Do you use Silicone-based Products for your Natural Hair?

By DiscoveringNatural
Do you know that there are different types of silicones; water soluble, deposit repelling silicones, and non-water soluble?

Water soluble silicones can be easily washed away and still provide the benefits of using -cones in hair. Eg: Stearoxy Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, silicone with PEG or PPG as a prefix, Lauryl Methicone Copolyol

Deposit Repelling silicones slow down the build up process. Eg: Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclomethicone

Non-Water soluable silcones cannot be easily washed away. They can cause build up and need sulfate shampoos to remove. Example: Dimethicone,
Trimethylsilylamodimetheicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone

Why is Silicone GOOD for Natural Hair?
Silicone can help you minimize frizz and also help in detangling your hair. Some naturals use it as a way to seal in the moisture into their hair. It acts as a great sealant. As a heat protectant, silicones protects the hair from extreme heat. It also know to help hair dry quicker, provide deep conditioning to damaged areas, and strengthen hair.

Why is Silicones BAD for Natural Hair?
In the case of non-water soluble silicones, it can cause product build up, if care is not taken to properly cleanse the product out of your hair. Even with water soluble silicones, if used overtime without cleansing or rinsing off hair, you could still experience build up. Since excess build up can only be removed with a sulfate or clarifying shampoo, this can cause dryness in hair. This dryness can lead to breakage. Because silicones are also sealants, re-moisturizing hair can be a challenge if you are moisturizing on top of the silicone seal. It is best to not use silicones in conditioners. Why? A great conditioner only needs emollients, humectants, moisturizers and... proteins.

Do you use SILICONES in your child's hair? If not, why don't you use SILICONES?


  1. Very informative post. Might just have to write down the good 'cones in a memo on my phone to help when shopping for any new products.


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