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    Default Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Long story short, I used to abuse my hair in a really bad way- tons of curling irons, BLEACH and highlighting. For the past 6 months, I've stopped that, and I've only colored my hair with 20 volume or 10 volume developers, and more rarely (every 8 weeks). And actually, 8 weeks ago, I quit dying it altogether.

    The problem is, only the top half of my hair looks shiny and healthy. The bottom half is still suffering from other stuff I did in the past. I'm going to get a trim tomorrow, but when it comes to actual products, are silicones a problem? Amodimethicone ONLY has been ok for me, as long as I'm using sulfates. But if I get any heavier than that, I get straight, plastic-y, unmanageable, flat doll-like hair. It's not pretty.

    So is this just a matter of choosing the wrong 'cones? I have straight hair which normally goes well with 'cones but for some reason my hair seems to respond better to things like Biolage conditioning balm....however it's just SO hard to find cone-free products. ugh. Kevin Murphy stuff looks awesome but it's also sooo pricey.

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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Tresemme Naturals, V05, Suave... etc. all are cone free and are all pretty inexpensive. V05 routinely sells for a dollar. There are cone-free conditioners like Aubrey Organics and Burt's Bees, but I haven't tried them, so I can't really recommend them.

    I've actually mixed SMTs with V05 and have used it just like a regular conditioner and it worked really well.

    Silicones won't prevent you from growing your hair long, but it seems like you have a problem with the finish that cones leave, which is a perfectly fine reason to ditch the cones. If you're worried about using sulfates, you don't have to use them that often. I'm on a cone kick right now and I do CWC. I haven't clarified in quite some time, and my ends are fine. So the hype about silicones building up and only requiring a harsh sulfate shampoo to scrub if off has been a bit overblown.
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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    It was true in my case. I could never grow past bra strap length. After I found LHC I discovered that the Infusium 23 leave-in I'd been using religiously for over 10 years was my culprit (not bleach like everyone thinks). I learned about clarifying, did a cone free stint for about two years and now I can use whatever I want to.

    There are gads of cone free products around now, much more than there were five years ago when I went cone free. I actually find sulphates to be a bigger culprit than cones. I've been a die-hard shampoo diluter for over five years.
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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    It really depends on your hairtype - it would be a lot more difficult for me to maintain long hair without silicones! My hair loves 'cones (^(oo)^) Especially amodimethicone! That's my favourite one! It's a particularly good choice for your situation because it adsorbs preferentially to damaged sites on the hair, so you'll get targeted conditioning without weighing down the healthier portions.
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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Quote Originally Posted by HintOfMint View Post
    If you're worried about using sulfates, you don't have to use them that often. I'm on a cone kick right now and I do CWC. I haven't clarified in quite some time, and my ends are fine. So the hype about silicones building up and only requiring a harsh sulfate shampoo to scrub if off has been a bit overblown.
    +1! I've been CO-washing for 9 months with amodimethicone conditioners and I never clarify (^(oo)^)v
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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Quote Originally Posted by HintOfMint View Post
    So the hype about silicones building up and only requiring a harsh sulfate shampoo to scrub if off has been a bit overblown.
    You can say that again!!

    (And I don't even find sulfate shampoos harsh, either, I think that's another thing that's overblown here. They may be so to many, but that doesn't apply to everyone.)

    Quote Originally Posted by luxepiggy View Post
    It really depends on your hairtype - it would be a lot more difficult for me to maintain long hair without silicones! My hair loves 'cones (^(oo)^) Especially amodimethicone! That's my favourite one! It's a particularly good choice for your situation because it adsorbs preferentially to damaged sites on the hair, so you'll get targeted conditioning without weighing down the healthier portions.
    This was news to me, cone lover though I am! Many thanks for the info. (I know my hair likes cones, but hadn't differentiated between them really.)


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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Quote Originally Posted by HintOfMint View Post
    There are cone-free conditioners like Aubrey Organics and Burt's Bees, but I haven't tried them, so I can't really recommend them.
    With the problems the OP has, the Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle rose and the GPB conditioner are very good recommendations ^^
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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Short answer: No. For me a little bit of 'cone here and there really helps - thanks to the slip, I get a lot less detangling damage. Everyone's different, but if your hair likes 'cones, don't worry about sticking with them.

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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Same here,I use cones and also did so while growing from pixie to just past waist and going from dyed to gray hair at the same time.They protected my curly frizzy hair making it smoother and tangle free,and helped my dyed ends stay protected.Try it,you'll find out by how your hair reacts if it is the right choice for you.
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    Default Re: Will silicones prevent my hair from growing long?

    Cones allow me to leave my hair down during the day... otherwise, it'd be a tangled mess. I used to over-process the shampoo EVERYDAY [leave it on for like 10 minutes] without regularly oiling or using any kind of conditioner.. now I regularly oil every night, mainly the ends, and condition and use leave-in after shampooing [only leaving it on for like a minute]. My hair is much happier and I notice a lot less tangles.

    I have been considering cutting up to waist lately :O It is currently just above TB, b/c I keep trimming it...
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