“You’ll often here silicones shortened to ‘cones’ in the natural hair community," says Dickey. "The truth is there are good and bad silicones. There are the heavier silicones, like dimethicone and simethicone that are usually found in styling products. They coat the hair and prevent any real moisture from getting into the hair shaft.
Good silicones are water-soluble and help make products slick. They are great in conditioners and they don’t build up on the hair. In either instance, you want silicones to be toward the end of the ingredient list which means there are less of them in the product overall.”