So recently I decided I was going to test out going sulphate and silicone free for a month. This means essentially switching my shampoo and conditioner and cutting out any hair products since all of them have silicone.
Now in order to know whether the products you're using have silicone in them simply see if any of the ingredients have 'cone' or 'con' in them and that's silicone for you. For example, dimethicone will be the most one you see. The problem with silicones is that they make your hair feel soft but don't actually do anything to improve the condition of your hair. The silicone leaves a layer on your hair which doesn't enable anything actually useful for your hair to penetrate through and help. You can also find dimethicone in your skincare products and my advice to you would be to get rid of it because like with hair it has the same issue. It doesn't sink in and nourish your hair, but creates a plastic like barrier instead. You can read more about that here.
As for sulphates they can cause long term damage to your hair and dry it out by removing any essential oils you need for your hair. It's also an irritant and can dry your skin, so if you're getting any hair flake then that's a potential reason.
Anyway, enough of the facts. For a month i'm using Liz Earle botanical shine shampoo and the botanical shine conditioner for dry or damaged hair. The only other thing I will be using on my hair for frizz issues is a small amount of pure coconut oil.
So this is my hair after I washed and dried it. I found out quick enough that every single hair product in my house contains silicone, even my heat protection spray so I literally used nothing on my hair. Couldn't even find my coconut oil at the time so there isn't even that on it. All I did was shampoo and condition my hair then blow dry it. The texture of the shampoo was strange since it wasn't thick like most shampoos are but more runny, and a little goes a looong way. There's also the smell of my hair, it basically smells like someone poured lush products on my head. I'm guessing this is because the shampoo contains Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Vanilla and Vitamin E. As for the oils creating the scent they are orange, patchouli, geranium and rosemary. and the conditioner has the same with the addition of blue seakale and kalahari melon oil. I left my hair to dry naturally a little to see what it was like. Here's where I was surprised, normally my hair is really curly and really frizzy. When I left it to dry my hair was smooth, little frizz and neat (rather than untamable) curls. Then I blow dried it and the result was still the same, my hair was soft and looked fuller which i'm guessing is because it had no silicone smoothing products in it. All in all i'm seriously happy! I have no idea why anyone would be using products with sulphates and silicone when the alternative is better. Now I just have to find a hair mask and heat protection with no silicone.
One week down, three more to go.