It’s no secret within the natural and curly hair community that silicones are not good for the long-term growth or moisture of hair, however, nearly all mainstream haircare companies continue to use silicones in their products. Silicones are commonly used because they have hydrophobic properties that help make shampoos and conditioners slippery and easily spreadable on the scalp, a feeling we have all become accustomed to when washing our hair.
Additionally, because silicones easily coat the hair and fill in porosity, they help damaged and frizzy hair look shiny and feel smooth by acting as "drywall patch" to repair holes in the hair shaft. This sealing process not only helps detangle and lock in the moisture provided by conditioner, but it also creates a layer of repellent that protects our hair from the elements, making it great for blowdrying and easier to manage.
Adding silicones into hair products clearly has its advantages, but we need to ask ourselves do these pros outweigh the cons? For starters, some “all-natural” brands sneak silicones into their products passing them off as natural, when in fact, silicons are completely synthetic.READ THE STORY
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