Ingredients To Avoid

There's certain ingredients that are simply no-go, no bueno, not recommended and shouldn't be in your curls. We've created this cheat sheet (the short version) that will help you identify the nasties in products.

The no-go list of:




Alcohols Oils


  • Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ammonium Laurill Sulfate
  • Ammnonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Ammnoium Xylenesulfonate
  • C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Dioctyl Sodium Sulfoccinate
  • Ethyl Peg-15 Cocamine Sulfate
  • Potassium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Sodium Carboxylate
  • Sodium Coco Sulfate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfocacetate
  • Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate
  • Sodium Myreth Sulfate
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Sodium Xylenesulfonate
  • Tea Lauryl Sulfate
  • Tea-Dodecylbenzene Sulfonateqw


The short version is that any ingredient with the word "SILICONE" or ending with "CONE", "XANE" or "CONOL" is a silicone and shouldn't be in your hair. The ones to look out for:
  • Anything with the name Silicone (no brainer)
  • Ending in CONE
  • Ending in XANE
  • Ending in CONOL
  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Aminopropyl Triethoxysilane
  • Di-Isostearoyl Trimethylolpropane
  • Siloxy Silicate
  • Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate
  • Polysilicone-18 Cetyl Phosphate
  • Silicone Quaternium-16/18/22
  • Silicone Resin Spheres
  • Trimethylsiloxysilicate
  • Anything with the world SILOXANE

There are some evaporative silicones that hair science have said are okay or water-soluble so can be okay for curly hair. Don't worry about these too much, get your curly journey happening and we'll delve deeper in to those later.


Drying Alcohols

  • Denaturated Alcohol
  • Ethanol
  • Isopropanol
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Propanol
  • Propyl Alcohol
  • Sd Alcohol
  • Sd Alcohol 40
  • Witch Hazel


  • Mineral Oil
  • Paraffinum Liquidum
  • Paraffin
  • Petroleum/Petrolatum
  • Beeswax
  • Any wax
Note: Emulsifying wax is safe and Lanolin can be fully removed with a sulfate-free shampoo.