Silicone Free Shampoo


Understanding the benefits of silicone free shampoo is very important. You may hear and see a lot in the media and from hair professionals about silicones in hair products and why they are not good for your hair, but how much do you really know?

Forbidden under organic standards but widely included in mainstream skin and hair care, the use of synthetic volatile silicones has become more controversial since studies have raised concerns over their impact on health and pollution of the environment.

So Why Are Silicones Added To Hair Care Products?

Silicones coat the hair in a waterproof film to give it a silky slip, less comb resistance and a shinier appearance.  At first this may seem a boon to dry, damaged or coarse and curly hair, but their effect is simply a cosmetic cover-up which masks any problem.  Silicones don’t actively improve the underlying condition of your hair – quite the opposite in fact.  This waterproof film prevents genuine conditioning ingredients, moisture and even the hair’s own natural oils from penetrating or lubricating the hair shaft, so in reality the hidden dryness and damage gets worse.   

Birmingham based hairdresser for Nicky Clarke, Elizabeth Winters, confirms this, saying:

“They appear to clean hair and give the feel and appearance of the hair being soft and shiny, they in fact coat the hair over a period of time which prevent moisture from entering the hair, eventually drying it out. It can seem a cost effective way to look after hair but the truth is that you are using more shampoo to lather up and not helping to strengthen or moisturise the hair.”

Why Are Silicones Not Good For Your Hair?

If you colour treat your hair that waterproof film can reduce the colour uptake along with any conditioning products you apply.  Also, heat treating or blow-drying can bake the silicone into the hair-shaft, making it particularly hard to remove.   

Silicones gradually accumulate up on the hair anyway, making it feel heavy, flat and lifeless and the only way to remove this build-up is with a strong, clarifying shampoo.  Usually sulphate based, such shampoos strip oils from the scalp leaving it prone to itching and flaking and your hair rough, dry and out of control.  Reach for your silicone-based conditioners and serums and you know you’ll be starting the whole process over again.

What Can You Do To Break The Damaging Cycle?

Choose hair care products free of ingredients with the suffix ‘cone or siloxane like:

  • – Dimethicone
  • – Methicone
  • – Cyclomethicone
  • – Cyclopentasiloxane
  • – Trisiloxane

Note:Don’t be confused by the unfortunate similarity in name to silicon (no ‘e’). Silicon is a natural and abundant earth element which combines with oxygen in the air to form minerals like quartz, mica and silica. Likewise Silica is taken up by plants and happens to be a major hair strengthening mineral. It is present in the herb horsetail – which we use in both our shampoos!     

Try Our Silicone Free Shampoos – using organic coconut oil, herbs and botanicals:

silicone-free-shampooBoth of our shampoos are sulphate and silicone free and are gentle on the hair and scalp. You can be assured that we’ve selected the kindest, highest-quality ingredients possible. Both contain potent concentrations of pure organic aloe vera juice, coconut oil and calendula. 

Gentle Herb Shampoo, is a balancing and conditioning shampoo for clean, soft, silky hair and is suitable for all hair types. 

Tea Tree Shampoo is a clarifying shampoo for sensitive, normal, greasy or flaky scalps.

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We only source the kindest ingredients from trusted suppliers who don’t practice unethical or cruel methods of farming, which is why we are able to label every single one of our products cruelty free!

Use code: Silicone20 at the checkout for 20% off your order! – *Limited to one use per customer*


More Advice?

If you’d like any more advice on silicone free shampoo please do email us –, add your question as a comment below, or call 01638 491022 – we’re here to help! 


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