09-08-2009, 10:07 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Wow, phetish, this is a huge question.
Silicones were created to smooth the hair, so I guess you could say they are more in the emollient category, even though technically an emollient is supposed to soothe/soften. There are such a variety of silicones, though, that classifying them is difficult. Some "breathe" better than others and so their humectant qualities probably range quite a bit, but I agree with tendrilly that thinking of them as humectants is probably not accurate.
Silicones are often used to keep moisture out of hair, so if you're living in a humid place, maybe they'd work well for you -- as long as you're prepared to shampoo them out to prevent build-up.
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein!
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS:
Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
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