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Some of the brand's formulations do contain silk protein, and the brand describes its offerings as \"some of the most powerful and effective\" haircare products, containing \"botanical extracts and herbs.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut does BioSilk actually good for your hair, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use ingredients shown in research studies to improve hair quality and appearance? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real BioSilk users rate and describe the effects of these haircare products?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of BioSilk's most popular products (Silk Therapy Shampoo and Silk Therapy Oil) based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not these products are good for your hair.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll also feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis \u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e— Silk Therapy Shampoo\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/BioSilk_Silk_Therapy_Shampoo_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1703016009\" alt=\"BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo ingredients\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo are shown above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are some ingredients in this formulation that have been shown in clinical studies to be good for hair.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLavender extract\u003c\/strong\u003e may promote hair growth, because lavender oil (a less concentrated form of the same botanical compound) was shown to do so in a 2016 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4843973\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePeppermint\u003c\/strong\u003e is also clinically shown to cause hair growth, as we documented in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/allurium-hair-growth-serum-review\"\u003eAllurium Hair Growth Serum reviews\u003c\/a\u003e article, on another hair product containing this ingedient.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHydrolyzed silk\u003c\/strong\u003e, from which BioSilk presumably gets its name, was shown to have natural hair conditioning properties in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4458934\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eIndian Journal of Dermatology\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePanthenol\u003c\/strong\u003e is likely effective for moisturizing the scalp, as documented in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/21982351\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Science\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo clearly contains some research-backed active ingredients, it also contains some inactive ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLinalool\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003ehexyl cinnamal\u003c\/strong\u003e and \u003cstrong\u003ecitronellol\u003c\/strong\u003e are fragrance compounds, one of which can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals, according to a 2022 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/34561893\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFragrance\u003c\/strong\u003e is even less healthy than these individual fragrance compounds in our opinion, because it \u003cstrong\u003ecan trigger \"adverse health effects\"\u003c\/strong\u003e as we documented in our article on \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-aussie-good-for-your-hair\"\u003eis Aussie good for your hair\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverall, we consider BioSilk shampoo to be good for your hair, because it contains a number of effective active ingredients.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHowever, we don't currently recommend this brand or consider it a healthy option due to the inclusion of the fragrance compounds highlighted above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReal People Try BioSilk\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA YouTube creator named \"Life With Quanda\" shows how to do a \"silk press\" to straighten hair using BioSilk products:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/KFZ3-wmuqrk?si=91PoSxG4IpFIRV-P\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA YouTube creator named Deja Arielle shares her thoughts on the BioSilk Trio sold at Target:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/2k4L1I5YBSg?si=afOCNRTbUensDf_T\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis — Silk Therapy Oil\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/BioSilk_Silk_Therapy_Oil_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1703021585\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil, which is used to smooth hair and aid shine, are shown above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHydrolyzed silk\u003c\/strong\u003e and \u003cstrong\u003epanthenol\u003c\/strong\u003e are effective ingredients for supporting hair quality, as we documented in the previous Ingredient Analysis section.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDimethiconol\u003c\/strong\u003e is a compound derived from silicone that's \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/15645088\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to protect hair color, and to protect hair from UV damage.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike the previous BioSilk formulation that we analyzed, this product also contains a number of fragrance ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFragrance\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003ecitronellol\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003eeugenol\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003egeraniol\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003ehexyl cinnamal\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003ehydroxycitronellal\u003c\/strong\u003e and \u003cstrong\u003elinalool\u003c\/strong\u003e are all fragrance ingredients, making 47% of the ingredients in this hair oil fragrance-based.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHydroxycitronellal was described as a \"dermatologic irritant and allergen\" in a PubChem resource page, as we documented in our review of \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/glossier-you-perfume\"\u003eGlossier You Perfume\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverall, we consider BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil to be good for hair\u003c\/strong\u003e, because of the three active ingredients highlighted above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe don't currently recommend this product due to the fragrance ingredients, and \u003cstrong\u003ewe consider this to be a less healthy formulation than BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo\u003c\/strong\u003e, which had one more active ingredient that we considered likely to be effective, and four fewer fragrance ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBoth BioSilk products we reviewed in this article (shampoo and hair oil) should be good for hair, because both contain active ingredients shown in clinical trials to support hair health.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe consider BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo to be better formulated than BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil, because the shampoo contains more active ingredients we found to have clinical backing, and fewer fragrance ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe don't currently recommend either product due to the inclusion of fragrance, which may have negative health effects.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article, we featured two videos from real customers of BioSilk, sharing their opinion about how the brand affected their hair.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-12-19T17:39:25-05:00","updated_at":"2023-12-19T17:39:25-05:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in BioSilk based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not the brand is likely to enhance hair quality and appearance. 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Is BioSilk Good For Your Hair? An Ingredient Analysis

Is BioSilk Good For Your Hair? An Ingredient Analysis


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BioSilk is a popular haircare brand that sells everything from shampoo to styling gel to conditioner and more. Some of the brand's formulations do contain silk protein, and the brand describes its offerings as "some of the most powerful and effective" haircare products, containing "botanical extracts and herbs."

But does BioSilk actually good for your hair, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use ingredients shown in research studies to improve hair quality and appearance? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real BioSilk users rate and describe the effects of these haircare products?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of BioSilk's most popular products (Silk Therapy Shampoo and Silk Therapy Oil) based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not these products are good for your hair.

We'll also feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.

Ingredient Analysis — Silk Therapy Shampoo

BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo ingredients

The ingredients in BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo are shown above.

There are some ingredients in this formulation that have been shown in clinical studies to be good for hair.

Lavender extract may promote hair growth, because lavender oil (a less concentrated form of the same botanical compound) was shown to do so in a 2016 clinical trial.

Peppermint is also clinically shown to cause hair growth, as we documented in our Allurium Hair Growth Serum reviews article, on another hair product containing this ingedient.

Hydrolyzed silk, from which BioSilk presumably gets its name, was shown to have natural hair conditioning properties in a medical review published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology.

Panthenol is likely effective for moisturizing the scalp, as documented in a medical review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science.

While BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo clearly contains some research-backed active ingredients, it also contains some inactive ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Linalool, hexyl cinnamal and citronellol are fragrance compounds, one of which can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals, according to a 2022 clinical trial.

Fragrance is even less healthy than these individual fragrance compounds in our opinion, because it can trigger "adverse health effects" as we documented in our article on is Aussie good for your hair.

Overall, we consider BioSilk shampoo to be good for your hair, because it contains a number of effective active ingredients.

However, we don't currently recommend this brand or consider it a healthy option due to the inclusion of the fragrance compounds highlighted above.

Real People Try BioSilk

A YouTube creator named "Life With Quanda" shows how to do a "silk press" to straighten hair using BioSilk products:

A YouTube creator named Deja Arielle shares her thoughts on the BioSilk Trio sold at Target:

Ingredient Analysis — Silk Therapy Oil

BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil ingredients

The ingredients in BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil, which is used to smooth hair and aid shine, are shown above.

Hydrolyzed silk and panthenol are effective ingredients for supporting hair quality, as we documented in the previous Ingredient Analysis section.

Dimethiconol is a compound derived from silicone that's clinically shown to protect hair color, and to protect hair from UV damage.

Like the previous BioSilk formulation that we analyzed, this product also contains a number of fragrance ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Fragrance, citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal and linalool are all fragrance ingredients, making 47% of the ingredients in this hair oil fragrance-based.

Hydroxycitronellal was described as a "dermatologic irritant and allergen" in a PubChem resource page, as we documented in our review of Glossier You Perfume.

Overall, we consider BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil to be good for hair, because of the three active ingredients highlighted above.

We don't currently recommend this product due to the fragrance ingredients, and we consider this to be a less healthy formulation than BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo, which had one more active ingredient that we considered likely to be effective, and four fewer fragrance ingredients.

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Conclusion

Both BioSilk products we reviewed in this article (shampoo and hair oil) should be good for hair, because both contain active ingredients shown in clinical trials to support hair health.

We consider BioSilk Silk Therapy Shampoo to be better formulated than BioSilk Silk Therapy Oil, because the shampoo contains more active ingredients we found to have clinical backing, and fewer fragrance ingredients.

We don't currently recommend either product due to the inclusion of fragrance, which may have negative health effects.

In this article, we featured two videos from real customers of BioSilk, sharing their opinion about how the brand affected their hair.