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Attack of the Cones!

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on your shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins and other products? Ever seen a lot of stuff that’s in there ending in “cone”?  Most of us are familiar with silicone, but have you ever thought about what these cones do for and to your hair or your body? If you have, then it may be beneficial for you to meet the cones that can be found in your products.   These cones come in two flavors: water soluble and not water soluble.  If the “cones” are water soluble, then they are not as likely to cause buildup like those that are not water soluble. What exactly does water soluble mean?  Simply put, it’s a substance can dissolve in water.1

Here is a list2 of “cones” that are found in our products.  The list notes if the ingredient is water soluble or not.

Amodimethicone not soluble in water by itself
Amodimethicone (and) Trideceth-12 (and) Cetrimonium Chloride mixture that is soluble in water in the bottle
Behenoxy Dimethicone Sparingly soluble in water
Cetearyl methicone not soluble in water
Cetyl Dimethicone not soluble in water
Cyclomethicone not soluble in water
Cyclopentasiloxane not soluble in water
Dimethicone not soluble in water
Dimethicone Copolyol water soluble
Dimethicone copolyol water soluble
Dimethiconol not soluble in water
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane water soluble
Stearoxy Dimethicone Sparingly soluble in water
Stearyl Dimethicone not soluble in water
Trimethylsilylamodimethicone not soluble in water
Lauryl methicone copolyol water soluble

1As described by

This list should help you to determine if you might experience buildup from any of your products that contain any of the cones.  Buildup happens when a product forms a film that needs to cleared away after a time.  Some prefer to avoid cones altogether.  That can be a task in and of itself–unless you make your own products.  There’s no need to be afraid of these ingredients.  Watch your hair to make sure that is responding to your regime and you should be just fine =).