All About Silicones
ONLY THE BENEFITS – NONE OF THE BUILDUP
Kavella Hair Care uses silicones in moderation to greatly benefit the hair without causing build-up or breakage. Many haircare brands use them as the entire solution for hair. They use high levels of silicones in all their products to mimic the benefits of natural oils; however, their shampoos have to be stronger to remove excess and keep the hair in balance. If the shampoo is not strong enough to remove the excess silicone in the conditioners and styling products, buildup occurs. Our silicones are used in carefully chosen amounts to ensure that the hair is getting only the benefits and none of the buildup.
Silicones are film-forming, like many other effective ingredients in hair products, and having a very thin film of silicone on your hair does not cause damage… it prevents it. Silicones provide heat protection, add slip to reduce breakage during brushing, add shine and protect the hair from everyday stressors. On top of that, most people prefer the way conditioners feel when they contain a little bit of silicone. They even help your hair to dry faster and more evenly to reduce frizz. When silicones are paired with low molecular weight conditioners, they work together to increase the strength of the hair.
If you enjoy a lot of products that contain silicone but worry about buildup, a simple washing with our Clarifying Clay Shampoo every few weeks will keep the hair balanced.
CAN’T I JUST USE OIL TO PROTECT MY HAIR FROM HEAT?
Oil can do wonders for your hair, which is why we use so many of them in our collections. They can tame frizz, moisturize and nourish hair from the inside out, and protect hair from damage. But oils aren’t the best at protecting hair from heat styling. Heating up an oil past its boiling point will cause the oil to boil inside the hair shaft. Blowdryers aren’t supposed to reach temperatures over 140 degrees F, so all of the oils we use are great for hair that is blow dried! Oils will seal in moisture so that the hair doesn’t get as dried out or damaged from your blowout. This is why our Blowout Enhancer doesn’t need to contain any silicones to effectively protect the hair.
But if you are putting a 380+ degree flat iron on your hair, you need to be using products formulated for high heat protection. Silicones are the best option for heat protection for 2 reasons. First, they have very low thermal conductivity, so hair is prevented from being heated up too quickly and damaged. Next, they offer the best slip and glide on the hair so that hot tools can easily pass over sections of hair without getting stuck, causing too much heat to be applied on that area. Our Thermal Primer and Serum contain silicone that is balanced with organic avocado and camellia oils, two oils that will nourish the hair while also being tolerant of heat up to 450 degrees.
WHAT KINDS OF SILICONES DOES KAVELLA USE?
Our favorite silicone is amodimethicone. Amodimethicone is a functional, conditioning silicone that does not like to build up upon itself. Instead, it creates the desired protective layer while the rest of the amodimethicone washes away. The second silicone we use is simple dimethicone. Dimethicone is found in our Moisture Mist, Moisturizing Conditioner, Thermal Primer and Thermal Serum. Dimethicone is in our Moisture Mist to add the benefits of heat protection and detangling. Because the mist is sprayed in a light layer over the hair, the perfect amount of dimethicone for protection is deposited on the hair shaft. This thin layer is easily washed away with any of our shampoos. The small amount of dimethicone in our Moisturizing Conditioner is used to seal in the natural oils of Abyssinian, Jojoba and Shea, which all come before the dimethicone on the ingredient list. In hair void of moisture, sealing moisturizing and conditioning agents keeps the hair supple longer. In our Thermal Primer and Thermal Serum, dimethicone is used as a reliable heat protectant for hot tools.
Kavella is a siloxane-free brand. We don’t use cyclotetrasiloxane, cylcopentasiloxane or cyclohexasiloxane in our products. These silicones are used in many haircare products, especially sprays and serums, because they evaporate after they’ve done their job of detangling and providing heat protection. Although this effect is very beneficial for the feeling of your hair, these ingredients are detrimental to the environment. These siloxanes have been found to be toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms. Siloxane doesn’t entirely break up or dissolve when it is washed down the drain, leading to toxicity in our water waste. To humans, they may be endocrine disruptors and harm the reproductive and immune systems.
LEAVE-IN KAVELLA PRODUCTS THAT PROTECT AGAINST HIGH HEAT (380 DEGREES F +)
LEAVE-IN KAVELLA PRODUCTS THAT PROTECT AGAINST MODERATE HEAT (300-380 DEGREES F)
What if you don’t use high heat on your hair and would rather just avoid silicones? Don’t worry, we still have you covered! Half of our products are completely silicone-free.