Curly hair and silicone bad? or necessary!
Silicones…. may or may not????
You have heard some general statements in recent years about silicones in hair products that are devil, especially for curly hair. Many curl experts say "avoid them at all costs!" While others say, "They are good, what's the problem?" And if you google it, it will bring up articles and opinions covering all areas of the spectrum. Then you get frustrated, roll your eyes and surf to the latest cat video on YouTube, right? But deep down you really want to know the facts. You are determined and today is the day you go out to investigate. However?
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE SILICONE IN HAIR PRODUCTS?
Silicones are used in hair products because they actually have many benefits. They provide smoothness (for easier detangling of the hair). Spread and create a protective layer that retains moisture in the hair. Make products easier to apply evenly. Help control frizz and add shine, seal hair, help protect hair color from fading and make styling easier. As you can see, they are not only processed as a filler. They serve a purpose!
Why are we talking about using or avoiding silicone?
If, like many curlies, you use any form of sulfate-free shampoo. Your products may not remove all silicones unless those silicones have been modified to be water soluble. (PEG-modified silicones are all water soluble.) Some of the more commonly used silicones (such as dimethicone and cyclomethicone) are not. However, there are many cleaning agents that contain gentle surfactants. (like cocamidopropyl betaine or coco betaine, which are derived from coconut oil) that remove silicones, so don't believe it when someone says, “Sulfates are the only thing that removes silicone! is not true!
SILICONES ARE NOT NECESSARILY BAD. AND THEY ARE SURE NOT THE ONLY INGREDIENT BUILT ON HER.
So they got a bad name. Many people learn that silicone builds up even after a few uses and that they build up so much over time that they eventually block moisture from being absorbed by the hair, and hair will become brittle and lifeless. In reality, they don't build endlessly and probably wouldn't even build up enough to reach the moisture protection point. So use your judgment… if a product works for your curls, go with it! The odds are just as good that you could use a silicone-free product that won't work for your curls at all. Works both ways!
JUST BECAUSE AN INGREDIENT NAME ENDS IN 'CONE, IT IS NOT A SAMPLE YET.
Like everything else, there is no black and white when it comes to silicone. All cones are not created equal, just as no two people have the same hair. What works for your hair may not work for your friend's hair or your sister's hair. The fact is that while some ingredients of the product should be avoided, silicone is not necessarily one of them. In fact it contains Controlled Chaos Curl Crème amodimethicone, a silicone that, when used with water, releases its hold on the hair, so it rinses out completely! So you see that it is not just all-or-nothing when it comes to the "cones". So do not immediately rule out a product and do not be afraid of them! it is never permanent! So go ahead and try the product! You will be amazed.