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Hello Everyone! When some people think about ‘going natural’, or ‘natural hair’ some take it to mean that no type of chemical should ever touch your head again, and for those people, that’s fine. As for me and my house (and my hair), we shall use a chemical now and then! The thing is, there are chemicals that are good for your hair, and then there are those that are bad for your hair. The trick is determining which chemicals your hair approves of! Remember, every head of hair is different. What my hair loves, yours may despise! It’s all about experimenting and trying new things with your hair. Now, let’s get down to it!
Dimethicone and Amodimethicone are silicones used very commonly in both shampoos and conditioners. It coats the hair shaft, sealing in moisture, while still allowing moisture and oxygen to pass. Silicones are attracted to the hair shaft, especially sections that are damaged, and forms a protective coating. This protective coating provides general conditioning, targeted conditioning to damaged areas, thermal protection, improves color retention, and resists build-up!
One thing to note about these silicones, they are not water soluble. So to remove them from the hair shaft, you will need to use shampoo. If you are a strictly ‘no-poo’ girl, you might not want to use these.
2. Behentrimonium Chloride (BC)
BC is a mild surfactant, and detangling agent. It is the ingredient in conditioners that cleans hair during a co-wash (it can’t remove silicones though). An even milder version of BC is Behentrimonium Methosulfate.
Now, one of these ingredients is good, but to have BOTH? That’s Staple Product material!! One of my favorite deep conditioners in the WORLD (Biolage Matix Ultra-hydrating Balm) has both of these ingredients. It is my go-to product whenever I want good deep conditioning with no experimentation. It works every time.
Knowing which products will work well on my hair has taken the guesswork out of choosing a new product. If I look at the ingredient list, and neither ingredient is there, back on the shelf it goes! Whenever I try to stop being so picky and get a product that doesn’t have either of these chemicals, I am always disappointed. Let me say again, that no head of hair is the same! Go see what’s out there, experiment, and see what works for you!
What about you all? Are there specific ingredients or combinations of ingredients your hair responds particularly well to?