Honestly, it might just depend on your hair type and what you're using as a LI. I never had the nice 'silicone look' so for me (cg 1 yrish) my hair has never looked better. It's soft, shiny and bouncer than I ever got with silicones. I've attributed it to the fact that its more moisturized and healthier than it ever was. Sooo to answer your question I think it just depends. I'm sure your hair will be different since you're using different products. I think this is where a lot of experimenting comes in.