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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
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.
SMOOTH, SILKY, SHINY HAIR!
Did you know that this was good for your hair?
Okay, I am new to this trick and was very skeptical. Over the past eight months, I have tried quite a number of products. Most of which did absolutely nothing for my hair, but leaving dents in my pockets!
I read about this solution in “The Curly Girl” book, as well as online and watched in youtube videos. I’m getting to the point where I am absolutely tired of trying new things that just DON’T WORK. BUT, I had to try this. I actually bought the bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) about two weeks ago. I knew I would eventually get around to it.
A couple of days ago after one of my 2-hour stints at the gym, my hair needed a wash, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t use shampoo anymore. I simply co-wash (wash with conditioner) or rinse with water. It depends on the day. My hair is very porous so, this works best for me to maintain some sort of moisture control.
So, I co-washed my hair one time. Then, I added more conditioner and let it sit for about 15 minutes for a deeper conditioning. Then, I added 1 oz of ACV to 5 oz of water. After rinsing the conditioner out, with cool water, I poured the ACV/water mixture over my head as my final rinse. I DID NOT rinse it out with water. And, that’s it!
I immediately noticed a difference in how my hair felt. It was very soft. It had actually felt as if I had already applied a cream or oil to my hair. Then, I applied my leave-in conditioner, oil (to seal) and cream (to lock in moisture) – also known as the LOC (leave-in, oil, cream) method and proceeded to style my hair.
For the last couple of days, my hair has remained soft. Usually, once my hair dries and the oil soaks in, my hair gets hard and I have to apply a lot of oil to re-moisturize and get it back to the same level before I washed it. Although I still apply oil daily, I really have not needed to – just a habit. I am pleased with the outcome and had to share!
The reason ACV & H2O works so well, and has for others, is because the acid in ACV helps to restore ph balance in your hair. It also helps to close the cuticles and make the hair smooth, as well as to maintain moisture and give the hair shine.