Have you ever felt totally overwhelmed by the ingredients listed on the back of your favorite curl care product? If so, you're not alone! When it comes to picking out your favorite curl care product, understanding what's in your favorite styling creme or dry shampoo can make a huge difference. Trying to understand what your curls like and need can be an overwhelming process. However, we've got the details on the curl care product ingredients you should consider avoiding.
When picking out a curl care product, understanding what you're putting into your curls is key.
Alcohol Denate: This ingredient is added to curl care shampoos as an anti-microbial and anti-foaming agent. While this can keep your shampoo from spoiling between uses, alcohol is always a no when it comes to curls, as it's incredibly drying.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Have you ever wondered what it is that makes your favorite shampoos and body washes get that big, soapy lather? The key ingredient is ammonium lauryl sulfate, which operates a foaming agent. While this makes for an awesome bubble bath, excessive suds can strip natural moisture and oils from delicate curls.
Fragrance: Many of the fragrances used in curl care products are chemically created, which isn't great for your curls or skin. Instead of buying products loaded wth artificial ingredients, opt for products featuring natural scents from essential oils.
Isopropyl Alcohol: This ingredient is commonly used as a solvent as it easily dissolves oils. While this can work well for those with oily hair, it can damage those with delicate curls.
Mineral Oil: While this is an ingredient commonly found in many curl care products, as well as different cosmetics and household products, it's an ingredient best avoided. As mineral oil is derived from petroleum, there's a strong chance it's loaded with toxins. While the oil used in cosmetics and curl care is more carefully refined, it also clogs pores (not good for a healthy scalp) and has no real benefits for your curls or scalp.