October 12, 2011

DIY Lemon Juice Hair Lightener

I was born and raised with a head of beautiful light blond hair that fell gracefully down my back and wouldn’t know how to get frizzy if it tried. After a gift such as this, how did I repay the hair gods? By obsessively dyeing and cutting my mane myself for the better part of a decade, of course! While I still do the cutting myself and I maintain the bleaching of my bangs, I have opted to avoid hair dye on the rest of my head for almost 2 years. For fellow hair dye addicts out there, you know how difficult that can be.

I’ve become accustomed to the much darker shade of blond my hair has become over the years (probably more light brown at this point but I can’t let go, okay?) but I can’t help but yearn for the sunny highlights of yesteryear every now and then, which is why I wanted to try lightening my hair with lemon juice.

One problem: the mood struck at 8:00PM and there was no sunlight to be found. Plus, I have no dedicated outdoor space at my building and it’s not really beach season anymore. I read about substituting sunlight with a hair dryer so I gave it a whirl. The premise seemed okay; the heat of the dryer would spur the acidity of the lemon…blah, blah, blah, other scientific reasons that I was willing to believe.

Here is my virgin, pre-lemon juice hair:

And here is my post-lemon juice hair:

Ta-da! Or more like ta-don’t, as in don’t bother trying this because it sucks. My hair actually looks darker, if that is at all possible. I know it still looks wet in the ‘after’ photo but it felt dry; the crunchy look is due to pure stickiness. Ewww. Also, this may burn your scalp like a mutha’ if you have any cuts on it. BONUS: this is a great scalp cut detector!

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