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Chelating vs Clarifying Shampoos: Know The Difference

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No one should have to live with dull, lifeless locks, but it happens to the best of us. You try new shampoos and conditioners and nothing seems to fix the dryness, manageability or oily hair looking back at you and you think, is this just my life now?  If I just described your current situation, you may need to clarify or chelate your hair. But what does that mean? What's the difference? We are glad you asked.  

LET US CLARIFY A FEW THINGS: WHAT DOES A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO DO? 

How many products do we put into our hair daily (hairspray, volume products, dry shampoo, the list goes on!). Regardless of your hair washing schedule, this can cause a build-up of product residue, oils and stubborn dirt.  

Think of a clarifying shampoo like a detox or a reset button for your hair, a way to deeply clean your scalp. Adding this product into your hair regime once a week (in place of your regular shampoo) can restore shine, colour clarity, softness and have you feeling confident and happy in your hair again.  

SIGNS YOU HAVE PRODUCT BUILDUP: 

  • Dryness
  • Itchy scalp
  • Limp hair
  • Frizzy hair that seems to be unmanageable
  • Hair that is breaking easily

Here are our top chelating product recommendations:

In short, clarifying shampoos are perfect to remove product buildup in your hair and on your scalp, but chelating products are stronger and can target and break the bond between mineral deposits and your hair and prevent chlorine from damaging and turning hair green.

 Here are our top clarifying product recommendations:  

 BUT WHAT IS CHELATING?  

Whilst your clarifying shampoo is essential for the removal of buildup, a chelating shampoo is essential to removing chlorine and mineral deposits (limescale) from your hair and scalp. If you live in a hard water area it can contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper or lead, which can cause your hair to be dry, brittle and difficult to manage. Chelating products are also essential if you swim regularly. As chelating products are very strong, they should be used when your hair needs the extra cleaning power.  

SIGNS YOU HAVE MINERAL BUILDUP: 

  • Dryness 
  • Itchy scalp 
  • Limp hair 
  • Frizzy hair that seems to be unmanageable 
  • Hair that is breaking easily 

Here are our top chelating product recommendations: 

In short, clarifying shampoos are perfect to remove product buildup in your hair and on your scalp, but chelating products are stronger and can target and break the bond between mineral deposits and your hair and prevent chlorine from damaging and turning hair green. 

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