By Chinwe of Hair and Health
Are you searching for an effective moisturizing conditioner for your parched natural hair? Here are some products that might be worth trying:
1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner (pictured above)
WHY AUSSIE: It is inexpensive, a little goes a long way, and it leaves the hair feeling soft and smooth. Some reviewers even say the conditioner “really is a miracle” in a bottle.
WHAT’S IN IT: The first several ingredients consist of water, fatty alcohols (stearyl and cetyl), and a few silicone-based ingredients that smooth down the hair shaft. It also contains sea kelp, aloe vera juice, and jojoba oil.
WHY GVP: This Sally’s conditioning balm is a decent knock-off of the more expensive Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm. Many naturals who use it rave about the penetrating moisture, resulting softness, and its ability to help reduce tangles. Some also comment on it transforming damaged hair. Another benefit is that you only have to leave in on for 1–3 minutes.
WHAT’S IN IT: The topmost ingredients consist of water, a humectant (propylene glycol), fatty alcohols (myristyl and cetearyl), and a quat (cetrimonium chloride), which helps to smoothen the hair shaft. It also contains a few parabens for those who want to be aware.
WHY HERBAL ESSENCES: This is another popular moisturizing conditioner that gets a lot of buzz in the natural hair community. It rightfully earns its name “hydration” and gets the job done at a low price. It is also one of the more accessible products on this list. You can find it in most grocery stores.
WHAT’S IN IT: The main ingredients are water, fatty alcohols (stearyl and cetyl), a quat (behentrimonium chloride) for smoother hair, and a cone for additional smoothness. The conditioner also contains silk extract and coconut extract amongst other ingredients.
WHY SHEA MOISTURE: Naturals who love this conditioner rave about the intense moisture it provides despite the lack of slip. Many of those who love it also praise its mostly natural ingredients and use it as a leave-in as well.
WHAT’S IN IT: The main ingredients are water, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, a quat (behentrimonium chloride), and an essential oil blend. A few other ingredients include vegetable glycerin, panthenol, and avocado oil.
WHY ELUCENCE: Elucence is a conditioner that you either love or you hate. Those who love it use it as a moisturizing co-wash or rinse-out conditioner. It can also be used as a moisturizing leave-in, which essentially makes it a 2‑in‑1 product. A little also goes a long way, and users also like that it has a faint smell unlike many other conditioners.
WHAT’S IN IT: This conditioner contains several extracts (ginseng root, irish moss, and more), water, and a quat (stearalkonium chloride) among its top ingredients. It also contains panthenol, biotin, and squalane (olive oil lipid) amongst other ingredients.
Ladies, have you tried any of these conditioners?