Hello hair lovers, my name is Stuart and I’ve been a hairstylist for over 12 years.
In that time, I’ve seen trends come and go.
One thing that has remained somewhat constant, however, has been the use of silicones in hair products.
In this article, I talk about how these common hair product additives affect your hair and whether or not you should stop using them entirely.
What is hair silicone used for?
Silicone is used as a conditioning agent in hair products. It is often used to coat the hair shaft and make it look shiny and smooth. Silicone can also help to reduce frizz and static electricity.
What kind of silicone is used in hair products?
The type of silicone used in hair products is a synthetic ingredient called Dimethicone. It is a synthetic polymer that is derived from sand. Dimethicone has been used for decades for its ability to condition hair without leaving an oily film behind.
Dimethicone is also used in many other consumer products, including makeup and personal care items like soap or shampoo! The FDA has approved Dimethicone as a safe ingredient that is not harmful to the scalp or skin. It is a synthetic polymer that is derived from sand.
Does silicone cause problems with your scalp?
Some people believe that silicone can cause problems with the scalp, such as dryness, itching, and redness. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim
There is no definitive answer to this question since everyone’s scalp is different. If you have a sensitivity to silicone, then you may want to avoid products that contain it.
Also, make sure you shampoo your hair regularly if you are using hair care which contains silicone. Even though water soluble silicones are safe, you want to rinse your scalp of any build up from hair care products, styling products,
How does dimethicone affect the hair shaft?
Silicones are able to coat the hair shaft without leaving an oily film behind. This is essential for creating a protective barrier that is able to lock in moisture and keep your locks healthy and shiny.
Silicone is also known for its ability to protect the hair from environmental damage. It can be bad for your hair, but only if your hygiene is bad or if you are allergic.
Can I use silicone-based products on thin hair?
Yes, you can. Hair serums almost always contain water soluble silicones, like dimethicone.
But be careful of how much you use. For this hair type, remember: you can always add more, but once you add too much, you’re in trouble.
Is dimethicone worse for curly hair?
No, dimethicone is not worse for curly hair than it is for straight. It is actually great at smoothing frizzy and unruly strands without weighing them down or leaving a greasy film behind.
Is silicone-free better for hair?
There is no evidence to suggest that silicone-free products are better for your hair. In fact, many of the ingredients in silicone-free products can be just as harmful as silicone. Dimethicone is one of the safest and most gentle conditioning agents available, so there is really no need to avoid it.
If you do choose to use products that contain silicone, then you should make sure they are free of any other harmful ingredients. A good example is products containing ‘cones’ (not dimethicone), which is a type of silicone often used in hair care to reduce the risk of build-up or product damage.
Other silicones can be harsher on your scalp and cause more problems with dryness, so it is best to avoid them.
What hair types tolerate silicones best and who should avoid them altogether?
People with fine hair might want to be a little more careful when using silicone-based hair products.
Fine or thin hair tends to show oil and grease faster than thicker hair. And because of dimethicone’s texture, it can make hair look oily sometimes.
One solution to this would be to use a little heat to help some of the product evaporate. But for thin hair, you want to be careful with heat, too.
If you’re going to use this kind of thing on thin hair, just make sure you don’t use too much!
Hair experts don’t always agree, though. And it’s been rumored that a hair care routine which contains silicone based hair products can cause a residue to build up on the scalp which could eventually lead to hair loss.
Does silicone cause hair loss?
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that silicone causes hair loss.
However, it is important to know what other ingredients may cause hair loss in order to prevent it from happening. Some of these ingredients include sulfates and parabens. These could both negatively affect your hair cuticle, as they are both harsh chemicals that strip the scalp of essential oils which are obviously bad for your hair.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, then it is best to look for a product that is free from ingredients such as parabens and sulfates. These chemicals are often used in shampoo, which is one of the major causes of thinning or shedding locks. Other chemical agents can also cause problems with the scalp and lead to damage over time.
How do I make sure I don’t have any silicone residue on my scalp?
The easiest way to get rid of the slippery smooth feeling that some silicone products can leave is by using a clarifying shampoo.
Clarifying shampoos are an excellent tool in the hair-enthusiast’s toolkit.
In effect, you don’t have to moderate your silicone usage when using a clarifying shampoo. These will wash any residue right off your scalp, allowing your hair follicle to breathe and washing out any gunk that may weigh hair down.
Does silicone keep your hair hydrated?
Yes, silicones have the ability to penetrate and coat each strand of hair. This is why they are such an important ingredient in moisturizing products for natural hair and protective treatments like braids or weaves.
Silicone is also known to lock in moisture while keeping your locks healthy and shiny. It is able to coat the hair shaft and create a protective barrier around each strand of hair. This locks in moisture and keeps your strands hydrated for hours after application without weighing it down or leaving an oily film behind.
Note that does nothing for the hair cuticle itself, so your hair will not grow any differently.
What is worse for hair: silicone or sulfates?
There is no definitive answer to this question since everyone’s hair is different.
However, sulfates are generally harsher on the scalp and can cause more damage than silicone. Silicone is a gentle conditioning agent that can help to protect the hair shaft from harm. Sulfates are often used in shampoo to create a lather, but they can be very damaging to the hair.
They can strip the scalp of its natural oils, leading to dryness, itching, and even hair loss. Sulfates can also cause discoloration or fading in colored hair. If you are looking for a shampoo that is gentle on your scalp, then it is best to avoid hair care products that contain sulfates.
How do you make silicone not build up on hair?
If you want to avoid using silicone hair products, then the best thing is to look for hair care products with an ingredient called polyquarternium-37. This is a synthetic polymer containing cationic and nonionic groups which is known as being able to improve conditioning without causing buildup.
Some of the most common ingredients in silicone-free hair care include isopropyl alcohol, which is used for its antiseptic properties and is extremely drying on your scalp; cetrimonium chloride, another type of conditioning agent that can cause silicone buildup due to a chemical reaction with hair proteins; hydrolyzed keratin, which is a type of protein that can often be too harsh for the scalp; and panthenol, which is a form of vitamin B-12 that is not easily absorbed by the scalp.
If you are looking for a silicone free shampoo, then it is important to read the ingredients list carefully to make sure it doesn’t contain any of these harsh chemicals.
Can’t decipher the chemicals? Try vegan hair products.
Why are silicones bad for natural hair?
Water soluble silicones can be bad for natural hair because they coat the strands and do not allow them to receive moisture.
This is true in some cases, but silicones are actually one of the best ingredients when it comes to moisturizing your hair without weighing it down. They create a barrier on your hair that is able to lock in both natural oils and that very precious moisture content (most important with coarse hair), which is essential to keeping your hair moisturized and nourished.
The trick is finding a silicone that is able to penetrate the strand without weighing it down or leaving an oily film behind. This can be difficult to do since some water soluble silicones are better at penetrating than others, but there is no reason why you should not use a silicone-based product if you have natural hair. In fact, it is one of the best ingredients you can use to keep your locks healthy and hydrated.
Can I use water soluble silicone with high-heat styling tools?
You certainly can. And assuming you have the right hair type, you may never want to mix the serum + straightener combo ever again.
As we mentioned already, silicones create a protective layer around the hair. This not only protects the hair strands from the heat of the hot irons, but also will provide shine so bright you can see it from across the room.
Some people end up using too much, and it gives their hair an oily, clumpy look. (Note: This is especially prevalent when you use a hair oil that does not have any silicone in it.)
However, when water soluble silicones used as a heat protectant, they will fuse to the hair temporarily, giving it a beautiful shine and locking in a semi-waterproof coating.
How can I recognize a silicone ingredient?
Some of the most common water soluble silicones used in hair care include dimethicone, amodimethicone, and cyclopentasiloxane. These synthetic ingredients are known for their ability to stubbornly coat the hair shaft and create a barrier that is not able to absorb moisture.
This can lead to dryness, frizziness, and hair breakage when used excessively.
But used in moderation, they are completely safe.
What does silicone do in conditioner?
Silicone is a conditioning agent that helps to smooth the hair shaft and add shine. It is often used in conditioners because it is able to penetrate the strand without weighing it down. This is why silicone is such an important ingredient in moisturizing products for natural hair. It is able to provide all of the benefits of moisture without making your hair look greasy.
Silicones are also known for their ability to protect the hair from environmental damage and keep it looking healthy and shiny. They create a protective barrier around each strand that is able to lock in moisture, which is an essential part of any moisturizing treatment or product you use on your natural locks. The trick is finding a product that leaves your hair looking shiny WITHOUT making it oily or greasy.
Does silicone prevent hair loss?
There is no evidence to suggest that silicone causes hair loss or is bad for the scalp. In fact, it is one of the best ingredients you can use to keep your locks healthy and hydrated. The only thing you need to be careful of is finding a silicone-based product that does not weigh your hair down or leave an oily film behind
What is a natural alternative to silicone in hair products?
When it comes to natural alternatives, consider trying a hair oil.
There are several plant-based oils and butters that can be used as an effective moisturizer for natural hair care treatments like protective styles or deep conditioning sessions! Some of these include shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil, and castor oil.
These ingredients are mild enough to use on natural hair, but the trade off is that your hair will be a bit oilier. You can also find many products that contain one or more of these oils as the main ingredients!
What is the bottom line on silicone and hair?
In conclusion, there is no evidence that suggests using water soluble silicone products will cause damage or problems with your scalp. It is widely used throughout the beauty industry because of its gentle conditioning effects, so you should have nothing to worry about! Silicone is not bad for hair.