It took a long time for me to see the results of daily silicone use. I seen it in how I couldnt get enough moisture in to control frizz. Once you have healthy hair and know how to keep it healthy you should be fine playing with some cones for awhile. You will know by what issues pop up that you cant solve. I was trying protein to get my limp frizzy curls to curl up more. Turns out it was the cones not letting moisture in. Went back to CG for now but come summer I may need those cones again. I find if you have to use a sulfate shampoo the suave professionals almond and shea butter seems less stripping to me.