In the world of natural hair and beauty, lemon is one of those things with the Midas touch. Whether you are using it to shed off some weight or to get your skin to shine again, or even to clarify your hair, the magic is always there. Because of the hundred and one benefits you get from the citrus juice when you clarify natural African hair with lemon, lemon has become very popular. With most other natural things you use on your hair, the line can sometimes be very thin- some will make your hair smell but with nothing more, while others will give you good hair quality and bad smell. It is different with lemon. There are various shampoos and products that serve for clarifying your hair, but as always, DIY products are always better once you are able to do it the right way because it doesn’t come with different chemicals that can cause more harm for your hair in the long run. And since life has given you lemons, making hair rinse out of it is not a bad idea.
How to Use Lemon Juice on Natural Black African HairThe good news is that it is very easy to clarify your hair using lemon using the DIY steps below:
What you needYou will need lemon or lime and warm water. Measurements: For every 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, you will need 1 cup of warm water. If you do not have lemon, you can also make use of lime since they both have almost the same properties including alpha hydroxy acids that are good for the hair. Process Squeeze your fresh lemon to extract a ¼ cup of the juice. Depending on the size of the lemon, anything from 2 to 4 lemons may be enough. Mix the juice with a cup of warm water. Be careful not to get the water too warm to burn your scalp. You have the option of either using the mixture as it is or adding some other ingredients. While some may decide to add Apple cider vinegar (juice from fermented apple), others may decide to add organic honey or something else. If you are adding either the Apple cider vinegar or organic honey to the mixture, a teaspoon is enough. Add all the ingredients, stir, and then your lemon juice is ready for your hair.
How to Rinse Natural Black African Hair With Lemon JuiceThere are different ways that you can use lemon to rinse your hair: After washing your hair: When you are done washing your hair with shampoo, you can pour the lemon juice and then softly massage your hair. Work it through your hair and then leave it for between 2 to 5 minutes before washing it. Once that is done, you can use cold water to rinse it off. In-between shampoos: Another way you can make use of lemon juice to freshen up your hair is in-between shampoos for those who are not very comfortable with shampoos. What this means is that you can shampoo for some days while you can continue with shampoo using the method above.
Other Ingredients You Can Add to Your Lemon RinseWhile you may decide to use only lemon, other things that you can have added to your mixture are olive oil, honey, and coconut oil. When you mix olive oil and honey (half cups of both) and juice from one lemon, you can use it as conditioning mask. To do this, massage the mixture into your hair and then cover the hair using your bathing cap for 15 to 20 minutes. This mixture will be very important for someone who wants to treat hair problems like dandruff. One thing that you should consider is the type of hair you have. If it is dry and frizzy, you may consider going with orange instead of lemon. Also, you may consider adding organic honey to the mixture. You may also decide to have vinegar as a part of your mixture. Vinegar is one of those ingredients that can be added to a lot of things including baking soda for hair treatment when it comes to issues like dandruff and dry scalp.
Why Clarifying Natural Hair with Lemon is worth itLemon comes with many benefits for the human hair because of the many rich properties it contains such as antioxidants and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus all of which are very important for the natural hair. More so, it has some very important acids such as the Alpha hydroxy acid which helps the hair to glow while preventing breakage. Lemon juice will also help in degreasing your natural hair while also containing properties that are important in treating dandruff. Other benefits that you get from using lemon rinse are increased hair shine, better hair growth when mixed with olive oil, taking care of scalp irritation, and preventing hair loss. One of the major issues with using most healthcare products from the shelves is that they come with chemicals such as sodium laureth sulphate which exposes your hair to a lot of things such as loss of hair color and hair loss among other things, most of which lemon rinse can take care of.
Before going ahead to use lemon, there are some important things to be considered: It should not be used for a very long time or even frequently. This is because it has contents that can make your hair dry when you keep using. Lemon is very acidic, hence, you may want to rinse with care so that it doesn’t make it into your eyes. If you realize that it is causing any problem for your hair by either making it dry or break, you should consider stopping the treatment. Hair types are different so it may not work for all. The advice is for you to have the mixture on your hair for less than five minutes. The only time you should leave it for a much longer time is when you are mixing it with olive oil and coconut oil since the concentration is very little. Finally, if you are interested in still using your shampoo, you can decide to have different days for shampoo, lemon juice, and then baking soda which is also great for your hair. How to Grow Natural Black Hair Fast – 4C Black African Hair For more information on growing natural black hair fast you can read my article on How to Grow Natural Hair Fast.
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