Why Cones Are Bad Plus 21 Bestselling Silicone Free Conditioners for Curly Hair

When I went natural and started learning about healthy hair care, one of the things that jumped out at me was – avoid products with cones by any means necessary.

At the time, this proved to be a herculean task but over the years, it has become easier to find silicone-free products.

However, do you know why silicones are bad for hair and why so many people avoid it in hair products?

I’ll be covering this in this article, sharing the good type of silicones as well as 21 plus silicone-free conditioners for curly hair.

21 plus silicone free conditioners for curly hair

What Are Silicones?

Silicone is a polymer or oligomer used in hair care products to achieve deep conditioning and detangling effects.

It makes hair glossier, shinier, and softer so why would these kinds of effects be bad for curly hair?

Unfortunately, this conditioning, glossy, shiny, and soft effect is an illusion that leads to chaos for your hair in the long term.

Why Are Silicones in Hair Products Bad for Your Hair?

Silicones are water-insoluble making them a tad difficult to wash out from the hair.

They form a barrier on hair, coating the hair shaft, and preventing moisture from getting to the hair.

Long-term effects include dryness, dullness, brittleness, and breakage.

If you have thin hair, silicones can also weigh your hair down and make it appear limp and lifeless over time.

The only way to get silicones out of your hair would be with a strong clarifying or chelating shampoo, which in turn contain harsh ingredients like sulfates.

Sulfates strip all the natural oils and moisture from hair. As you can see, silicones are a double-edged sword.

They work wonderfully but only for a while before the usual natural hair enemies come calling, which can only be cleared by using another drying product thus leading to a vicious cycle. 

5 Common Types of Silicones in Hair Products

Silicones can masquerade under many different names with the most common being:

  1. Cetearyl methicone
  2. Cetyl dimethicone
  3. Dimethicone
  4. Dimethiconol
  5. Stearyl dimethicone

Are All Silicones Bad?

Not all of them.

There are some water-soluble silicones that don’t cause build up and are easy to wash out of the hair with a mild shampoo. The names to look out for on labels include:

  1. Amodimethicone
  2. Cyclomethicone/cyclopentasiloxane
  3. Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Wow, those names are a mouthful!

21 Plus Best Selling Silicone Free Conditioners for Curly Hair

Though the list says 21, I have added some bonus conditioners because you know how companies like to discontinue products without notice.

They’ll have you running around like a complete lunatic trying to find a suitable replacement. Lol. 🙂

Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner

Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner

Camille Rose Jansysn’s Moisture Max ConditionerCamille Rose Jansysn’s Moisture Max Conditioner

Curl Junkie Assurance Smoothing ConditionerCurl Junkie Assurance Smoothing Conditioner

Curl Junkie Beauticurls Daily Hair ConditionerCurl Junkie Beauticurls Daily Hair Conditioner

Curls Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner

Curls Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner

Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner

Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner

Devacurl One Conditioner

Devacurl One Conditioner

Eden Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner

Eden Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner

Elucence Moisture Balance Conditioner

Elucence Moisture Balance Conditioner

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner

Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner

Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner

Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Living Proof Restore ConditionerLiving Proof Restore Conditioner

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Natural Conditioner

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Natural Conditioner

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner

Pura d’or Healing Conditioner

Pura d’or Healing Conditioner

Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner

Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner

Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner

John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor

John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

 

Ouidad Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask

Ouidad Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair

EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner

EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

While these conditioners are silicone-free, sometimes a company changes formulas and sneaks something unfavorable into their ingredients.

It’s good hair care practice to check the ingredient label before picking up the conditioner if you haven’t bought it in a while.

Final Word on Silicones

Despite the disadvantages of products with silicones, there are some people that still find their hair loves these products and responds very well to them.

However, keep in mind that if you choose to use these conditioners, you will need to clarify your hair with a strong sulfate shampoo every few weeks.

However, this would depend on how your hair feels to the touch. Some great clarifying shampoos include:-

You may find that if you space out the use of silicone conditioners, you may not need to clarify as often and find a balance in there that doesn’t affect your hair growth goals.

In case you’re wondering what else is commonly included in hair care products, you can print out this handy hair product list next time you go product shopping.

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If you know any great silicone-free conditioners that should be on the list, let me know in the comments section and I’ll update the list.

21 best selling silicone free conditioners for curly hair

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