Silicones in haircare, no big deal or stay away?


As I try to get my frizzy hair in  better condition, I have been reading a lot about caring for hair, especially curly hair, and have found several articles on silicones and why we should stay away. Don’t worry if you use them, some people can use silicone based products and maintain gorgeous healthy hair.

I read a little deeper and understand it this way- silicones are a sealant which coat the hair and do not wash off with shampoo. The build up produces lackluster locks and over time, can be damaging. If you use silicone based products, you will want to wash your hair with a shampoo that contains sulfates to remove the residue at least once a week. Silicone’s are not water soluble so chances are they will keep building up and in essence, suffocate your hair. This means that deep conditioners cannot penetrate the hair and improve it. Therefore, more and more product on your strand give you lank locks!

 What helps hair is infusing it with natural creams and oils and using products that will nourish hair, not simply coat it. Over the past few years I’ve used so many silicone based gels, oils, sprays, serums and general hair products in an effort to control my dry hair. Now I’m finding out that silicones may  not be the best choice for my particular hair type!

If you are lucky enough to have thick, straight hair with natural shine you probably don’t need to use a serum with silicone’s in it and if you did, its not a big deal. However, if you have curly or wavy hair, you may want to avoid all silicone’s. Its really a matter of your hair type and preference. I know women who love their silicone serums and have lovely healthy  hair. On the other hand, there are those like me with frizzy hair who are looking for help and this may be a place to start.

Common silicones in hair products include:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Amodimethicone

On the flip side, silicone’s can prevent thermal damage and also eliminates frizz by preventing hair from absorbing humidity. I think it really depends on your hair type and preference for certain ingredients in products.

Do you have recommendations for silicone free products or tricks to nourish dry hair? I want to hear!

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