What ingredients does your hair hate?

Since I've been a member of this community, I've certainly learned a lot about my hair and what it loves and hates, esp. about what it hates. Still working on finding stuff my hair absolutely loves.

Just curious about other curlies. This might help those curlies that are struggling with trying to find the right products.

My hair hates:

-Any & all proteins, esp soy = straw/frizz
-Propylene glycol (if it's too high up on the list)= poofy hair
-Panthenol = poofy/dry hair
-Glycerin (if it's high up in stylers, ok in condish) = frizzy, coated, dull hair
-Cetrimonium chloride/bromide = Poof (just found this out)
-Magnesium sulfates = dry, dry
-Castor oil = frizz
-Silicones, esp. amodimethicone = can we say hair freakout?

That's about it so far. Gosh, no wonder I have yet to find my holy grail products!
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

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Wowza, thats a long list! seems like it would be hard to find any products if you decide your hair doesn't like that many things. The only things my hair doesn't "like" are silicones, especially amodimethicone, and magnesium sulfate. My hair looves anything moisturizing like vitamin e (panthenol) and humectants like glycerin and propylene glycol. I don't think proteins effect my hair either negatively or positively.
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Fun! I'm not sure how accurate this will all be but here goes:

My hair hates...

-Hydrolyzed wheat/soy/almond/etc. protein
-Too many humectants (glycerin, etc) when the air is dry
-Any water-insoluble silicone (dimethicone and amodimethicone are the lesser evils)
-The miniscule amount of protein (hydrolyzed oat flour?) in Too Shea makes my hair react a bit...
-Whatever's in that Pantene scrunching mousse!
-Too much magnesium sulfate... ouch.
-WINTER!

My hair seems to love emollients and moisturzers (coconut oil is great!). Humectants and a good holding agent are a necessity for humidity. Amino acids seem to be well-liked too. I've even been able to get away with VO5 Moisture Milks even though they contain soy milk.

Magoo, have you tried AOHR yet? I only tried it once (today), so I can't give a full verdict yet, but it didn't seem too heavy for me. Plus the smell isn't bad at all; I like having honeysuckle scented hair!
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I don't which ingredient(s) it is, but almost every Suave or Vo5 conditioner leaves a nasty coating on my hair -- except Vo5 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream. I also don't think my hair likes the a-cone in OneC, either, but I'm not totally sure of that yet.
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My hair hates:

All proteins/amino acids - dry brittle straw like hair. Hair will break with overuse.
Panthenol high or moderate on the list - while supposed to be a humectant, it makes my hair dry and poofy, even in summer. It's a different dryness than protein dryness.
Most silicones - coated and gunky, and dry in long run. Occasional amodimethicone is OK for me though.
Sulfates - dry, dry, dry and loss of curl
Magnesium Sulfate - drying if used more than once or twice a week
Coconut oil - ok in small amounts but can be drying in large amounts or over a long haul. I have read that it helps with protein retention in the hair. I have plenty of protein already so the oil can act like a protein buildup.
Mineral Oil/aka parafinum liquidium - gunky biuldup

Glycerin - my hair likes it well enough, but my red hair dye does not. Makes the dye fade more quickly. I only will tolerate glycerin in July and August in Curl Keeper
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
What a long list of ingredients! How long does it take to discover that all those things don't agree with your hair? It took me 5 months to figure out that magnesium sulfate makes my hair frizz -- I can only imagine how many years it will take to figure out a list like some of you have. What patience!
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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I don't which ingredient(s) it is, but almost every Suave or Vo5 conditioner leaves a nasty coating on my hair -- except Vo5 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream. I also don't think my hair likes the a-cone in OneC, either, but I'm not totally sure of that yet.
Msgiblet - that is so interesting I just bought Sauve Cocoanut conditioner and tried it today and it felt like something was on my hair......a bit of a film or something,
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Cones made my hair dry, sulfates made it frizzy.
Too much glycerine makes it feel greasy.
Softened water makes my hair a dry frizzy puffy mess.
My hair and I both hate cold dry weather.
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Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
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I don't which ingredient(s) it is, but almost every Suave or Vo5 conditioner leaves a nasty coating on my hair -- except Vo5 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream. I also don't think my hair likes the a-cone in OneC, either, but I'm not totally sure of that yet.
Msgiblet - that is so interesting I just bought Sauve Cocoanut conditioner and tried it today and it felt like something was on my hair......a bit of a film or something,
Originally Posted by Notty
The Suave Coconut is one of the ones I haven't bought. I think I'm going to give up on the Suave & Vo5 conditioners. I've got 3-4 different bottles piling up now; they're just going to get used up for shaving.
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RedCelticCurls-what do you use to shampoo or cleanse your hair?
What a long list of ingredients! How long does it take to discover that all those things don't agree with your hair? It took me 5 months to figure out that magnesium sulfate makes my hair frizz -- I can only imagine how many years it will take to figure out a list like some of you have. What patience!
Originally Posted by jillipoo
I've been mostly cg (with a few month gap last spring/summer) since June 2006, and I just figured out about the panthenol a few weeks ago. I keep thinking that something is wrong with my hair and forget to look for similar ingredients.

The protein, I found out about first thanks to posts here.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
RedCelticCurls-what do you use to shampoo or cleanse your hair?
Originally Posted by joya
Interesting question because I really don't use anything specific. I just detangle, condition, and then use a leave-in. i scrub my scalp after my detagnler rinsing with just the water from the shower. My scalp rarely gets that greasy and the water scrubbing works well enough.

I do have shampoo used on my when I get my hair colored. I don't know what, just whatever he uses after he rinses the color. He poos, then conditions. Other than that, I don't poo.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.

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