If you’re not an ingredient junkie already, you may be wondering, “what are silicones?” Silicones are a group of ingredients that form a thin, waterproof coating on your strands. Think of them as a rain jacket for your hair. The coating helps keep your hair hydrated from within, while preventing external moisture from penetrating the hair shaft. According to the Harvard Medical School, silicones help block out the evaporation of water, keeping hair hydrated. However, this can also prevent other important moisturizing ingredients from seeping deep into your hair shaft.
Silicones have traditionally been used in haircare as a conditioning agent to help detangle and smooth strands. You’ll notice these silicones at work by the silky feeling your hair has after conditioning. While silicones may seem to deliver exactly what you want, they come with many negative drawbacks which actually outweigh the good.
As mentioned before, silicone hair products block other important moisturizing ingredients from penetrating into your hair, making their benefits null. While the immediate use of silicones may make your hair feel soft and hydrated, overtime this ingredient begins to do the opposite and can actually make your hair feel dried out. The film that silicone creates on your hair can cause build up that can be hard to remove. A lot of the popular silicones used in hair care, like dimethicone, cetyl dimethicone, and cyclomethicone (just to name a few) are not water-soluble. This means that no matter how well you rinse your hair, you’ll always be left with that pesky film which weights down your strands and makes them feel greasy.
But the good news is with so many high-quality silicone-free products available today you can achieve the same smoothness and softness without having to deal with weighed down, greasy hair. It’s a no-brainer that you should make the switch! All of Love Beauty and Planet Shampoos and Conditioners are Silicone-free.