It’s hot and humid. Summer is baaaack. But with all this heat and humidity comes tons of frizz!! While some opt for snazzy protective styles to protect them from this dreaded humidity, others dare to brave out the effects. But, for those few that do, one must always wonder what products they’re using to get the sleekness and shine coming! You walk down the drugstore aisles or browse the popular internet sites and look for what these anti humidity products are and, moreover, what they contain. The answer is simple: silicones. I know that word carries a lot of bad bad baaad connotations. It doesn’t have to be this way though! A lot of these silicone stereotypes are actually incorrect!
“Silicones are ingredients in many hair conditioners, shampoos, and hair gel products. They usually have hard to pronounce names like phenyltrimethicones or amodimethicones. To make things easier, just remember that most ingredients ending in “cone”, “col”, “conol” or “zane” are more than likely 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 the silicone, this means that it was specially developed to be water-soluble and will not leave a build-up like other silicones. It’s also important to note that some people don’t experience build-up with any of the silicones. As with everything, you must experiment and see what works (or doesn’t) for you and your curls.”
Silicones Likely to Build-up
Deposit Repelling Silicones
Water Soluble Silicones
Getting Rid Of Silicone Build-up
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.