Gladys Ferro

Calm your tits... the truth about silicones.

Gladys Ferro
Calm your tits... the truth about silicones.

You hear a lot these days about silicones, parabenes, foaming agents etc that are being used in haircare since forever, but may not be that benifical after all. Here at the Costa Del Kapsalon, we believe that transparancy is key.  So we thought we'd bring in some backup informaton to properly break down some of these ingredients for our customers. Your hair is your crown, so it's good to know what you put in those locks. First up, the most discussed one : silicones.

Silicones are a large class of synthetic materials, not just one item; and they can usually be recognised by names ending in "cone" in the ingredients list. In haircare they are commonly used to lubricate the hair and add shine. It can help smooth the hair and give it a more straighter appearance. Key-word here is "appearance", since silicones don't nourish or "repair" your hair. No matter how shiny and smooth it may feel after using them. Nowadays there are so many types of silicones, from definitely no-no's to more gentle and even water solutable ones. (Which we will go in more depth in a bit.) But the golden rule when it comes to silly-cones? If you can avoid them, please do.

Why are we not a fan of silicones you may ask? Well, silicones are the devil when it comes to curly hair. Because most curly-heads have hair that tends to be more on the dry side. Silicones cause a build-up on your hair wich make it even more dry, more easy to break, more tangled and less lucious. This is especially a problems for us curly girls, since silicone can slide of straight hair a bit easier. The silicone buildup will get "stuck" on the curls easier, which will weigh the hair down (aka bye bye volume) and cause more damage in the long run in the proces. The main problem with silicones is their inability to dissolve with water. Since all their names can be quite difficult to remember an there are so many silly-cones out there, here's a quick tip : if the name of an ingredient ends in "cone", "conol", "col" or "xane" its usually a silicone that should be avoided. The only exceptions here are those ingredients with "PEG" or "PPG" in front of them. This abbreviation will alert you that they were made to be water-soluble. Two other water soluble silicones are "behenoxy dimethicone" and "stearoxy dimethicone". These, together with the "PEG" and "PPG" silicones won't produce that much build-up other sillicones are known to cause. But they will still cause build-up over time. 

So now that you know what to look out for, it is time to check out your haircare stash. Going completely silicone free is a bit off a hassle, we're not going to lie. But there are ways to make the switch more pleasant. For example, you just went through your haircare products and realised that all your shampoo's and conditioners contain these silly-cone bad boys. An option could be throwing everything out and buy a complete new stash from scratch, but at the Costa Del we are not a big fan of wasting products. So you can still use these products up. Just make sure that you wash your hair every other week with a detox or clarifying shampoo (Kevin Murphy's Maxi Wash" is our favorite) to remove the build up. Follow up with a hairmask that actually contains nourishing ingredients and you will be good to go. When your silicone products are finished and its time to buy new ones, then go for the ones with water soluble or no silicones in them at all. 

Consider going silicone free as a process. The same way you would approach adapting a new way of eating, like eating organic or cutting down on meat and dairy. You are not going to die eating a burger every once in a while but we all know that besides some instand grattification, that burger is not doing much for your body. Same thing goes to your haircare. Aspire to use more gentle and nourishing products and your hair will repay you two times over.

If you have any question about an ingredient in a haircare product, feel free to come in the Costa Del Kapsalon for the answer. Stijn is quite an ingredient nerd and will usually filter out the bad stuff with just one look at the ingredient list. He got'chu.

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