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We know there's a lot of talk about silicones, in the blogosphere, on Reddit, and among your beauty-obsessed friends. Unfortunately, much of the information circulating is incomplete and confusing. The result: silicones in hair care products have been vilified unfairly, leading to the rise of alarming trends that are actually causing more harm than good. The myths below (in bold) are the most commonly shared mistruths about silicone. There are many reasons why people choose to use or not use silicones in their products and we believe you should do what is right for you!

MYTH: Silicones will suffocate your hair.

Your hair doesn’t breathe, so you don’t need to worry about suffocation.

MYTH: Silicones will dehydrate your hair.

Once you wash your hair, the main concern most people have is water leaving hair and drying it out, but silicones actually help prevent water from leaving your hair by creating  a protective coating.

MYTH: Silicones damage your hair.

The process of silicones bonding to your hair does not damage your hair. Silicones on your hair can actually protect your strands by providing lubrication, reducing friction and cuticle damage. Some believe that silicones require more shampooing, which in turn can damage hair. But even this is not necessarily true. First, not all silicones need shampoo to wash out. Second, the damage from shampoo depends on how you shampoo, what shampoo you use, and how frequently you shampoo.

MYTH: You should avoid silicones because they are not natural.

While it’s true that silicones don’t grow on trees, neither do most ingredients termed “natural” used in hair products. All products have ingredients that have in some way been processed. In fact, some “natural” ingredients can be more energy intensive to process and add to products than synthesized ingredients. Also important to note, “natural” ingredients are not guaranteed to be harmless. If used improperly, any ingredient can cause harm.

MYTH: Silicones cause irritation.

Silicones don’t irritate the skin. They actually lower or eliminate irritation because they help the spreading of ingredients during application.

MYTH: Silicones cause allergies.

Silicones are too large to enter the skin and react with the immune system, so they can’t trigger an allergic reaction.