Cold Turkey for Hair

December 16, 2021

Cold Turkey for Hair

Most people choosing hair-salvation in LifeSaver get instant results. And used with its supporting cashmere protein shampoo and conditioner, the hair quality gets better and better over time, as old damaged hair is replaced with fresh, new, protected and nourished hair.

But for a small minority of unwitting silicone addicts the journey can take a little longer. I say unwitting, because people generally don’t know they are being sold a cosmetic varnish when the product marketing may talk misleadingly about moisturising and hydrating.

Such products don’t proudly display, ‘full of silicone’ on the pack. But they do have to use the international recognised scientific or Latin names in the ingredients list. If cyclopentasiloxane, amodimethicone, trimethicone, dimethicone, or any …cone or …conol appears in first half of the ingredients then your hair is heavily reliant on silicone fillers and varnish to look and feel presentable.

Now I’ve no objection to a little help with one’s visage, but unfortunately these hydrophobic silicones dehydrate the hair further (amongst other negative side effects) which then have you forever chasing the next hair fix.

So when this silicone varnish and filler are stripped away the hair can go into detox shock. Without the silky veneer of silicone, the dehydrated hair is exposed. Roughened and de-moisturised by product abuse, the real hair condition without cosmetic fillers can be a surprise.

In these cases, it can take a little time, as much as 8-10 shampoos, for the silicone to be fully washed away and for the natural beauty and strength of your hair to start to return. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Your newly recovered hair will be more lively and easier to manage. Colour and style will last longer. You will get much less breakage and split ends. And although I think public wolf-whistling has been outlawed, your naturally vibrant and shiny hair will likely attract positive attention.

Why Silicone-free

99% of haircare ranges on the market use types of silicone (usually cyclopentasiloxane or dimethicone) to temporarily mask the damage with a cling film-like wrap. Your hair may feel better – softer more manageable with a cosmetic gloss – but in reality, it’s a ‘fake’ better.

Here's how many of the products are created for the market. They take a bottle of silicone and sprinkle tiny amounts of different plant ingredients. 10-15 is common; this is called the 'marketing pack' and usually adds up to less than 1% of the bottle. Ingredients linked to an indigenous tribe in a jungle somewhere are another marketing tick.

They refer to the naturals all over the pack and in the advertisements. Once launched, you buy it and the silicone will make your hair feel silky and shiny. You think you have better hair and are at one with nature. You become an unknowing silicone addict.

There are hundreds of hair products to choose from and many will make your hair look nice today, but most will rely on silicone to give the cosmetic gloss.


Most silicones actually make the problem worse because they suck the vital moisture out of the hairshaft leaving it brittle and vulnerable to damage. So most haircare is the opposite of ‘care’. It’s damaging the health of your hair.

LifeSaver is the only silicone-free treatment system for all hair types and lengths that dramatically improves the strength health and beauty of your hair from root to tip.

Read - Haircare Dirty Secrets
Read - Why Silicone is Bad for Your Hair


 Michael Van Clarke





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