Silicones in hair products

silicone are synthetics with a wide range of applications. Silicone can be compared to liquid rubber or plastic. There is a kind of layer around your hair that makes your hair water-repellent. This makes your hair look healthier and shinier at first glance, but it actually doesn't do much to your hair. 
 

What are silicones in?

Silicone can be found in many different products such as baby pacifiers and baking tins, but also in some types of glue and sealant. 

Because silicone lays a layer around your hair, it is, as it were, 'sealed'. As a result, for example, ingredients of a nourishing shampoo or conditioner can no longer reach your hair and therefore cannot nourish it. That is why we do not use silicones within the cg method. 

How do you recognize silicone? 

You can recognize silicones on the ingredient list by the words that end in '-cone', 'conol', '-xane' and '-col':

  • Cetearyl Methicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane

There are also water-soluble silicones. These do not cause build up, but can be removed with water. These are water soluble silicones:

  • PEG-8 Dimethicone and other silicones that start with PEG
  • Dimethicone Copolyol
  • Lauryl Methicone Copolyol
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein (Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane)

What happens if I use a shampoo with silicone? 

At first your hair seems to be shiny and you can get through it with your brush, but silicones build up. This happens when you start using a product with silicone for a longer period of time. Your hair will look duller and it will feel heavier. This is due to the build-up of silicone. This will make you wash your hair even more often and you end up in a vicious circle.