Ever wondered why shampoos and conditioners sometimes stop working for your hair and why the products that used to give you that ‘fresh out of the salon feel’ now leave your hair looking limp and lifeless?

Often people resign themselves to the idea that you need to change your shampoo and conditioner regularly, as your hair gets ‘used to’ products that you’ve been using for a while. But is this really true? And if not, what can you do to get beautiful healthy hair for good?

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Did you know, many mainstream shampoos and conditioners use silicones to give your hair that silky smooth feel? Silicones are often used as a cheap ingredient to give added shine to your hair, but could they actually be damaging your hair long-term?

What are silicones?

Silicones are polymers with a chemical structure based on chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms. There are many different types of silicones and it can be hard to tell if your shampoo or conditioner contains them if you don’t know what you are looking for, but look out for words ending in ‘cone’ on the ingredient list, e.g. dimethicone.

Silicones have little to no affinity with human skin or hair and are water insoluble, meaning they are very tricky to wash out. Used to give your hair added shine and smoothness, silicones form a layer around the hair shaft, smothering the hair and preventing moisture from penetrating, which can lead to dryness and brittleness.

Silicones create the temporary illusion of healthy hair, but as they continue to build up layer by layer, your hair gets weighed down, can appear greasy, dull and lacking the smoothness and shine that the silicones are meant to provide in the first place.

Source: Green People