Are you suffering from an oily or dry itchy scalp? Have you stopped wearing your favorite dark colors because of these little white flakes on your shoulders? This natural hair remedy could be a solution for your problem.
Olive oil makes a perfect match with lemon juice.
It flavors many dishes as a dressing but it also helps itchy scalps when it’s used on hair.
The acidity of lemon helps to relief the scalp from flakes, dandruff and itchiness and olive oil moisturizes it. Itchiness can be caused either by dry or by oily scalp.
Pre-poo Treatment: olive oil & lemon on hair
for dandruff & itchiness
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp water
- Mix all the ingredients.
- Spread the mixture on the scalp with an applicator (or dip your fingertips in a bowl).
- Massage the scalp gently for 10 minutes.
- Use the rest of the mixture to the lengths.
- Make a loose bun and cover the scalp with a shower cap.
- Wait for about 20 minutes.
- Wash as usual to remove it.
- You will probably need to shampoo twice, but it depends on your hair type and length. Don’t use very hot water to rinse, because it dehydrates the hair.
- You can also use conditioner (I didn’t because I wanted to see the results).
- I’d recommend using it as weekly treatment for a month. Depending on the results you could continue using it once or twice every month. The results on your hair and your hair type will tell you how to adjust the frequency!
Benefits of lemon
on hair & scalp
Removes dead cells & build up.
Absorbs scalp’s excess oil.
Soothes the itchy scalp.
Helps healthy hair growth.
Makes the hair silky.
Prevents thinning hair & split ends.
Lemons contain citric acid which is also used in a many shampoos, conditioner and masks for two reasons; to adjust the pH down to 5.5 because the slightly acidic pH keeps the cuticles of the hair shaft flat making the hair smooth and shiny. It also acts as a preservative that prevents bacterial growth.
Have in mind when applying lemon on hair:
1- Don’t let lemon juice run into your eyes. Its intense acidic nature will sting your eyes.
2- Massage your scalp in circular motion with your fingertips to avoid exerting pressure that could result in scratches.
3- If you wish, warm the mixture but don’t overheat it. After massaging your scalp it’s best to use a towel (dampened with warm water) to cover it.
4- When you use it for a long time or too often one of the side effects of lemon juice on hair is dryness. So pay attention to how your hair and scalp react to it.
5- Lemon juice has bleaching properties. Be careful if you don’t want to lighten your hair naturally. This has a much potent effect in combination to sunlight exposure. Also, if you use lemon juice on dyed hair it could slightly change the shade.
6- If you have an allergy to olive oil or lemon avoid using it or ask your dermatologist. For persistent or serious issues always consult your doctor first.
The most essential, practical and helpful tips to have in mind when having pre-poo hair treatments, in this e-book. You can download it for FREE!
While I was waiting for the remedy to act, my hair became stiff as straw and my scalp was tingling. I also had a scratch which it burned a little. Therefore don’t use it if your scalp is broken and red because it could cause a severe sting (or even burn) on it.
During shampooing, my hair felt detangled and it was easy to wash. After my hair had dried, my scalp was relieved but my hair was somehow dry, especially on the ends. Of course, my hair is already dry and coarse. Plus, I didn’t use conditioner because I wanted to check out the effect on my hair.
I let my hair half air-dry and while damp I used a few drops of argan oil to protect it from heat. When I straightened my hair (with a straightner) it had a lovely shiny look. Although, I wasn’t suffering from dandruff, I did have a mild itching issue without knowing why. However, this remedy made my itching go away and that made me and my scalp very happy!
Have you used lemon juice remedy before? Did you know that a treatment with olive oil and lemon on hair has so many benefits? I’d love to read your thoughts or your own experience.
To You With Love.