Chelating v Clarifying


I often harp about the importance of clarifying hair once a month BUT I never really have touched on the importance of chelating hair as well. What’s chelate you ask? Allow me to inform you! First, for those that don’t already know, let me explain the art of clarifying hair.


What is it?
“Clarifying is a deep cleansing. It is the process whereby you remove buildup from the surface of the hair. Buildup includes grease, silicones, product, sebum, and dirt.”

How often should it be done?
Once a month! Clarifying treatments should always always ALWAYS be followed by a deep conditioner. When you clarify hair, you strip it of all remnant products AND moisture. I have a specific category on my blog that features clarifying products! Check it out!

Clarifying Products
Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Shampoo*
Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
Suave Naturals Shampoo
More can be found here

“While clarifying agents removes buildup on the surface of the hair, chelating agents improve rinseability by binding with metals and minerals and removing them from the hair. Chelating agents are useful for removing the metals in hard water and minerals/chemicals of chlorine water.”

How often should it be done?
If you’re a regular swimmer or have a hard water issue in your area, chelating can be done once every month. If you don’t fit into either of these categories, however, chelating can be done once every 6 weeks or so.

Chelating Products
Joico K-Pak Chelating Shampoo
Organix Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Moisturizing Shampoo
Abba Detox Shampoo
Mizani Phormula 7 Chelating Shampoo
ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo*

*The products I use

If you didn’t know about the art of clarifying and chelating before, now you do! Now, get to it and clean that hair/scalp alll of it!


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