6 Ingredients You Should Try To Avoid

Posted on October 16 2019

6 Ingredients You Should Try To Avoid


What kind of products are you using and feeding into your curls?

When it comes to choosing hair products, the brands are endless and can sometimes feel a little overwhelming when choosing the right products for your hair - and that’s even before you’ve looked at the ingredients list.

We all know relaxers contain harmful chemicals, but did you know that many products for natural hair may also contain harmful ingredients too. Natural hair has as more trouble retaining moisture than other hair types, and because of this some ingredients can be harmful to our curls. So we've put together a list of 6 harmful ingredients that you should look out for. These are commonly used and can be found in some hair products on the market today.


Using a sulphate shampoo once a month is a great way to really cleanse the scalp and get rid of any build up, giving your hair or protective style to be a fresh for the month. But like I said 'just once a month'. Sulphates are essentially detergents. If used on a regular basis, sulphate based products will leave your hair feeling squeaky clean, drying and stripping to your curls. It is a lathering agent that can strip your hair of moisture, natural oils and proteins, making your tresses dry, brittle and can sometimes cause scalp irritation. Look out for words such as sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulphate.

By doing a pre – shampoo treatment before washing your hair, you will give your strands an extra layer of protection, preserving moisture and not drying out your hair.

•Our Moisturizing Shampoo is Sulfate Free and gently cleanses without stripping your hair. 


There are good alcohols, but not all of them are. Alcohols such as Ethanol Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropanol Alcohol, Propyl Alcohol, and SD Alcohol can be drying, leaving your strands feeling stripped and brittle.

The most common fatty alcohols which hydrate and are highly beneficial to your hair are: Cetyl, Stearyl and Cetearyl alcohols. These are derived from plants and are used extensively in hair care products, designed to keep hair hydrated and healthy.

•Every one of our products only contain fatty alcohols which are moisturizing and are derived from coconuts! Check out our super moisturizing Aloe Collection for an alcohol free wash day! 


Now sis, many of us have a love hate relationship with silicones. As we all know, silicone based products can give AMAZING slip, allowing us to detangle with ease. The down side is, over time it can be damaging to your curls. Creating a barrier around your strands and not allowing any moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. Eventually creating product build-up and creating the illusion that your hair is softer and more moisturized.

•Incorporating our Aloe & Coconut 4-in-1 Styler into your regimen will ensure a silicone free Detangling and Styling Session! 
•Also our Daily Moisturizing Leave in Spray applies a light weight moisturizing and Detangling experience without the use of silicones. 


Parabens are a preservative that makes your hair and beauty products last longer. Many studies have shown products that contain Parabens may cause breast cancer if used over time.

•All of our products are paraben free! Check out our entire list of products here

Mineral Oil and Petroleum

 Both of these ingredients are similar in a way. They are both heavy ingredients that tend to create a barrier over time, sitting on top of our hair strands. Over time, products will not be able to penetrate our hair, which can then lead to product build-up.

Many naturals don't have a problem with using products that contain harsh ingredients. Every natural hair journey is different. If you are going to use certain ingredients, then everything should be in moderation.

Don’t cheat yourself! Treat yourself! Good ingredients are best! Check out our Aloe Collection for a regimen free of toxins and harmful ingredients! 

~ Love Uniqurl ~


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  • Octavia : December 02, 2020

    Thanks for the tips.

  • LaVerne Barnes : October 20, 2019

    Thanks for this information. This article confirms the ingredients I try to avoid in my hair care products.

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