I didn't know there was a mantra that silicones were bad. I thought it was just a matter of they work for some people and not for others. I cowash several times a week. Silicones will seem okay on the first wash but by the second wash it's a dry disaster because my hair is very prone to buildup. I avoid all cones in all forms and that makes my hair happy. I think everyone should do what makes their hair happy. There are other ingredients my hair hates too like PVP but I'm not dogging PVP.
Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it.