Hey, girl – does your shampoo contain silicone? How about your conditioner? If it does (or you’re not sure), it’s time to do your hair a favour and get around the reasons why silicone-free formulas are approximately 347 times better for her.
Yep, just like many of us are banning nasties like parabens and sulphates from our beauty and hair care regimens (ahem, did you know that here at Bondi Boost, 100% of our product line is paraben and sulphate-free?), silicones are high on the list of baddies to avoid when checking the label on your shampoo bottle.
And just like you wouldn’t give the time of day to your sister’s creepy ex if he slid into your DMs, or let a Big Mac cross your lips for breakfast (hangover-induced madness excepted), upholding boundaries around what you will and won’t allow in your shower caddy is all part of adulting as a smart girl, right?
Want to know what exactly silicone is, and why it definitely doesn’t deserve a place in your shampoo, conditioner or other hair care products? Scroll on.
Silicone: The Lowdown
In a nutshell, silicone is a synthetic polymer that is often added to shampoos, conditioners and other beauty products. It’s generally included in hair care products due to its ability to make the hair all shiny and glossy. Some hair serums will also have silicone added in order to smooth hair and prevent frizz.
Why Silicone Is Bad For Your Hair
Essentially a plastic- or rubber-like substance, silicone forms a coating over your hair. This is what gives it that initial shine, but it also serves to make the strands less porous, meaning your hair is less able to absorb moisture. Over time, it can make your hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage and thinning. This also means your locks have a harder time drinking up the nourishing ingredients in your hair care products.
Using products containing silicone essentially results in a build-up in your hair over time, which is difficult to wash away and can make your hair look dull, greasy and lank (not exactly the #hairgoals you were after!). Ever noticed that some shampoos and conditioners make your hair look amazing the first couple of times you use them, but after a little while they seem to ‘stop working’? Yep, blame silicone.
What To Avoid On The Label
There are many types of silicones, so if you’re scanning the label for no-no ingredients, don’t just look out for the word ‘silicone’, as these ingredients may be listed under various names. Look for words ending in ‘cone’ on the ingredient list, such as dimethicone, methicone and cyclomethicone, and avoid adding to cart if any of these are present.
What to use instead
If you’re partial to a green smoothie and try to eat organic when you can (or, when your bank account allows it!), it makes sense that you’d complement your clean eating approach with a clean beauty philosophy too, right? Choose a naturally formulated shampoo and conditioner that’s 100% free from silicones and your hair will thank you by shining with health from the inside out.
Psst! Did you know that all Bondi Boost products are now silicone-free? Yep, we’re so dedicated to clean beauty, we’ve recently reformulated all of our products - and will continue to keep eliminating any ingredients that we feel fall below our clean beauty standard. You can shop our full range of silicone-free hair-loving products here.