Unfortunately some of us live in hard water areas so after a wash your hair is left dry. The hair becomes dried out and prone to breakage because of the mineral deposits that the hard water leaves behind. A chelating shampoo works to remove the hair of these harmful minerals.
Hard water is one of the few reasons why some of us have had bad experiences with water and we are left thinking that water is to be feared. However water without all the harmful mineral deposits is one of the best sources of moisture for our hair.
A chelating shampoo is similar to a clarifying shampoo in that they both are aimed at removing some sort of buildup, however a clarifyer would be more targeted to remove dirt or oil rather than minerals. After using a chelating shampoo it is recommended that you follow up with a deep conditioning session, using a quality conditioner.
Since our hair is prone to dryness you may want to limit your usage of a chelating shampoo or a clarifying shampoo to once or twice a month. The remainder of the month you can mix and match co-washing, using a moisturizing shampoo (Shea Moisture Shampoo‘s work great), or you can use the no-poo method.
Black hair thrives in a moisture rich environment and water is one of the best ways that you provide it with the moisture it craves. Not sure if you have a hard water problem? Find out by using ph testing strips, if the ph value of the water is out of control you have a problem. Learn more about ph balance here.