Many silicones have fabulous benefits to hair, that is why they are found in so many products. However, if you co-wash only or use VERY gentle sulfate-free shampoos you need to be careful: some silicones need a strong shampoo to be washed out.
If you keep using a product with non-soluble silicones (silicones that don't dissolve in water) in it whilst you're on a co-wash only regime they build up on your hair leading to dry, dull hair that is difficult to manage.
This means that you need to avoid products with those silicones and to only use water-soluble silicones.
Water-soluble silicones will not build up on hair because they can be washed out with just water. The most common water-soluble silicones are:
If you want to know which silicones you need to avoid read:
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