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  • #22580
    Marlene
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    Hi all,
    I have read that most things ending in -cone are bad for you and your skin and hair, so they should generally be avoided, yet many of you include -cones in your products, so I am a bit confused.

    I am rather new to DIY, I have been making lip balms for years, but I have recently ventured into slightly more complicated things (emulsions, preservatives, etc.), but my knowledge of DIY is quite small (but growing!)

    Anyways, thank you to anyone who answers my question!

    Magdalena

    #22581
    BelindaSK
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    I use dimethicone in my lotions all the time, especially in winter. It is a great ingredient to have if you have itchy, easily irritated skin like I do. It is a great barrier ingredient for the skin.

    I don’t use it in my hair, but that’s because I have wavy curly hair and use the Curly Girl Method for my hair. The reason to avoid them when you have curly hair is because they coat your hair, rather than penetrate it. Curly hair is drier because its structure prevents the natural oils from your scalp from traveling down the hair shaft like it does with straight hair. So the theory is, if you put silicone products on your hair, you are preventing or reducing the amount of moisture you can get into your hair, which contributes to the dryness of your hair and makes it frizzy (or frizzier, since curly hair tends to be frizzy naturally). If you are straightening and/or blowdrying your hair, silicones are in products to help shield your hair from some of the damage done to it by the heat, I believe.

    I don’t subscribe to the belief that silicones, synthetic or lab created ingredients are bad. I think you miss out on a lot of great ingredients if you do, but that’s my opinion and what works for me. Others are not comfortable using more synthetic ingredients, and if that works for them, I’m OK with that too. I just don’t let it stop me from trying or using them simply because others feel that they are bad. There is a lot of mis-information on the internet that is not scientifically sound. This creates a lot of fear in people, but that doesn’t make the information right or true. Find what works best for you is my philosophy.

    #22585
    Marlene
    Participant

    Thank you, Belinda! That was really helpful. I too have crazy curly/sometimes wavy hair, so now I understand the downside to putting silicones in your hair.

    I might consider buying some for lotion because of your advice, thanks again!

    #22589
    inertia
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    I guess we all have ways of dealing with our hair. I second the not subscribing to the silicones, synthetic or lab created ingredients are bad. I have naturally curly hair… I used to straighten it out but now I don’t… I don’t seem to have a problem with the dimethicone… but then again I have been deep conditioning my hair when I wash it or at least once a week since I was a child so that might be why I don’t seem to have a problem with it.

    play around with small batches of things until you find a formulation that you like is what I would suggest

    #22593
    Penny
    Participant

    I’m jumping on the band wagon to say lab created stuff can just as good as the natural stuff. Or better. I’m leading the Natural Plus movement!

    I started small. I have a wee small bottle of dimethicone in my soap room. It is like a siren. A blaring loud horrible annoying ambulance siren screeching at me to make something with it.

    #22599
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    Well, Barb, stop the siren and make some lotion!! Hahaha! It will be a beautiful thing! You will hear angels singing, trumpets blaring, firecrackers going off…..oh, wait, you already have the last one…..😜😂😂

    I ❤️ Dimethicone!

    #22600
    BelindaSK
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    Glad I could be of help Maggie!

    Inertia, I was not deep conditioning my hair (I actually can’t ever remember doing it before I started the Curly Girl Method!) so maybe that’s why silicones had such a negative impact on my hair. I would literally coat my hair with them and it was as dry as a bone. It’s so much healthier now that I’m taking better care of it.

    #22619
    Cynnara
    Participant

    I am of the Natural Plus with lots of research. Why? I have beloved peoples with sensitivity issues. So I’ve been using natural ingredients as much as possible, yet I’ve begun using other ingredients which provide stability, flexibility, and other uses that natural ingredients cannot go.

    I’m determined to get dimethicone. I want the water soluble one for hair products so I can avoid buildup if I can. Plus, there are some other -cone products I’d love to try. Bwahaha!

    #22646
    inertia
    Participant

    Well Belinda I remember getting recomended to deep condition when I was maybe 12 and I have been doing t since they recomended leave it in for 20 mins but for me it was always be easier to put it in and get out of the shower and do other stuff next thing I knew it was like three hours later and you’re thinking “I might as well wash it out now” lol

    #22654
    Marie
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    Agggggg I just typed out a big comment and lost it. NOoooooooo.

    Key points: Not all silicones are the same, some are light and evaporate quickly, some are heavier, and they all have different purposes.

    Also, Susan has written lots about why she loves silicone for frizzy hair—for the same reason Belinda doesn’t like it!

    #22709
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    It sooooo ticks me off when I type a long post and then I lose it! Grrrrr!!

    Marie, when I read Susan’s posts about dimethicone, all I can think is that her hair is frizzy BECAUSE she uses the dimethicone! Haha! I could be wrong. I’m definitely not a cosmetic scientist AT ALL, just like to read a lot. I just found, from my experience, that my hair does much better without it so I don’t use it. I know other curly girls who use it with no problems and they’re hair looks great. Maybe my problem was the amount and frequency I was using on my hair. 😜

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