Do you know that you can use lemon juice for a hair rinse? Actually a lemon or lime rinse not only helps you in ridding yourself of an oily scalp, but can also infuse fresh lemons like smell to your hair after a rinse. Moreover, it can do wonders for the health of your hair.

Homemade Lemon Hair Rinse For Oily Scalp

My latest find is lemon juice for oily scalp and oily hair. The results: your hair will be “squeaky” clean and your waves will also become more defined. The smell is also delicious!

Benefits of a Lemon / Lime Rinse

Lemons have natural astringent property, which means they can tighten your skin and your pores. So, a lemon or lime rinse helps close the cuticles along the hair shaft, leaving hair shiny, smooth, and manageable. Moreover, when the pores on your scalp shrink, there isn’t as much space for oil to seep out and get into your hair. Thus if you have oily hair, a lemon rinse is your new best friend.

Another benefit it provides is that it helps remove any build up from your scalp and hair and re-instates the pH balance of your scalp.

Lemon or lime juice also contains alpha hydroxy acids, so it helps exfoliate dead cells, which is a basic requirement for no more dandruff.

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And of course, if you’re after those natural highlights, a lemon rinse is for you too, thanks to its natural bleaching qualities.

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How To Make a Lemon Rinse At Home?

A lemon hair clarifying rinse is one of the easiest and fastest hair DIYs.

You will need:

(i) Lemon or lime juice: 1/4 cup, freshly squeezed

(ii) Water: 3/4 cup, warm and preferably distilled


(i) Extract juice of 2-3 lemons until you have 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Strain the juice into a measuring cup and fill it up to the 1-cup line with warm water. You will not like to burn your scalp so use warm water at the temperature that works best for you.

(ii) Mix well the ingredients and your hair and scalp clarifying rinse is ready for use.

Tip: You may add 5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

How To Apply The Lemon Rinse?

Take the lemon hair rinse into the shower with you. After you’ve shampooed your hair, pour the lemon rinse over your scalp slowly. Gently message it into your scalp and work it through your hair. Let the rinse sit in your hair for 3 to 5 minutes and then wash it out with plain water.

And if you want to lighten your hair, leave the rinse in for up to an hour before washing it out.

Natural Beauty Tip: If you have dry or frizzy hair, then use orange juice instead of lemon or lime juice or you can also mix in 1 tablespoon of organic honey to the above rinse.

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(i) Lemons contain a lot of acid, so close your eyes while pouring the rinse over your head to avoid stinging your eyes.

(ii) Avoid using lemon juice for too long or too frequently, as it can dry out your hair.

(iii) Unless you’re after highlights, don’t use this rinse more than a couple of times a week and make sure to use it for a few minutes at a time.

(iv) If you notice your hair is lacking in its essential oils, don’t use the lemon rinse.

Are you using any hair rinse? Please share your hair care remedy with our readers under the comments section below.

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