Is there a list of specific ingredients to avoid and/or a list of ingredients that "look bad" but are fine? I'm so confused with all the -ulfates and -ones. Thanks!
Not water soluble (Will buildup in hair)
Slightly soluble (May cause buildup in hair but some have found will still wash out with cowash)
“CG approved” Water Soluble (Will not buildup)
Hydrolyzed wheat protein hydroxypropyl polysiloxane
Lauryl methicone copolyol
Silicones with PEG listed before it
Hard core CG followers will usually only buy products that do NOT contain any of these silicones and products with CG approved water soluble silicones. Modified CG followers will usually only buy products that do NOT contain any of these silicones, and products with slightly soluble silicones and CG approved water soluble silicones.
Those who are trying to go CG stay away from the not water soluble silicones.
Some harsh sulfates which are a no-no are Alkylbenzene sulfonate, Ammonium laureth or lauryl sulfate, Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, Sodium laureth, myreth, or lauryl sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate, and Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.
Mild cleansers, which some modified CGers use once in a while when they feel they have build up, are Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco betaine, Cocoamphoacetate, Cocoamphodipropionate, Disodium cocoamphodiacetate or cocoamphodipropionate, Lauroamphoacetate, and Sodium cocoyl isethionate.