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Switching to a hair conditioner without silicone is a great idea. Because silicone makes your hair soft, smooth and shiny, it's used in conditioners, often in high amounts.
But, you don't have to give up on shiny hair when you give up silicone. There's one little trick you can do that will add silicone-like qualities to your silicone-free conditioner.
The most commonly used silicone (a.k.a. siloxane) in conditioner is decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (aka D5). Cyclic siloxanes like D5 are linked to reproductive impairment, liver changes, endocrine disruption, uterine cancers, neurological and immune effects and thyroid enlargement.
And hair conditioner is a major source of D5 exposure. It's been estimated that using hair conditioner exposes you to up to 162 milligrams of silicone per day.
But what about having shiny, smooth hair? You don't want to give that up right?
Well, once you’ve found a silicone free conditioner that you like, you can add the benefits of silicone without the issues.
Just add 1 teaspoon of Broccoli Seed Oil for every 4 ounces of conditioner in your bottle. This oil is light, non-greasy and easily absorbed.
And like silicone, it will add that slippery, shiny, frizz free look to your hair. You can also apply a few drops of broccoli seed oil directly to your hair between shampoos to tame frizzies and add some shine.
Examples of Silicone Free Conditioner (also free of parabens, coumarin, and formaldehyde releasing preservatives.