Many curlies are concerned about using products containing silicones, for fear of having to use a harsh sulfate shampoo to wash the ‘cones out.

However, many curlies have found that there are a couple of cones that they can reasonably tolerate without buildup: amodimethicone and dimethicone. So put together a list of CurlTalkers’ recommendations for conditioners that do contain one or the other of these ‘cones but not others.

1. Garnier Fructis sleek and shine leave-in
2. Mixed Chicks Leave-In
3. Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship
4. TIGI Bed Head Self Absorbed Conditioner
5. Herbal Essences Totally Twisted

Curly Nikki’s Thoughts– I was strictly CG for the first 2 years of my naturally curly experimentation. You know the sayings, ‘every head is different’, or, ‘what works for some, doesn’t work for all’? Well, these were true in my case. My hair became dry, fragile, and generally unruly during this time. It seemed that my natural hair wasn’t fond of ‘all natural’ products. Go figure!

After learning about protein sensitivity and the dryness it can cause for some, I eliminated all protein containing products and re-assessed my situation. Still a bit dry… still brittle. So I finally re-introduced a few cone-y products (which was quite taboo 2 years ago), and my hair chilled out! Thanks to conditioners like DevaCare One (the old formula) and Herbal Essence, I began retaining length, my ends weren’t splitting or popping as much, and my strands felt smooth again. I’ve also noticed that my curls fair better in the summer humidity when I’m using a cone-y leave-in or styler. Plus, detangling became a BREEZE! I have yet to experience build-up, but I do shampoo twice a month (with Giovanni or Elucence).

Remember that cones aren’t for everyone. Build-up is a real issue for some and can cause awesome hair in the ‘now’ and dryness and brittleness in the long run. My advice remains the same– whenever trying out a new routine (or introducing new, once avoided ingredients),
give it 3 solid weeks, assess the situation, and then make a determination on how to proceed.

So, do you Cone?