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Non-CGM Ingredients To Avoid

Non-CGM Ingredients To Avoid

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So you’ve decided to embrace your natural waves and curls and follow the Curly Girl Method (CGM) – good for you.  You are following the advice and you are checking the ingredients in hair care products to ensure that they are right for your hair.  Great!  To help you along, here is a list of ingredients to avoid, as well as those to look for.  

Too much hassle to search the list?  No problem. Just head over to CurlPlanet.com and search by product brand or name, to check whether your hair products are CGM compliant.

Sulfates to Avoid in CG Method

Alkylbenzene sulfonates

ammonium cocoyl sulfate

ammonium dodecyl sulfate

Ammonium laureth sulfate

Ammonium lauryl sulfate

ammonium xylenesulfonate

C12-14 Olefin sulfonate (BUT can occasionally be used to clarify)

C14-16 Olefin sulfonate (BUT can occasionally be used to clarify)

Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate

Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate

monododecyl ester

sodium alkyl sulfate

sodium c12-18 alkyl sulfate

Sodium carboxylate (soap)

sodium cetearyl sulfate

sodium coceth sulfate

Sodium coco sulfate

Sodium cocoyl glutamate (mild)

Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate

Sodium laureth sulfate

sodium laureth-40 sulfate

Sodium lauroyl Sarcosinate (on the milder side)

Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate

Sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (mild)

sodium myreth sulfate

sodium polystyrene sulfate

Sodium Xylenesulfonate

TEA lauryl sulfate

TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate

triethanolamine lauryl sulfate

Non-Water Soluble Silicones to Avoid in CG Method

Aminopropyl Triethoxysilane

Amodimethicone

Behenoxy Dimethicone

Bis-Amino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone

Bis-aminopropyl dimethicone

Cetearyl Methicone

Cetyl Dimethicone

Cyclomethicone

Cyclopentasiloxane

Dimethicone

Dimethiconol

Parsol SLX

Phenyl trimethicone

Polysilicone-15

Stearoxy Dimethicone

Stearyl Dimethicone

Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Drying Alcohols to Avoid in CG Method

Denatured alcohol

Ethanol

Isopropanol

Isopropyl alcohol (also called IPA)

Propanol

Propyl alcohol

SD alcohol 40

More Ingredients to Avoid in CG Method

Formaldehyde 

Mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum)

Parabens

Petrolatum/Petroleums

Phthalates

Soaps

Waxes: Beeswax, Candelilla wax

Itchy scalp for SOME

There are a class of ingredients called the ‘Itchy M’s’ such as Methylisothiazolinone and 

Methylchloroisothiazolinone that you may wish to avoid

These are also used as preservatives and can cause an itchy scalp in some people:

Benzyl alcohol 

Diazolidinyl urea

DMDM hydantoin

Imidazolidinyl urea

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl parabens 

Phenoxyethanol

Quaternium-15

Sodium Hydroxylmethylglycinate

THESE ARE GOOD:

Gentle cleansing ingredients include:

ammonium cocoyl isethionate

babassuamidopropyl betaine

behentrimonium methosulfate

capryl glucoside

caprylyl glucoside

Cocoamphodipropionate

Cocoamphoacetate

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

lauroamphoacetate

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

Water-soluble silicones

Look for the letters PEG or PPG. Examples are

DEA PG-Propyl PEG/PPG-18/21 Dimethicone

Dimethicone PEG-8 Phosphate

Dimethicone-PG Diethylmonium Chloride

Hydrolyzed Silk PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol Crosspolymer

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane

PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone

Fatty alcohols that provide slip:

Behenyl alcohol

Cetearyl alcohol

Cetyl alcohol

Isocetyl alcohol

Isostearyl alcohol

Lauryl alcohol

Myristyl alcohol

Stearyl alcohol

Humectants

1,2,6 hexanetriol

Butylene Glycol

Dipropylene glycol

Glycerin

Hexylene Glycol

Panthenol

Phytantriol

Propylene glycol

Sodium PCA

Sorbitol

Triethylene glycol

Polyglyceryl sorbitol

Glucose

Fructose

Polydextrose

Potassium PCA

Urea

Hydrogenated Honey

Hyaluronic Acid

Inositol

Hydrolyzed Elastin

Hydrolyzed Collagen

Hydrolyzed Silk

Hydrolyzed Keratin

Erythritol

Capryl glycol

Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)

Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)

Laneth-(5-50)

Laureth-(1-30)

Steareth-(4-20)

Trideceth-(5-50)

Plant-derived oils and butters (use in moderation, some build-up potential)

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil

Vitamins 

Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5)

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

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