Shiny Hair: Silcone vs. Natural Oils

Long, luscious, shiny locks with body and life is the kind of hair we all want. As a consumer, I am always searching for products and styling tools that get me as close to that as possible. 

Enters silicones, the ingredient we often hear about as it is in virtually every product. These rubber-like polymers are used in electronics, toys, insulations, cookware, and even beauty products. Despite silicone's usage in so many products, should they be in our beauty products like hair care?

Why are Silicones Used in Hair Care Products?

Silicones are silicas that have gone through a variety of chemical processing to become the forms used in hair and skin products. They are used as they form a barrier between skin or hair and air and water, creating shine and thus giving skin and hair a silk smooth finish. In hair care products, they are used to reduce frizz, create a sheen, and act as a heat protectant. 

Silicones are used in virtually all haircare products - shampoos, conditioners, styling products and even treatments. Anything with the keywords "anti-frizz" and "smooth", the key "active" ingredient is silicone. 

Due to the immediate shine and appearance of good hair silicones provide, added onto the fact that they are inexpensive to use, they are extremely common. 

Spotting Silicone 

There are many kinds of silicones, so if you are scanning an ingredients label of products with an extensive list of hard to pronounce words - look for ones that end in -cone, chances are they are silicone. 

What Silicones Do to Hair

Keep Nutrients Out 

As silicones enhance shine and reduces frizz by creating a barrier between hair and water and air, it also keeps everything else out - including any hydrating and nourishing ingredients your hair needs. 

If you think that water will rinse silicone out, you would be wrong. And if you are using shampoos and conditioners with silicones, then none of the beneficial ingredients are penetrating into your hair. This leads to excessive dryness, even if you are using a nutrient rich hair repair product. 

Causes Buildup 

When silicones flood your hair care routine and shampooing won't get rid of them, they build up on hair. Consistent use will lead hair to feel heavy and greasy, dry and brittle. Imagine greasy roots and stiff, brittle hair. Additionally, silicone attracts dirt in the air so you hair is constantly a magnet attracting grime. 

Leads to Damage 

As hair feels less and less clean due to silicone buildup, greasy scalp, dry ends. You will want to wash your hair more frequently, which will only extend the problem and lead to hair damage as the vicious cycle ensues. 

In general, the more you wash your hair, the more friction and heat it encounters and the more it becomes prone to breakage, dullness, and dryness.

Swap Silicones for Natural Oils  

The only real way to rid your hair of the heavy residue of silicones is to ditch the silicone products altogether and embark on a silicone detox. We know that you want shiny, frizz-free hair - we all do. The good news is that there are silicone-free alternatives to achieve that. 

Opt for products with ingredients that are healthier and more beneficial for your hair that tames frizz, imparts enviable shine, and actually makes your hair healthier over time. 

At Oil Divine, we don't settle for ingredients that have no real benefit and value to your skin, hair, and body. We take great pride in formulating effective oil blends made of only ethically sourced premium botanical oils. 

Our Hair Growth Oil is a great addition to your haircare routine. Formulated with precious plant and ayurvedic oils - a vegan and 15-free, one-of-a-kind scalp treatment that effectively solves the issue of hair thinning and hair loss. Some highlight ingredients are: Castor Oil, Brahmi Oil, Karanja Oil, Bhringraj Oil, Tamanu Oil, Baobab Oil, Argan Oil, Shikakai Oil, Rosemary Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil, Turmeric Oil,  German Chamomile Oil, and a few more. 

It can be easily incorporated into your hair routine, use it twice a week by massaging a generous amount onto your scalp and leaving it on til you are ready to wash it off. We recommend 2+ hours but you can even throw a shower cap on and leave it on overnight to wash off the next day.

It can also be used as a shine treatment and heat protectant on a regular basis by running a small amount through the mids to ends of hair. 

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