One is hesitant to make use of chemical dyes as they can damage the texture of one’s hair. Why not try lemon juice to color one’s hair? It is natural dye and will not damage one’s hair.
1. Prepare the Dye
Get hold of some lemons to prepare the dye. Use as many lemons as you want. Take these lemons, and then apply pressure with the heel of one’s hand and roll them on a hard surface. This is technique is useful in extracting the juice.
Then cut the lemons in quarters. Boil a cup of water. Take this hot water and mix the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Make sure that the juice and water are in equal amounts in volume. In case one’s hair dries out rather quickly, this may indeed make it even frizzier. So it is better to mix equal parts of orange juice (since it has some acidic content, though it happens to be less than that of a lemon). If one happens to have dry hair, one can add a squeeze of conditioner to the lemon mixture and then try to whisk it well.
3. Soak in the Sun
Bottle this mixture in a spray bottle and then cover the entire hair by spritzing. Once the entire hair is covered it is better to then run a sparse bristled brush throughout the hair. One may want highlights instead of full coverage. For this, soak a strip of gauze in the lemon mixture and also holding the section of the hair in one’s hand; wipe it with the strip of gauze. One may be required doing a few coats in order to get the expected contrast. Also, it is better to keep few clips handy. Once one has taken care of the strips, then one needs to attach a clip to easily pick them up each time.
One needs to sit in direct sunlight for out an hour or more for the color to change and become visible. So, choose a spot and then sit facing away from the sun so that one’s hair gets most of the exposure. Also, since one is going to sit in the harsh sun for a long time it is better to wear a sunscreen. After an hour in the sun, then reapply the juice and then soak another thirty minutes.
5. Natural Additives
To complete the entire hair lightening process, one has to wash one’s hair and once the color is set and it gives one mane deep conditioning. This is required for the lemon juice to drastically lower one’s hair’s pH level, which does make it dry out rather quickly. If one wants one’s new highlighted locks to indeed look smooth and silky, and then one needs to go in for deep conditioning which is absolutely essential.
Other additives making use of lemon juice for soft and smooth hair:
This looks like cinnamon, but also has a different taste and is a bit golden in color. Crush into powder as well as mix with the lemon juice in order to give one’s hair a golden glow.
Steep the tea in some hot water before adding the lemon juice. This does help in providing one nice golden highlights.
Cinnamon also does help in imparting a brown, golden tinge to one’s hair. It does work well on one’s darker hair.
This help in conditioning one’s hair and also cuts down the frizz.
Lemon juice is a good and effective conditioner for one’s hair and also a natural dye. It gives bounce to one’s hair and a healthy look too. It is an easy technique and not too expensive. It can be done in the comforts of one’s home rather than go to a beauty parlor.