Lemon, the best food for your hair
A superfood packed with nutrients, vitamin C and fibre, lemon is known to improve digestion and reduce inflammation. Although, that’s not all lemon can do for you! Using lemon for hair has many benefits including lightening hair as well as stimulating growth. Despite growing in popularity as a hair treatment, lemon is highly acidic and can cause unnecessary damage when used without proper care.
- What benefits does lemon have for hair?
- What are the risks of using lemon for hair?
- Can I use lemon juice to lighten my hair naturally?
- How to lighten your hair without bleaching it
- How to use lemon for hair growth
What benefits does lemon have for hair?
There are numerous benefits of using lemon for hair. The most popular reason to use lemon as a hair treatment is to lighten hair colour and aid hair growth.
High in vitamin C, lemon is known to boost the production of collagen and additionally stimulate hair growth. Lemon is also rich in citric acid, calcium, magnesium and pectin, all of which strengthen hair follicles and increase the rate of hair growth.
Believed to have antifungal and antibacterial properties, lemon can effectively remove product build-up by absorbing excess oils. Lemon is therefore considered a great natural remedy for Seborrheic Dermatitis and Malassezia that leaves your hair clean, healthy and well-nourished.
As hair’s pH typically falls between 4.5 and 5.5, many shampoos and hair products can be too alkaline. Thus causing damaged and brittle hair. Lemon, on the other hand, has a pH scale of 2. When using a diluted lemon treatment, lemon restores pH levels and helps to improve shine.
What are the risks of using lemon for hair?
A naturally occurring fruit that is rich in vitamins, lemons are full to the brim with vitamin C and fibre. Just one lemon provides around 31mg of vitamin C. In fact, that’s approximately 51% of your recommended daily intake.
As I have said, lemon juice is highly acidic. Though undoubtedly less harmful than bleach, prolonged use of lemon juice can be dehydrating and drying to your hair.
Avoid causing unnecessary damage to your hair by limiting how often you apply lemon treatments. Furthermore, we recommend following up with a hydrating treatment.
Moreover, applying lemon directly to the skin or scalp can cause irritation and phytophotodermatitis. Although rare, phytophotodermatitis is a skin reaction that causes rashes or blisters. In the event of any reactions to lemon treatments, seek medical attention from a doctor or professional.
Can I use lemon juice to lighten my hair naturally?
Despite the risks of using lemon for hair, lemon will naturally lighten your hair without the need for bleach.
Can lemon lighten hair without the sun?
If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you will already know about the lightening impact of sun exposure. Sitting in the sun for 1-2 hours (or more) can lighten hair, however, hair can suffer from UV damage.
Lemon has a natural lightening effect and lightens hair when exposed to sunlight. Adding lemon simply accelerates this process by opening your hair cuticles, allowing the sun to penetrate and bleach the strands.
Activated by heat, citrus juice opens your hair follicles to lighten each strand. Therefore, without the sun, lemon will have no lightening effects on your hair.
Can I use lemon for hair highlights?
Not a chemical lightener but a natural highlighter, lemon creates a sun-kissed look on blonde hair and light brown hair.
There are some downsides to using lemon for hair lightening, however. Applying lemon juice to your hair does not have the power to whiten hair or lift dark hair to blonde.
How to lighten your hair without bleaching it
Having your hair lightened with lemon juice is easy. Simply:
- Gently detangle with a good hairbrush
- Squeeze the juice of one lemon
- Mix one part fresh lemon juice and two parts warm water to dilute
- Add to a spray bottle and spray your hair with lemon juice mixture*
- Sit in the sun for 30 minutes – 1 hour (or until the lemon has dried) to activate the lemon juice
- Wash your hair thoroughly to remove all traces of lemon juice from your scalp and hair
- Apply a nourishing conditioning treatment such as Dr Balwi’s Hair Serum
*Distribute the lemon treatment evenly throughout hair to lighten your entire head of hair. Or, for highlights, spray on random strands and continue the next steps.
Remember to use lemon treatments sparingly and always follow with conditioning treatments to prevent extreme damage to your hair.
How to use lemon for hair growth
Known to stimulate collagen and improve hair strength, lemon is a popular treatment for hair growth. As lemon can be dehydrating, however, lemon treatments should be alternated with a hydrating conditioner or serum.
Dr Balwi’s serum is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help combat hair loss and hair thinning. Like lemon, the concentrated serum has antibacterial properties that cleanse and clean to reveal strong, healthy hair that has all it needs to grow. Alternate lemon treatments with regular use of Dr Balwi’s serum to nourish your hair and support the natural hair growth process.
In conclusion, lemon is a great natural ingredient with numerous uses. Not only great for inflammation and detoxification, but lemon also stimulates hair growth, cleanses to restore pH balance and lightens hair colour.
Naturally high in acidity, however, lemon can be damaging to the hair when used too frequently. Use lemon for hair in moderation and always follow up with a high-quality conditioner to maintain great hair health.