We all want healthy hair that is smooth, shiny and free of frizz. The trouble is, the ingredient that is added to our shampoos to give us the look could be damaging your health and maybe the environment… Silicone! We take a look at why using shampoo without silicone in, is a must do!
Silicone is created in a laboratory, a man made oil and most are water insoluble and are not biodegradable.
So when the residues from the products that contain these silicones are washed down the drain and into the water supply, which in turn could end up in rivers, lakes and oceans, these silicones effect not only our bodies but all life on the planet.
The culprit is silicone but on the labels you will not see it listed as that. It will be shown as one of these in the list of ingredients below.
Or anything ending with the suffix cone or siloxane, such as…
So try to avoid products that contain any of these harmful chemicals. Be careful of greenwashing too! The process some brands use of marketing a product as green, natural and pure when it’s far from it!
The most common silicone added to shampoos is Dimethicone, this one ingredient is hard to remove, preventing essential oils and moisture penetrating the hair shaft.
If this is not enough, it could also be responsible for itchy scalp, rashes and any burning sensations when a shampoo containing this ingredient is used.
Dimethicone can cause irritation to the hair follicle, which could lead to hair shedding. Always try and find a shampoo without silicone![adrotate group=”86″]
These silicones give the hair shine, free of frizz and a smooth appearance but on the other hand are water insoluble and over time they build a layer of a plastic type barrier that will not allow moisture to penetrate.
The silicones become hard to eliminate from your hair weighing it down so it looks dull, lifeless and greasy.
It can also lead to brittle hair and a dry itchy scalp or hair even hair loss.
Colour treating your hair could become troublesome as the waterproof film that comes from the silicone build up could decrease the length of time the dye then remains in the hair and in turn, the uptake of the colour on the hair shafts.
This also applys to any conditioning products that you might use. This could be a sign of dangerous levels of silicone in the hair.
Blow dryers and heat – treating the hair can bake the silicones into the hair making them really hard to remove.
A more serious effect of silicone build up is cancer, as silicones are not entirely suitable for human hair or skin due to the molecular differences of the oil.
To remove these silicones from the hair, some people use a shampoo that contains a harsh ingredient that does more damage and creates a vicious circle.
The shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulphate, a foaming agent, which strips the hair of it natural oils which protect the hair and scalp.
This leads to dry, damaged, brittle hair so a silicone shampoo is used to give a temporary fix making the hair appear healthier.
By using shampoos that do not contain either silicone or SLS ingredients, moisture can then penetrate the hair shaft allowing the natural oils that are produced by the scalp to penetrate and bring a balance to the hair by nourishing and hydrating it.
As the natural oil production returns to normal, hair needs washing less frequently as it is less greasy looking and not weighed down by unnatural ingredients.
Natural shampoos and conditioners, those products containing plant oils and essences are similar to the oils of the hair and body so are matched to the natural balance of the body and being natural are better for the environment.
You may also like to read our article…. ‘7 natural hair care tips to help you grow the healthiest hair you’ve ever had’.
Have you had problems with silicone build up in your hair? Did you even know about it?
We’d love to here your thought and any suggestions of great natural shampoo without silicone in, that you love to use….
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