What other ingredients should I look for that might destroy my curls?
I know that sulfates are really bad for curls, but what are a few other ingredients in curl styling and conditioning products are not good for curls?
Silicones! Silicones ( usually end with -cone, or xane) form a layer around the hair which doesn't allow any moisture or product to be ''sucked in''. Sulfates strip our hair from it's natural oils. Some alcohols in e.g. gels dries your hair out.
Mineral Oil/paraffin liquidum especially not in conditioners and leave-in/moisturizers. If it's the first ingredient in anything, the best thing you can do is put the product down and walk away.Stay away from drying Alcohols (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredie...). This is a list of GOOD/FATTY alcohols that are okay: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-pro...Water-insoluble silicones are the ones to stay away from. Check out the chart to see which ones: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-pro...Be careful with proteins. If your hair is protein sensitive or low porosity, your hair may feel like straw after using a product with certain proteins. This may take trial and error, but you will know why right away if you get that result with a product that has some kind of hydrolyzed protein.On sulfates: Behentremonium Methosulfate is actually a good detangling ingredient. If you find a conditioner, moisturizer/leave-in, or even a shampoo that contains it you can expect it to obliterate your tangles! Don't let the "sulfate" in the name worry you.I hope that helps!