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Going silicone-free isn’t just a passing trend. There are many benefits for your hair that make it worth the switch to non silicone shampoo. For starters, it can offer clean, healthy hair that can go longer in between washes and color treatment, making overall maintenance that much easier. With the right silicone-free shampoo, you can expect these results.

1. Cleaner Hair

The problem: Some silicone shampoos are not water-soluble (although a few, such as cyclomethicone, are). That means that they don’t dissolve in water — and if water molecules can’t penetrate your hair cuticle during a shower, then a typical shampoo can’t do its job. On top of that, the shampoo doesn’t rinse off as easily. As a result, when these hair care products build up, it can sometimes leave your hair feeling oily even post-wash. 

The solution: When you wash your hair with a silicone-free shampoo, the cleansing agents can penetrate your hair and then more easily be swept away after rinsing. For those who prefer a good clean or are seeking the best shampoo for oily hair, a silicone free shampoo is worth it.

2. Less Buildup

The problem: As we mentioned, silicone-based shampoo won’t easily rinse out in the shower. That’s just the shampoo. Once you factor in a silicone-based conditioner or styling product, it adds up to quite a lot of layers of silicone that, again, can be relatively tough to rinse out on wash day. As a result, even if you’re washing your hair frequently, you may be left with the same cake-y or gritty texture of unwashed hair. Plus, hair may feel flat, dull, and limp from being weighed down.

The solution: Add or incorporate a silicone-free shampoo into your routine, which has more cleansing power to not only clean your hair thoroughly but also keep it cleaner between washes. Minimize silicone buildup by ensuring most, if not all, your haircare products are silicone-free.

3. Less Irritation 

The problem: Silicones, though not explicitly an irritant, can potentially clog pores and make it more difficult for your skin to breathe. This can end up leaving your scalp itchy and red.

The solution: If you have a sensitive scalp, silicone-free hair products can be helpful. Leave the prospect of irritation from harsh chemicals behind and say hello to a healthy scalp by opting for a silicone-free, sulfate-free shampoo.

4. Healthier Hair

The problem: Silicone acts as a barrier between your hair and everything else—it’s like a sealant for strands. But because some are not water-soluble, that barrier doesn’t always break down when you’re washing or conditioning your hair. As a result, some of the moisturizing ingredients that do contribute to healthy hair will be able to reach the hair strand—instead, they’ll slip off only to be sent down the drain. Over time, your hair will increasingly lack moisture and nutrients and, as a result, start to look dull.

The solution: With a silicone-free shampoo, you don’t have to worry about build up that could block moisture and nutrients. Ingredients that bring softness, shine, and manageability can reach your strands to repair damage, deliver hydration, and more.

5. More Volume

The problem: Even without the added effect of buildup, silicone hair products are heavy and can weigh hair down, especially when hair is particularly fine. For curly hair, which is already prone to dryness and thrives with a lightweight bounce, silicones can be especially damaging.

The solution: A lightweight, silicone-free shampoo is the key to keeping hair voluminous and keeping curls intact. Plus, the hair moisturizing and strengthening ingredients can more easily reach the hair to protect them against further damage.

How To Choose the Right Silicone-Free Shampoo

Finding the right type of shampoo for you can be just as straightforward as deciding to go silicone-free. Making it even easier? Every Living Proof product is completely silicone-free, which means every single shampoo offers all the benefits above to deliver visibly healthier hair over time.

It’s important that you wash with a shampoo for your unique hair type. To find the right silicone-free shampoo for you, be sure to consider that, along with any potential hair concerns.

  • Have straight, flat, or fine hair? Reach for our Full Shampoo. 
  • Seeking rejuvenation for damaged strands? Try our Restore Shampoo. 
  • Do you have curly hair? The Curl Shampoo is perfect for you.

Don’t stop there, though. Pair it with a silicone-free conditioner, too, to make the most of it.

Ultimately, going silicone-free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice results. You can have smooth strands without the weight, no heavy buildup that will dull your shine, and hair that stays cleaner, longer — and our formulas make that possible.

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Living Proof Review Team

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