Why you should avoid Silicone (and what to use instead)

If you have ever wondered why your hair is left feeling extra shiny after washing it some shampoos and conditioners, well, it's most likely silicone. And yes, it is the same silicone used is manufacturing cookware and toys. It is just like plastic - hence the shine.

Silicone is used as a sealant against water, meaning it is non-water soluble - meaning it will take a lot more than a rinse to remove the ingredient from your hair. 

Silicone is completely unnatural and is added to hair care to give the illusion of strength and shine. The downside, the shine achieved through this ingredient is not a healthy shine from properly hydrated hair; it is a shine from toxic plastic. Additionally, silicone prevents moisture from penetrating the hair, as well as adds weight that will cause your hair to be limp and lifeless.

As mentioned, silicone does not easily wash out from your hair. This over time causes what is called a silicone buildup. When silicone builds up, it can be a magnet to dirt, leaving your hair greasy. (which usually prompts us to wash our hair more than usual, adding even more silicone).

What to do instead?

Keep your eye our for silicone in yojur haircare and when possible purchase a silicone free altirnative. When you initially stop using silicone ingredients and switch to natural products, your hair will go through a transition period. During this time your hair may feel dry, damaged and lack moisture. This happens as your natural oils have been surprised, and it will take some time for them to hydrate the hair as they are supposed to.

In the meantime, oil treatments can be beneficial to reintroduce your desired shine. Our favourite oils include;

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil retains moisture, so is perfect for hydrated and strong hair and keeps the hair shiny and silky. Coconut oil also conditions the hair from within, protecting it from heat and environment damage.

Argan Oil: Argan oil is a miracle ingredient for dry and damaged hair. Can be used as a natural conditioner and will help to nourish hair through a transition period.

At organic formulations, all of our shampoo and conditioners are free of silicone and only contain natural ingredients. Below are some of our favourites;

Biologika Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner - For Natural Hair Nourishment

Coconut Oil has been added for its natural nutritional properties. It helps in Hair healthy growth, providing them with a shiny glow, and it has a conditioning effect while assisting in the repair of damaged air. This formula is suitable for all hair types and gentle for everyday use.

Organic Selections Rosemary and Kakadu Plum - For all Hair Types

Organics Selection Shampoo Rosemary and Kakadu Plum leaves your hair clean without stripping it of its natural oils. Designed to cleanse and add nourishment to the scalp. Invigorating & Balancing aroma for the body.

 

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