I know what they say about silicones. Remember last month though when I told you you shouldn’t be afraid of silicones? I meant it.
They may look like the bad guys, but silicones are quite innocent when you get to know them. They make your hair smoother, shinier, and can even help protect it from breakage.
There’s only one con: the dreaded silicone build-up.
The thing is though, it’s not as bad as you think. This build-up is actually quite easy to get rid of. So easy in fact, you’re probably already doing it without even knowing it.
The Easy Way To Remove Silicone Build-up From Hair
Shampoos contain surfactants. That’s a group of ingredients that helps water mix with oil and dirt so they can easily release from, then be rinsed away from, your locks.
When you wash your hair, these surfactants get rid of silicone build-up together with excess sebum, dirt, pollutants, waxy leave-ins, and whatever else it is you’ve got stuck in your hair.
So if you wash your hair regularly, the old layer of silicone ends up down the drain before you apply conditioner again. You know what that means? Silicones never have the time to build up into your hair.
Need Extra Help? Try A Clarifying Shampoo
Despite all their fears, most women never have to deal with silicone build-up. But, of course, there’s always an exception.
If you’re the kind of woman who washes her hair only once or twice a week but uses plenty of leave-in conditioner and styling products in between washes, then of course, those silicones will accumulate on your tresses.
You’ll know when that happens. Your locks will start losing their volume, they’ll feel heavy, a little stiff sometimes, and they’ll look greasier than normal. Maybe you’ll even notice some breakage or shedding.
In some cases, washing your hair as usual will still work. But, sometimes, you need to bring in the big guns: a clarifying shampoo. This kind of shampoo contains more surfactants than normal, so it can make your hair literally squeaky clean.
I know what they say about this – that it will strip your color, and dry out your hair. But listen, letting a build-up of gunk remain on your hair can damage it, too. Especially for those with fine hair.
Occasionally taking your hair back down to it’s natural state, sans any silicone or wax coating, is not going to be the end of your hair beauty as you know it. In fact, it is what just might save it. It’s like having a clean, make-up free face; sometimes it just feels good.
Our only recommendation is that you go easy with clarifying shampoos. This stuff is powerful, so use it only once every 10-15 days to avoid any drying.
All right then. See, there is no reason to avoid silicones. They impart new life to your hair and, when you’re tired of them, simply wash them down the drain.