Naturally Lighten Hair with Lemon Juice and Sunshine

Summer is coming and many of us are getting our “new” looks in order. As you all know, I recently dyed a portion of my hair a medium blond and love it. However, since I have a naturally red base, the dye pulled out a good amount of burgundy which did gave me a few reddish strands as well. So to tone the overall color and brighten the blond, I decided to go the natural route to avoid traumatizing my strands. This mixture will work best with hair that is already lightly colored, such as light brown to bright blond. It’ll also work as a color corrector for hair that has a naturally light base color and has been dyed too dark. I came across a few recipes online and tweaked them to create this concoction:

What You’ll Need

Lemon Juice (Freshly Squeezed or RealLemon brand)

Moisturizing Conditioner

Hair Clips

Clean Hair (build-up deters the process)


1. Start by parting and clipping the sections of dry hair that will be corrected.

2. Mix 3 parts lemon juice to 1 part conditioner. The amount used depends on the amount and length to be lightened. For example, since I only did a small patch, I used 3 cups of lemon juice and 1 cup of conditioner (Herbal Essences Hello Hydration)

3. Apply mixture to full length of already dyed strands and clip up until you finish the whole section/head.

4. Go outside on a sunny day for about 1-2 hours. You’ll need to allow the UV rays from the Sun to activate and process the acid in the lemon juice, which will lighten your hair.  I unclipped by hair and let it hang freely so that all the strands would suck up the sun. An easy way to get this done is to chill in the park, on your front porch, beach, take a walk, etc.

5. Now rinse the colored hair with only lemon juice.

6. Proceed with your regimen by using a moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner.

We already counter-acted the drying effects of the lemons by mixing the juice with conditioner. A moisturizing poo and deep conditioner will add additional moisture to assure soft, silky, undamaged strands. THIS STEP IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.  Depending on your hair color and porosity, this procedure can lighten your hair 1-2 shades. I went up one shade and all of the reddish/orange strands are now the same color as the medium blond color I originally wanted. People who are correcting light hair that has been dyed to dark will notice the dye running down the drain with the final lemon rinse–and will be pleased to see a slight lighter, cohesive and more desirable outcome after shampooing and drying.

CAUTION/DISCLAIMER: Do not do use this process back to back as the drying effects of lemon juice will likely result in damaged hair. If more than one session is needed, wait about a month before doing it again. Use this mixture at your own discretion. I do not take any responsibility for undesirable outcomes or damage to your hair. You’ll should be fine though =)

Milford Sound in New Zealand


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