The shelves of shampoos now offer more and more frequently products without silicones. But what can we expect from them and how are they different from a classic shampoo? Answers.
Supple, shiny and soft hair: this is generally what everyone expects from a shampoo. Until now, products rich in silicones were mainly available on the market.
The illusion of shiny hair
But what is it exactly? “Silicones are synthetic components petroleum derivatives. These ingredients give the illusion of shiny hair health : the lengths are soft, easy to styling, shiny… But over time, the hair suffocates. Hair looks healthy on the surface but are deeply damaged. Because, with silicones, the hair is not not truly nourished, care does not penetrate not in the hair fiber. Their accumulation at the level of the scalp is also very problematic since it promotes excess sebum and oily hair. To make matters worse, silicones are a true ecological disaster. Not biodegradable, these components are found in the wastewater and are very polluting. It is estimated today that they need between four hundred and five hundred years to decompose”, says Fatima N’Diaye, formulator at Tipology.
Silicone-free shampoo: what are the benefits for the hair (and the planet)?
Faced with this bleak picture, more and more manufacturers are offering silicone free shampoos. Compared to a classic product, they will lighten the hair fiber without suffocating it under layers of silicone. Result: volume, lightness and no risk of hair that gets greasy too quickly. In terms of efficiency, you should know that there are alternatives to silicones that allow easy detangling, smooth hair and respect for the environment.
This is the case of totally vegetable quaternized guar gum. But be careful, if they are intended for everyone, you have to choose the product specific to its texture or its problem. Which means, do not hesitate to seek advice from a hair specialist. Because a poorly formulated silicone-free shampoo (and there are some on the market) can make hair dry and rough. “You can use them at the same rate as a shampoo with silicone, but not every day. As with any shampoo, daily washing of the hair will lead to a strong production of sebum and will grease the scalp and ends”, adds Carole BREUX, Research and Development Manager for Nature & Strategy.
Finally, a little tip for identifying the components to avoid in a shampoo: all those labeled with the suffixes “methicone” and “iloxane”. For example dimethicone or cyclopentasiloxane. Other Ingredients to Avoid ! Petrolatum, ceresin or paraffinum liquidum.
Now it’s up to you to keep an eye on the labels to sport dream hair and preserve the planet.
Thanks to Fatima N’Diaye, formulator at Tipology and Carole BREUX, Research and Development Manager for Nature & Strategy.
- “10 Ingredient Shampoo”, at Tipology, Price 11.00 250 ml
- Naturia Gentle Micellar Shampoo by René FURTERER BOTTLE-PUMP 400 ML, Recommended retail price: 11.90 euros
- Klorane Solid mango shampoo (soap form), €7.65 (6) for 200 g
- Radiance nutrition shampoo Organic camellia oil dry hair silicone-free, paraben-free, dye-free or soap-free, Jardins d’Apothicaire 4.49 euros for 250 ml
- Fleurance Nature Purifying Shampoo Burdock Nettle 200ml, 5, 90 euros
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