What is Silicone-Free Shampoo?


Have you seen a silicone-free stamp on a hair care product or skincare product and wondered what it’s all about? You’re not alone. Shopping for beauty products can be overwhelming with the number of options and the number of ingredients. We’re here to help you decipher what’s what and why you should care. 

Silicone-Free Shampoo Is…

Let’s start with the basics— the meaning of silicone-free shampoo. So, what is silicone-free shampoo? Silicone-free shampoo is simply shampoo that doesn’t include silicones in any way, shape, or form. 

Silicones are synthetic ingredients made up of silica (a plastic-like element found in sand) and other materials that have been used in hair care products for eons. Why? Well, they’re pretty cheap to use and they give hair that shiny, smooth look and feel we all love… for a little while. 

After that little while, the benefits of silicones in hair products wear off and this ingredient begins to be a detriment to hair health and appearance. Ultimately, silicone in hair care products forms layers around the hair shaft and doesn’t allow moisturizing ingredients to reach where they need to be, which can lead to buildup, dryness, and damaged hair. 


Silicones Typically Found in Shampoos

In order to steer clear of silicones, you have to know what to look for. Unfortunately, not all labels list “silicone” straight-up on the label. The most common ingredients found in silicone shampoo are:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Amodimethicone
  • PEG-12 dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Dimethicone copolymer

How Do I Know If My Shampoo is Silicone-Free?

Many silicone-free shampoos will say so right on the label. After all, they’re proud their formula is free from silicones. However, you may have to do a bit more digging than that. Searching a brand’s website can often surface results regarding what ingredients they use and what ingredients they don’t i.e. silicone. If that still doesn’t clue you in to whether or not your shampoo is silicone-free, take a look at the ingredient label. 

Look for all of the ingredients listed above and anything ending in -cone. If you aren’t sure if the ingredient is silicone or not, a simple Google search can answer your question. 


Why You Should Use Silicone-Free Shampoo 

The benefits of silicone are short-lived, but its consequences can linger for a long time on your hair, especially with continued use, and, well, forever on the environment. They’re like junk food for your hair. They feel good at first (giving you that silky, soft shine), but they cause

damage in the long run.
Do you want to avoid damaged hair and attain overall healthy hair? Look to the benefits of silicone-free shampoo. Here are a few reasons you should consider using silicone-free shampoo and silicone-free hair products entirely.

It’s Better For Your Hair

Silicone has some alarming effects on hair that, over time, can inhibit hair health by causing buildup that leads to heaviness, greasiness, dullness, and damage. (It’s a recipe for a bad

hair day.) This, alone, is a huge reason to opt for a silicone-free shampoo. If you have scalp irritation, a silicone-free shampoo and silicone-free conditioner are a must! Leave irritation from harsh chemicals behind by opting for a silicone-free shampoo. 

Thanks to modern technology, you can get the silkiness, softness, and shine that silicones are known for without the long-term damage with a silicone-free shampoo. 

Silicone-free shampoo is full of moisturizing ingredients that actually work and work long-term. This means smooth strands without the weight, no heavy buildup that can dull your shine, and hair that stays cleaner, longer. Your hair will also be less frizzy, move more naturally, and feel more manageable. Basically, it will be free to breathe and act as it should without silicone wreaking havoc. 

Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? 

It’s Better For the Environment

Silicones may be a pesky problem for your hair, but at least you can do away with them. For the environment, though, silicones are a forever problem. Silicones aren’t biodegradable, so as they go from your shampoo to your drain, they eventually enter the earth’s waterways and instead of dissolving, gradually build up over time. 

This means you don’t have to hinder the environment with every wash. It can majorly change your hair and help keep silicones out of the waterways at the same time. 

Going Silicone-Free with Living Proof

Living Proof shampoos are not only all silicone-free, but also paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free. We think it’s important to be transparent about what’s in our products and what’s not so we list everything right there on the hair product page and right there on the bottle. Instead of narrowing down your options to silicone-based formulas and silicone-free formulas, you can shop hair products online with your hair type in mind, knowing whatever Living Proof shampoo you choose will be silicone-free. 

If you are tired of scalp irritation, dry hair, frizz, or hair loss, it’s time to transform your routine, but ultimately transform your hair.