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SILICONES in COSMETICS, pros and cons

Today more than ever, the Internet pages are full of frightening articles about the harm of silicones and parabens.  The owners of luxurious hair panic reading such articles and fall into a paranoid phobia by studying the labels of cosmetic products.

Let’s take a look at the silicones and create a better  understanding.  Silicones are a synthetic compound that is widely used in various industries such as electronics, textiles, cosmetics,  in various forms and modifications. In this article, we will give you a few tips that you must learn in order not to panic and not be afraid of silicones in the composition of certain products. 

First, silicones are divided into two main groups: heavy  that have a cumulative effect, and light ones that do their job and are easily washed off from the hair.  There’s nothing wrong with a blockage when we need it. If the hair is badly damaged and there are deep cracks, then we just need treatments that will fill and hold in these cracks, and not be washed out with water.  For normal and healthy hair, this polymer will be less effective and vice versa can cause heaviness and a feeling of greasiness on the hair.

After reading about a particular component in the article or compounds encyclopedia, we may think that this component always works this way, but this is a wrong opinion and this is rule number two.  The same component can change its properties depending on the following factors: the level of the acidic environment: acidic or alkaline;the placement in the list of ingredients: at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end; and which active ingredients it interacts with. These three indicators will strongly influence its purpose, functions, and properties.  Thus, the same silicone can be an emulsifier, a polymer, a connecting component, a thermal protection, an amplifier of some softening components, a product base, and so on.

To sum up, we should not be afraid of silicones in product formulas, but we can not know exactly for what purpose and how much of this component is added to the product.  For comparison, you can give an example of adding formaldehyde to the composition: when the component is more than 2%, it acts as a rectifying and toxic component when heated; but when it is less than 1%, It works as a preservative and is often used in domestic glue, facial makeup, and even to create children’s toys.