|Q: I heard that using the
most common hair conditioner is not such a good idea. Hair conditioners
are normally made from polymers/silicones. They will block your hair
follicles and coat your hair and scalp with an impermeable film. Is this
A: Generally true. Most hair conditioners are made from silicone, usually called "dimethicone". This is a relatively non-greasy material; supposedly it can seal the hair shaft making it smooth. This should make your hair easy-flowing, shiny and well managable. You may well imagine by now that it is really all good news about using a hair conditioner.
Applying such hair conditioner means coating your hair and scalp with a thin film, much like a plastic wrap - trapping everything under it: dirt, sweat, skin oil.......Prolonged trapping of these will cause irritation and infections. Silicone trapped in the hair follicles will block hair and blood access to the hair's reproductive organ (bulb), causing hair loss and permanent damage to hair follicles. To top it all, silicone is non-biodegradable, causing additional environmental impact.
We all know that
silicone is such a
useful material. Plumbers and other trades people
absolutely love it, because it can seal any gap and make 100%
water proofing. Just imagine
such water proof coating spread over your hair
and scalp time after
time again. Your hair will
eventually turn heavy, lifeless, dull.
Your scalp and hair follicles
blocked, unable to breathe.Your
hair quality will deteriorate before too long.