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Ingredients to Avoid & Have in Curly hair Products for CG Friendly Routine

March 27, 2017

In the CG method of taking care of your curly hair, also called as Curly Girl Method, you do not use any product with sulphates & silicones. You also avoid styling gels with alcohol in them. I know it’s not easy getting products for curly hair in India & then avoiding two extremely common ingredients makes it even tougher!

BUT, there are many CG Friendly products available in India now, thanks to Amazon, Flipkart, Nykaa, Purpelle & others. And newer & newer products keep getting introduced. There are some mentioned in this post – My Favourite Curly Hair Products in India.

If you’re interested in following this method, get in the habit of reading the ingredient labels on the products before buying them. With time, you’ll quickly learn to spot the culprits.

I’ve also collated a long ass list of ingredients from different guides, books & posts online that is given below. You can copy paste the list in a word document & compare the ingredients ( Control + F makes it quicker) whenever you are shopping online.


Harsh Sulphates: Most common in shampoos, strip natural oils from the hair & makes it dryer & frizzier.
Mid Surfactant – Less drying, recommended instead of Harsh sulphates for cleansing & clarifying.
Bad Silicones– Build up on the hair strand, do not allow further moisture to get in. Not soluble in water. Need sulphates to be remove.
Mild Silicones – Silicones that are not soluble in water but prevent more buildup
Milder Silicone – Silicones that are slightly soluble in water, but will still build up gradually
Safe Silicones – Silicones that are soluble in water. They often have “PEG” or “PPG” added in the beginning
Proteins– Be careful with it, use this only if you hair needs protein treatment. If your hair is normal & does not need proteins, it can make your hair dry, brittle & breakable.
Alcohols– Written safe or avoid. They can often dry out your curls & are commonly added in Gels.

The ones in bold are to be avoided if you are strictly following the CG method. I don’t fully, if you want to know why, you can read this post.

Ingredient List

  1. Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate- Harsh Sulphates
  2. Ammonium Laureth or Lauryl Sulfate – Harsh Sulphate
  3. Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate – Harsh Sulphate
  4. Amodimethicone– Bad Silicones
  5. Babassuamidopropyl betaine – Mild Surfactant
  6. Behenoxy Dimethicone – Milder Silicone
  7. Behenoxy Dimethicone– Bad Silicones
  8. Behentrimonium methosulfate – Mild Surfactant
  9. Behenyl alcohol- Safe
  10. Benzophenone-2, ( or 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) – sunscreen – Safe Silicone
  11. Bis-aminopropyl dimethicone– Bad Silicones
  12. C30-50 Alcohols- Safe
  13. Cetearyl alcohol- Safe
  14. Cetearyl Methicone – Bad Sillicone
  15. Cetyl alcohol- Safe
  16. Cetyl Dimethicone– Bad Silicone
  17. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – Mild Surfactant
  18. Coco Betaine – Mild Surfactant
  19. Cocoamphoacetate – Mild Surfactant
  20. Cocoamphodipropionate – Mild Surfactant
  21. Collagen – Protein
  22. Cyclomethicone- Bad Silicone
  23. Cyclopentasiloxane- Bad silicone
  24. Denatured alcohol – Avoid
  25. Dimethicone – Bad Silicone
  26. Dimethicone Copolyol – Safe Silicone
  27. Dimethiconol– Bad Silicone
  28. Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate – Harsh Sulphate
  29. Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate or Cocoamphodipropionate – Mild Surfactant
  30. Disodium lautreth sulfosuccinate – Mild Cleansers
  31. Emulsifying Wax- Safe Silicone
  32. Ethanol- Avoid
  33. Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate – Harsh Sulphate
  34. Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein – Protein
  35. Hydrolyzed Silk Protein- Protein
  36. Hydrolyzed Soy Protein- Protein
  37. Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane– Safe Silicone
  38. Isocetyl alcohol- Safe
  39. Isopropanol- Avoid
  40. Isopropyl alcohol- Avoid
  41. Isostearyl alcohol- Safe
  42. Keratin Amino Acids- Protein
  43. Keratin- Protein
  44. Lanolin alcohol- Safe
  45. Lauroamphoacetate – Mild Surfactant
  46. Lauryl alcohol- Safe
  47. Lauryl Methicone Copolyol– Safe Silicone
  48. Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone- Safe Silicone
  49. Methychloroisothiazolinone – preservative – Safe Silicone
  50. Mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum) – Avoid
  51. Myristyl alcohol- Safe
  52. Natural oils: Avocado oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, etc.
  53. PEG-Dimethicone, or any other ‘cone with “PEG-” suffix- Water Soluble Silicon- Safe Silicone
  54. PEG-Hydrogenated Castor Oil – Safe Silicone
  55. Petrolatum- Avoid
  56. Phenyl trimethicone– Bad Silicones
  57. Propanol- Avoid
  58. Propyl alcohol- Avoid
  59. SD alcohol 40- Avoid
  60. Silk Amino Acids- Protein
  61. Silk Protein- Protein
  62. Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate – Harsh Sulphate
  63. Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – Mild Surfactant
  64. Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate – Harsh Sulphate
  65. Sodium Laureth, Myreth, or Lauryl Sulfate – Harsh Sulphate
  66. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate – Harsh Sulphate
  67. Sodium Xylenesulfonate- Harsh Sulphates
  68. Soy Protein- Protein
  69. Stearoxy Dimethicone– Milder Silicone
  70. Stearyl alcohol- Safe
  71. Stearyl Dimethicone– Bad Silicone
  72. TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate – Harsh Sulphate
  73. Trimethylsilylamodimethicone – Bad Silicone
  74. Waxes: bees wax, candelilla wax, etc. – Avoid
  75. Wheat Amino Acids- Protein
  76. Wheat Protein- Protein
  77. Witch hazel- Avoid

Whew! It’s a long list I know. You can always save the ones in bold if you don’t want such a huge list in a note on your phone. Hope this helps. 🙂

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  • Reply
    Hinshara Habeeb
    May 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you Pallavi for listing down all the curly – girl – unfriendly ingredients. But why is witch hazel a part of it? One of the ingredients in Rawkyn DC is Witch Hazel. Hence the doubt 🙂

  • Reply
    May 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    This list is exactly what I have been looking for! Thank you!!! 😀

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