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Avoid sulfates in your shampoos. Sulfates are foaming detergents that are found in many commercial shampoos and dish detergents. They can be drying for curly hair, so choose sulfate free shampoos if you are going to use shampoo. Sulfates contain "sulfate" somewhere in the ingredient name (usually). Also keep in mind that there are some cleansers that are as harsh as sulfates but are not sulfates. Technically, you want to avoid shampoo altogether to retain the most moisture, but if you decide to use a shampoo, avoiding sulfates is best.

  • Here is a list of sulfates to avoid:

    • Alkylbenzene sulfonates

    • Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate

    • Ammonium laureth sulfate

    • Ammonium lauryl sulfate

    • Ammonium Xylenesulfonate

    • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

    • Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate

    • Sodium laureth sulfate

    • Sodium lauryl sulfate

    • Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate

    • Sodium myreth sulfate

    • Sodium Xylenesulfonate

    • TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate

    • Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate

    • Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate

  • Here is a list of gentle cleansers to look for:

    • Cocamidopropyl betaine

    • Coco betaine

    • Cocoamphoacetate

    • Cocoamphodipropionate

    • Disodium cocoamphodiacetate

    • Disodium cocoamphodipropionate

    • Lauroamphoacetate

    • Sodium cocoyl isethionate

    • behentrimonium methosulfate

    • disodium lautreth sulfosuccinate

    • babassuamidopropyl betaine

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    Avoid silicones, waxes, non-natural oils, or any other non-soluble ingredients in your conditioners and any styling products. This is key to making sure your products do not build up on your hair. Without shampoo, many of the following ingredients will build up in your hair over time. Remember that a silicone is any ingredient that ends with the suffixes -one, -conol, or -xane. Waxes are easily identified because they have "wax" in the ingredient name (usually).

    • Here is a list of silicones to avoid:

      • Dimethicone

      • Bis-aminopropyl dimethicone

      • Cetearyl methicone

      • Cetyl Dimethicone

      • Cyclopentasiloxane

      • Stearoxy Dimethicone

      • Stearyl Dimethicone

      • Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

      • Amodimethicone

      • Dimethicone

      • Dimethiconol

      • Behenoxy Dimethicone

      • Phenyl trimethicone

    • Here is a list of waxes and non-natural oils to avoid:

      • Mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum)

      • Petrolatum

      • Waxes: bees wax, candelilla wax, etc.

    • Here's a list of ingredients that look like silicones, or are water-soluble silicones. These are exceptions that are OK:

      • Lauryl methicone copolyol (water-soluble)

      • Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone

      • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane (water-soluble)

      • Dimethicone Copolyol (water-soluble)

      • PEG-Dimethicone, or any other 'cone with "PEG-" suffix (water-soluble)

      • Emulsifying Wax

      • PEG-Hydrogenated Castor Oil

      • Natural oils: Avocado oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, etc.

      • Benzophenone-2, ( or 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) - sunscreen

      • Methychloroisothiazolinone - preservative

      • Methylisothiazolinone - preservative

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    Avoid drying alcohols, if at all possible, in your conditioners and stylers. Drying alcohols are commonly found in conditioners, leave in conditioners, gels, mousses, and hairsprays as fillers. For products that you are going to rinse out, this is not as big of a deal, but for products that are going to sit in your hair all day, or for several days, they should not contain drying alcohols. There are also moisturizing or fatty alcohols however, that sound similar, so be sure not to confuse those with drying alcohols.

    • Here is a list of drying alcohols to avoid:

      • Denatured alcohol

      • SD alcohol 40

      • Witch hazel

      • Isopropanol

      • Ethanol

      • SD alcohol

      • Propanol

      • Propyl alcohol

      • Isopropyl alcohol

    • Here is a list of moisturizing alcohols to look for:

      • Behenyl alcohol

      • Cetearyl alcohol

      • Cetyl alcohol

      • Isocetyl alcohol

      • Isostearyl alcohol

      • Lauryl alcohol

      • Myristyl alcohol

      • Stearyl alcohol

      • C30-50 Alcohols

      • Lanolin alcohol

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    Consider the effect proteins in your hair products may have on your hair. Most hair needs some amount of protein in its diet, especially damaged hair. However, normal hair, or protein sensitive hair does not need large doses of protein all the time. If your hair feels stiff, frizzy, and dry, then your hair is getting to much protein.

    • Here is a list of proteins that you can avoid or look for, depending on your hair type:

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed hair keratin

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein

      • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl silk amino acids

      • Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

      • Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin

      • Hydrolyzed keratin

      • Hydrolyzed oat flour

      • Hydrolyzed silk

      • Hydrolyzed silk protein

      • Hydrolyzed soy protein

      • Hydrolyzed wheat protein

      • Hydrolyzed wheat protein

      • Keratin

      • Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

      • TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

      • TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein

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    Write down the rules for identifying curly girl products on a piece of paper and keep it with you when you go hair product shopping. Remember, sulfates are ingredients that contain "sulfate" or "sulfonate"; silicones end in -one, -conol, or -xane but PEG modified silicones are acceptable; waxes contain the word "wax"; and drying alcohols often contain propyl, prop, eth, or denatured in the name. Have fun shopping!