Posted on March 12, 2010 by Samara

Is silicone bad for natural black hair?

Is silicone bad for natural black hair? That’s the question of the day. The answer to this question is both yes and no, because it depends on the type of silicone you are using and your own haircare regimen.

Silicone can create an illusion of silky, shiny hair because it smooths the hair cuticle making it appear healthy. Silicone can also  cause buildup in the hair, if the hair isn’t clarified of them on a regular basis, but to know how to clarify the hair, it’s best to know what kind of silicone you are putting in your hair. There are 2 types of silicone’s: The chemically modified water soluble kind, and the non-water soluble kind. The water soluble kind can be washed out with regular co-washes and water using a non-silicone containing shampoo and a good rinsing. On the other hand the kind that isn’t water soluble will need certain ingredients contained in a shampoo to remove it.

Below I have a chart that I borrowed from naturallycurly.com which breaks down the most common types of silicone used in hair products, and what ingredients to look for in your shampoo to remove them:

Silicone Water soluble? Recommended cleansing agents
Dimethicone No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES
Dimethiconol No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES
Phenyl Trimethicone No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES
Amodimethicone No SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES
Cyclomethicone No cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, other mild surfactants, or conditioner washing
PEG-modified dimethicone Yes cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, other mild surfactants, or conditioner washing
Dimethicone copolyol Yes cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, other mild surfactants, or conditioner washing

If you want to view this chart on their website click here.


 
  • http://www.myhairbasics.com/first_shampoo.htm felicia caldwell

    I was reading the article on silicone based products and wanted to let you know about a great first shampoo that contains all of the items listed by naturallycurly.com. The company is Hair Basics, the website is myhairbasics.com. Their first shampoo leaves my hair feeling so clean, and I use silicone based products all the time. Just a tip for ya’ll.

    • Monica

      Thanks for that info Felicia. I have not been using silicone products since I’ve been natural. However, now I would like to wear my hair straight sometimes, and I know it is good to use products that contain silicone when straightening your hair.

      • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

        Bio Silk is an excellent heat protectant for straightening the hair. It protects and gives you a smooth shiny finish.

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