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List of Ingredients to Avoid in Your Products

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So, one thing I hated about starting the Curly Girl Method was trying to figure out how to read ingredient labels correctly so that I can avoid those dreaded unnecessary extra final washes.

I know how bad I needed a crash course or document detailing exactly everything I should avoid and better yet I wanted to know WHY I needed to avoid those ingredients. I thought there had to be a better way to condense all of this information for everyone, thus the birth of Red Carpet Curls. In this document, I will list (by category) every silicone, sulfate, etc that you should be avoiding:


  1. Amino Bispropyl Dimethicone
  2. Aminopropyl Dimethicone
  3. Amodimethicone
  4. Amodimethicone Hydroxystearate
  5. Behenoxy Dimethicone
  6. C24-28 Alkyl Dimethicone
  7. C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone
  8. C30-45 Alkyl Methicone
  9. Cetearyl Methicone
  10. Cetyl Dimethicone
  11. Cyclomethicone
  12. Cyclopentasiloxane
  13. Dimethicone
  14. Dimethicone Copolyol
  15. Dimethiconol
  16. Dimethoxysilyl Ethylenediaminopropyl Dimethicone
  17. Hexyl Methicone
  18. Hydroxypropyldimethicone
  19. Lauryl Methicone Copolyol
  20. Methicone
  21. Phenyl Trimethicones
  22. Polydimethylsiloxane
  23. Stearamidopropyl Dimethicone
  24. Stearoxy Dimethicone
  25. Stearyl Dimethicone
  26. Stearyl Methicone
  27. Sterile Dimethicone
  28. Trimethylsilylamodimethicone
  29. Vinyl Dimethicone

Drying Alcohols:
  1. Alcohol Denat.
  2. Ethanol
  3. SD Alcohol 40 
  4. Propanol
  5. Isopropyl
  6. Propyl 

  1. Beeswax
  2. Lanolin (can build up, use at your discretion) 
  3. Paraffin Waxes

  1. Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  2. Ammonium Laureth or Lauryl Sulfate
  3. Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate
  4. Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
  5. Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate
  6. Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
  7. Sodium Laureth, Myreth, or Lauryl Sulfate
  8. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  9. TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  1. Methyl-
  2. Ethyl-
  3. Propyl-
  4. Butylparaben 
  1. Petroleum
  2. Mineral Oil
Stay tuned for future articles! I will have an article on why you should be avoiding each category! 


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