Hair Care

Is this product curly hair friendly? Part3 – Reading labels

Hi Lovelies. Reading labels to see if a product is curly hair friendly, can be time consuming and confusing but it does become second nature and easier to do. Its good to know what to look for as some brands are notorious for changing their formula and adding in baddies, do not assume because a product was Curly Hair friendly that it still is, ALWAYS read the label

When you take the plunge the products that you use must not contain:

1. Silicones  silicone forms a kind of plastic film around the hair shaft, locking in moisture;

Bis-aminopropyl dimethicone
Cetearyl methicone
Cetyl Dimethicone
Stearoxy Dimethicone
Stearyl Dimethicone
Behenoxy Dimethicone
Phenyl trimethicone
*silicones end in -one, -conol, or -xane
If a silicone has “PEG” or “PPG”(or higher) in front of the silicone its probably water soluble

2 Sulphates – sulfates strips the hair of its natural oils

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
Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate
Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate
** sulfates are ingredients that contain sulfate or sulfonate

3. Alcohol – drying alcohols often contain propyl, prop, eth, or denatured in the name-

Denatured alcohol
SD alcohol 40
DS alcohol
Witch hazel
Ethanol alcohol
Ethyl alcohol
SD alcohol
Propyl alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol
Amyl Cinnamyl alcohol
***Not all alcohols are bad for curls. There are moisturizing alcohols in ingredient lists that are good for hair such as
Behenyl alcohol
Cetearyl alcohol
Cetyl alcohol
Isocetyl alcohol
Isostearyl alcohol
Lauryl alcohol
Myristyl alcohol
Stearyl alcohol
C30-50 Alcohols
Lanolin alcohol

4.Wax – wax is the same as silicone

bees wax, candelilla wax, flower wax, lanolin
****waxes contain the word wax

5. Mineral oil – mineral oil forms a coating on hair 

Paraffinum liquidum

#Parabeans are a personal choice, its water soluble but many prefer not to use it because its linked to causing cancer

A really handy site is

Google product for the ingredients list, copy and paste into curlsbot and it will let you know if a product is curly hair friendly , approved or not

Not sure if you hair needs protein or moisture, click here to learn how to check 🙂

Happy Shopping


2 thoughts on “Is this product curly hair friendly? Part3 – Reading labels

  1. Wow… Thanks for this simplified list of nasties for curly hair… I look at those labels and think damn… But now I’ll be able to determine things easily… Well written easy peasy to understand…well done guuuurl!

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