Hair loss, slow hair growth, and damaged hair are common complaints for many individuals. There are several natural remedies that have proven effective for treating these maladies, including the use of lemon juice. The properties of lemon juice help to manage the porosity, health, and shine of hair.
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Causes of Slow Hair Growth
Slow hair growth can be caused by a variety of factors. Genetics play a large role, as do any underlying health problems including hormone imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. Vitamin B is especially important for hair health. Other factors affecting slow hair growth and hair loss can be attributed to chronic stress, alcohol intake, substance abuse, and certain prescription medications. Damaging hair styling techniques, scalp infections, and the use of chemical-laden hair care products can also play a role.
Lemon Juice Shampoo
A homemade remedy using water, lemon juice, henna and egg has been reported to stimulate the scalp to promote growth and strengthen the hair. To create this homemade shampoo, mix 5 tbsp. of henna with one egg and 1 cup of warm water. Stir the ingredients to form a thick paste. Add the juice of half of a lemon. Massage the mixture into hair and scalp, allowing it to sit until completely dry (about two hours). Rinse well with warm water.
Lemon Juice Rinse
Massaging plain lemon juice directly to the scalp will strengthen hair roots and help prevent dandruff. When hair roots are strong, the entire strand will grow stronger and longer with less breakage. Leave lemon juice on the scalp for about 15 minutes, and then wash it off. Repeat weekly. Lemon juice will also give the hair a natural shine.
Lemon Juice and Coconut Hair Mask
Mix equal parts fresh lemon juice and coconut water and apply to the roots of the hair. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes, then wash off with your regular shampoo. This mask will strengthen hair to prevent hair loss and leaves a heavenly scent.
Health Benefits of Lemon
The health benefits of lemon can be attributed to it's high concentration of nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, and phosphorous. Lemon also contains antioxidant properties and can help with other health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, skin ailments, and indigestion in addition to aiding in hair health.