How To Detox Hair from Silicones

In the previous posts, you found out what silicones are, why they are used and you cleared your head about whether or not using silicones in your daily hair care routine might be useful for your hair, so now you’re ready to continue our journey in the silicones’ world: in this post we’ll talk about how to detox hair from silicones.

If you’re tired of having dry, weak and flat hair or if you have fine and thin hair and you want to detox your hair from silicones in order to give it more vitality and strength, than this blog post is perfect for you.

How to detox hair from silicones?


I talked about silicones and their role in our hair care products in my previous blog posts (that I recommend you to read, if you haven’t already read them!), in which I told you that silicones deposit on our hair and ruin it, sometimes permanently, forcing us to cut it, even though we wouldn’t want to.

If you’re lucky, detoxing your hair from silicones might be a good alternative to a haircut, and it could help you give your hair its vitality and shine back.

So how can we detox from silicones?

A pretty obvious (but not as easy as it may seem) answer to this question, is:

by eliminating all the siliconic hair products from your hair care routine 


✓by gradually replacing your siliconic hair products with hair care products with a better cosmetic label and without oily or heavy silicones, or, at least, with a very small amount of them. Once you’ve gotten through the transition period, you can start using only eco-friendly and natural products.

This transition period prevents stress from hair that, after many years of silicones, will have to live without “their help”, and, most of all, it’s useful for you, because you shouldn’t be discouraged after your first approach to natural hair care products that always makes our hair dull and probably unmanageable.

What happens when we stop using silicones on our hair?

You’ll see your hair as it really is, and I want you to know that it may be “traumatizing” finding out the real nature of your hair! You’ll pass from having disciplined and acceptable hair, to having unruly, dry, fragile, and frizzy hair that won’t seem yours!


Your hair looks like this not because you’re not using silicones anymore, but because it’s really like that! Silicones only worsened the problem by hiding the poor health status of your hair.

Detoxing our hair from silicones reveals us what’s hidden under that thick layer that silicones created on our hair.

Don’t be discouraged! In the first phase, your hair might seem dirty and oily more often than what you’re used to, especially if you have oily, dry and thick hair.

That’s normal in the transition period. And you don’t have to blame your new natural products because you think they’re not doing their job, but you have to blame the silicones that created build-up on your hair that’s so hard to wash away: you’ll need aggressive surfactants and many washes to get the beautiful sensation of clean hair.

So, how can we choose natural products that do not damage hair and that can help us detox our hair from silicones? 

Obviously, the very first step is to read the cosmetic label and the INCI names, because those two things help us understand if there are silicones in our products and the percentages of them in the product we want to use. It’s not easy to know them all, because there are many types of silicones and they’re also usually combined in 2, 3 or even 4 types together. 

The combination of silicones that’s most used in hair care products is cyclopentasiloxane combined with dimethicone. It’s widely used in hair care products because it makes hair look shiner, glossier and easier to comb.

On the market, we find silicones in every hair care product, except in natural hair care products, that are almost always safe. But I recommend you to read the INCI names no matter what!

Just keep in mind that if the name of the silicone is listed in the first or second line of the ingredients list, it means that your product is a siliconic hair product, so there’s a high percentage of silicones in it.


While we’re reading the INCI names, we need to pay attention to what kind of silicone is in our product: if it’s volatile, so light, like cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane or cyclohexasiloxane, that do not create build-up, or if it’s like dimethicone, so extremely oily and very hard to wash away because it causes build-up.

I suggest you to check the INCI names for every hair care product you own: shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, hair mousse, hair crystals, gels and hair oils, also known as “thermoprotectors”.

How often you use silicones is another key factor in our hair care routine. If you use siliconic hair products once a month, you don’t need to be alarmed, because you should be able to get rid of them with a couple of washes. You need to be alarmed if you use them every day.

Quoting Skineco (International Association of Ecodermocompatibility) if the percentage of silicones in the hair care product is less than or equal to 2%, so if the silicones are at the end of the ingredients’ list, they can help obtain satisfying results on dry and frizzy hair. If, instead, silicones prevail on other ingredients, they only give us satisfying but temporary results that qill, eventually, damage our hair.

How long should the detoxing period last?

As you know, every hair’s different and it responds differently to various hair products, so the detoxing period can last from a month to 5 or 6 months. It depends a lot on how “addicted” our hair is to silicones and on how heavy and oily it’s the build-up on it.

But I’m sure you’ll understand when the transition period is over and when you’ll be finally free from silicones, because your hair won’t look the same!

RECOMMENDED READING: Natural Hair Care Routine for Oily Hair

Like everything, you need to be patient, but you’ll obtain satisfying results that will be worth the pain, because you’ll see your hair flourish and your scalp be reborn.

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In the video tutorial above I talk about my personal experience and about how I was able to detox my hair from silicones and what really made the difference for me during that process.

The synergy I managed to create among henna and herbal hair colors, silicone-free hair care products, even hair-styling products like Beautilicious Delights Natural Anti-Frizz Hair Spray or Volumizing Hair Spray, had a huge impact on how I could detox my hair from silicones.

In fact, today, after many years since I started using natural hair care products, my hair is unrecognizable and more beautiful than ever: it’s voluminous, soft and very light.

Yes, you read that correctly: henna and herbal hair colors not only help our hair become stronger and shinier, but they also help us detox our hair from silicones, because henna removes the layer silicones created on the hair. If you aren’t familiar with henna and herbal hair colors, but you heard about them and you would like to know more, I recommend you to read one of the most read articles in this blog:

Henna & Herbal Hair Colors: 20 F.A.Q. (frequently asked questions)!

If, instead, you decide to continue using siliconic hair care products because your hair can’t do without them, remember that the color release on your hair will be minor.


Because silicones created build-up on your hair stem, creating a filming effect that interferes with the color release on your hair. You can notice this filming effect especially if you’re trying to dye your gray hair naturally with henna and herbal hair colors. Needless to say, all the hair masks you do before shampooing are useless if your hair is filmed with silicones.


So, in order to benefit from hair masks, from henna mixes or from natural hair care products, you have to detox your hair from silicones.

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