You would be totally forgiven for believing that all silicones are horrendous for natural hair. That, like most blanket statements, is simply not true. In this blog I share with you the benefits that silicones can have on hair as well as their disadvantages.
Benefits of silicones to natural hair
Silicones are beneficial to hair because they:
Silicones are found in many hair care products including shampoos, conditioners and hair gels. The degree to which a product can perform the above functions depends on the specific silicones in it, their concentration and the state of your hair.
Disadvantage of silicones
If you only ever co-wash or use very gentle sulfate-free shampoos these silicones build up on your hair. That coat of silicones prevents moisture, good oils, minerals and proteins from entering the hair shaft leading to drier hair that breaks. So if you only co-wash you need to look for products that only contain water-soluble silicones.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx