What Does Lemon Juice Do to Your Hair?

Updated February 21, 2017

Lemon juice is a versatile item that can be used as a household cleaner, disinfectant and insect deterrent. It is also a natural beauty product that can be used on your hair.

Hair Uses

Hair doused with a mixture of lemon juice and water and then exposed to the sun will lighten in colour. Alternatively, you can dry your hair with a hair dryer after applying the lemon juice. Lemon juice can also act as a conditioner when mixed with olive oil and honey.


According to the Organic Facts website, lemon juice can help treat dandruff and hair fall. In addition to its ability to lighten hair colour, it can also give the hair surface a pleasing shine.


Lemon juice can have a drying effect on hair, so be sure to do a patch test before applying to your entire head of hair. Because of its acidity, lemon juice can be irritating for some and you should proceed with caution if you have sensitive skin.

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Catherine Lovering has written about business, tax, careers and pets since 2006. Lovering holds a B.A. (political science), LL.B. (law) and LL.L. (civil law).