26 January 2012

Super Shiny Hair

Lemon juice has long been recognized as a wonderful rinse for blonde hair, but it gives any colour a gorgeous shine and makes it soft and manageable too.

You can make your very own lemon shampoo at home, right in your kitchen, using just three simple ingredients.

You will need:
1 bar pure soap - choose a good quality natural soap
Juice 2 large lemons
Cool water

To make the shampoo:
Grate the soap, using the zester side of the grater, so it is a fine powder. You can grate it in your food processor if you want to, but doing it by hand only takes a few minutes.  Add the soap to a medium saucepan and cover with water. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the soap. The mixture will bubble up, keep on stirring to dissolve. Add the lemon juice. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water and stir. Repeat until it is the consistency of shampoo.  Store in a clean pump bottle. Use as you would your regular shampoo for soft, shiny hair.


  1. I tried making the lemon shampoo on the weekend and I don't think its turned out the way it should... Firstly, it went lumpy then when I used it it made my hair clump together and feel gluey, certanly not shiny and soft! It didn't lather but I'm guessing it wasn't meant to. Any feedback on what I might have done wrong would be appreciated (even if just to manage my expectations).

  2. It sounds like the soap wasn't fine enough and that there wasn't enough water to dissolve it. It should be the consistency of regular shampoo - a slightly thickened liquid. The amount of water to add will vary depending on the soap, which is why I say to cover the grated soap and add more if necessary.

    I have short hair and it works very well. I would think if your hair felt gluey after shampooing it wasn't all rinsed out properly? It doesn't lather up like a commercial shampoo, you are right.

    The only other thing I can think of is the soap you used - I use a pure, fragrance free soap,no particular brand though.

  3. You once published a tip to use a few drops of apple cider vinegar in warm water as a final rinse and I have found this very effective to make my hair shine. Just a few drops mind, so you don't smell like salad dressing!


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