You may have heard some talk about avoiding silicones in your shampoo, conditioner, and even styling products, especially if you have curly, coarse, or frizzy hair. What’s that all about?
Short answer: they can build up on your hair and be hard to remove.
Long answer isn’t quite that simple.
Many products that claim to tame frizz contain silicones. Most people don’t think about it one way or another, as long as their hair is under control. But many lines use non-water soluble silicones that deposit on hair shafts, and stay there even after shampooing, creating build up that can dull hair and keep it from looking shiny. And if you use sulfate-free shampoos, it can be even harder to remove these silicones from the hair.
The non-water soluble silicones that you might want to avoid include:
There are silicones that are water soluble, and you can find a complete list at the Science-y Hair Blog (which is a really great resource).
Going through all my hair products, I was surprised to see that many of them had these silicones in them. Even in products that I wouldn’t even have guessed, especially “oils.”
To remove these bad silicones from your hair, you’ll need a good clarifying shampoo, but one that doesn’t have sulfates – those will only contribute to frizz because they are such a harsh lathering agent. I personally love Purify Shampoo by Pureology, which clarifies even color-treated hair gently.
Once you rid yourself of these shine-destroying silicones, you’ll need to get products that tame frizz without depositing ingredients that can’t be removed easily. Because my hair is all of the things that silicones are supposed to help, like frizzy, coarse, untamable, curly, and just altogether unruly, I tend to focus on hair oils to help me style my long hair. Oiling hair has long […]