Hey Ya’ll, so today we are going to discuss silicones. Silicones can be found in skin care products, color cosmetics (i.e. makeup), and hair care products. Silicones aren’t bad necessarily they can help with moisture, softness, and frizz.
There are two types of silicones, water-soluble and water- insoluble.
Water- Soluble Silicones: These dissolve in water, they can be rinsed out in just plain water.
- Dimethicone Copolyol
- Lauryl Methicone Copolyol
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein ( Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane)
- Any Silicone with PEG as a prefix
Water-Insoluble Silicones: These have strong feelings towards water, they basically love it. Sulfate shampoos and conditioners are needed to remove the silicones.
- Phenyl Trimethicone
- Cetearyl Methicone
- Stearyl Dimethicone
- Cetyl Dimethicone
- Behenoxy Dimethicone
- Stearoxy Dimethicone
People who have high porosity hair, whether they were born with it or have colored treated hair, can benefit from silicones. This hair spongy, it can absorb moisture fast and release just as fast. So silicones help to seal in the moisture because this hair can become highly damaged from being dry.
Those that have low porosity hair don’t need silicones because this hair absorbs and contains the moisture. So a film can form on the hair and it can be unpleasant.
It all depends on your preference if you want to use silicones or not. We believe that you know your hair and you have to do what is best for it to grow and be healthy.