Haircare routine is incomplete without a good conditioner. Washing hair removes natural oils from the scalp and raises the cuticle, which makes it dry and frizzy. Conditioning the hair post-wash closes the cuticles and makes hair more manageable.
Now that we have seen sulfate-free shampoo available in India, let us see some silicone-free conditioners and masks which can be used with them.
Why silicone-free conditioners?
Silicones are synthetic compounds which are made up of repeating unit of siloxane which in turn is a chain of silicon atom and an oxygen atom (source: Wikipedia). Silicone can coat the surface to reduce friction and make it shiny. When used in hair care products, it coats the hair shaft and makes them look glossy. Unfortunately, this is just the appearance and not an indicator of really healthy hair. In healthy hair, cuticles are closed and are laid flat, thus making it more manageable and giving it a naturally glossy look. Silicones also tend to build up on hair and need a sulfate shampoo to clarify.
Since sulfate-free shampoos are gentler than their sulfate counterparts, it is better to couple them with silicone-free conditioners to avoid hair build-up.
Best silicone-free conditioners and masks in India
What are the silicone-free options available in the Indian market? Good news: a lot of companies are now promoting silicone-free products. Not so good news: many of them are not effective. As with any product, one size does not fit all. It is quite possible that what works for one may not work for you. Try some of the below conditioner and see which one suits you best.
I will continue with the same format as sulfate-free shampoo and segregate the available products based on their price. You can select any product based on your budget and requirement.
Silicone-free conditioners in India within INR 500
- Mamaearth onion conditioner
- Mamaearth No More Tangles Hair Conditioner
- mCaffeine Naked Detox Green Tea Conditioner
- RE’ EQUIL Murumuru Damage Repair Silicon-free Conditioner
- RE’ EQUIL Babassu Anti Frizz and Smoothening Conditioner
- Rustic Art Hair Conditioner
- Prakriti Herbals Jojoba Aloevera Silky Conditioner
- WOW Coconut & Avocado Oil No Parabens & Sulphate Hair Conditioner
- WOW Coconut Milk Conditioner
- WOW Skin Science Red Onion Black Seed Oil Hair Conditioner
- The Moms Co. Natural Damage Repair KA+ hair conditioner
- The Moms Co. Natural Protein conditioner
- Biotique Bio Watercress Fresh Nourishing Conditioner
Silicone-free conditioners in India above INR 500
- Just Herbs Kumuda Indian White Waterlily Conditioner
- Vilvah light conditioner
- Vilvah cream conditioner
- Omved gentle conditioner
- The Nature’s Co Watercress hair conditioner
- The Nature’s Co. vitamin hair conditioner
- The Nature’s Co. nori hair conditioner
- Plum Olive & Macadamia Rich Nourish Conditioner
- SoulTree Hibiscus Hair Conditioner
- StBotanica Biotin & Collagen Hair Conditioner
Silicone Free Hair Masks
- Plum Olive & Macadamia Mega Moisturizing Hair Mask
- Mamaearth onion hair mask
- Mamaearth tea tree anti-dandruff hair mask
- Mamaearth argan hair mask
I have intentionally kept this list only for Indian brands and did not include big MNC brands like L’Oreal, Tresemme, Lakme, or others. I wanted to give you options about other Indian brands, which may or may not be equally good.
So here is my list of silicone-free conditioners and masks available in Indian brands. I will keep updating this post as I come across more silicone-free conditioners.
Missed your favorite conditioner? Let me know in the comments and I will add them right away.