How to Chelate Your Hair With a Lemon and Dish Soap

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by Upstyle Trends
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20 Minutes

In this video, Yana Irbe shares her tips and advice on how to chelate your hair. Yana explains that chelating is the process of drawing out metals and that excess metals in your hair can weigh it down and make it appear dull.

Yana disclaims that she’s not a hairdresser. Although this process worked great on her hair, all hair is different, so do a patch test before committing your entire head of hair to the process.

Keep reading to learn how to chelate your hair at home!

1. Wash your hair with Dawn dish soap

Wash your hair as you usually would, but use Dawn dish soap instead of your regular shampoo!

2. Apply lemon

Cut your lemon in half and then squeeze the juice onto your hair.

Your hair won’t feel nice during this stage, but stick with it!

Leave the juice to sit for a couple of minutes then rinse it all out.


3. Apply a toner/purple conditioner (optional)

Yana then applied a purple conditioner to her hair and let it sit only for a short amount of time to avoid her hair turning purple! 

4. Apply a deep conditioner

Next, apply a deep conditioner or mask to your hair and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

How to chelate your hair

And you’re done! Yana shares a before and after photo at the end of her video and the results are seriously impressive.

Will you give this a go? Let us know in the comments down below. 

Then, head over to Yana’s YouTube channel for more great content. 

Suggested materials:
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Lemon
  • Purple shampoo/toner (optional)
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  • Msf27430720 Msf27430720 on Oct 12, 2023

    This idea might be ok for ladies with extra greasy hair. Some college's janitorial staff pours Dawn in their dorms' toilets. This degreaser deters back ups and keeps them flushing freely.

  • Diane Diane on Oct 14, 2023

    Mam it is 100% true regardless of where yo work. They, the company that makes & manufactures it, wants you to think & believe it is safe bc they use great marketing technics to fool people. IT's all about money & cheap is cheap for a reason. It's harmful to people, animals & the environment. It is absolutely NOT "very safe". One of the ingredients, Methylisothiazolinone-aka MIT, is banned in the EU bc it's a very harmful pesticide/biocide. It is also a neurotoxin & it has caused an unprecedented epidemic of contact allergy, rashes & serious skin damage even in very low doses. I won't go on about the other TOXIC ingredients bc MIT is enough at his point. I implore everyone to do their own research then decide once you are educated.