According to Silicone Inspiring Innovations, the chemical pillars of silicones are silicon and oxygen and they can be water-soluble and non-soluble. They are quite effective in hair products and offer many benefits like shine and manageability of your tresses. They can give your hair that silky feeling, are great for slip, which helps with detangling and combatting frizz. The non-soluble ones can create a film or buildup on your strands that require a cleanse to properly remove and one of the reasons some steer clear of them.
Are silicones bad? Well, it truly depends on whom you ask and how their hair tolerates them. If you are an avid co-washer I would opt out, but if you shampoo weekly, then the buildup may not be an issue. Silicones can be found in beauty products, and for the average consumer it may be hard to know all of them, but the Good Hair Diaries on Curly Nikki says that “most ingredients ending in "cone", "col", "conol" or "zane" are more than likely a silicone.”
If you are noticing more buildup than usual and think you need to step back from the ‘cones’, then check out the 20 top silicone-free daily conditioners that will give you the slip you crave without the buildup you hate.
This lovely scented daily conditioner has aqueous extracts of organic rosemary and peppermint, polyquaternium-11(conditioning agent), fatty acids, glyceryl stearate (coconut), and stearalkonium chloride (mixed plant oils) as the first five ingredients. You get weightless body and shine with massive amounts of slip. The rosemary and peppermint will make your scalp tingle and come alive.
Water, fatty alcohols, and coconut fatty acids make up this favorite from curlies, coilies, and wavies for its slip appeal that’s budget-friendly and hydrating.
Water, fatty alcohols, distearoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate- mild conditioner and fragrance monopolize this unique 92% biodegrabale formula. Ultra-clean and infused with acerola berry antioxidant, this non-heavy conditioner will give you weightless shine. Another budget-friendly brand.
With water, fatty alcohols, behentrimonium chloride (cuticle smoother and softener), glycerin, and glycol distearate (emollient), DevaCurl has an extremely popular and creamy daily conditioner that provides maximum hydration. Perfect for all curl types and will balance your scalp and hair’s moisture levels perfectly.
Panax ginsing root extract, Irish moss extract, brewer’s yeast extract, ginkgko bilobal extract and anise fruit extract all give excellent reasons why this dual-purpose conditioner is NaturallyCurly’s 2014 Editor’s Choice. Moisture balancing and moisture adjusting double-duty conditioner will boost the moisture levels with all the essential lipids and proteins as a one-minute rinse out. As a leave-in your tresses get non-stop moisturizing suppleness.
A much loved conditioner with its water, fatty alcohols, lavender, shea butter, and fragrance blended together and will smooth away tangles and leaves dry, brittle strands softer and more manageable. This is extremely hydrating with a light honeysuckle scent.
Water, horsetail, peppermint, rosemary, and bay leaf along with other slippery and moisturizing properties add softness to your thirsty tresses. There are a total of 14 different herbs and spices in this thick, daily conditioner perfect for the dry-haired curly in need of moisture and nutrients.
Purified water, aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil), honey, and virgin hemp oil make up this light, silky penetrating conditioner. Amazing slip with super moisturizing powers, it rinses out well and nourishes your strands with its potent formula.
This daily conditioner is just in time for Halloween with pumpkin seed oil, distilled water, behentrimonium methosulfate (mild conditioner), fatty alcohol, and virgin coconut oil. Get softer strands with this slippery conditioner full of pumpkin seed oil to moisturize and condition fully.
Aloe barbadensis gel, hypnea musciformis extract (and) gelidiela acerosa extract (and) sargassum hupendula extract, sorbitol (sugar alcohol), cetrimonium chloride (topical antiseptic and behentrimonium metosulphate all make up this amazing daily conditioner that will hydrate and restore dry, frizzy hair. The ingredients are for repairing your damaged strands and preventing future damage and split ends.
Made with water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fatty alcohols, and emollients, this smoothing conditioner caters to hair that had a tendency to frizz. Great for all hair types it will encourage your curls, coils, and waves to behave, shine, and be fully moisturized.
Curl Junkie’s daily hair conditioner has water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fatty alcohols, emollients, and cetyl esters (wax to increase thickness), to heal your tired strands. The aloe and emollients will soften and hydrate while making your detangling sessions more productive and pleasant.
Purified water, fatty alcohols (derived from coconut), stearalkonium chloride (anti-static agent), polysorbate 60 (solubilize essential oils into water-based products), and coconut oil make up the first five ingredients in a conditioner all about moisturizing and softening the driest, most damaged strands that come its way. Coarse hair? This is the conditioner for you. Chemically-damaged hair? This is the conditioner for you.
A relatively newcomer to the big boys, it has water, fatty alcohols, butylene glycol (conditioning agent), and glycerin and will keep your curls healthy and conditioned all with great slip. Perfect for all curl types and can be a leave-in or a daily conditioner.
This loving conditioner has water, emollients, fatty alcohols, slippery elm extract and vegetable glycerin as its main ingredients. It’s got three jobs: rinse-out, deep conditioning, and a co-washer with a pH balance to help retain your hair’s natural sheen and shine. Highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.
This replenishing conditioner has deionized water, emollients, and glycerin and loves working with heat. You get softer, shinier, healthier hair after using this powerhouse conditioner that will permanently bond its nutrients to your hair’s cortex making your strands stronger with better elasticity.
With water, fatty alcohols, stearalkonium chloride (anti-static agent), jojoba seed oil and sweet almond oil, it’s no wonder this conditioner is making waves in the natural hair community. Super moisturizing with its potent mixture of organic ingredients that will help stimulate, strengthen, and be kind to your strands.
Coconut milk, distilled water, coconut oil, shea butter, and castor oil make up a super-rich conditioner packed full of vitamins to strengthen your hair and regenerate cells for growth. Get shine, slip and split ends prevention with this great for all hair types conditioner.
Deionzed water, coconut oil, shea butter, sorbitol esters (nonionic surfactants) and mango seed butter, make up a moisture restoring conditioner that will smooth out the driest hair cuticle. Knots, tangles and snarls disappear with the remarkable slip this conditioner has and forget about frizz because it will go ‘bye bye’.
Deionozed water, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil and behentrimonium chloride (silicone-free slip provider) make up this rich, thick sweet smelling leave-in or rinse out conditioner. It will moisturize, detangle and restore your hair’s natural essence.