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Thursday, October 1, 2015

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! :)

Hair Update!

Hi Guys, it's been a while since I've posted! I have been busy with work but would like to come back to blogging again about healthy hair! Right now I do have bleach and dye in my hair but have not used bleach in quite awhile. I am letting my hair grow and going to get back into my old routine of frequent oilings and scalp health. Right now my hair is about shoulder length! I'll post a picture for reference and compare every month to see what progress I've made. I hope some of you find this helpful while trying to grow your own hair as well! I would also love to see others progress so feel free to share!

My hair length currently! It's a little over 11 inches long!
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