How can we identify it in our daily life?Finding out if silicone is in your products is typically fairly simple. Most silicones end in the letters -cone or -cates. The following is a partial list of some commonly found silicones in hair products: Dimethicone (simethicone), Cyclomethicone, Trimethicone, Simethicone, cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, trimethylsilylamodimethic one, trimethylsiloxysilicates, amodimethicone, dimethiconol, beheonoxy dimethicone, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone copolyol, lauryl methicone copolyol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydroxypropyl polysiloxane.
Silicone can either be “light” or “heavy”. Light silicones tend to be VERY water soluble and therefore are easily washed away and do not cause a buildup. However, these light silicones are very expensive, found in fewer products, and often evaporate as the hair dries, making them fairly ineffective. Other silicones are “heavy”. They are not nearly as water soluble and therefore they stay in place making your hair smooth and shiny. However, because they are not easily washed away, they typically cause buildup on the hair shaft over time weighing down your hair and causing it to look/feel greasy. This buildup can be washed away by using a stronger, clarifying-type shampoo. However, these shampoos also strip the hair and scalp of natural moisture and therefore damage and weaken it - requiring the use of conditioner which uses - can you guess what? - SILICONE to cover and mask the damage. This leads to a cycle of covering and stripping hair, which over time causes damage.