Silicone. I find myself in an odd position with this prevalent skincare, haircare and makeup component. I mostly dislike the things, however consistently defend it versus clean beauty/wellness cynics who thoughtlessly consider it hazardous. Silicone, like every other active ingredient held to the highest possible EU standards (which still use in the UK), is not hazardous. It is safe. And yet as much as I will continue to bang that drum, I’ll likewise prevent utilizing silicone where practical.
Silicone is utilized commonly in high street haircare products to provide a slippery, smooth, frizz-free surface to hair, which is ideal for specific types. However if you’re curly and happy about it, silicone will not fit you, as it weighs down waves, curls and coils to make them look neither one thing nor another. If your hair is fine, like mine, silicone makes it sag like low-cost drapes in need of a hot wash. Avoiding it can be costly, but there are a growing number of cost effective exceptions and some are pretty terrific.
Garnier has actually undergone a peaceful transformation in the past year and is worthy of commendation. Now licensed cruelty-free, the lineup has much to provide, but its strong point is Ultimate Blends Hair Food, a range of silicone-free haircare. Watermelon hair shampoo and conditioner (₤ 5.99 each, for 350ml), bottled in 50% recycled plastic, have resided in my shower for a month and I have actually ended up being as likely to utilize them as my posher washes. The thick, jelly-like shampoo smells definitely remarkable– perfectly light, cheerful and revitalizing as we lastly see sunlight. It lathers up effectively and washes away to leave absolutely nothing however softness and passionate bounce. My household can’t get enough of the things.
If your hair is thicker, coarser or on the dry side, I covet your viability for Umberto Giannini’s mouthwatering brand-new Banana Butter hair shampoo and conditioner (₤ 8.25 each, for 250ml). These are silicone-free but likewise without sulphates, which takes a little getting utilized to. Do not anticipate a foam surge; just massage in well and take your time over rinsing. Within a few washes, you will delight in a real softness, rather than a phony silicone one. Gratifyingly, televisions are made from sugarcane rather than traditional plastic– simply toss into your recycling bin as regular.
Lastly, an honourable reference to Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula conditioning shampoo (₤ 3.35, for 400ml)– a thin, milky hair wash that smells like suntan oil in the most delicious way. It’s suitable for all hair types, even great.