Silicones are added to some hair products to control frizz and add increase hair. Silicone-containing hair products give smoothness and shine to frizzy dry hair. The silicones form a waterproof coating around the hair shaft that repels humidity and gives your hair a smooth, shiny look. However, silicone-containing products just give the temporary illusion of healthy hair. The waterproof film on the hair strands prevents moisturizing ingredients in conditioners and hair treatments from penetrating your hair shaft. Some silicones can build up in the hair over time leaving your strands weighed down and feeling waxy.
If you find that silicone-infused products improve the appearance of your locks, make sure to buy products formulated with water-soluble silicones to avoid product build-up.
If you opt for a silicone-free hair care routine, start with selecting hair shampoo formulated without silicones. This is a good start to achieving weightless and bouncy hair. Also use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo that cleanses your hair without stripping its natural moisture.
The following is a list of sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoos and conditioners that have a temporary smoothing effect on the hair.
1. Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo by Alterna
This gentle formula moisturizes and strengthens hair while keeping frizz at bay. It is designed for all hair types but is especially suitable for chemically processed and frizz-prone hair. This ultra-caring shampoo makes your hair more resistant to humidity and leaves it with a smooth, frizz-free finish.
Bamboo extract keeps hair strong and helps reduce breakage, while organic kendi oil locks in moisture and tames frizz and static.
This shampoo is color-safe and free of harsh sulfates, parabens, silicones, and sodium chloride.
2. Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner
A team of biomedical scientists based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invented and patented new molecules that create an invisible shield around each hair strand to lock in moisture-proof smoothness.
Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) blocks humidity, repels dirt and oil, and creates healthier hair over time. This molecule polishes hair strands and eliminates frizz-causing surface friction.
PBAE molecule creates a microscopic pattern of thickening dots on every hair strand which helps build body and volume without stiff, sticky resins. This new frizz-taming technology is clinically proven to be 70% more effective in reducing frizz than silicone- and oil-based hair care products. If you live in a very humid climate or spend a lot of time in humid areas, this duo will make your hair look better-than-usual in these places. In combination with leave-in conditioner and styling gel, they can produce even greater results.
- Cleans hair effectively without stripping
- Reduces drying time and makes your styles last longer
- Leaves hair feeling silky smooth and shiny
- Allows you to go an extra day or two without washing your hair
- Defines your curls making them silky, shiny, and loose
- Controls frizz without weighing hair down
- Gives your hair bounce and volume
3. Devacurl No-poo Cleanser & One Conditioner
This combo is designed for curly hair which tends to be drier and more susceptible to damage than straight hair. These products are formulated with natural ingredients and are free of silicone, parabens, and sulfates. They have a pleasant minty smell.
The shampoo doesn’t create rich lather but it effectively removes dirt, without drying out your hair.
- Keeps hair frizz-free
- Leaves hair clean, without stripping natural hair oils
- Makes hair softer, silkier, and more manageable
- Leaves curls soft, defined, and shiny
- The conditioner keeps hair hydrated and tangle-free
- Safe for color-treated hair
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4. L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System
This sulfate and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner set is designed to smooth unruly, frizzy hair. It is formulated with natural argan, sunflower, and olive oils that penetrate hair to improve texture and control frizz. Both products are safe for colored and chemically straightened hair.
- Gently cleanses hair leaving it softer, shinier, and sleeker
- Controls frizz up to 48 hours
- Leaves hair tangle-free
- Makes straightening easier
5. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo
This daily cleansing shampoo is formulated with plant ingredients to soften hair up to 60%, leaving it feeling smooth and silky. It works great on unruly, curly, frizzy, tangled, and uncontrollable hair.
For hair that is naturally straight, it minimizes flyaways and adds shine.
For curly hair, it makes curls soft, pretty, and frizz-free. It also makes easier to create straight hairstyles.
- Softens hair with Babassu-derived cleansing system
- Helps to smooth hair without weighing it down
- Reduces unwanted waves
- Helps to tame frizz
- Prevents flyaways
- Makes hair easier to straighten
- Protects against damage from heat styling
This shampoo has a clean floral scent.