Friend or Foe?

Silicones get a bad rap on most curly hair websites. One thing we've all learned is that each head is different. So the question I'm posing today is: Are silicones your friend or enemy? If you successfully use cones, what product is it in and what results do you achieve (smoothing, anti-humidity, etc.)?

I like some silicones. I seem to do very well with conditioners that contain Amodimethicone- I've yet to experience build-up. Conditioners such as DevaCare One, Pantene Deep Treat Mask, and CD's Hair Smoothie help to detangle my hair and keep the frizzies at bay. Sometimes, I feel that amodimethicone helps reduce shrinkage and poofiness in the high humidity months. I don't necessarily seek cone containing products, but when I find a product that works and it happens to contain a cone, I don't freak out and throw it out the
window :)

For other posts on cones, check out these links:

http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/11/to-cone-or-not-to-conethat-is-question.html


http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/hair-tip-of-day_5931.html


Later Gators,

Nik

p.s. My hair has grown exponentially in size over the past few days (east to west, lol). I probably look like a frizz bucket, but I feel fly! It's been a while since I've worn my hair 'out' this long. Hubby is loving it.

6 Weigh in!:
Skibies said...

I have to say I do well with cones, I know that HH has them and my hair seemed to miss them and start knotting up when I stopped conditioning with HH. I think their great and maybe I only like the amodimethicone, but I have not paid much attention. I use Giovanni Shampoo if I get build-up from whatever so this does not bother me.

4aspiral said...

Having some cones in my regime does me well.

Anonymous said...

LOL! there is nothing wrong with a little cone in your life girl. The cones actually control the knots that develop in my kinky hair. My hair still grows 6 to 7 inchs a year which means whatever I'm doing to my hair is not a bad thing. I Do use olive oil and shea butter alot, so I guess that also helps.

Luvbenet-- said...

I agree... a little cone is okay. In fact, it's kind of hard to avoid it, unless you want to spend a fortune on your hair, and I don't!!! It's one of the reasons I went natural.

lajoliefille said...

For me what matters is the concentration of the cone. For example, my hair loves Hello Hydration . But I heard so many curlies raving about HE's new condish Hydralicious Reconditioning, so I gave it a try. After using it my hair was sooo frizzy and felt coated dry. Then i looked at the ingredients to see what was up and I found that dimethicone was 3rd ingredient whereas in HH its further down the list. So for me its cones in moderation. But I am considering going CG one of these days to see how my hair reacts.

Anonymous said...

In the past 3 months, I have recently re-adopted cones since being consciously cone-free for almost 5 years. It all started with Miss Jessie's Rapid Recovery deep treatment which has cyclopentasiloxane and some dimethicone I believe. My hair loves it but it's expensive. I've also begun using Alaggio Crazy Curl conditioner which also has the "cyclo" cone. Great results. I clarify with Giovani clarifying shampoo every other week.

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