Curlsbot List of curly hair Ingredients



All ingredients that contain the following words. The reason these are discouraged on curl friendly routines is they can build up on the hair and it is not possible to remove them with just a cowash.

    • botanisil
    • cone
    • dimethcione
    • dimethicon
    • microsil
    • silane
    • silicon
    • siloxane
    • siloxysilicate
    • silsesquioxane
    • silylate
So for example "dimethiconol" is forbidden because it contains "dimethicon"


Any silicones that start with these words are water soluble, so they should wash out with cowashing. Some believe they are OK but others say to avoid them. It's up to you:

    • peg
    • pg-
    • ppg

Waxes/Hair Coating Ingredients


All ingredients that contain the following words. The reason these are forbidden on curl friendly routines is they can build up on the hair and it is not possible to remove them with just a cowash.

    • cera
    • cire
    • dodecane
    • dodecene
    • isododecane
    • isohexad
    • isohexadecane
    • isohexanedecane
    • lanolin
    • mineral oil
    • paraffin
    • petrolatum
    • shellac
    • wax
So for example "almond wax" is marked "avoid" because it contains "wax". Cire is a French word for waxes and Cera is a Latin word for wax.

Approved Waxes

There are a few exceptions which are these water-soluble waxes:

    • emulsifying wax
    • emulsifying wax nf
    • peg 8 beeswax
    • peg-75 lanolin
    • peg-8 beeswax

Sulfates (and other cleansers)

See our Cleansers article for more info


The following are sulfates or similar cleansers and not recommended because they can dry out hair. How drying a product is depends on more than if it contains sulfates or not, but it's easiest just to avoid them.

    • alkyl benzene sulfonate
    • alkylbenzene sulfonate
    • ammonium cocoyl sulfate
    • ammonium cocoyl sulphate
    • ammonium laureth sulfate
    • ammonium laureth sulphate
    • ammonium lauryl sulfate
    • ammonium lauryl sulphate
    • ammonium xylene-sulfonate
    • ammonium xylenesulfonate
    • ethyl peg-15 cocamine sulfate
    • sodium alkyl sulfate
    • sodium alkyl sulphate
    • sodium c12-18 alkyl sulfate
    • sodium c12-18 alkyl sulphate
    • sodium cetearyl sulfate
    • sodium cetearyl sulphate
    • sodium coceth sulfate
    • sodium coceth sulphate
    • sodium coco sulfate
    • sodium coco sulphate
    • sodium coco-sulfate
    • sodium coco-sulphate
    • sodium cocosulfate
    • sodium cocosulphate
    • sodium laureth sulfate
    • sodium laureth sulphate
    • sodium laureth-40 sulfate
    • sodium laureth-40 sulphate
    • sodium lauryl sulfate
    • sodium lauryl sulphate
    • sodium myreth sulfate
    • sodium myreth sulphate
    • sodium polystyrene sulfate
    • sodium polystyrene sulphate
    • sodium xylene-sulfonate
    • sodium xylenesulfonate
    • tea dodecylbenzenesulfonate
    • tea lauryl sulfate
    • tea lauryl sulphate
    • tea-dodecylbenzenesulfonate
    • triethanolamine lauryl sulfate
    • triethanolamine lauryl sulphate


Some find these drying, but they are NOT sulfates. We recommend you do your own research to find out if these are good for your hair.
    • dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate
    • disodium cocoyl glutamate
    • olefin sulfonate
    • oliefin sulfonate
    • sodium c 14-18 olefin sulfonate
    • sodium c 16-18 olefin sulfonate
    • sodium c12-14 olefin sulfonate
    • sodium c14-15 olefin sulfonate
    • sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate
    • sodium c14-26 olefin sulfonate
    • sodium cocoyl glutamate
    • sodium cocoyl sarcosinate
    • sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate
    • sodium lauroyl methyl lsethionate
    • sodium lauroyl sarcosinate
    • sodium lauroyl sarcosine
    • sodium lauroylmethyl isethionate
    • sodium lauryl methyl isothionate
    • sodium lauryl sarcosinate
    • sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
    • sodium myristoyl sarcosinate

Gentle Detergents

    • ammonium cocoyl isethionate
    • babassuamidopropyl betaine
    • capryl glucoside
    • caprylyl glucoside
    • cocamidopropyl betaine
    • cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine
    • coco betaine
    • coco glucoside
    • decyl glucoside
    • decyl polyglucose
    • disodium 2-sulfolaurate
    • disodium cocoamphodiacetate
    • disodium cocoamphodipropionate
    • disodium laureth succinate
    • disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
    • disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate
    • lauryl glucoside
    • lauryl hydroxysultaine
    • sodium cocoamphoacetate
    • sodium cocoyl isethionate
    • sodium lauroamphoacetate
    • sodium lauroyl glutamate
    • sodium lauroyl hydrolyzed silk
    • sodium lauroyl lactylate
    • sodium lauroyl oat amino acids
    • sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate
    • sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate
    • sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate
    • sodium methyl cocoyl taurate


Curlsbot also detects the following questionable ingredients


Soap can be as drying as sulfates. Check out our article on soap for more info. We detect by looking for the following, but this may not catch all soap. We recommend contacting the manufacturer to ask if something contains soap :

    • potassium hydroxide
    • saponification
    • saponified
    • saponifying
    • soap
    • sodium carboxylate
    • sodium palm


Lorraine Massey cautions against these in the curly hair Handbook saying "In recent years, they’ve become controversial as experts question whether they are safe. (Some say they may be linked to cancer.)" We recommend we do your own research.

Witch Hazel

Most types of witch hazel contain alcohol. Contact the manufacturer to see if the witch hazel in this product contains alcohol. Even if it does not contain alcohol, many people find witch hazel drying. Use with caution if you have hair prone to dryness.

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