Conditioning your hair adds moisture, installs essential oils and nutrients and helps protect your hair during styling and normal wear in the days after. It is important to always take the time to deep condition your hair, meaning you allow the product to sit on your hair for an extended period of time either with natural scalp heat in a plastic cap or with added heat from a hooded dryer or steamer. (The only exception to this is would be if you are using a prescribed, medicated product or a reconstructive or protein treatment. With those types of products you always want to follow doctor/manufacturer instructions.)
Here are some of my favorite conditioners and why I love them:
Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner is packed with essential oils and ingredients such as rosemary oil, lemongrass, sea kelp, textured soy protein, lavender, grapefruit and vitamin E to name a few. What I love most is that all of the ingredients are natural ones you recognize at a glance. This conditioner is extremely hydrating, and it is very thick and creamy, giving it enough weight to coat your strands evenly and help with detangling. It is also sulfate-free making it safe for all hair textures, color-treated, relaxed and transitioning hair. TJ’s Nourish Spa has become a permanent resident in my product community and will remain there as long as it’s produced. And, you can’t beat the price! This one retails for just $2.99 at Trader Joe’s stores.
Organix Intensive Treatments are enriched with essential oils and vitamins that add moisture balance to your scalp and shine to your hair. They are incredibly hydrating and come in a thick, creamy texture that help you evenly distribute through your hair and detangle. What I love about this line is that their intense hydrating treatments are available in several varieties that allow you to customize your care with ingredients that will be most beneficial to you. There’s moroccan argan oil, coconut milk, biotin and collagen, argan oil and shea butter and pomegranate green tea to name a few. I also love that these products work well on all hair types and are safe for color-treated, relaxed and transitioning hair. These treatments go for $5.99 at most retailers (prices vary by location).
Naturelle Hemp Hydrating Conditioner is one of the first “hydrating” conditioners I discovered nearly 15 years ago. It helps smooth the hair cuticle making detangling and styling easier and less stressful on your strands. It also delivers lots of moisture into your hair shaft and revives natural luster and shine. If you are in need of a replenishing, restorative conditioner, this is one to try. Naturelle’s formula includes hemp seed oil and protein that bond to your hair to protect against damage and dryness. You can find this one for around $12 (for 33 ounces!) through online vendors like Drugstore.com.
Aveda’s Intensive Hydrating Masque is wonderful if you have irritable scalp issues and need to restore balance because it is oil-free! It is packed with plant humectants, instead of oils, that pull in moisture to hydrate and soothe the scalp and hair. I love Aveda’s plant-based formulas they use in all of their products because they are gentle and suitable for those with skin allergies and scalp conditions. I also love how concentrated they are so a little bit of product goes a long way (meaning they are produced with less water as filler). You can get your hands on this one for $22 at Aveda salon locations or online from stores like Nordstrom.
Scruples White Tea Restorative Conditioner helps repair, detangle and acts as a heat protectant. I use this along with the shampoo every time a plan to straighten my hair with a roller wrap or flat iron because it gives my hair a perfect balance of moisture and protection. I notice using this conditioner makes my hair silky and my straight styles last longer. White tea contains more antioxidants than black or green tea making it a powerhouse for hair strength. This one retails for about $15, depending on where you buy it.