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Will Silicone Build Up on My Hair?

Celeste asks…I have found out from this site that all I hear about silicone is not true. So what else is not true? Do I have to cleanse the silicone from my hair, or will it wear off? Can I use an Aubrey or some such shampoo or cowash?

The Left Brain responds:

Silicone is a much maligned ingredient; I’m really not sure what it’s done to deserve this reputation.

Wear off or wash off?

Whether or not a silicone will “wear off” depends on what type of silicone you’re talking about. Dimethicone needs to be washed off. Cyclomethicone will evaporate off your hair just like water evaporates. Generally, any shampoo will wash away the silicone left on your hair from styling treatments and conditioners.

Is Aubrey acceptable?

Any shampoo will wash away the silicone. Cowash will not be enough and the silicone may start to build up and weigh down your hair.

What do you think? Do you have trouble washing silicone out of your hair? Leave a comment and share your tips with the rest of the Beauty Brains community.

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  • celeste821 February 4, 2016, 10:36 am

    you guys are the best I recommend you all the time 🙂

  • Alessandra June 10, 2016, 12:03 pm

    Hi, although I cannot find a scientific explanation, I have found through experience that all silicones are awful for my fine blonde hair. Since I eliminated silicones and sulfates my hair has regained the strength and shine it had when I was a child. However, I cannot find a mousse without silicones and I like using mousse when I blow dry. Is cyclopenthaxiloxane the best in my case because it evaporates? Or PEG-14 dimethicone because it’s a smaller molecule? How about silicone quaternium (3 and 14)?
    All the mousses seem to include at least one type.
    Oh, and one last thing: do cationic surfactants cause a similar waterproof buildup, or should I not worry about those?

    • Randy Schueller June 10, 2016, 9:58 pm

      If you find that typical silicones are awful for your hair then you may have better luck with cyclopentasiloxane because it evaporates. Some cationic surfactants do build up on hair so you might find them too heavy.

      • Alessandra June 13, 2016, 7:26 am

        You are the best! Which cation if surfactants should I avoid?

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