As you know, at Briogeo our products are always void of six common, but controversial ingredients: silicones, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, DEA, and artificial fragrances. We call it the 6-free approach. Today we’re diving into silicones and why we choose to leave them out of our collection.
What are silicones and why are they in hair care products? Silicones are synthetic polymers that are made up by a mineral combination of silicon and oxygen. When used in hair products, silicones are able to create a slippery and shiny appearance, as well as a conditioned texture due to their ability to seal off water and air. All this sounds great, right? Not so much.
Why do we keep them out? Although it may seem like silicones are giving your hair salon quality shine and a luxurious texture, they’re really setting your hair up for a dull and damaged life! Since silicone is a plastic-type substance, it’s only giving your hair the illusion of being shiny, which fades over a short period of time. What doesn’t fade is the buildup in your hair, which prevents nutrients and moisture from entering the follicle. This causes your hair to then turn lifeless, dull, and becomes a target for breakage.
What do we use instead? Our products rely on plant-based ingredients like rosehip oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to create luster, shine, and a smooth texture. Our Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo is one of our stand out products because of its powerful ability to remove impurities. Rich with green tea antioxidants, this shampoo knocks out product buildup, chlorine, and other hard water minerals, leaving your hair squeaky clean and plastic free. If you’re new to natural hair care, start with a clarifying shampoo to remove that tough buildup. Then invest in a little therapy. Our Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is ideal for adding natural shine and luster back into your hair and preventing any further damage. It’s made with our NOVA complex, which includes natural oils, vitamins, and antioxidants to nourish your hair. The best part? NO silicones, letting your hair absorb all that natural goodness! Your hair will be back to life in time for summer.
What are your thoughts on silicones? Let us know on Instagram using #Briogeo or @Briogeo. We want to hear your thoughts!