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Old 02-21-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
 
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Question lemon juice to keep blonde hair from turning brown?

i have naturally blonde hair, however it's gradually turning brown. I have nothing against brown hair, it's just i'd rather have my hair stay blonde
i heard somewhere that washing your hair in lemon juice will keep your hair blonde, is this true?

however i also heard that it damages your hair :S

so is this true - does it work?
has anyone tried it?

or do you think that it'll kill my hair and it's not worth it.

i don't want to dye my hair or anything, just naturally keep it as it is
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i have naturally blonde hair, however it's gradually turning brown. I have nothing against brown hair, it's just i'd rather have my hair stay blonde
i heard somewhere that washing your hair in lemon juice will keep your hair blonde, is this true?

however i also heard that it damages your hair :S

so is this true - does it work?
has anyone tried it?

or do you think that it'll kill my hair and it's not worth it.

i don't want to dye my hair or anything, just naturally keep it as it is
Coloring it with lemon juice WOULD be dying it. You can't do anything to stop it from growing in the color it is, you can change that color after the hair grows in, that is called dying it, whether you use lemon juice, henna, or hair dye.

Personally, I think you would do better with blonde highlights done with hair dye, because the roots would not be as obvious, and coloring with dye will not be as damaging as bleaching with lemon.

But hair grows out, so it's not a life-and-death decision, and yes if your hair is not too resistant, lemon juice and sitting in the sun can bleach it up a couple of shades. Just remember it is the same as dying it, and you'll get the roots growing in and all.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:54 AM   #3
 
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hmmm .... thanks for that
interesting, i thought lemon juice wouldnt count as dying it, but i see how it is now ....

maybe i'll just let my hair colour do whatever it likes, im not too keen on the idea of dying, so i'll just let my hair go whatever colour - who knows, maybe it'll change to a nice colour
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My blonde son is getting darker as he hits his teens. We both miss the lighter blonde, but we're adjusting to the darker blonde/light brown. I have heard that honey can lighten the hair but we haven't tried it. Lemon or honey can still damage the hair, I think that's kind of what Robin might be stressing.

Search the Coloring forum for lightening tips. You can also try a highlighting kit like this one for a little bit of lightening. You don't have to go real light, just lighten some strands a couple of shades.
Keep in mind, it is bleach: http://robertcraig.com/store/product8.html
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Lemon's quite drying, but honey is a moisturizer and humectant, although my own hair doesn't care for it. Plenty of curlies use it regularly for those qualities, even adding it to DT's, etc.

I know honey can lighten darker hair a bit, but I don't know if it would be noticeable on dark blonde or light brown.

IMO, lemon juice is still bleaching it, just more naturally - and you will have roots to deal with.
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thanks guys, never heard of using hunny before, i go do a bit of researching into it
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I read somewhere here that the honey produces peroxide when heated, I think. Therefore, could be drying in excess.
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IDK - I just know there are plenty around here who use it in DT's with heat . . . maybe the other ingredients in the DT's prevent the peroxide release or something.
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