunately, it won’t help to lighten black hair.

Lightening masks based on lemon juice

how to use lemon juice to lighten hair

Lemon + chamomile

lemon and chamomile


  • Juice of 1 small lemon;
  • Dried chamomile – 2 tablespoons;
  • Water – 1 glass;
  • lavender essential oil – 3 drops.

Preparation:  Mix up the components of the mask and pour over boiled water – the ingredients should be totally covered with it. Leave it for 30 minutes. Don’t filter. Apply the mask on hair for20 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo. After that, use a conditioner.

Repeat the procedure until you get satisfactory results.

Mask with cinnamon

lemon and cinnamon

This is a strong mixture that has the same effect as hydrogen peroxide but doesn’t harm hair.


  • 1 lemon;
  • a pack of cinnamon;
  • olive oil.

Mix 3 tablespoons of cinnamon with 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Add lemon juice and mix it up.

Apply this mixture over the entire hair length and put on a special cap and a towel. This mask should be kept for 3 hours, but if you have dry hair, one hour would be enough.

The effect depends on the following factors:

  1. The thickness of the hair. The thicker your hair is, the harder it is to remove pigments.
  2. The rigidity of hair. The more rigid your hair is, the more difficult it is to lighten.
  3. Natural color. Light hair is easier to lighten than dark. Lemon can hardly help if your natural hair color is black (the black pigment is the strongest one).

Advantages of using a lemon:

  • The procedure doesn’t harm hair structure;
  • It can be used by pregnant women;
  • Hair gets a silky shine after the procedure;
  • roots get stronger;
  • hair falling diminishes;
  • hair gets fat slower;
  • dandruff disappears.

Drawbacks of using a lemon:

  • it dries hair when used often;
  • it’s hard to cleanse;
  • if you don’t wash it thoroughly, the hair will get stiff;
  • causes allergy in some people.