In a Q&A on our twitter page we have found that many women need the low down on the contents in there products. So today we are going to talk about conditioners, the main no no in a conditioner are Silicones…
Silicones cause product build up on the hair shaft, at first they add a sheen to hair but after use and without properly clarifying hair. It will become weighed down causing greasy and hard to manage tresses. There are so many ingredients in our conditioners that actually have no benefit for the hair itself and are there to create a thicker consistency, colour or to create a fragrance.
The ingredients that are needed for a great conditioner are:
Protein (if your hair reacts well to protein)
I will talk about these four ingredients in further entries.
We understand that reading the ingredients in your products can be hard to do and grasp, but it is the first step we need to take in promoting and nourishing healthy hair growth. Labels are listed from the most amount in the product to the least amount in a product also (just a little bit of info as many do not know this).
Silicones that are not soluble in water and build up on the hair are:
Cetearyl methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Amodimethicone (and) Trideceth-12 (and) Cetrimonium Chloride, and Trimethylsilylamodimethicone. Note: Trideceth-12 and Cetrimonium Chloride are only considered a silicone when both are combined with Amodimethicone.
Silicones that are slightly soluble in water and will build up on most types of curly hair:
Amodimethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, and Stearoxy Dimethicone.
Silicones that are soluble in water and safe to use (they are not listed with PEG in front of them):
Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, and Lauryl methicone copolyol.
Remember that knowledge is power and tooled with this know how you can be on your way to having and maintaining beautiful, healthy curly hair!
PS...an easy way of identifying them is that they all end in cone