Silicones are ingredients in many hair conditioners, shampoos, and hair gel products. They usually have hard to pronounce names like phenyltrimethicones or amodimethicones. Too make things easier, just remember that anything ending in “cone”, “col”, “conol” or “zane” is a silicone. Silicones will produce a build-up on the hair and scalp because they are often not water-soluble. This is why clarifying shampoos are so important to those of us that use “cone” filled products.
There is one exception to this rule though. If the abbreviation “PPG” or “PEG” is in front of any of the silicones, this means that it was specially developed to be water-soluble and will not leave a build-up like other silicones.
Build-up Causing Silicones
Deposit Repelling Silicones
Water Soluble Silicones
- Stearoxy Dimethicone
- Behenoxy Dimethicone
Purchasing a quality clarifying or chelating shampoo will remove the product build-up. Some women still swear by mixing baking soda into their normal shampoo to convert it to a clarifying shampoo. Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow-up with a apple cider vinegar rinse to regulate the pH balance of your hair. You should find that your products take better to freshly clarified hair.
- Tips and Tricks for Healthy Hair (healthadel.com)
- Easy Tips on Preventing Product Buildup (bellasugar.com)