Silicones in Hair Products

Ever since reading another about blogger’s experience using silicones (aka ‘cones) and how it slowly broke her hair off, I have been on the lookout for them. I have checked the ingredients of most of my products, but I did not check the most important one … my daily moisturizer, the Alterna White Truffle Hair Elixir! I was putting a bit in my hair this morning and I read the label, thinking with my elitist mind “Nah, no ‘cones are going to be in here!” WRONG!!!!!!!!!

Here are the ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Glycerin, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract , Camellia
Sinensis Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Persea Gratissima Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root  Extract, Persea Gratissima Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Corn Oligosaccharides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Peroxidase, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Tyrosinase, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Superoxide Dismutase, Melanin Silanetriol, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Acetyl Serine, Acetyl Methionine, Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Oleate, Polyquaternium-10, Polysilicone-15, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Papain, Bromelain, Lactoferrin, Phytosphingosine, Phospholipids, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum/Fragrance.

To be honest, my heart fell for a second. I do not use sulfates (which are recommended to remove silicone buildup) and clarify only once a month. Could my hair slowly be suffocating from the usage of this silicone product? I ran and got my iPad to consult “The Science of Black Hair.” Turns out, the second ingredient, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, is a water-soluable silicone, meaning that it is easy to wash away with just water. WHEW!

Here is some additional information about silicones from Black Hair Media:


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