Seriously. What is the deal with silicone?

Honeyb0000Honeyb0000 Registered Users Posts: 42
Hi all. I have been silicone/sulfate free for a while now. My hair isn't perfect but I am embracing it.

The other day, I was in the drug store and saw a 2 for $7 deal on GFTN. I use the conditioner as a rinse out and have had pretty good luck.

But, in a moment of total weakness, I got one bottle of the conditioner and a bottle of the shampoo, which I KNEW had cones. I had one of those "maybe this time it will actually work" moments.

Well, it didn't. I had this fantasy that my enormous, wavy, thick, frizzy hair would transform into a glorious silky manageable mane. Not even close. It's weird. My hair feels soft but it is soooo puffy. I have no curl definition at all. It's wild and all over the place.

So, back to square one. Sulfate shampoo and back to no cones. Of course, only until the next time I cave in again.
Shampoo: Pure Life Lavender
Condish Pure Life Lavender, GFTN
LI: Deva OneC


  • proudcurlygirlyproudcurlygirly Registered Users Posts: 478
    ;-) Ha ha, I'm sure you're not alone in falling off the CG wagon and jumping on the 'cone one, lol!:laughing8: I think a few curlies, myself included, especially when I was first starting out on my CG journey, had moments of weakness when I wondered what it would be like to revisit the 'cone old days. In my case, it took accidentally putting cones in my hair (picking up a wrong bottle), to realise just how far I had come with CG and I never looked back after that. Like yourself, I don't have 'perfect' hair, but it is in a lot better shape than it was with 'cones. Of course, CG doesn't suit every wavy/curly head, so whatever course you take in future, I wish you all the very best!:icon_smile:
    :icon_smile: UK Curly
    Curl type : Boticelli, 3a, loose curls
    Porosity : High
    Texture : Fine/medium (I think!)
    Co-wash/rinse out/leave in : L'oreal Full Restore 5, GFR&S, Schwarzkopf Bio Pomegranite
    Gels : Umberto Giannini Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly
    Finish product : Boots Naked Style Frizz Fighter Serum or a pea-sized blob of condish smoothed over canopy
    CG since Feb 2011
  • unicyclistunicyclist Registered Users Posts: 181
    Oh, I know...
    Cones are terrible!

    One time, when I just started CG, I went over to sleep over at my friend's house. She gave me some frizz serum she uses (Bumble and Bumble?) and said it worked well for her. I tried it, and my hair was dried out and sooooo frizzy. I looked up the ingredients later and found that it was all silicone :/

    I guess I'm not CG anymore because I clarify with Cetaphil, which has a little SLS, but I looked it up on cosmetic database and it got a 2 out of 10, meaning SLS isn't that bad. It's a lot better than some CG approved ingredients. I wouldn't worry about using sulfate shampoo.
    Weekly Shampoo: Kinky-Curly Come Clean + Coconut Oil
    Co-wash/RO: Cure Care Skin & Hair Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

    • combing to detangle and separate curls
    • scrunch 'n pump!
    • t-shirt turban
    Hair :love1: coconut oil and protein
    Hair :angry7: silicones, sulfates, glycerin, synthetic ingredients

    2c/C/ii/low porosity. Growing out!
    *November- above chin
    *January- at chin
    *March- around collarbone
  • CyanbobcatCyanbobcat Registered Users Posts: 65
    Honeyb0000 wrote: »
    I had this fantasy that my enormous, wavy, thick, frizzy hair would transform into a glorious silky manageable mane.

    I have fallen prey to this fantasy too. So far, FSG is the only thing that has actually revived my fantasies and gives me hope. Is your hair coarse, med, or fine? Have you tried FSG?
  • Honeyb0000Honeyb0000 Registered Users Posts: 42
    Thanks you guys, for absolving me of my silicone sins. I see the light!

    I have not tried FSG. But I have tried other gels. They really make my hair behave better, but do a number on my skin. Besides using a tiny bit of leave in conditioner, I can't find one styling product that doesn't make me break out. Gels, creams, serums, or sprays.

    I am 44 years old with graying hair. I will NOT use anything that gives me zits! I am too old for that. So, frizz it is.
    Shampoo: Pure Life Lavender
    Condish Pure Life Lavender, GFTN
    LI: Deva OneC
  • marieantoinettemarieantoinette Registered Users Posts: 131
    I don't know why, but my hair likes cones. Definitely not as much as I used to -- the only gel I put in my hair has no cones at all, and my conditioner only has one or two. But they don't build up, make my hair feel greasy, or weigh me down. In fact, if I try and use a conditioner without cones, my hair loses almost all definition.
    Hair type 2A, fine texture but very very dense (TONS of hair)!
    Products: Suave Naturals coconut co-wash, L'Oreal EverCreme Moisturizing rinse-out
    LA Looks Sports Gel (on the hunt for a better gel!)
  • itsiliiiitsiliii Registered Users Posts: 340
    I use silicones but Very carefully! I don't use shampoo or condish with them and make sure my products either have water soluble cones or only one cone :3 leaves my hair looking much better a kitty cat...and i dance dance dance :blob7:
    2B/2C hair! :thumbup:

    Shampoo: GTTT, SheaMoisture
    Condish Tresemme naturals, GFTN
    DT: Lustrasilk + honey :)
    Styling products: Ouidad CC, TIGI Catwalk, KCCC, PaulMitchell Sculpting Foam
    Oils: Coconut
  • oh.hi.its.stephoh.hi.its.steph Registered Users Posts: 640
    I have to be super careful with 'cones too! They make my hair look GREAT the first time I use them, but the next time my hair looks a bit limp/lifeless. So if I want to use 'cones I could probably only do it once a week... but sometimes I do like the look :)
    whurly girly (2C/3A).
    thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
    hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

    LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
    CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
    RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
    LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
    Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
  • curlyevcurlyev Registered Users Posts: 248 Curl Novice
    I have only straightened my hair 4 times in my whole life (only twice myself...I never should have bought a straightener lol), and that is the most recent time I've used cones. To wear my hair straight, it just needs cones to create the illusion that it's silky. lol. I keep one sulfate shampoo on hand, and I know it will remove all the cones. I always condition with a light conditioner before my sulfate shampoo and then DT after. It keeps the poof away.
    -2C, fine, thick, medium porosity, medium elasticity, long, dye-free (CG since Nov. '11)
    Low Poo: Zotos All About Curls Lo Lather Cleanser
    Cantu TXTR Apple Cider Vinegar+Tea Tree Soothing Shampoo (use when scalp is very itchy)
    RO: Zotos All About Curls Daily Cream Conditioner
    LI: Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner
    Deep Conditioning: Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 3-in-1 Hair Mask+Avocado or Raw Sugar Mighty Curls
    Styling: Zotos All About Curls Bouncy Cream
    Clarifying: Kinky Curly Come Clean (1 to 2 x month, depending on what my hair needs)
    *I have learned to pay attention to what my hair needs and when.*

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