Almost everywhere you look, it says that silicones in hair products are to be avoided because they are one of the worst things you can put in your hair. So are they really as bad as they say? What do they do? Well, let me explain.
I have used products that do have silicones in them and once I started looking into it more, I got rid of everything that had silicone in it because I thought OMG they make it sound so terrible, so even if I liked the product, in the garbage it went! After some more research, I learned that not all silicones are bad or damaging and if the product is working on your hair, then keep using it.
Having curly hair, they especially say to stay away from silicone containing products but I actually found a few products that had silicone that I liked and helped my hair. There are actually some benefits as well which I will get to in a second.
How do Silicones work?
They coat your hair with hydrophobic (waterproof) layer. This gives your hair a great slip so you can brush through with incredible ease. They make your hair shiny and frizz free. It’s also amazing for straightening your hair. It also reduces the porosity of hair.
However, the bad part of it, is that there are no long term benefits of it. It does not penetrate through to actually make your hair healthy. It only coats it. So it only gives you the appearance that your hair is shiny, strong and healthy.
– gives immediate shine to hair
– gives healthy appearance
– makes hair easy to straighten
– leaves hair frizz free
– it gives great slip and easy to comb through, great for detangling
– leaves hair immediately soft
– coats hair only, does not have actual benefits
– causes build up which can be hard to get rid of
– can weigh hair down
However, there are different kind of silicone: Water Soluble and Non-Water Soluble and you could group them into 3 categories: The good, The bad and The worst.
Water Soluble Silicones that do not cause build up and wash away with water.
Stearoxy Dimethicone and Behenoxy Dimethicone
Cause build up over time but can be washed away with the right clarifying shampoos or a good regular shampoo.
Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclomethicone
Cause build up very quickly and are hard to remove.
Dimethicone, Cethyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone.
So read you labels in your shampoos, conditioners and other hair products. See what it says.
I never used to read the labels. As long as it smelled good number one and then it felt good in my hair, I went for it. Then I noticed only short term benefits but long term it ruined my hair.
Hair is important. Very important. You can’t just put any random thing in it. Especially curly hair. Curly hair is a crazy bitch on her period. You gotta treat her right and she will maybe play nice with you back lol. So I feed her the good stuff.
It’s up to you and your hair type to decide if you find silicone good or more harmful. I personally do stay away from products with silicone but there is only with conditioner that I use from time to time in moderation that does have silicone in it and my hair loves it.