The Problem with Silicone
For the consumer looking to rid their environment and personal care products of toxins, it’s important to understand this reality..the vast majority of commercial Hair Care products..even many so-called ‘organic’ ones! contain both Silicones (synthetic polymers with a multitude of ingredient names) and Sulfates, a class of harsh detergent solvents necessary to strip these polymers/ silicones from your hair shaft and scalp, so they don’t build up.
This a vicious cycle.. At first the silicone polymers appear to work miraculously…by coating & filling in the cuticle with what amounts to a type of microscopic plastic sheath on your hair shaft, which is then very difficult to remove. What will remove them is the sulfate chemical detergents (sodium laureth sulfate is the most common). However, a detergent strong enough to strip these polymers can also strip the outer cuticle layer of your hair, causing it to become rough and break off, (making your hair look dry and frizzy). Then you need more silicones to mask this damage.. As you may imagine, this cycle causes considerable deterioration to your hair’s health, strength & appearance over time.
Silicones are even implicated in clogging scalp hair follicles which can cause premature hair drop (thinning)! Dimethicone can cause irritation to the hair follicle, which could lead to hair shedding. Always try and find a shampoo without silicone!
Finally..All the silicone being washed the collective drains and into the water supply, which in turn ends up in rivers, lakes and oceans, these silicones effect not only our bodies but all life on the planet, as silicone is a mad-made oil and not biodegradable.
List of ingredients to look out for to find shampoo without silicone…
The culprit is silicone but on the labels you will not see it listed as that. It will be shown as one of these in the list of ingredients below.
Or anything ending with the suffix cone or siloxane, such as…
As our Teva Hair Care products become more popular, we are seeing increasing numbers of customers having problems removing this silicone buildup when trying to switch to a truly organic product, since most of them have unknowingly been using products containing this group of chemicals. (Unfortunately many products claiming all natural ingredients are not disclosing the silicones and sulfates in their formulas.)
SEE OUR LAST BLOG FOR A SIMPLE DIY TREATMENT IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE THIS PROBLEM
**How to tell if you have silicone buildup? If your hair looks oily, matted, frizzy after using one of our shampoos and/or your scalp is itchy and dry or either hair or scalp seem coated with an oily residue, then you can be fairly certain this is what you’re dealing with.
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