Dry hair: Nobody wants it, but it continues to plague the best of us. Factor in heating tools, overprocessing, and color treatments, and it’s pretty much game over. Turns out, there’s more to blame in our styling rituals than the obvious. Some of our favorite hair products—oils, masks, shampoos, and even conditioners—might be exacerbating the problem.
Daniel Moon, hair expert and stylist at Andy LeCompte Salon in West Hollywood, says the key to softer hair is being knowledgeable about the ingredients in your haircare arsenal. Moon, whose celebrity clients include Nicole Richie, Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, and Kate Hudson, shared exclusively with Byrdie, “I’ve noticed that clients have dehydrated ends due to the silicone (in beauty products).” He continued, “Overdosing on silicone is common when you are addicted to a lighter highlight.”
Why? Bottle blondes typically rely on beauty products to counteract the drying effects of bleach. But when our favorite hydrating products use silicone, they can not only dry out the hair further but also leave it looking flat and dull. Not exactly ideal, we know.
Sounds simple enough to avoid one lousy ingredient, except that it isn’t. Silicone is a key ingredient in many well-loved hair products, and typically, it isn't listed as "silicone" on the ingredients list. You’ll have to scan the label for the specific types, like dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, and cyclomethicone.
So, if silicones are so unhelpful to repairing hair, why are they used so often? Like everything in life, they have their perks. Silicone adds to the texture of many products. It also improves spreadability, making products easier to apply and probably even last a little longer.
Not compelling enough to risk it? Moon swears by silicone-free natural oils like coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and argan oil. He also adores the hard-to-find Davine’s Oi/OiI Absolute Beautifying Potion ($22). He warns, “Keep it light when it comes to oils, unless you are using them as a treatment the night before your scheduled shampoo.” Sage advice we think we'll trust, given his impressive client roster.
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