Given the constant, unavoidable daily wear and tear— sun, wind, winter, brush, and hot tools—we figured that in order to keep our mane strong and healthy we should at least start avoiding products with ingredients that are not-so-good to our hair in the long run. The most common one: silicones— the polymer used in everything from hair conditioners to glues.
Forbidden under natural and organic product standards but widely included in the mainstream skin and hair care products, the use of synthetic volatile silicones has become more controversial since studies have raised concerns over their impact on our health and pollution of the environment.
Silicones are added to hair care products because they make dry and damaged hair look and feel like it’s healthy. It also gives hair a slippery feel because of its hydrophobic coating, which is coveted in our world of brushing and blow-drying.
The downside is that:
- in the long run silicone will build up in the hair, weighing the hair down, making it limp, lifeless, and, very dull.
- It prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and becomes like a magnet for dirt. So in essence, we get a good shine for a couple of days, but over time it will attract more buildup on the hair.
- Due to lack of moisture, the hair will become very brittle, leading to frizz and breakage.
- Silicone is specially bad on curly hair because most curly hair is on the dry side. The silicone buildup will get stuck on the curls, weighing the hair down and causing more damage in the long run.
The only way to remove this build-up is with a strong, clarifying shampoo. Usually sulfate based, such shampoos strip oils from the scalp leaving it prone to itching and flaking and your hair rough, dry and out of control. Reach for your silicone-based conditioners and serums and you know you’ll be starting the whole process over again.
So what can you do to break the damaging cycle?
Choose you hair care products free of ingredients with the suffix -cone or -siloxane like:
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The Natural and Organic Silicone-Free Styling Duo