That is a question I've been asking myself for a long time and today I decided to put this question to the test. I was born blonde and over the years my hair has faded from a golden blonde to a not quite blonde, not quite brown color (read: dishwater). I used to get my hair highlighted once every 6 weeks or so, which ended up costing around $80 bucks every trip. Lately, I've been trying to save up money for my move to California, and decided the trips to the salon would have to be put on hold. I haven't gone in about 4 months, and my roots have grown out to the point where it's starting to get a tad noticeable. I remembered hearing about the lemon trick and decided to give it a try.
I went to the grocery store and bought a few lemons (in hindsight, I should have just went for a bottle of lemon juice) for under $2. I came back home and squeezed two lemons, enough to make 1/3 cup. I mixed in about 1/4 of water, and poured it into a spray bottle. This ended up being more than enough as I was just spraying my roots and not all of my hair. I sprayed enough on to get it damp, then sat in the sun for about an hour. I heard you should really condition your hair after this, so I used shampoo (I use Redken Real Control) and then Redken's Extreme Strength Builder Plus conditioner (it's a 15 min. conditioner and smells amazing).
After, I blew dry my hair and looked for the results. I found that while it was not extremely noticeable, I did see a bit more shimmer than before and it was a tiny bit lighter. I'm going to continue trying the lemon juice, as it's insanely cheaper than going to a salon. I'm sure using the juice more than twice a week is not good for your hair, so I'm going to try again at the end of the week and continue thereafter once a week for the rest of the summer. I'll report back every now and then and let you know if there are any significant changes!
Have you tried using lemon juice on your hair? Or are there other methods you like to use?
xoxo, Glam Traveler