Healthy Hair Habits: Silicones: Good or Bad?

What are silicones?
Silicones provides slip to hair so it doesn’t tangle and
gives a shiny appearance to the hair. Silicones work by covering the hair shaft
in a thin hydrophobic layer, hydrophobic meaning water proof. This helps reduce
the hair’s porosity which lowers the chances of your hair being affected by
humidity. It also reduces moisture loss from inside of the hair. The outside
hair shaft is also conditioned and lubricated to help make it tangle free. All
of these things make silicones good for smoothing and conditioning the hair, so
why is it bad?
The only real downside to silicones is when you have buildup.
If you are using a lot of products that contain high amounts of silicone when
your hair doesn’t need it this could easily happen to you. Too much silicone
can weigh hair down and make it feel grimy. So how do you deal? Well simply
wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo! If you have a lot of buildup you may
need to wash twice but this should give your hair a clean slate. Then of course
condition with a light conditioner that won’t weigh hair down. Have you ever
heard of people saying they need to switch up their hair care routine or else
their hair gets too used to it and doesn’t look as good? Well what is probably
happening is they are getting a buildup in their hair from silicones! Silicones aren’t necessarily bad
but there can easily be too much of a good thing.

For me personally, I have been switching on and off on a
bunch of different hair products. For moisture I love using Matrix Sleek Lisse
shampoo and conditioner. It gives me shine and softness to my damaged hair
without giving me a greasy look. Every once in a while I will co-wash. This is
when you wash your hair with conditioner (I’ll be making a separate post about
co-washing soon!) When I do this I actually use my own homemade conditioner
without silicones. The recipe I use can be found here! It really does work and I love how I know exactly whats going into my conditioner since I made it myself! I like to switch out the almond oil for meadowfoam seed oil, just for my own personal preference. For clarifying I like using Paul Mitchell’s Shampoo 2!
Hope you are all having a happy hair day! 🙂

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