Last year, when my neighbor Janet told me she was using Coconut oil and lemon To turn gray hair, I laughed it off smugly. You see, even though I’m from New York, I’ve lived in Panama for over two decades.
People here use home remedies for almost every kind of condition; Some work, and some seem more like superstition than science. Lemon and coconut oil for gray hair? yes sure
But a few weeks ago I noticed that gray hairs were appearing in my dark brown hair too fast for me to pluck them one by one. I remembered Janet’s suggestion to use lemon juice and coconut oil get rid of gray hair. Desperately, it suddenly looked like a winning combination.
Coconut oil and lemon for gray hair
So I asked her about it again, this time with a little humility: “is it true? Can coconut oil and lemon really turn gray hair?” “Sure, bro!” she said, grinning from ear to ear.
Even after all these years of living in Central America, I’m still skeptical. I wasn’t 100% convinced that this method would work, so I checked the internet for more information on combining lemon juice and coconut oil to turn gray hair. There were several mentions, most explaining the following:
Some interesting points
- Coconut oil It’s loaded with healthy fatty acids and antibacterial ingredients, so it’s a wonderful hair conditioner.
- Contains fresh lemon 5%-8% citric acidAccelerating hair lightening when used under UV rays (sun).
- Fresh lemon juice also contains vitamins B and C as well as phosphorus and phytonutrients, which nourish the hair and prevent graying.
I have not been able to find definitive conclusions about the mother Coconut oil And lemons turn gray hair. If I wanted to see if it really worked, I would have to test it myself.
So, I holed up and went down to our local farmers market to purchase the coconut oil and lemons. I decided to take advantage of the visit to ask my #1 fruit seller, Juan Carlos, if he had ever heard of coconut and lemon oil to reverse gray hair. He exclaimed, “Si! My wife uses it all the time!” I felt more excited than ever to go home and try it.
How to use coconut oil and lemon to turn gray hair
Janet’s instructions for thick waist-length hair like mine:
- wash hair and squeeze out the excess water, leaving the hair moist. Do not condition.
- In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1/2 cup organic coconut oil.
- Apply to your wet hair and scalp. Make sure all strands of hair are well coated with the mixture.
- Cover your hair with a wrap or shower cap and leave for at least one hour. Use a towel on your shoulders to catch drips.
- Re-wash your hair with a mild shampoo to remove excess oil. Situation.
- Repeat every three days until you see results. Once your grays have lightened and disappeared, continue this treatment once every two weeks or whenever you see New gray hair growth.
Did coconut oil and lemon get rid of gray hair?
Um, no. Not mine anyway. I tried the lemon and coconut oil for the gray hair method every three days for three weeks, and I saw no significant changes. Who knows, maybe if I had stayed with it longer, it might have worked eventually, but I found it to be taking too long. (Hmm, maybe that’s what Juan Carlos meant when he said his wife uses the method “all the time”).
I noticed that some strands of mine Dark brown hair Got a light brown/copper tone (from the lemon juice?) which may have distracted a bit from the silver strands, but then again, maybe I was imagining it.
To end on a positive note: I will probably continue to use the lemon and coconut oil method for gray hair, but not for gray hair removal. Instead, I will use it as a nourishing and strengthening agent hair mask, mainly because I can get the materials very cheaply where I live. I have noticed that my hair looks shinier and has less dandruff, which is also a plus.
Since my failed experiment, I use Semi-permanent color cover my gray hair When it starts to fade, I’m going to touch it up with a color wash like Roux Fanci-full chocolate kiss until the next semi-permanent color is applied.
Coconut oil helps strengthen the hair and scalp. This helps prevent corrosive chemicals like sulfate shampoos and hair dyes from entering the hair shaft and hair follicles. When used as a pre-shampoo treatment, coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to prevent excess water from entering the shaft when your hair is highly porous due to chemical or heat damage. So in this way it helps prevent damage and maintain hair length.
Contains lemon juice Vitamin C, which helps in collagen production. The collagen is important in creating hair and strengthening the hair follicles, so that the hair is not pulled out easily. Lemon juice also cleans the hair follicles, which can contribute to additional growth.
Natural ingredients: Coconut oil and lemon are both natural ingredients, making this a chemical-free solution to try.
Hair conditioning: Coconut oil is rich in healthy fatty acids and antibacterial components, which provides excellent conditioning to your hair.
Hair lightening: Lemon juice, which contains 5-8% citric acid, can accelerate hair lightening when used under UV rays (sun).
diet: Lemon juice contains vitamins B and C, phosphorus and phytonutrients, which nourish the hair and may help prevent gray hair.
Promotion of hair growth: Coconut oil strengthens the hair and scalp, while the lemon juice helps in the production of collagen, which is important for creating hair and strengthening the hair follicles.
Dandruff reduction: Using coconut oil and lemon juice as a hair mask can help reduce dandruff.
Improving the appearance of hair: Some users report shinier hair after using this mixture as a hair mask.
It does not turn gray hair, but there is a possibility that it can prevent it. The lauric acid in coconut oil can help the hair protein maintain its original color and the antioxidants in the lemon juice may be what your scalp needs to prevent oxidation within the hair follicles that leads to gray hair.
No, the color of gray hair cannot be changed except with some coloring agent, natural or otherwise. Coconut oil is not a coloring agent, but a nutrient.
Yes. Lemon juice can be used to lighten hair, which may help your gray blend in more. You can apply it with a spray bottle and sit in the sun for a few hours to help it work. After that, you’ll need to deep condition because the lemon juice is drying to the hair.
Because lemon juice is so drying, I wouldn’t recommend leaving it overnight, even with the coconut oil in the mix blocking some of its dryness.
Yes, if you have seborrheic dermatitis or oily dandruff, lemon juice can help balance your scalp’s oil production to reduce dandruff. However, coconut oil is anti-fungal and can help reduce dandruff as well. Massage the mixture into the scalp, but don’t leave it on for too long. Wash it well.
Yes, it helps strengthen the hair, promotes hair growth and can help prevent further graying of the hair.
The lemon juice in the mix can be too dry for some. Also, the hair may be lightened because of the lemon juice.