Silicone is a word that sounds like it shouldn't belong in hair products. A type of polymer (a.k.a large molecule) that behaves similarly to plastic, silicones can be moulded for different uses. In hair care products specifically, silicones form a protective coating around the hair to help provide added slip and softness, lock in moisture, reduce frizz, and enhance shine.

In coarse, curly, or dry/frizzy hair types too, silicones can also help to tame unruly strands by enhancing their overall smoothness and manageability while also helping to drive and lock in moisture. So, why does the product have such a bad reputation? Is it all fake news, or is there some truth when it comes to all the hate silicone gets? Sorry to break it to you, but it's the latter; silicone's bad rap is completely justified, and you should consider switching to a silicone-free routine ASAP. Here's why…

 

Aren't sustainable in usage

Aren't sustainable in usage

Ever wondered why shampoos and conditioners sometimes stop working for your hair? And why the products that once gave you that ‘fresh out of the salon’ feel now leave your hair looking limp and lifeless? The answer is silicones! So while your hair may look incredible for the first few washes, it's a short-lived experience.

 

Weigh your hair down

Weigh your hair down

Silicone is water-insoluble. This means that it's super tricky to wash out. When it continues to buildup layer by layer with no respite, your hair will eventually get weighed down and can appear greasy, dull and lacking the smoothness and shine that silicone claims to provide in the first place. Aren't you sick of these false promises? We sure are, which is why we're recommending you try the silicone-free Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s made with natural coconut water and 100% organic coconut oil that hydrates the strands and adds tons of volume. Plus, the delicate fragrance of ethically sourced mimosas will transport you to a tropical paradise — what’s not to love.

 

Have a ton of side effects

Have a ton of side effects

When dimethicone – which is the form of silicone used in hair products – builds up, it's hard to remove and can cause rashes, burning, itching and irritation to the hair follicles, which can initiate hair shedding. Yeah, we know what you're thinking – that's the opposite of the effect you'd want! And if you've been subject to these conditions, it's safe to say that your scalp deserves a little R&R in the form of detox. Use the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner to refresh and detoxify your scalp. It’s free of baddies like silicones, parabens and dyes. The antifungal properties of tea tree oil detoxify the scalp, while the earthy scent of vetiver serves as an ideal wake up call. Happy detoxing!