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Are Lemons Good for Your Hair?

Lemons have been used for centuries as a natural beauty remedy for your hair, skin and nails. When used appropriately, lemons have several natural benefits for your hair. Lemon juice is a natural hair lightener that causes relatively little damage, as long as it's not used excessively. Lemons are also known for removing dandruff and styling product buildup, stimulating hair growth as well as hydrating and strengthening damaged locks. Not to mention, lemons are much less expensive than hair dyes and treatments that may not work at all.

Hair Lightener

For lighter natural hair colors, adding an all-over spritz of lemon juice to wet hair before heading out into the sun can slowly lighten your hair. You can also spray on the lemon juice and blow dry your hair to achieve the same results. This process does take several applications to notice any results, but this allows you to control how light your hair becomes. Why use a damaging hair dye, when inexpensive lemon juice does the trick? This natural method works best on hair colors with blond undertones. Brunettes can experience that dreaded pumpkin-inspired orange color when using lemon juice to lighten hair.

Dandruff Removal and Prevention

Lemon juice removes flakes of dandruff and hair product buildup from your scalp while giving the hair a nice, citrus smell. Instead of a harsh, medicinal-smelling dandruff shampoo, massage a generous amount of lemon juice into your scalp to remove any dandruff buildup and protect the scalp from further dryness. Massage the lemon juice into your scalp for several minutes, then shampoo and condition as normal.

Hair Growth

According to Cure-For, inadequate blood flow can result in hair loss and slow hair growth. Lemon juice can be used alone or combined with coconut water to stimulate blood flow. Massage a generous amount of the lemon juice or coconut water mixture into your scalp to increase the blood flow to your hair. Leave on your scalp for approximately a half-hour and shampoo your hair in a normal fashion. This will also increase the amount of nourishment your hair receives while activating your hair's natural oils to increase hair growth.

Hair Improvement

Lemon juice is an all-natural product to improve your hair's texture and appearance. When massaged into the scalp for a minimum of 10 minutes, lemon juice stimulates the glands and increases the production of oil that moisturizes dry, damaged hair. Natural oils keep your hair hydrated for a stronger, healthier feel and appearance. When applied to your hair from roots to end, lemon juice adds a glorious, natural shine to your hair.