7 Amazing Ways to Use Lemon Juice for Hair Growth

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Using lemon juice for hair is a popular at-home treatment in many parts of the world, and can improve many aspects of your luscious locks.

Why is it Good to Use Lemon Juice for Hair?

Applying lemon juice to your hair may not seem like the most intuitive natural remedy, but it is important to remember that lemon juice is chock full of various nutrients and antioxidants, including citric acid, ascorbic acid, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, limonene, linalool, various flavonoids, and other active ingredients. This can be very beneficial for hair growth, as well as for people who struggle with dandruff, hair loss, excessively oily hair, split ends, and other inflammatory conditions on the scalp. Using lemon juice in various ways can also improve the luster and appearance of your hair. All of these benefits are due to the effects that the active ingredients have on the hair follicles, as well as the scalp and proteins within your hair strands. [1]

How to Use Lemon Juice for Hair Growth?

There are many different ways to use lemon juice for hair growth, including the use of lemon juice as a rinse, hair mask, and scalp cream, as well as with castor oil, olive oil, coconut water, aloe vera, honey, and yogurt.

A smiling woman holding a lemon half over an eye and a squeezed lemon in the other hand.

Lemon juice helps in hydration and is full of vitamin C. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Hair Rinse

Making a hair rinse can be a quick rejuvenating treat for your hair. Simply mix 1/4 cup of lemon juice with warm water and then pour it over your hair after shampooing. Thoroughly rub it through your hair before rinsing it out at the end of the shower. [2]

Hair Mask

To create a hair mask, mix 1 egg with the juice from half of a lemon, as well as 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Stir this thoroughly and then apply to wet hair, being sure to rub it thoroughly through the strands. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing out with warm water and patting dry. [3]

Scalp Cream

Blend 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 5 drops of lemon essential oil or 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Rub this mixture well into the scalp and leave it on for 1-2 hours, or even overnight. In the morning, rinse your scalp thoroughly and enjoy the reduction in inflammation! [4]

Castor Oil

Mixing castor oil and lemon juice have long been a popular solution for dandruff and other inflammatory conditions that affect the scalp.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great carrier oil for lemon juice and can help to mollify some of the acidity of the juice, depending on how you are using it on your hair, to avoid side effects.

Aloe Vera

Mixing lemon juice and aloe vera gel is a powerful antioxidant combination that can protect your hair from breakage and minimize split ends. [5]


As one of the most natural carrier substances for lemon juice, blending honey and lemon juice for a hair mask is a very effective way to improve the strength of your hair, reduce oiliness, and boost luster. [6]

Precautions While Applying Lemon Juice in Hair

You should always be cautious when applying lemon juice to your hair because the active ingredients can be quite strong when used in excess. You can use it from time to time, but it can have a bleaching effect, particularly on people with brown hair. It can cause some hair dryness, due to its exfoliant and astringent nature. Finally, it can cause inflammation or irritation on the scalp when used improperly or not removed. It is best if you dilute lemon juice with another carrier oil or substance, such as those listed above, as there will be less chance of you damaging your hair. [7]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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