The shiny lie of silicones
Water insoluble silicones coat our hair, creating a barrier which prevents moisture entering the hair shaft and replenishing it. The first few times using products containing silicone may give the allure of shine, due to its plastic-sheen, but over time, even a few days, the imprisoned hair follicle will become thirsty and dry. Leading to limp, brittle, and lifeless hair. True shine comes when our hair is genuinely hydrated and healthy - like all aspects of our body ought to be.
Silicones, by nature, tend to repel or fail to mix with water. This means they don’t wash out easily. Layers of silicone then build up on our hair making it feel heavy and greasy. So we wash our hair more. Adding to the sludge already dumped on our heads - whilst starting a frustrating and damaging cycle we aren’t even aware of. To remove a build-up, we recommend a clarifying shampoo or even a bicarbonate wash which will help break them down. And whilst shopping, watch out & avoid these two common water-repelling and weighty silicones: Dimethicone and Dimethiconol (also a main ingredient in the two-in-one shampoos).
This build up and barrier created by silicone can also decrease the life of coloured hair. If a colour can’t penetrate the hair properly, it can’t stick around for long, leading to rapid colour fading. We strongly suggest that if you think you have some kind of product build up, to do a detox wash before a colour service. If you colour, you must invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner - “It’s like insurance for your hair” Gemma, Ardor founder, reminds us.
Silicones can normally be recognised by names ending in ‘cone’ and may have a PEG or PPG in front of them. Some are water soluble, and some are not. In hair care, more commonly they are - these are the heavy and harder to remove ones. If you’re going to avoid any, these are the ones to boycott.
With Love, Light & Happiness
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