Silicone Hair Products - What You Should Know Before Using Silicone Hair Products By SJ Johnson
Like most women, I'm always on the lookout for products that will simplify my life. When I first started using silicone hair products, I thought they were the answer to all my hair prayers. Initially, my silicone shampoos, conditioners, serums, and anti-frizz sprays made my kinky hair sleek and frizz-free. It wasn't until a few weeks after continually using these products that I started to have a problem.
What is Silicone?
Silicone is a sealant that coats your hair. It prevents moisture from getting into the hair cuticle because it is not water-soluble. That is how it prevents frizzing. There are water-soluble and non-water soluble silicone products.
The best information I found in my research was on NaturallyCurly.com. The first step is learning to read the label on styling products and recognizing which products have silicone in them. Generally, look for words that end in -cone: dimethicone, dimethiconol, phenyl trimethicone, amodimethicone, and cyclomethicone. These silicones are not water-soluble. PEG-modified dimethicone and dimethicone copolyol are water-soluble silicones.
What You Should Know Before Using Silicone Hair Products
After using silicone hair products for a while, I could not get my hair and scalp clean. Even after shampooing, my scalp had a film or residue on it, and my hair was clumpy. As a result, I just kept shampooing my hair. Little did I realize the buildup of silicone over time was keeping my hair and scalp from getting clean. The more I continually washed my hair, the more my hair became dry, brittle, and damaged. It was a vicious cycle.
How to Prevent Silicone Buildup
Out of desperation, I went to my beautician for help. My beautician said that I needed to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove the silicone residue. She advised me that in a pinch, diluted apple cider vinegar or any sulfate-based shampoo would do.
If only I knew the cost I'd have to pay to have frizz-free hair. I ended up cutting my hair to remove the damaged areas. Currently, I do not use any silicone products, and I carefully read all labels before I purchase a new hair product. I know many women who swear by silicone products and absolutely love them; however, I believe that people should be aware of some of the drawbacks. I hope that this knowledge will give you the power to make an informed decision.