Silicones in hair products have gathered a bit of a bad reputation over the years – but do they really deserve it?

We’re here to explain a bit more and – importantly – to bust a few of the old myths around silicones and hair products.

What are silicones?

Silicones are synthetic ingredients which have been used in beauty products since the 1950s. They’re unreactive (meaning they don’t interfere with the way other ingredients work) and they add a thin waterproof layer around the hair cuticle.

There are lots of types of silicones, including ones that you’d definitely not want anywhere near your skin or hair, but the ones used in hair and beauty products have been thoroughly tested and good news, are considered very safe!

Why are silicones used in hair care?

Silicones are usually included in hair products or treatments to create a smoother finish. The thin coating they add to the hair smooths down the cuticle, helping to detangle, add shine and prevent frizz. It also helps to retain moisture and to protect against heat damage caused by straightening irons or styling tools.

Do Silicones cause build-up?

Good question, and the answer is yes and no. Helpful, we know.

Silicones have come a long way over the years, so the myths around build-up can pretty much trace their origins to older, much heavier products.

The ones you’ll find in today’s high-quality professional hair products are no longer the heavy types that weigh your hair down. Instead, they’ve been carefully crafted to make sure they work well for the hair.

Like many myths, though, there is a trace of truth in there. The potential for build-up does depend on your hair and on which products you choose. Fine or thin hair could be weighed down more easily than thicker hair. For example, supermarket shampoos are more likely to include the older, heavier silicones than professional products do.

So what’s the verdict? Are silicones in hair products good or bad?


Heavy silicones that have been used in the past (and still used in many cheaper supermarket products) aren’t good news for your hair…

But new, lighter-weight silicones are great at giving you that healthy shine and smoother finish that we all love!

Does INNOluxe products use silicones?


“We love the potential that’s unlocked by pairing nature and science”, says Jez Barnett, founder of INNOluxe. “We use the latest silicone developments to power our protein technology so that it delivers maximum performance and results. This means greater strength, shine, smoothness, softness and protection for hair, as well as helping with colour vibrancy and longevity!”

At the core of every INNOluxe product lies a carefully thought out fusion of low-weight proteins intricately paired with silicones, forming a robust connection that enhances crosslinking, repair, strength, softness, and shine.

While the world of silicones can be daunting, with lots of scary stories, at INNOluxe we exclusively embrace exceptional ingredients that offer extraordinary benefits, free from any unwanted consequences.

And while we’re talking Silicones…

You might know that INNOluxe has a sister company, Fabriq. No? Check them out if you haven’t already.

Fabriq products also harness this kind of silicone-protein technology, using it to create crosslinks throughout the hair that strengthen, repair and protect it – as well as adding unbelievable shine and silky softness.