One Thing That Is Missing In Your Hair Regimen
So… you’ve been using quality hair products that people rave about on Youtbe and hair blogs for a while now. But no matter what you do or what new product you decide to try, you’re still left with dry hair. Womp, womp. Don’t fret! You may just be missing one piece to your hair regimen puzzle- a chelating cleanser.A chelating cleanser is used 1-2 times a month to combat mineral deposits that are brought on by hard water. What is hard water? Hard water is water that contains a high concentration of minerals e.g., copper, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals can stick to your hair and build up overtime. This build up can cause product to work ineffectively and can prevent adequate moisture from entering the hair shaft. Roughly 85% of Americans in the United States have hard water. Hard water is no longer neutral and can become alkaline depending on the severity of the hard water. Regular clarifying cleansers cannot remove minerals, only chelating cleansers can remove them.Also, if you use a no lye relaxer, it’s important to chelate post relaxer to remove the calcium that this type of relaxer deposits. If you are unsure of what shampoos are chelating, you can look for labels marked ‘Swimmer’s Shampoo’ or ‘Hard Water Shampoo’, or you can make sure that your shampoo has at least one of the following ingredients predominantly: Citric Acid, EDTA, HEDTA, Oxalic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Oxalate, TEA-EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium EDTA, or Trisodium HEDTA.To stop hard water minerals from depositing on your hair, invest in getting a water filter. This will help to keep your water soft which is a great benefit for your hair and skin. Take a look at the infographic below for examples of chelating cleansers. If you’re on the Curly Girl Method, I’ve got you covered too!Chelating Options
Ms. Rosie is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She is the creator and editor of Lovin Our Textures which is a hair care platform for Relaxed and Natural Hair. Follow her hair journey on Youtube.
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