Why conditioners and not shampoos you ask? Well, my fellow curly girls know that conditioners run out before shampoos because they are a staple. The right conditioner gives your curls life.
February 2016 was my 2 year anniversary of being natural AKA nappiversary. I think my natural journey has helped me understand the needs of curly hair, hence the name of a previous post The Mixed Chick Hair Whisperer. You think I’m over exaggerating? If curly hair was a person, she’d be assertive, outspoken, fashionable and unpredictable.
Curly hair has a mind of it’s own. Good products, like conditioner can tame the beast.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have the coarsest, tightest, thickest texture of my girls. Melody has tight, springy curls and Daphne has loose wavy curls. Thankfully if a product doesn’t work for me, usually it works on one of them.
What makes a good conditioner you ask? Well for me, it’s got to detangle. What’s the point of having to use multiple products when you can find one to do it all? That’s one thing that really frustrated me when I became natural. I watched YouTube videos and vloggers discussed all 20 of the product combinations they were using. As a new natural, I spent a fortune on products and cried when they didn’t produce the results I saw on the screen.
If you’re newly natural, or have multiracial children with curly locs, you’ll appreciate this post. I’ve come up with a list of my favorite conditioners and I tell you why they’re so amazing:
Crème of Nature Argon Oil: I love this conditioner because of its thick consistency, perfumey smell and amazing results. It bonds to my hair and my curls instantly respond. It also works as a fabulous detangler.
Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner: This one works best in curly wavy hair. I use it for my baby girl and it adds shine, moisture and softness to her hair.
Dove Quench Absolute: This one is a win because it works for all 3 of our curly hair textures! I was amazed at how all of our curls had a love affair with this conditioner. It detangled and took out the hard work for me. This is a must for anyone with curls!
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment. This is one step up from a conditioner. Do you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp? I do, especially in the winter months. This soothes my scalp with the help from the all natural tea tree oil. It smells amazing and does the job for your scalp and hair simultaneously.
VO5 Moisture Milk Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner. Do you see the price tag on the bottle? That’s the first win! I found it at Big Lots, and you can also find it at Dollar General. This worked on both of my daughter’s curly hair types, but it didn’t do much for mine. It smells amazing, is more than affordable and makes their hair silky smooth. This is better for the curly wavy types, not as much for the coarser, thicker hair types.
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner. Can I just say that this product is the all star player in my book? As you guys know, I’m a huge Shea Moisture fan. But this conditioner takes it all. The mint has an invigorating scent that tingles your scalp. The thickness of the conditioner sticks to your curls and moisturizes them. Not only that, when I ordered this conditioner, almost the entire jar spilled into the box. I emailed the company, and in 48 hours I had a new jar. If that isn’t customer service, I don’t know what is!! This is a must have in your collection.
Are you a product junkie like me? What are your favorite conditioners? Find me on social media and tell me all about it!