Soft, malleable and flexible, silicone is a rubber-like polymer which is chemically inert and mass produced on a huge scale. Used in many big brand conditioners and hair treatments, they do a brilliant job at coating the hair thanks to their elastic properties, giving hair a super shiny finish alongside a degree of protection against heat. So far so good right? Well, not exactly.
Why should you avoid silicones?
The problem is that silicone creates a seal around the hair shaft which stops anything from penetrating it, including the good stuff. Any strengthening or nourishing ingredients which you’re applying to your hair simply can’t work their magic. If you’re repeatedly using silicone based products on your mane, over time this leads to hair getting drier and weaker, eventually causing breakage and split ends. The irony is that the majority of anti-breakage and frizz fighting hair remedies on the market contain heaps of silicone, leading to an endless cycle of poor hair health. Sound familiar? Then it’s time to detox your haircare routine and go silicone-free, and of course we’re here to help.
How do you recognise silicones in hair products?
If you’re taking the very first steps in going silicone free, you need to know how to recognise silicones on ingredients labels.
Most silicones have names that end in -cone or -siloxane, and some of the most common ones are:
- PEG-modified dimethicone
Silicones are not just found in hair care products, they’re used in makeup and skincare, too. There’s a big list of silicones here that you might like to have a look at if you want to get really detailed.
How do you go silicone free?
If you’re thinking of going silicone free with your hair, you’ll need a shampoo that will remove the build up of silicones from your hair and scalp. Luckily, we know a shampoo up to the job. The Acure Organics Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Clarifying Shampoo will help clarify your hair, removing all the build up without over stripping and drying out your ‘do as many clarifying shampoos tend to. Instead it uses the natural cleansing properties of lemongrass and acai to detox, while CoQ10 and amino acids from coconuts help to keep hair strong and healthy.
While silicones certainly make hair appear shiny and smooth, a good naturally nourishing conditioner will still give it that wow factor without having to leave a seal over your hair. For a silky, straight finish we love the Acure Organics Straightening Conditioner. Made without any silicones in sight, and also biodegradable, this hair hero tackles frizz and dryness with only the help of mother nature. Argan and marula oils give hair natural lustre and shine, while helping to hold in hydration provided by coconut water. If that wasn’t enough, cocoa derived keratin replenishes the hair shaft whilst also making your precious locks more resistant to heat styling.
If your hair is really suffering from silicone use, or just needs that extra bit of TLC, then it’s time to bring in the big guns. An intense hair treatment like the Andalou Naturals Deep Conditioner with argan oil will work wonders to bring your crowning glory back to life. It combines both the power of CoQ10 and l-arginine to restore existing proteins alongside encourage the production of more; to put it simply, that equals healthy happy hair. Applying this once a week will do the trick, providing a brilliant moisture boost and giving hair some serious bounce. Who needs silicone? Not us!
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