Let’s face it, no matter what your schedule, your hair is subject to some serious wear and tear. If you are based in Auckland, New Zealand like us, those four seasons in one day don’t help.
So considering that, we decided to set out to create a product to combat some of this daily stress and we started by avoiding ingredients that are detrimental to our delicate locks. Criminal number one? Silicone- used in a lot of hair products to mimic the natural shine we all crave.
So why do we feel pretty smug of the exclusion of silicone in our products? We break down the synthetic ingredient and the effect that it really has on our tresses and the environment.
Silicone is used as a sealant, it gives the hair the illusion of shine, however, experts report that the coating of the hair prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft, so we may get short-term shine, but at the expense of long term hair hydration and health. In essence, adding another layer to your hair strands, can keep nutrients from getting in or penetrating the hair, which over time can cause the hair to weaken or break.
Although the extent to which this occurs has not been studied in great detail, at COMB we take caution in interrupting the body's natural barriers which is the main reason why we leave out silicones from our products.
Not only can it be an issue for your hair, it also has the potential to have a negative impact on the environment. We know that similar silicone-based molecules have been proven to persist in the environment and are slow to biodegrade. This can be a cause for concern when considering the effects of these chemicals on wildlife, such as aquatic organisms, after they have been washed down the drain and released into the environment. Not a great ingredient for wildlife lovers like ourselves!
Instead, we use Broccoli seed oil to tame frizz and boost shine without the potential impact of silicone ingredients.
SPOTTING THE SILICONE
There are so many different types of silicones, it can be hard to know what products contain it. Common names [for silicones] are Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Methicone, Amodimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cyclomethicone/Cyclopentasiloxane just to name a few. If you are unsure, a quick google search of the ingredient name will tell you pretty quickly if it is a silicone- based product.