Reader Q&A: CurlyNikki Decodes Alcohols Found in Hair Products

CurlyNikki shares the truth about alcohols in hair products.


Cetyl and/or Sterayl alcohols are present in most of my favorite products.

Alcohols to avoid include the ‘short chain’ ones- SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Alcohol denat, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. You’ll often find these in hair sprays and gels not marketed for our hair type, but stay vigilant!

Nikki "CurlyNikki" Walton is a successful psychotherapist and creator of one of the most credible online sources about natural haircare, maintenance, and decoding the psychological ties between black women and their hair. Visit her at her blog CurlyNikki or follow her on Twitter @CurlyNikki.

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