Q & A - How To Tell If Conditioner Is Silicone Free?

Siloxanes are silicone-based compounds that are used for their softening, smoothing, and moistening action. The most commonly used 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 ( up to 162 milligrams per day).

When shopping for silicone free conditioners check labels for: Dimethicone, polymethylsiloxane, amodimethicone, PEG-12 dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclomethicone, cyclotetrasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxan, Trisiloxane or any other ingredients that end with the word cone or oxane.

Also, If any of these silicones are high up on the ingredients list, there will be more of it. 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.

Avalon Organics Conditioners

Honest Company Silicone Free Conditioner