Silicone Free Shampoo Brands

Hair care products that use silicones get critcized more and more. Many shampoos and conditioners contain these substances. Silicones are used as a film former for each hair, so the hair can be meshed better and shine without appearing greasy. They are also used in hair spray and foam, where they form a layer around each single hair.

Using hair care products without silicone is not only better for your hair, it is also better for the environment.

In this article we provide you a list of silicone-free shampoos brands.

Not all silicones are equal



Silicones are available in different quality levels. The cheaper the shampoo, the cheaper the silicones. And the cheaper the silicones are, the heavier they are. Especially with fine hair, silicones are problematic because they weigh down the hair and leave it seem powerless. That’s why they are more suitable for dull, curly or damaged hair. Furthermore, the application of a permanent wave or dyeing of the hair is difficult when there is a layer of silicone around each hair..

How to tell that your shampoo contains silicones?

In the list of ingredients on the packaging you can detect them by terms ending with “cone” or “con”, such as dimethicone or Trimethicone. The term “Cyclo-” can also refer to silicones.

People who do not want to do without without silicones should use light water-soluble silicones that do not weigh down the hair. These include the lightweight silicone “Cyclomethicone” or “Cyclopentasiloxane”. They can be washed out again. “Dimethicone”, however, is the heaviest silicone. It is mainly used in conditioners or cures. It is deposited on the hair.

Ecologically silicones are questionable as well. They are not biodegradable, their water-soluble residues pollute the lakes, rivers and groundwater. Even water treatment facilities have a hard time dealing with the silicones in the sewage.

List of silicones commonly used in shampoos and conditioners:

  • silicones_used_in_shampoosAmodimethicone
  • Behenoxy Dimethicone
  • Cetearyl methicone
  • Cetyl Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Phenyl Methicone
  • Stearoxy Dimethicone
  • Stearyl Dimethicone
  • Stearyl Methicone
  • Silicone Quaternium-22
  • Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Patience is required when getting rid of silicones

People who have used silicone hair care products for a longer period of time must remain patient when switching to silicone-free products. It may take several weeks until the substance is completely removed from the hair.

For this situation, cosmetic manufacturers offer special Repair or Detox Shampoos. In the first weeks after the switch, however, the hair can still look fragile and brittle. Only when all the silicone is reduced and the new hair care substances can penetrate the hair it can regain its natural beauty.

List of silicone-free shampoo brands

All-natural shampoos:

  • Alverde
  • Apereiron Keshawa
  • Aubrey Organics
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Fundamental Shampoo
  • Green People
  • Herbal Choice
  • JASON All Natural
  • Khadi Herbal Shampoos
  • Kiss My Face All Natural Organic
  • Lavera
  • L’Occitane Aromachologie
  • Logona Shampoos
  • Lush Solid Shampoos
  • Maple Holistics
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Nubian Heritage
  • Pura d’Or
  • Sante
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Tru Moroccan Best Natural Shampoo
  • Weleda
  • Yves Rocher

Conventional silicone-free shampoos:

  • Art Naturals
  • Fekkai Shampoos
  • Garnier Fructis – Pure Clean
  • Herbal Essences
  • Living Proof Shampoos
  • Nexxus New York Salon Care Shampoos
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoos: Sheer Volume, Aqua Light Clean Rinse Shampoo, Sheer Volume with Collagen, Ice Shine
  • TRESemme Expert Selection, Expert Collection, Expert Botanique, Perfectly Undone

We hope you find this list of silicone free shampoo brands helpful and you find a product that is less harmful for your hair and the environment. However, this list is not comprehensive. If you find more silicone free shampoos, please leave a comment below.

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