By Barbara Cannon

Dimethicone is a non-water soluble substance belonging to the simethicone/silicon family. Dimethicone is contained in numerous hair care products to add texture and shine, and to control "the frizzies." There is a price to be paid for the illusion of healthy hair, however. Over time, a buildup of dimethicone occurs, weighing down strands of hair causing limp locks. There are conflicting reports on the safety of dimethicone; The FDA has approved its use in cosmetics, while the CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) recognizes the potential for health risks. Fortunately, removing dimethicone buildup is a simple process.

Many hair products contain dimethicone.

How to Remove Dimethicone from Hair

Clarifying shampoos can remove dimethicone buildup.

Wash your hair using a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos are widely available wherever shampoos are sold.

Condition your hair after using a clarifying shampoo.

Condition your hair after using the clarifying shampoo. These shampoos can be harsh.

Step 3

Dry and style your hair as usual. Use a clarifying shampoo every 10 to 14 shampoos.

Two Methods for Using Homemade Hair Clarifying Agents

A plastic bottle is the safest container for use in the bathroom.

Place about 3/4 cup of baking soda on wet hair. Work the baking soda into your hair, coating the length of all strands. Rinse very well. Wash your hair as usual, and follow with a good hair conditioner. Repeat this process every two weeks to clarify your hair before shampooing and conditioning.

Step 2

Mix 2 cups of white vinegar with 2 cups of cool water in a plastic bottle. Add a squirt of fresh lemon juice to make an effective clarifying rinse.

Step 3

Pour this rinse on the hair after shampooing, but do not rinse out. When the hair dries, no vinegar scent will be detectable, and no conditioner is needed. Use this technique twice a month as an alternative to the baking soda method.