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In part three I’ve showed you how to dye your hair naturally by making a nice cup of tea for it. Now in this final part, I will show you how you can use the magic of a lemon to do a similar thing! Never will the saying ‘buying a lemon’ have the same meaning!

Lemon anyone?

A good diet will not only improve your skin, but will also have many beneficial effects on your hair! If you want to get a healthy mane, you need to eat healthy food. Makes sense right?

It has long been known that you need to include fresh plant food in diets to prevent disease. Vitamin C, being an antioxidant, plays an important role in this!Certain foods contain much more vitamin C compared to others. Sailors, for example, stashed a substantial amount of citrus fruits (which are rich in vitamin C!) in order to prevent scurvy. This was back then one of the leading causes of death among men who lived on the sea. Nowadays, vitamin C might well be the most familiar of all nutrients and its widespread use as a dietary supplement. It is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in our body. Furthermore, since vitamin C can’t be stored in tissue it needs to be consumed on a regular basis!

Citrus Fruit

Sailors stashed citrus fruits to prevent scurvy on long trips on the sea!

 

Benefits of vitamin C for your hair

Also for your hair, vitamin C is a vital factor. In order to make collagen, which plays a major role in hair growth, the body needs vitamin C. Not only that, collagen helps to support your tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and keeps your skin and organs together! Yikes! No wonder that collagen pills sell like sweet candy! Here are just a few of the benefits vitamin C can offer to your hair:

 

Hair growth:

Yep, let that sink in. A number of hair related problems resulting in less hair growth find their origins in a low intake of vitamin C. Deficiencies in vitamin C even result in dryer hair and split ends. Not what you want when you want to grow your hair right?

Main reason for this is that our body forms free radicals when our food is converted to energy. These free radicals can be pretty damaging (not only to your hair!), leaving your hair brittle, weak and thin. Like I said earlier, vitamin C is an antioxidant and is capable of reducing the formation of these free radicals thereby minimizing their effects! Keep this in mind when you’re chewing on a sour lemon: you want healthy, thick and strong hair, right?

Anti-dandruff:

Dandruff and flaky skin can damage the hair follicles by clogging them up. Vitamin C is a natural anti-viral agent, combatting bacteria and warding off dandruff! No more itchy or dry scalps!

Reduces hair loss:

Vitamin C has an important role in stopping hair loss by reversing something called adrenal gland fatigue. This gland is key in regulating the hormonal balance and our favorite vitamin is thus a crucial factor in maintaining this balance!

Prevents graying of the hair:

Not only hair loss, but also premature aging of the hair is something that can be reduced with healthy dosages of vitamin C.

Results in thicker hair:

Because vitamin C improves the blood circulation and repairs and strengthens the capillaries as well, a well-maintained supply of vitamin C in your body will result in stronger and thicker hair.

Why lighten your hair using lemon?

Basically, lemon is a great natural bleaching agent. It is able to bleach your hair ever so slightly to keep it looking totally natural. Whether you’re just looking for some highlights while you’re hanging out in the sun, or want to lighten your overall color, lemon is a great, easy and completely natural way. And to top it all off: it’s cheap!

But doesn’t bleach damage your hair, you say? You are completely right! Every bleaching agent in fact damages your hair. Lemon however is a natural bleaching agent, meaning damage will be minimal compared to the high concentrations in chemical bleaching agents.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is a great drink, but did you know you could also lighten your hair using lemon juice?

 

How to lighten your hair using lemon?

Step 1: Get a lemon. In case you have really long hair you might want to go with two lemons, however one should be fine for most hair lengths!

Step 2: Cut it in half. If you are only looking to do some highlights use the half cut lemon and rub it on the crown area of your hair. Try to get as much lemon juice out of it as you can and you can skip to step 4! If however you are looking to achieve a more overall lighter color, squeeze the juice out and into a cup, then proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Get a hairbrush and dip it into the lemon juice. Now apply it to your hair as evenly as possible so that your hair is soaked with lemon juice.

Step 4: Remember part one of this series? Get out in the sun! This will activate the lemon juice, resulting in a better effect. The longer you stay in the sun, the lighter it will get. After 20 minutes you should be able to tell the difference, however I do suggest to try to experiment a bit with this yourself.

Some final words!

There you have it! Four great ways to bring out the highlights in your hair in a completely natural (and cheap!!!) way. I hope you enjoyed this series and are ready for the summer! Final words would not be final if there were not a few tips tucked away in it so here you go:

  • Although I am a fan of completely natural products, you could also use vitamin C tablets to achieve similar results!
  • If you have dyed your hair and it turned out a bit too dark, lemon juice (or vitamin C tablets) are a great option to take care of this!
  • Some people have a few unwanted (often darker) colors in their natural hair. By applying lemon juice to those areas you can reduce this effect!

Let me know what you think and don’t forget to show me some results!

 

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