Harsh and Gentle Silicones and Sulfates

There are two types of silicones and sulfates. Gentle silicones and sulfates and harsh silicones and sulfates. I didn’t Washing Natural Hairinclude this information in the No-Poo, Low-Poo, and Full-Poo Which One Are You? post, because I didn’t want to make it a massive piece of text. 🙂 But, here I’ll list the two different types silicones and sulfates for your reference if you’re interested in the Low or Full Poo Method.

Which Sulfates are Safer Than Others is a short list of harsh and gentle sulfates by CurlyNikki.com. She lists the sulfates that can be found in cleansers but, these are also found in shampoo as well.

Harsh sulfates to avoid in cleansers: 

Sodium Laureth, Myreth, Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

Gentle sulfates in cleansers:

Sodium Cocyl Isethionate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Sodium Socoyl (or lauryl/lauroyl) Sarcosinate

10 Silicones in Curly Hair Products to Avoid is a composite list by NaturallyCurly.com which outlines silicones that cause build-up and prevent moisture. And, gentler silicones that prevent build-up on the hair shafts.

 Silicones that Cause Build-up:

Cetearyl Methicone
Cetyl Dimethicone
Stearyl Dimethicone

Gentler Silicones: 


This article, 10 Silicones in Curly Hair Products to Avoid,  goes farther in explaining water soluble silicones as well as how to eliminate silicone build-up.

I hope this reference guide helps you choose the right shampoo (or any product) that will be kind to your curls!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in leaving a comment or messaging me here.


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Information Courtesy of: CurlyNikki.com

Information Courtesy of: Naturallycurly.com 

Image and Feature Image Courtesy of Google Images

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