Looking for a lighter me?

No, I’m not talking about weight here.  I’m talking hair color.

For many years, all 37 of them in fact, I have been unhappy with my hair.  Recently, though, I decided that I would like to try a lighter shade.  This is easier said than done as I have red hair.   Red hair is notoriously hard to change, as I have found out over the years.  Black dye makes it turn brown, a deep burgundy shade just makes it a slightly darker red.  And even this is only achievable by leaving the dye on 3 times longer than recommended on the packet.  To be honest, a darker shade doesn’t really suit me as I have very pale skin.

What’s a girl to do?  This year, I decided to take advantage of the bleaching effects of the California sun.  After all, if I leave my stitching out in the sun, it would fade the colors, so, what about hair?  I was onto something here.  A friend suggested using lemons and sunlight to lighten hair.  I would give it a try.

Apparently, you squeeze some lemons, put the juice in your hair and sit in the sun for about an hour.  Then, when you wash out the sticky lemon juice, and dry your hair, it will be a shade lighter.  I did some reading online before attempting this, as it’s not exactly reversible, and I didn’t want to end up with platinum blonde streaks in my hair.  The online advice was to dilute the lemon juice slightly and then spray it onto the hair with a spritzer until damp.  Then you sit in direct sunlight for an hour.

Let’s be honest, there’s only so much direct California sun a redhead like me should be sitting in, even with SPF 30 on my skin.  I had to be very careful.  I have spent the last two days with lemon juice in my hair, sitting in the garden stitching.  Granted, the stitching time was of a quality nature, but did the UV rays from the sun do their job with my hair?  I am yet to be convinced.  I can’t see any significant change yet, so perhaps I need to do it again over the next couple of days just to be sure.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking to go completely blonde, just a few shades lighter than natural.  I’ll be off up to the store to buy more lemons in the morning.

Has anyone else tried this?  I would love to know if you had any success with it!


Stitchy Hugs to you all



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  1. Amy July 8, 2012

    I used to do that when I was a teenager, just in streaks. For me at least, it just made it redder. It was a lighter red, but it was still red. It was sort of a brassy red steak.

    Now I have been covering my greys for LONG time, I started going grey when I was 21, my mom started going grey when she was 17. and it’s very hard to find a good color for covering greys when that’s all you want to do and you’re redheaded. it’s like hair dye makers don’t believe redheads might want to cover their greys, stay redheaded, or maybe they’ve never actually seen what red hair actually looks like.

    I did find a nice color from light red henna, but such a day long pain to do correctly. and it has no lift so it’s really only good for grey coverage.

    The best chemical dye I’ve found is Ion brand at sally’s they have a really nice light copper blonde and a good intense red that I can mix in proportion to get really close to my actual color, and the light copper blonde with a 20 volume developer should give you a lighter red in about 10 minutes.

    If the lemon doesn’t work!

    Also (further red head in california tips lol) Waterbabies make a sensitive skin SPF 45 sunscreen. 🙂 (which, as a look at the march of summer orange creeping freckle death on my arms, I realize I need to get a new bottle of)

    • gailpith July 8, 2012

      Creeping freckle death! So funny! I get them on my shoulders now, but as a child, they were all over my face! Thanks so much for the tips, I’ll let you know how I get on over the next couple of days. Could really do with someone to help me apply the juice, as I ended up pouring most of it down my back this afternoon! You can only imagine the sticky mess I got myself into!

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