Is Silicone Bad for Your Hair? Pros and Cons of Silicone Hair Products.
Question: Is Silicone Bad for Your Hair? The Truth About Silicone in Hair Products.
Did you know that a typical hair or cosmetic product contains anywhere from 15-50 ingredients!!!!
The average woman uses between 9 and 15 care products on their hair and skin on the daily. What’s even more crazy Kizzies is that winds up being up to 515 chemicals on the daily! Yes, that number is correct 515…..
I guess the more important question is - Do you know what you are putting on your skin?
School is in Session: Time to Get Educated on Silicone in Hair Products
First up is silicone. Silicone is a mineral used in many hair care products. It typically is always recognized by anything ending in ‘icone.’ The positive side of silicone is that it will give the appearance that dry, damaged, frizzy hair is healthy. Silicone does this by filling in the porosity of your hair. Porosity, put very simply, refers to “empty spaces” in your hair strand.
Silicone is basically a rubber and or plastic. It acts as a sealant against water and pollution in the air. It is not a natural ingredient and there are side effects for your hair.
Silicone will definitely make it look like your hair is healthy and shiny but it is a “fake” shine from the plastic. THE SHINE THAT YOU REALLY WANT is when the cuticle layer of your hair is sealed and that causes light to reflect off your hair. THIS WILL ONLY HAPPEN WHEN YOUR HAIR IS PROPERLY HYDRATED!
As time goes by silicone begins to weigh the hair down making it lifeless and dull. It will also prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and will actually attract dirt and more buildup. Over time it prevents conditioner from getting in to the hair strand.
Here’s a catch 22 about silicone, it can drastically buildup on your hair especially if not shampooed properly and by shampooing I mean actually clarifying your hair. This process can also leave your hair feeling super dry.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAIR OIL
Not All Hair Oils Are Created Equally
Finding the right product really starts with understanding exactly what’s in your product. Common names for silicones are dimethiconol, cyclopentasiloxane or cyclomethicone, dimethicone, methicone to name a few. A good rule of thumb is that anything ending in ‘icone’ is a silicone.
What happens when it’s time to make a choice about the right product for your hair? It’s best to look at the ingredients first and foremost. REMEMBER the higher the ingredient on the list, the higher the percentage of that ingredient you will find in your product. If the ingredient happens to be at the bottom of that list, THEN YOU ARE GETTING VERY LITTLE OF THAT INGREDIENT sometimes not even half a percent.
So, here it comes and you had to have known it was coming… choose a product that you that is made from ingredients that work (and you can pronounce). Obviously, we recommend THAIRAPY BOOSTER OIL because it has has NO SILICONES OR FILLERS. It’s super concentrated because it’s only FOUR INGREDIENTS Argan Oil, Marula Oil, Coconut Oil. What that means is all the good stuff isn't diluted down with cheaper ingredients. And it has a seriously delicious and captivating scent.
Thairapy is also customizable - just like a prescription the dosage depends on what type of hair you have and what it needs. So, it is ideal for all hair types that suffer from dry, thirsty or frizzy hair!