Cones weren't really hurting my hair, but I decided to change my routine and see how my hair liked it.
I think cones make my waves less pronounced. I only used them on shorter lengths, though, so I'm not sure.
My hair isn't particular, either, so I can go either way with them.
Cones make my hair look like this:
Which makes me look like this:
I tried going cone-free once. BIG pigtastrophe! Cones (specifically amodimethicone and phenyl trimethicone) keep my hair shiny, silky & tangle-free. Couldn't live without them! (^(oo)^)v
. . . here comes santa pig!
I used TONS of heavy cones before I started taking care of my hair and it kept it looking passable. Once I started to take care of my hair and my hair got in better shape I had to lose the cones because they made my hair very limp, it looks greasy fresh out of a wash and feels horrible! Actually, at this point even conefree conditioners make my hair feel coated and gross, so I know it's not just the cones that can cause bothersome coatings, but they certainly were the most noticeable ones for me!
My shampoo has one cone in it, but other than that I use cones only every once in a while. In my case, they make my already slippery hair totally impossible to handle (as in, elastics won't stay in it, braids won't stay in.......impossible!). Over time if used every time I wash, they also make my hair quite dry and tangly , whilst at the same time making it appear horribly greasy and lank within a day. They also pull out my waves, which I LIKE, as my hair isn't wavy enough to be wavy, but only to look.....strange.
What I do when I want to use them is to alternate cone with no-cone, or if using a leave-in to use it one wash and skip it the next one or two times. This seems to get me the benefits of cones without the bad effects (for me).
Cones make my hair feel slippery and plastic-coated, makes my hair flat-on-top, weighs down my fine hair, makes my hair look greasy right after the shower, and pulls out my waves and curls.
I have found only one product with cones that my hair likes, and I use it in moderation on my ends - not anywhere near my scalp.
I think using lots of cones on the scalp, without clarifying, works best the coarser, straighter and thicker your hair is and the less often you wash your hair. I think they work well for people with kinky hair too. But no rules without exceptions - I’m sure there are some fine-haired, thin-haired wavy people out there, who loves ’cones
Law student living in Copenhagen and growing her hair.
I used to use a lot of cone products. My hair was so dry, frizzy, wasnt feeling good. then I completely give up cones, my hair is super light, silky and beautiful. I couldnt imagine cones work well on someone because giving them off worked so great for me.
Cones make my hair feel coated and my hair tangles at the ends kind of like velcro and my hair dries out cuz of cones. So cones is worst for me even mineral oil and parabens is bad for my hair literally it makes it look and feel gross.
I just avoid 'cones because I really don't like their texture/"feel". (And I avoid them in hand lotions, face/body products, etc. as well because of that.) I don't really have anything against them otherwise as an ingredient. I think they can be just as useful as oils if you know what your hair likes.
On 'cones my hair is much, much easier to detangle. That's the biggest deal breaker for me versus 'cone-free. I do have to be careful, as they can dry my ends out when used in excess, but sticking only to amine-functionalised 'cones and avoiding sulphates has helped a lot. It does feel different to 'cone-free hair, a kind of artificial sleekness, but one I quite like nonetheless. I lose some wave, and in general my hair is tiny bit heavier (which can only be a good thing, it's the definition of fly-away in its natural state). I enjoy my hair more with 'cones, really.
(But I do avoid 'cones in moisturisers, my skin does better without them!)
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