For the past two weeks, I've been conducting a clarifying vs. chelating experiment. I relaxed my hair with a no-lye relaxer, this relaxer requires some serious chelating before the next relaxer. I researched and researched and found out clarifying and chelating are not the same, first hand.
But why? They both contain EDTA. My guess is chelators have a higher concentrate of EDTA. Side-note, I found EDTA in my Powerade.
Clarifying products remove product build-up and chelators remove minerals and chemical build-up. Chelators can clarify, clarifies don't chelate. Oh I learned first-hand. In 2012, my stylist swore she used ORS no-lye, but my hair has never felt this horrible before and I know it's because of the calcium build-up no-lye leaves in your hair.
In order to chelate, I needed a product with EDTA. Cool, I had plenty, Ultra Swim and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo. I really didn't want to buy more products and these items already had EDTA. My hair felt clean but a few days later...I had t co-wash. I've probably co-washed 3 times this year. My hair was a mess, I was scared to blog about it.
Firstly, I knew one day I had to buy ORS Creamy Aloe. Secondly, this past week I was introduced to ceramides. Again I researched and researched. I found the scientific name(2-oleamido or 1-3 octadecanedio) and checked my stash. No luck. Also I learned companies have different names for ceramides. This product I wanted contains Ceramide 3.
So off to to Sally's I went. I've used Nexxus Humectress before and I loved it years ago, so I decided to try the Sally version because I couldn't find the trail size (I love trail size hair products).
This wash I kept it oh so simple-
- Shampoo with ORS Creamy Aloe
- Deep Conditioned with GVP Moisturizing Conditioner (sunk into my damp hair, sealed with grapeseed oil)
- T-shirt dry
- Giovanni Direct Leave-in and sealed it with grape seed oil(ceramide).
- Six purple flexi-rods, two grey flexi-rods overnight.
I have a flight to Orlando Sunday night. I will be out galavanting for two weeks. I can't ignore more hair for that long. There will be pools, humidity and parties! For my extended vacation (2 weeks) I packed-
- StyleHouse Curling/Flat Iron
- Ion Guard heat protectant
- Hello Hydration
- KeraPro Restorative Treatment
- Giovanni Direct Leave-in
No shampoo, risky? No. I have apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle!!! Plus I'm sure the hotels will have some stripping shampoo. I'll probably shampoo once when I deep condition. JUST CO-WASH ALL DAY! NO HEAT STYLES!
What are your thoughts on ceramides? Flexi-rods? Chelators?