Silicone is everywhere. It's used in shampoos as a cheap ingredient that makes your hair feel nice and silky. And that’s a big emphasis on feel -- because what you’re actually doing is caking your hair in unfriendly, unnatural products and suffocating it!
Just imagine: grabbing a tub of Vaseline and smearing that jelly all over your hair. Not very pleasant is it?
Well that’s exactly what you’re doing when you use shampoos, conditioners or any hair products that include silicone in its ingredients.
What silicone does is cover your hair cuticle (the outer layer of your hair) in an unnatural sealant that eventually blocks any moisture or air from getting in.
Silicone gives our hair a temporary feeling of shine and silky freshness however eventually, it'll actually start to suffocate and make your hair drier (what!).
Many hair products will also use non-water-soluble silicone - meaning it can't easily be washed out with water, causing build up in our hair.
Eventually, as our hair gets drier and more weighed down, it can become brittle.
Silicone doesn’t appear on labels as simply “silicone” either -- it can be just about any ingredient that ends in “cone”, e.g. dimethicone.
Don’t worry -- you can start switching to silicone-free shampoos, and there are products out there that can help you wash off all that nasty stuff too. We’ll tell you more about it in our next post!