Why use a Silicone Free Shampoo?

by Sahar on April 20, 2012 · 94 comments

Why Silicone Free Shampoo?

Hey ladies, I recently made a lot of researches on silicon in shampoos. At first I actually wanted to find out why after dying my hair the color was gone within weeks. That’s when I read about silicon in shampoos sort of creates a coating on the hair which doesn’t let hair day stay on the hair at all. It will keep washing out in a short time.

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Silicone Names, Types, Disadvantages And Advantages
When I looked at the shampoos that I have I didn’t see the word ‘’silicone’’ In the ingredients. Of course I wouldn’t find that word because the companies don’t want you to find out this easily. Most of their names end with a ‘’cone’’ or ‘’ane’’ such as ‘’Dimethicone’’ or ‘’ Amodimethicone’’.
There are 2 different types of silicones. One silicone type is water soluble and the other one is NOT water soluble. This research helped me find out a lot about what the silicones really do.

We all want shiny and soft hair that is detangled and healthy looking. You can achieve this with either chemicals or without chemicals. The silicone is known to create an amazingly healthy look to your hair making it very shiny and frizz free. For a while at least. What actually happens the silicone creates a coat on the hair preventing any hair treatments to work and preventing hair dye from staying on the hair BUT your hair just feels so good and looks healthy. After a few days or weeks you may notice that your curly hair starts to look weight down and dull.

The advantages of silicone in your hair are the shiny look, frizz free hair and the smooth feeling you get when you wash your hair.

The disadvantages are quite overwhelming. Everytime you wash your hair with a shampoo that has silicone the coating of the silicone on your hair will build up and make it harder to get it out of your hair. Silicones can also lead to hair loss, extremely dry and itchy scalp and cancer. As I mentioned the dying your hair will be useless because it is going to fade very quickly, any hair treatment that will help your hair such as oils won’t work at all because the silicone is sealing up the hair.

Names of silicones
– Dimethicone = not water soluble, helps detangle frizzy hair and create shine
– Cyclomethicone = not water soluble, hardest to remove from hair, creates shine may be also called Cyclopentasiloxane
– Amodimethicone = not water soluble, help detangling the hair
– Dimethiconol = not water soluble
– Phenyl Trimethicone = not water soluble, silicone-oil, helps dry hair look healthy
– Simethicone = not water soluble
– Cyclopentasiloxane = not water soluble, silicone-oil that will help the hair feel soft
– Trimethylsiloxyilicates = not water soluble, hard to remove
– Dimethicone copolyol = water soluble
– Lauryl methicone copolyol = water soluble
– Polysiloxane = water soluble

How to get the silicone out of your hair:
It is not going to happen overnight. It will take a few weeks (4-6) for the silicone to be completely out of your hair. If you need it to be out of your hair faster you can buy a clarifying shampoo which is going to be harsh on your hair but getting out the silicones. I suggest buying a silicone free shampoo which Garnier and L’Oreal or The Body Shop carry.

What will change?
I have heard that women that switched to a silicone-and sulfate free shampoo noticed that the hair looked very dry and dull at first. It was also very tangled and hard to coam through. After a while when the hair gets used to the shampoo the hair started to have a lot of volume and never looked better. You have to remember that it is almost as you are detoxing your hair from all the nasty silicone.

My experience with silicone free and silicone shampoos:
I have had beautiful curly hair. The ends of my hair were really dry and I had to get at least 4 inches cut off but I wanted healthy hair. Once that happened I slowly noticed that my hair looked straighter everyday. I was like o.O what happened to my curls? I thought to myself that maybe the damaged ends of my hair somehow made me have curly hair which is bizarre because I was born with curly hair lol. When I made this research I immediately knew that the silicone totally messed up my hair texture. I am hoping I get my beautiful curly hair back very soon. Thank you reading this long article but I hope you learned a little bit about silicones and since you ladies love my pictures I thought I share some with you and to show you how the silicone made my hair look after a few months ☹ take care xoxo

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Ughh..no curls..no volume…never use sunscreen if you know you are going to take pictures . 🙂

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Also Read :
HairCare 1: Structure of Hair
HairCare 2: Shampoo and Conditioner
HairCare 3: Tips for Healthy Hair
My Hair Care Routine Curly Hair
Hair Serum: All about Hair Serums

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I loved your article. I saw my hairdresser last night and she said to get shampoo without silicone in, but then when I look, none say silicone! Your article is so helpful in knowing the actual words they use to mean silicone! Thanks for the help!

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sappy April 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Curlz look so good on you….Beauty Beauty….. :pigtail:
Thanks Sahar….the review has opened my eyes
No To Silicone :nonono: :nonono: :nono: :nonono: :nono: :nonono: :nono: :nonono: :nono:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

thank youu 🙂

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Tanvi April 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Thank you soo much for the review Sahar.. 🙂 🙂 Indeed you have lovely hair along with lovely eyes.. :)) :)) you look so sexy in the second pic.. :haanji: :haanji:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

haha thank you so much Tanvi <3

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Ritu R April 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

awww…your son is so cute!!!! :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :-* :-* :-* :-*
thanx for such an informative article….i’ll go check my hair products today!!

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

thank youu Ritu!

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neha April 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

niceeeeeeeeee
n touch wood on the duo
u have to say how u keep so slim sahar :waaa:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

🙁 i dont wana be slim i am actually eating more to gain weight which i gained about 5 pounds in the past few motnsh YAAY!!! but mainly depression makes me not feel hungry

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Aru April 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

i am so confused!! :chewnails: :chewnails: so many things to look for in everything i use on my face, hair and also in what eat and what i wear..shape, colors, fabric, print etc etc .. :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: i want to simplify my life!!!!!!..someone help!! :announce: :announce: 🙂

sorry for that outburst :(( ..thanks for the lovely article. really useful info If i remember all this that is.

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

buy everything from a natural store. makeup , shampoo, lotion, etc. 🙂 thats my goal

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Gayatri April 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Very Nice & Informative Article..

So many things to keep in mind while cosmetic shopping :chewnails: :chewnails:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

i know right -__-

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Ritika April 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Oh good, that’s so similar to what my hair looks like now! The last pic I mean :chewnails:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

my hair looks healthy i dont have any split ends but tehy used to look so alive back then and not so weight down 🙁

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Nidhi April 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

today only i was thinking to throw away my shampoo and conditioner which i have started using few days ago which are silicon free becoz my hairs were difficult to detangle and looking a bit dull but now i know why thanks for the post

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

you are welcome 🙂

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Aarti April 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

nidhi

can i know thw name as looking for silicon free shampoos /conditioner/serum :methinks: O:)

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Shami April 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Very good article sahar, my shampoo has silicone, thats why it controls frizz true that it weigh down my hair, i need to search for a good silicone free shampoo soon 🙂

you have a very good hair.. Both of you look so adorable in the last pic :))
Does Garnier has a silicone free shampoo?? i never knew :struggle:

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Aarti Seth April 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Hey Shami

I am even looking for same answer…will keep check till your next review :puchhi: :puchhi:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

yes garnier has a silicone free shampoo. its in a red bottle you have to read in the back it will tell you ”silicon free”

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

yes at least here in germany 🙂 it is this one
http://www.pinkmelon.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/teas_d3.jpg

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Mitali April 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: wow tht ws an eyeopener!!
thngs these companies r sellin in the name of beauty :pan:
thnks fr the review Sahar :happydance:
cnt believ i hv used so much chemical stuff already :headbang:
p.s u look soo gorgeous :heart: and :puchhi: fr tht cutie

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

it is very cheap for the companies to use silcone and it does change the way the hair looks..temporarly of course.
thank you so much!!! and you are welcome 😉

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divea April 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

hii..
ur sooo prety and the review is vvv informative,,,great work

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Aarti Seth April 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

very informative Article :clap: :clap: :clap:

just checked again …..even my Fab India Avacoda shampoo has – “Dimethicone = not water soluble, helps detangle frizzy hair and create shine” in it :waaa: :waaa: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

Any suggestion for shampoos minus silicon :waiting: :waiting: :waiting:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm

the body shop has a few, garnier has one that i have seen its in a red see through bottle, all natur (vegan) shampooos are most likley silicone and sulfat free, nivea mostly doesnt contain silicone. the one brand that contains the most silicones are John Friedas which i have been using for the past 2 months 🙁 :scream:

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Aarti April 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

thanks :puchhi: :puchhi:

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Raji April 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

i bought silicone free shampoo lately and when i used it(with lots of expectations), suddenly my thick-wavy (quite manageable) hair got rough and tangle-prone.. i was so shocked and cursed myself for not being happy with what i have and tossed d shampoo away just after 2 use..!! :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: now i know why.. patience is what i require now.!! :headbang:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

yes the hair has to get used to the anti-silicone shampoo 🙂 if you have a big problem with your hair being tangled you can buy a silicone free conditioner.

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shanaiia April 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Very informative article Sahar…already using shampoo conditioner and mask without silicone and sulfates…but do u get any serum without silicone?
Btw is that ur son??great pic of u 2 🙂

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

yes 🙂 you need to check out the Natural cosmetics 🙂

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rajni singh April 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

AT last Sahar :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: thr is a picture of you….ur son so lvly :)… hair amazingly gud compltmnts ur complxion toou beauty beauty beauty :specs: :specs: :love: :love: :love: :-* thnks fr the lvly n informative article :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

yes thats my son 🙂

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Radhika April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

U look so pretty sahar :)) :)) can anyone suggest some good silicon and sulphate free shampoos n conditioners?

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shanaiia April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

The TBS Rainforest range!

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

thanks lovee

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Aarti April 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Nyle, VLCC are also herbal and pocket friendly brands for silicon free shampoos :yahoo: :yahoo: :woot: :woot:

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Aparna April 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Oh my!!! :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:
Sahar, thanks a ton for this article! :puchhi: Now I’ll run home and check all my hair products! :waaa: :waaa:
I never knew silicones caused this much trouble… as a kid I never used anything except Shikakai and other such herbs…but then moved on! Now somehow that feels so hassle-free! Atleast you don’t have to peel your eyes for all those harmful ingredients!!!
But really, this article just reiterates why IMBB is such an important part of our lives! Thanks to the likes of you, Rati, Jomol, Nupur et al who make us all that much more aware of what we buy! :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:
And you are sooo beautiful dear… nazar na lage 🙂

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

thank youu Aparna 🙂 you guys became almost like a family to me. i guess my ”internet- family” 🙂
i had to share this with you so i can warn you ladies. i knew not alot of you know about this. i am glad this article helped some of you <3

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Lalitha April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Great article Sahar… :yes: :yes: :yes: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:
hmmm…looks like we have to go back to old time using reetha and amla to wash hair… egg white to condition..lemon for skin whitning like so….

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

yea i think thats the best thing we can do. always use natural stuff to be on the safe side 🙂

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Jabberwocky April 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Thank you for the useful article, Sahar! :woot: :woot: I’m also using a silicon free shampoo these days, L’Occitane’s Olive Tree shampoo. I’m using it like the world’s worst miser though considering it’s excellent but expensive. :silly: :silly: Are all TBS shampoos silicon free?

And super pretty picture! :puchhi: Your son is very cute. :teddy: :teddy:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

you are welcome. i had to share this because i know alot of people have no idea about this. i am not sure about that but you can ask which shampoo is silicone free 😀

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Tina April 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

yayayaya… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: …sahar i die tosee ur pics…is dat ur son????chhhhooo cute he is :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

yes Tina thats my baby 😀

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pjen April 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

sahar, u r gorgeous….
almost all beauty products seem loaded with chemicals…….it would be greatly helpful if someone can write an article on ‘good’ brands of shampoo, lipstick, etc etc so that lazy ppl like me can go and directly buy…….. :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

i may do a list of silicone and sulfate free shampoos and conditioners 🙂 and thank you for your nice words 😀

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bhumika April 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

So agree..but very few shampoos are silicone free..less options 🙁

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

in a future post i will mention some sulfate and silicone free shampoos 🙂 i hope that will help you find some

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Aarti Seth April 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

hi Sahar

Waiting for your next article eagerly on- sulfate and silicone free shampoos . Also clarify that in herbal brands like Nyle & ayur etc. they do not have silicon but Sulphate is still present in that. :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

again confused b/w them :chewnails: :chewnails:

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TA April 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

OMG….now I know why my curlzzzz vanished toooo 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 I so loved them….will try to get rid of these “Cones” to have them back!! :love: Thanks for the info Sahar :puchhi:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm

yea it is soo sad 🙁 you are welcome sweety

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Sukanya April 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

thnx for the post Sahar..my curls vanished too…on using all those shampoos. I didn’t realise it to be the cause then,now i do

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Bee April 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

you look so fabulous Sahar 🙂 and your son is so cute 🙂
even these days I’m very careful. I’m getting everything from whole foods. all organic.

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

thank youu!! yea i think thats the smartest thing to do

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Rati April 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

sahar , you look goorrrgoeus girll.. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: and your baby :-* :-* thanks for sharing this article. I also am quite careful with selecting shampoos. :))

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm

thank youu Rati 😀 :rose:

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Sital Sharma April 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful article Sahar. I now realise for few minutes of shine, we are losing the quality of hair. I am suffering from bad splits ends, guess this could be the reason :spank: :spank: .. Now I am switching to Khadi’s Reetha shampoo, after I read the review here at IMBB.
Sahar, you are so very b’ful and so is your son.. :snicker: :snicker: :snicker:
And for silky hair, we can always use the raw, either yellow or white part, its a great conditioner as as good for your hair… :dance: :pigtail: :pigtail: :pigtail:

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Sital Sharma April 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

raw egg* :stars:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

you are welcome and thank you for the kind words. i used to mix a whole egg with olive oil together and massage into my hair and scalp and leave it there for 1-2 hours and wash it out that indeed helped my hair but now that i think about it it neevr really made a huge difference and the reason to that is that the silcone obvioulsy didnt let the protein and vitamins from the egg and olive oil get to my hair 🙁 :waaa:

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Dipti C April 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Sahar… Thanks for such an informative article… thats your baby..cho cutee :teddy: :teddy: .. me too had such curls and I totally lost them .. :(( :((

and you look so stunning hun :puchhi: :puchhi: hope you get those curls back

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm

thank youu dipti

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Shilpa Pinaki April 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Am not reading an article..Am juss looking at your piccies & unable to decide..Who is cuter…You or Your Golu Baby.. :methinks:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm

:waiting: haha just kidding 😉

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khush April 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Me have a hair masque which is I think havng silicones!! Will dump it.I. Somethimes use it! I wnna buy l’oreal masque cz my both shampoo n condi are frm tht brand only !
U look vry pretty sahar..!!
I feel very J
And ur boy -i bet he got blessed wd his daddy’s feature..dunno why but m thinkng like tht 😛 😛
Heee isss going to be a handsome dude in future hehehehe of a secyyy mommyy !!!!
LOVE
XOXO

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

if you use it once a week or once every two weeks you should be fine because the silicone will go away in time 🙂
haha yes he looks just like his father very obvious because he looks nothing like me 🙂
heheh thank youu khushjaneee <3

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khush April 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Moderation :waiting: :waiting:

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deeptima April 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Sahar , this was really helpful :puchhi:

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

you are welcome 😀

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dipanwita April 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

:headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: omg..i dont know how much i have tortured my hair unknowingly… but loved the article sahar.. an eye opening article.. :yes: :yes: :yes:
waise… sahar, when ur son will grow up,, his friends will surely stick around u… sexy aunty… 😆 😆 😆 😆 and ur eye makeup looks awesome in the last pic… :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Ekta April 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

thank you Sahar for the fantastic post…. I too swear by the silicon free shampoos! I have been using TBS shampoo and the improvement is such that I can even skip the conditioner now :)) I have my hair back !!! But one thing I fail to understand is that even the so called herbal brands add silicone to their products… First they add these cones and increase the price and when they make them silicon free they further increase the price….!!! I mean I don’t understand the math here… Even the good old hello shampoo now comes contaminated with silicones!!
Beautiful pics and ur son is a cutie pie…!

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Sahar April 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm

woow. yes i dont understand that either. maybe they want to make people think that the more you pay the better the quality?

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Ekta April 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Moderation !! 😐 :struggle:

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RASHMI V. S. April 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

awesome one.. hey please share names of few silicon-free shampoos as well. n btw you look absolutely stunning… so beautiful

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Laxmi April 21, 2012 at 12:18 am

informative article.. I too miss my curls.. now i know the reason.. 🙁

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Laxmi April 21, 2012 at 12:22 am

I’ve heard V-Care has launched shikakai paste.. V-Care is a popular trichology center in South India.. Btw, is anybody using it? How is the result?

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Renji April 21, 2012 at 12:58 am

Hi Sahar….Very nice and informative post…..U look gorgeous 🙂 and ur son is sooo cute….

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Mayuri April 21, 2012 at 2:07 am

You look gorgeous with the curls.. thanks for this review Sahar.. its so informative and an eye opener.. :pompom: :yahoo: :heart:

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Vish April 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

ur son is so damn cute Sahar :puchhi:
u luk very pretty too 🙂
n xctly wat happns to my hair 🙁 even I have curls bt dey lay flat and hair acts crazy on day 1 of shampoo
i will definitely switch to silicone free shampoos thank u

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Riti April 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Awww so pretty !! I looove ur style !
A very useful article…..I didn’t know what Silicone actually does… Thanks a lot !!
Looking forward to your future posts!!!!
Time to buy a new shampoo! 😐

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Samantha April 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Very informative article, Sahar! 🙂
But I don’t agree with what you said about silicones making curls disappear. I used to use silicones before, and my hair was as curly as ever. Possibly because my hair is very curly? I dunno.

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insia April 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

hi,sehar v.nice pics
Dear is biotique aslo silicone free shampoo???????????? m using biotique green apple shampoo last 4 Months.

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Joni September 14, 2013 at 12:55 am

Hi Sahar,

I’m afraid I’m a bit confused by your article and pictures.

Did your voluminous curly hair eventually return after using silicone-free shampoo?

The way I’m understanding the pictures is that the silicone shampoos gave you body and the non-silicone made it go flat. Or did you experiment and go from non-silicone to silicone just to see what would happen?

Sorry confusion, just need some clarification.

Thank you!

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