Heat Protection Getting Warmer: Specialty Silicones for Hair


Improved combing, softness, shine and suppleness are but a few examples of the properties silicones have long provided in hair care. More recently, their benefits have expanded to include fast-drying effects, reduced frizz, color protection and hair repair. As is well-known, an emerging application of silicones has been to help protect hair from damage associated with heat styling; e.g., from tools including hair dryers, curling irons or straightening plates.1 Appliances of this type can reach temperatures as high as 230°C (446°F), which denatures keratin and causes hair damage.2 Today’s consumers are increasingly conscious of these issues and therefore seek heat protection solutions for hair.

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