Beauty Science, hair products

Are Silicones Bad For Your Hair?


Recently, I’ve been researching certain hair product ingredients that are on the “bad” for your hair list, like silicones. Basically, silicones are in nearly every hair product. Pick up a bottle of your conditioner and read the ingredients. Do you see Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone or something that ends in “cone”? Well, that’s a silicone!

So why are they bad? Put simply: Silicones create a covering over the hair shaft that can create build up. The reason haircare manufactures put silicones into hair products, is because they also smooth the hair, especially while it is wet. You know that slippery feeling you get when you put conditioner on your hair and rinse it out? Silicones! And silicones keep hair from absorbing too much humidity and keeping the hair’s own moisture in. While the goal of keeping hair moisturized is a good thing, but after a while all that build-up actually prevents moisture from penetrating the cortex, which can dry out the hair shaft and lead to damage. No one likes that. I totally bet that’s what’s on Jessica Alba‘s mind…

To further complicate matters, not all silicones are created equal. In my digging around I’ve found that Dimethicone, (also know as simethicone) is the heaviest of the silicones and is the hardest to wash out. Cyclomethicone seems to be the one that leaves that slippery feeling and evaporates quickly. And not everyone’s hair reacts to silicones the same. Someone with thin, finely textures hair may have a different experience with certain silicones than someone with thick or coarse hair. I have heard people who say that when they stopped using silicones, it was like a hair miracle! And people who believe their hair preforms much better when they use synthetic silicones… Like everything in life–you have to figure out what works for you.

If you are going to use hair products that contain silicones, you need to avoid buildup by using a clarifying shampoo about once a week. I’m going to try to cover a few clarifying shampoos on HOTB soon. Have you guys tried any that you like?

After the break, I check out Rare El’ements Hair Collection, which is free of synthetic silicones, sulfates and parabens.

For those of you who want to steer away from silicones in general, there are hair product lines just for you. I recently tried out Rare El’ements Hair Collection, which is free of synthetic silicones, sulfates and parabens.


Rare El’ements Pure Shampoo is a daily nourishing shampoo that uses gentle plant based cleansing agents to cleanse the scalp and hair. It contains a rejuvenating complex that keeps the follicles clear of bacteria and build-up, removes product build-up, and color dulling residue. Note that it can take up to two weeks for chemically treated hair to adjust. According to the company, as the hair begins to detox,  you may experience increased heaviness or film residue until the hair re-balances it’s natural oils and moisture. But don’t be afraid of the natural oils in Rare El’ements products, even if you have oily hair. In fact, they say this product should help correct the over production of oil glands. And my normal hair loved this stuff! Price: $34.00


Rare El’ements Essential Conditioner focuses on regaining the brilliance of healthier hair without replacing moisture loss with artificial silicones. Instead, each strand is pampered with the nourishment of exotic oils. It’s also free of toxic ingredients and synthetic fragrances. I only had to use a tiny bit of this stuff to condition my long hair. Be sure to rinse thoroughly! Price: $44.00


Rare El’ements El’ Treatment is an all natural reconstructing serum that instantly repairs and re-hydrates dry, damaged or chemically treated hair. You apply the serum on dry hair for about ten minutes before shampooing to replenish depleted moisture lost to everyday styling. You can also use this as a deep conditioning treatment by increasing the treatment time to 20 minutes or more. Price: $44.00

To purchase Rare El’ements hair products, go to

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