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Steer clear! Why you should avoid hair products with silicones

Posted by Jennifer Lewis on

Welcome to part 3 of our 4-part series about sketchy ingredients found in hair products. As we mentioned in our previous blogs on parfum and sulfates, many shampoos, conditioners and serums contain chemicals that can be bad for your health, hair and the environment. So how bad are silicones and who should consider silicone free hair products?


Anyone who cares about the health of our planet


While silicone is primarily comprised of a natural ingredient, silica derived from sand, getting from point A (sand) to point B (silica) to point C (silicones) isn’t exactly an environmentally friendly process. The laborious process of extracting silica from sand involves heating large volumes of sand in manufacturing facilities where furnaces run non-stop—powered by fossil fuels. As long as those furnaces are fired (24/7/365), they emit tons upon tons of carbon emissions into the air. No thanks! We’ll take silicone free shampoo and conditioner any day.


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Any curly haired goddess seeking a healthy head of hair


While little evidence exists that shows silicone in hair products is bad for your physical health, silicone in shampoos, conditioners and serums can take a toll on your hair, especially silicones that are not water soluble. While your hair may look smooth, shiny and sleek upon first application—not to mention easier to comb through and manage—when you use hair products with non-water-soluble silicone consistently, that silicone can build up on the hair shafts.


Silicone build-up prevents moisture and nutrients from penetrating the hair, which can cause hair to become dry, weak and brittle over time—something many curly haired goddesses are trying to avoid by using silicone hair products in the first place. As silicone builds up, it can also leave hair looking dull, limp, dry or greasy, and you may find your hair is more difficult to style.


Opt for silicone free hair products that are hair and planet friendly instead


While you may be able to avoid silicone build up with some of the water soluble silicone hair products out there, Mother Earth will appreciate it if you go silicone-free instead!


May we suggest Urban Spa’s all natural, silicone free conditioner and shampoo Smooth Move bundle? Instead of silicone, we use natural citrus oils and hydrolyzed wheat protein to soften hair, reduce frizz and create a smooth surface on the hair. Plus, we use 92% less plastic than other hair care brands.


Shop Urban Spa’s full line of all natural, vegan, biodegradable and silicone free hair products in our online shop today!

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