When Should I Chelate?
Here’s something fairly new that I haven’t really talked about before, but I’ve had a few cases where people have had issues with clarifying their hair but to no avail. After some tedious digging, here’s what I found and I hope you find it helpful.
Chelating shampoos deliver high levels of cleansing potency and yes they do have an important place in your regimen.
One of the telltale signs of a hard water problem is breakage that will just not end, no matter what. Hard water damage is ambiguous. Hard water damage does not respond to anything but feels like it needs everything. Example, it may feel weighed down (needs to be clarified), feels coarse (needs moisture), gummy and limp (needs protein), all at once in some cases.
When you notice moisturizers, styling creams and/or oil sitting on you hair without really being absorbed, it may be time to clarify or chelate. Limp hair, shampoos that just don’t lather, conditioners that no longer condition may also be indications that you hair is burdened with product or mineral buildup. If you ever experienced unexplained hair breakage that does not respond to your regular protein or moisturizing treatments, You may need to chelate your hair to remove stubborn mineral buildup.
I mentioned a chelating shampoo I used prior to getting color in a previous post, it was called Malibu C shampoo, which is sometimes used in salons prior to a chemical service because of their ability to go deep down into the hair fiber and free up bonds that have interfered with unwanted mineral deposits. This helps chemical processes to work smoothly and take properly.
Chelating shampoos are extremely drying and it’s best to use them in moderation. You should follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner to return the lost moisture balance to hair. Actually, I insist you do.
Chelating vs. Clarifying
Chelating shampoos are much more potent than clarifiers because they work below the surface of the hair shaft. I highly suggest you always clarify your hair before resorting to a chelating shampoo. If your buildup problem cannot be resolved in two clarifying sessions, then you may need to step up the shampoo strength and work with a chelating shampoo.
Both shampoos are relatively strong and can compromise fragile hair with repeated use and inadequate follow up deep conditioning.
If you find these shampoos to be drying and continue to have chronic issues with hard water, purchase a water-softener or water-filtration system which may benefit your hair in the long run.
I’ll give you a list of chelating shampoos in another post. For more info. on hard water scroll down my IG page to find it. It’s a two part post.