What Are the Benefits of Lemons in Hair Care?

A lemon rinse helps hair look naturally beautiful.

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Lemons offer numerous benefits to your hair for health and styling purposes. Go au natural by using lemons instead of chemical treatments from the store. You'll save a bundle, and the recipes for your lemon hair treatments will hardly take any time to make.

Cleansing

Lemon juice makes an effective hair rinse, reducing oil and getting rid of harmful chemicals and buildup. It will even help you get chlorine out of your hair, returning your hair to its normal color. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with the juice from one lemon, then work it into your hair right away. Baking soda also cleanses residue from hair gently, so this combo is sure to get out the gunk, such as built-up styling product. Rinse your hair afterward. Your hair will look shinier and healthier. If you have dry hair, though, avoid using lemon juice often so that it doesn't zap all its natural oils.

Dandruff Relief

To get rid of pesky dandruff, juice one lemon and work half the juice into your scalp, says Patty Moosbrugger in "Lemon Magic." Then blend the other half into 2 cups of water. After shampooing and rinsing your hair, work in the lemon rinse, then rinse it out. Use this mixture every other day until your dandruff disappears.

Highlighting

Lemons can help you highlight your hair, giving you a natural, sun-lightened look. Get a jump start on summer with this quick fix. Of course, it works best for hair that's already on the lighter side. Mix 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 3/4 cup of water, spritz the mixture on dry hair, and leave it on for two hours. Spend half an hour in the sun before rinsing the mixture off and condition well both before and after the treatment.

Hair Spray

Lemon juice makes an effective, natural hairspray as well. Store-bought hairsprays may irritate skin and aggravate acne, plus you don't want to inhale them by accident. Lemon hairspray is eco-friendly, too. Chop up the lemon into wedges, then boil the wedges in 2 cups of water until about half the water has evaporated. After it cools, pour it into a spray bottle, and voila -- hairspray! Keep it in your fridge, and it will last about a week. A tablespoon of rubbing alcohol makes it last longer.

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Lemon Magic; Patty Moosbrugger She Knows: Natural Hair Highlights
Planet Green: If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Eco-Friendly Hairspray
1,001 Old-Time Household Hints; Editors of Yankee Magazine

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