Are silicones weighing your hair down?

Dear Miss Beauty Nerd,
Any shampoo/conditioner you would recommend? Mine are weighin’ me dowwwwn! Leaving a weird texture in my hair like it’s not clean! :( I’m currently using Tsubaki – but I found out it’s actually silicone-ridden?!

Hi I,
Great question! I had written about silicones in one of my previous posts, so let me just repost this little snippet:
The beauty industry loves using silicones in hair products because it creates an incredible glide that allows people to comb through their hair easily. Silicones can also lessen the porosity of the hair shaft, resisting the tendency for hair to absorb humidity (think about what humidity does to curly hair individuals!). Finally, because silicones forms a protective coating around the hair, it can reduce the natural loss of moisture from inside the hair. The cons, however, are that some types of silicones are heavy, not very water-soluble and may build up in your hair over time. Dimethicone is one such example. BUT, not all types of silicones have these characteristics – cyclomethicone on the other hand, evaporates quickly and has minimal build up. Personally, I don’t think silicones are bad for you (although I know many others may disagree), but just make sure you are using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove silicone buildup. Doing so will prevent your hair from looking greasy or weighed down over time.

Silicones adhere to the hair quite well, so it is best to use a clarifying shampoo like Frederic Fekkai’s Full Volume Shampoo ~$21 or Suave’s Daily Clarifying Shampoo ~$2 once a week. Keep in mind that while some sulfate-free shampoos may be able to remove the silicone build-up, I find shampoos formulated with sulphates to be the most effective. Personally, I do not think there is anything wrong with sulphates (*bracing myself against ppl who will fight me on this point!*) – they are a great cleansing agent, especially for hair. However, I do try to avoid sulphates in my facial care because I find it to be too harsh for the delicate skin on my face and sulphates have a greater potential to cause irritation. If you are keen on getting rid of silicones altogether, you can try Redken’s Nature’s Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo ~$16 or Pantene’s Ice Shine Silicone-free Shampoo ~$7. Either of these solutions should get rid of the icky-silicone build up so you can say ‘so long’ to greasy hair!

Let me know how it goes!


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