Those of us who want to have beautiful healthy hair are always looking for the magic bullet or in this case, treatment to get rid of our frizzy hair. Chelating the hair is one of many “magic “bullets.” So the first time I heard about chelating the hair was on Elle Bang’s YouTube video.
What is Chelating Your Hair
What exactly is chelating? Chelating is a process where the hair is stripped of all the mineral build-up such as hard water and the hair is primed for any application such as coloring, deep conditioning, etc.
There is a difference between chelating and clarifying treatments or shampoos since clarifying shampoos remove natural build-up that’s accumulated over time, but chelating removes the minerals that have bonded to the hair cuticle. Any type of hair build-up can leave hair flat, limp, and plain uncooperative, so you’ll know when your hair does not respond to your favorite shampoo and conditioner or to any intensive treatments, it’s probably because of build-up.
Since both clarifying and chelating can leave hair dry because it is stripping the hair of all build-up, I recommend that frizzy tops do not do this more than every couple of months since our hair tends to be dry in the first place and over stripping can exacerbate the dryness and therefore, creates more frizz. Also, this is not recommended for colored hair such as reds, or pastels since it will remove color.
Chelating can be done professionally, at a salon, or at home with a chelating shampoo or with natural ingredients.
How To Chelate Your Hair At Home
The at-home process is what I’ll write about here. What do you need to chelate your hair at home?
- Dawn dish soap
- a lemon
Make sure your hair is wet and put two pump fulls of Dawn dish soap.
Shampoo starting at the scalp and continuing to the ends. Rinse.
Take the lemon and cut in half. Use one half to rinse the top part of your scalp and hair. Use the other half to rinse the ends. Make sure you squeeze that lemon to get all the lemon juice and leave it in for about a minute.
Don’t manipulate your hair too much since it will feel very dry, but this is normal.
Rinse and apply the most moisturizing hair treatment or mask you have.
Your hair will be ready for blow-drying or any styling you do.
Let me know if you’ve chelated your hair and the results you got!
To a tamer head of hair!