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Have tried silicone free. What now?

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treaclesoda Thu 28-Mar-13 23:17:52

Having read about it on here, I decided I needed to try silicone free shampoo and conditioner. My hair seems the right type - very thick, very wavy.

Anyway, here I am a couple of months later. I'm well and truly silicone free. And my hair feels lovely, so soft. It used to look greasy quickly at the roots (even though I was careful and tried only to get conditioner on the ends of my hair) and that has definitely improved, and it no longer looks lank at the top. But...overall it doesn't look all that great! Its not as shiny as before, and its a bit hard to manage and flyaway. I've tried three different brands of shampoo and conditioner, so its not just that one particular brand doesn't suit.

I'd ideally like to be able to leave my hair for the waves to form naturally, but at the moment I feel I need to blow dry it straight, otherwise it just looks frizzy and nasty. When blowdrying I use a tiny little bit of Kiehls Creme with Silk Groom, and that makes it feel nice, but again, I can't say it looks that great.

So what now? Is there a miracle styling product that I need?

SofaCanary Fri 29-Mar-13 01:06:46


Sonotkylie Fri 29-Mar-13 11:13:36

My hairdresser said that silicone free was effectively just soap and all the other stuff acted to protect the hair ( this is a summary), so you had to be careful to use the most moisturising one possible and ditto conditioner, if you go silicone free. I had the same issues and moved to Naked shampoo and conditioner for dry hair and its been much better since then. I also bought a Naked deep conditioning treatment but haven't needed it as my hair is so much better despite this drying weather and heating etc. and of course some decent weather will help too!

curlyLJ Fri 29-Mar-13 16:34:07

If you want to emphasise the curls/waves, how about trying a gel which will stop it being so flyaway and will prevent the frizz...?

I have curly hair and I apply Umberto Giannini (bright pink tube) gel when my hair is still really wet (scrunching it in and trying to touch it a little as possible or it frizzes) and then pop it up in a turby towel for 15 mins. Once I take that off I just let it dry naturally...

Sonot I don't think all the 'other stuff' protects the hair really. According to what I have found out, the silicone coats your hair (which is where the shine comes from) but all the harsh chemicals are then needed to wash it out each time. This damages your hair in the long term as it's a constant cycle.

Sonotkylie Fri 29-Mar-13 17:29:52

I obviously summarised badly, curlyLJ. I am very happy with silicone free and find it makes all my skin and hair much happier but it was slightly over dry. Didn't mean to suggest that going back to the silicone stuff was the solution or what was recommended, just that without the silicones etc you might need to go for more moisturising than you are used to.

curlyLJ Fri 29-Mar-13 19:02:23

Oh I see, sorry sonot - kinda misread your post a little there smile

Tweet2tweet Fri 29-Mar-13 21:18:16

I have been using Goldwell dual sense green which is nasties free. It is really good and can be bought online quite cheaply. Hair soft and shiny

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