Silicone and the Hair Care Industry

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Silicone covers a lot of products in today’s market. From appliances, clothing, uses in constructions to prevent corrosion and as sealants, to a vital component in medical implants, silicone has contributed to these niches’ efficacy and advancement. One particular niche that we’ll touch today that silicone is involved in is hair products.

How Silicone Helps Your Hair

A derivative of silicone known as dimethicone and cyclomethicone are ingredients that are usually found in labels of hair care products. But silicone doesn’t necessarily help your hair as most think. It just appears to.

If you’ve used conditioner before, then you’ve noticed the sleek and smooth texture of your hair when you stepped out the shower. This is silicone’s doing. What it does it makes your hair shine and appear damaged free, frizz free, and a lot healthier, as well as adding a bit of weight to it. But this is only temporary. The sleek effect only lasts about a day.

Misconceptions About Silicone

Due to its popularity silicone has attracted quite a few misconceptions regarding its effects on your hair. But what’s the root of these false facts?

The type of silicone that is used by the hair care industry is the water soluble kind. This means that it can be wash away with water. The non-water soluble silicone requires sulfate in order to remove it. This type is the one that damages hair and can be found in dishwashing liquids and laundry soap.

However, heavy usage of silicone hair products may indeed cause a negative effect – hair breakage to name one. That is why moderation is important. Do not overdo it. Simple as that.

Updates on Hair Products with Silicone

WACKER, a Munich based chemical company involved in the production of thousands of silicone products, has recently received an innovation award from Henkel, a global leader of brand and technology.

WACKER stood out among its competitors because of its silicone emulsion contribution that significantly improves a damaged hair’s combing properties. It provides a protective coating that is essential in giving the hair that soft, silky feel when consumers apply it. This new generation of film-forming in hair products is expected to further push the hair care industry forward, giving the end-users a product that is of the highest quality.

However, silicone isn’t the only ingredient that experts are looking into to incorporate in shampoos and conditioners. Robert Langer, considered to be the Thomas Edison of biotechnology, has said that his team is mapping other options on what to put in hair care products. He stated that out of the 50 products or so currently sold in the market all of them have silicone in their ingredients.

Langer said they’re looking for something more hydrophobic than silicone. PloyfluoroEster is what they found. They’ve incorporated it on shampoos and conditioner and consumers loved it as it is Living Proof’s – Langer hair care company – best-selling product in stores such as Sephora.

This doesn’t take silicone out the industry, of course. But it certainly has a competition. Either way, the experts behind these hair care products are busy in their labs creating more innovations that will drive this industry forward – and silicone will be right with them every step of the way.

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