The Difference Between Silicones and Oils


Silicones are a man-made product. The main purpose of them is to keep frizz and unruly hair at bay. There are many products out there that contain silicone these days, in fact it’s hard to find products that don’t have them somewhere in the ingredients for hair products. The problem is that this ingredient can trick you into thinking that it’s giving your hair great benefits when it’s not. Don’t get me wrong though, in no way am I saying it’s a “bad” ingredient. Some people tend to get a little too overzealous when they read article’s and sway one way or the other a little too fast and start throwing everything away in there house that is “bad” or go out and buy everything that is “good” according to what they just read in an article. There is a purpose and place for silicones but you have to know when it’s ok to use them for your hair and how to use them correctly.

Before I go more into detail let’s take a look at oils. Oils are not man made. They are a natural ingredient from various sources. Coconut, almond, jojoba, rosemary, olive, the list goes on and on! All of the things I just listed by the way are great oils that can really transform your hair!

So the main point I want to get across here is what these two ingredients do and where they are different in the purpose of your hair.


Silicones are usually used for their lubricating and thermal protecting properties. Notice that I used the word “lubricating” not “moisturizing”! There is a big difference between the two!

Most silicones are used in the form of serums that help fight frizz and add shine to the hair. But that’s where the difference comes in! Silicones do not penetrate the hair the way oils do. It sits on top of the hair and weighs it down and creates a glossy coating. The result is tamed hair with a reflective shine and a barrier against heat used by the blow dryer or irons. This is the effect of the lubricating properties.

The important thing though understand is that lubricants are meant to prevent friction between objects and to keep them cool. In the world of hair this is exactly what serums do. Moisturizing is a whole different ball park.

Organic Oils

These come from a diverse source of plants and other organisms. Organic oils contain lipids which is a good kind of fatty acid and proteins which is essential for healthy hair. Certain organic oils are great to use in hair because they are extremely moisturizing. There’s that special word we were looking for! Moisture is essential for hair to look and feel its best.

Coconut oil has been taking the spotlight the last year or so. Because of its low molecular weight it is able to penetrate the hair easily making it a great way to condition your hair. It can also help sooth an itchy scalp and help fight dandruff. And that’s just a few of the benefits only pertaining to hair, there are many other uses for this amazing oil.

Other organic oils that work well at retaining moisture and keeping your hair at its best are:

Jojoba oil

Rosemary oil

Olive oil

Argan oil

Avocado oil

All of these oils can help promote hair growth and mend split ends. They all are packed with great vitamins and are all around super enriching for your hair.

You can use these oils in wet hair as a hot oil treatment (heat helps the oil penetrate easier) or even in some cases, on dry hair depending on the type of hair you have. Those who have wavy, curly and kinky hair (mine is kinky) using oils on dry hair won’t hurt it, your hair will suck it up quickly. If your hair is straight as a bone I would stick with the hot oil treatments to prevent your hair from feeling greasy.

I hope that this has shed some light on when, where and how to uses these two products. If your interested in a more indepth way of using some of the oils I mentioned click on the link below.

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