Frizzy hair is a nuisance that most of us have had to deal with at some point. Whether it is from humidity, damaged hair, or just the state of our natural mane, those who experience frizz know if can be hard to control. Many products on the market claim to help fight it, but these products can be expensive and even harmful to hair – especially in the long run. So, if you are looking to protect your hair and your wallet this winter, nature might just have a resourceful remedy. There is a rumor circling the Internet claiming that lemons or limes, when added to shampoo, can help eliminate frizz. However, before we go and squeeze some fruit into our whole shampoo bottle, let’s get to the bottom of this claim and find out if it is even true in the first place.
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Naturally Curly, a website packed with information about how to take care of curly hair, defines frizz as being “both a noun and a verb. As a noun, frizz is the messy tangle of hair that sits upon your head from time to time. As a verb, ‘to frizz’ means to form your hair into knots, tight curls, or some other snag.” For the purpose of this article, we are talking about the unwelcomed and, sometimes, uncontrollable type of frizz that circulates our head. Dermatologist Caroyln Jacob, MD, states on the medical website WebMD that hair is “made up of three layers and thousands of cells. But the reason it gets frizzy is pretty simple. Your hair’s outer layer, the cuticle, looks kind of like a shingled roof […] When hair is smooth, those shingles lay flat. But when you run a brush through dry, curly hair, those ‘shingles’ lift,” and that’s when hair looks frizzy. Unfortunately, brushing our hair is not the only reason hair gets frizzy. Stylist Dennis Baker states, “frizzy hair is often drier and naturally tends to absorb moisture from the humid air. Again, those ‘shingles’ lift,” and the frizz ensues.
So, it seems that keeping our hair hydrated is important when fighting frizz, but will lemon or limes live up to their Internet claim?
After researching extensively—because I was really rooting for this remedy— I couldn’t find any sources that validated lemons and limes as a natural frizz-fighter. While lemons are thought to help reduce dandruff and help to make hair silky, the fruit is not backed by research to help with frizz. With that being said, Top 10 Home Remedies, a website dedicated to finding the most useful home remedies, states that the combination of lemon and honey together will get rid of frizzy hair. The website explains that “Lemon contains vital vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair, while honey is considered the ultimate moisturizer.” Top 10 Home Remedies suggests to “Combine two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and honey. Dilute it with a cup of water and mix it well. Apply it on freshly washed hair. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then wash it with warm water and a mild shampoo.” This mask will help hair from getting dry which, in turn, might help lessen frizz.
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Verdict: Fiction. Although pins on Pinterest claim squeezing a lime or lemon into your shampoo will help fight frizz, science isn’t backing up these fruits. It seems the hunt is still on to find a natural remedy for maintaining frizz. In the meantime, try the hair mask that Top 10 Home Remedies suggested, honey is wonderful for hair and maybe lemons will prove their use!
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