I’m reposting one of my favorite beauty tips I learnt from my mom, just for a refresher; also I think it’ll be perfect for summer – enjoy!
Whether you’re just looking for some highlights while you’re hanging out in the sun, or want to lighten your overall color, lemon is a great, easy, natural way to lighten your hair. Even better, it’s super cheap, and great for summer.
This is a beauty tip my mom taught me a long, long time ago when I was barely a teen, and I used to do it a lot – it’s perfect for summer.
- Grab a lemon or two. Depending how much you want to lighten or how long your hair is, grab as many lemons as you think you will need. Usually one lemon will be enough, unless you have super long hair.
- Cut it in half. If you’re just doing simple highlights, your work here is done – now, use that half cut lemon and rub it on the crown area of your hair, making such to get as much lemon juice out as possible. Now skip to #5.
- Squeeze the juice. If you’re looking for overall color, after cutting the lemons in half, squeeze the juice out and into a cup.
- Grab a tool of your choice. This can be a hairbrush, a wide-tooth comb, a toothbrush, a mascara wand (make sure it’s clean, obviously). Dip it into the juice. Apply it on your hair until all your hair is soaked with lemon juice.
- Lastly, find some sun! The juice will only work with sunshine, so get out there and make sure your hair gets some sun. The longer your hair is in the sun, the lighter it will get, although 20 minutes is more than enough to get a little bit of difference.
Don’t let the lemon juice stay on your hair for too long (it will dry it out and can damage it) and don’t get it in your eyes or too close to your scalp either, it will sting!
The method above will lighten your hair by perhaps half a shade – yes, it’s a small difference, but that’s why it looks so natural. If you want to keep going lighter and lighter, do this several times.
P.S. Keep in mind that the lemon juice will dry out your hair a lot, so I recommend conditioning and treating it afterward.