Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Why We Should Avoid Silicone Products?

Posted by Ayni Tera at 2:01 AM
Hello, sorry if had been lack of post, because i'm really tired after traveling, and now i'm getting flu and my skin brokeout too hehe. Wait until i fully recover, i wanna share about my own experience about silicone hair products.

Well, actually there is no problem behind this substance, it can make your hair shiny, smooth, hold your hair style, etc. but i want to share about the long term impact of it. Believe it, it's really worst

My hair problem was started a couple years ago, when in the end of middle school. I had dandruff problem because i'm wearing helmet while driving motorcycle to school. I tried many dandruff product, but it just temporary healed, and after i not used it, the dandruff comes back. At first, i thought it's because my scalp are humid since i wear helmet, and i don't really think about it, so i continued using dandruff shampoo for years. I never been have any problem about my hair before, my hair is quite thick, never experience tangled, and easy to comb by hand. In fact, it's a blessing for me, although my scalp type is oily.

But, after getting to high school, my hair problem gotten worst. After dandruff, now my scalp have something like buid-up on it, something like clear yellow plastic substance and experiencing hair breakage, which something that i've never had before. I never use conditioner and continue to change shampoo, from one to another. My scalp is itch too, and everytime i scratch the build-up in order to clear it up i ended up bleed myself and the build-up is never vanished. I've never had something really bad like this before. I never had such an embarassment to see my dandruff falling like snow everytime i scratch it ( TДT)

But thank God, now i'm understand the cause of my hair problem:

It's Silicone!!!!

It gives your hair a short-lived, false sense of smooth, shiny voluminous hair. The coating prevents essential oils and moisture from penetrating the hair, and as a result deprives it of much needed nutrients to be healthy. In the long run, hair will be dehydrated and more damaged. It creates buildup and residue, can clog hair follicles, cause your scalp to be dry and itchy and also lead to hair loss. For those who dye their hair, silicone also causes the dye to fade much faster as you are mostly colouring the coating and not the hair shaft, and weight your hair down and prevent your hair had volume. (from Nanarabu's post)

Few months ago, i stumbled upon Nanarabu's Post about the bad effect of silicone, and she says that the silicone can make the hair color fade faster because it covers the hair shaft, and my plan is to bleach my hair ASAP, so i have to eliminate the silicon first. She also had similar problem with me, and it makes me believe that the silicone is the source of my problem.

So, i've decide to search no-silicone product, but sadly...

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Most of supermarket & drugstore product are contained silicone [´・ω・`]

Fortunately, i can find one shampoo to clarify the silicone buildup. I know it from my dad, it's Pantene Lively Clean. My dad have oily scalp like me, and i remember that he said that he own a shampoo that's makes your hair less oily, so i checked it. It's no-silicone product!! yeay!! i'm so happy!! but it contain sulfate as surfactant so i don't recommend it for people who dye their hair, because sulfate can make hair color fade faster too.

Silicone only can be eliminate by using surfactant shampoo because most silicone on hair product are non water soluble (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/products-ingredients/silicone-hair-products-vs-silicates) but, some surfactant can be harsh to your hair, making it looks like hay & deep fried, and i'm experience it on the beginning when i started using the clarifying shampoo. Nanarabu says that it's normal, because the shampoo started to erase the silicone coats on your hair. After the silicone coats dissapear on 4 weeks or 6 weeks, your hair will be smooth again, especially when you using no-cone conditioner.

That's true, now after using it for a few weeks everyday, my hair is smooth again! although i'm not using conditioner. in fact, it's more healthier than before. My dandruff is gone now, since the silicone buildup that cause my scalp dry (yeah, not only fungus, dandruff's number one cause is dry scalp) is disappeared, and gain volume. The shampoo also make my hair feel clean for 2 days, but i wash it everyday with the shampoo to erase the henna coat too (i once dyed my hair with henna, and it fails because i dillute it with too much water lol) and the henna coat is slowly disappear.

I'm never feel so happy before (●´∀`●)

Now, i'm aware about the ingredients of my hair product, because the silicone-effect is really bad.

 The list of the silicone that you should avoid:

  • Cetearyl Methicone 
  • Cetyl Dimethicone 
  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Stearyl Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Stearoxy Dimethicone
  • Trimethylsilylamodimetheicone
and another ingredients ending in -cone or -xane. For those who want to find non-silicone hair styling product, find those product which contain silicates or silica and polymer, they're more gentler than non-water silicone but still can hold your hair style well, but not as good as silicone based products. Silicates are naturally occuring, meanwhile silicone are synthethically ocurring, and silicates doesn't leave any residue on your hair and it's water soluble. There's water soluble silicone too, but it can leave buildup for longer time.

Silicates also act as emulsion stabilizers and help prevent flocculation of ingredients. They have been found to have some beneficial properties for hair because they can help remove impurities and improve the health of the scalp. But, Silicates do not provide significant conditioning, detangling, thermal or color protection, nor do they impart gloss to hair like the silicone does. Their primary benefit is to the physical properties (viscosity and shelf stability) of the formula in which they are included.

Common Silicates in Hair Products:
  • Aluminum magnesium trisilicate
  • Zirconium silicate
  • Calcium silicate
  • Sodium Silicate
  • Bentonite Clay, sodium or calcium bentonite
  • Montmorillonite clay

  • http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/products-ingredients/10-silicones-in-curly-hair-products-to-avoid
  • http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/products-ingredients/silicate-silicone-hair-products-the-real-dirt
  • http://www.pinksith.com/2013/05/silicones-in-hair-care-what-you-need-to.html
  • http://nanarabu.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-quest-for-healthy-hair.html

Ok, i hope you can realize the impact of silicone product, and please leave comment so i know what you're thinking. Because i'm gonna bleach my hair soon, i will change my product to The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance  shampoo & conditioner for colored hair to prolong my hair color. Do you have any suggestion for non-silicone hair product? please share it here ヽ(´ー`)ノ. Thanks for reading, bye!


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