August 16, 2016

3 Must-Have Deep Conditioners to Strengthen Hair & Prevent Breakage

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by Sabrina Perkins of

In the pursuit of a healthy hair journey, many Naturalistas face dry hair which can also lead to breakage which nobody wants. The following three deep conditioners help to prevent breakage, strengthen and add moisture to dry hair thanks to the emollients, humectants and hydrolyzed proteins.

Aphogee’s Curlific texture treatment is packed with proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Although this treatment is serious care for textured hair, it is still possible to use it every week to maintain beautiful hair regardless of the environment around you or your styling regimen. 

A few of the emollients that are in this treatment are dimethicone, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, shea butter, mauritia flexuosa fruit oil and hydrolyzed proteins. These emollients are used as lubricants and they provide large amounts of slip to help with detangling.

The humectants that are used in this treatment are able to draw moisture from the air to make hair even softer. The humectants in Aphogee’s Curlific texture treatment are panthenol and glycerin. Panthenol strengthens and repairs chemically damaged hair and it also binds to the hair follicles. Glycerin has the ability to define curls. This treatment has beneficial proteins such as hydrolyzed quinoa, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins and keratin amino acids. Quinoa contains all eight essential amino acids. It has the ability to assist in hair repair, protection and it conditions the hair. When hair is treated with hydrolyzed quinoa, it retains moisture shows less signs of damage and has better protected cuticles.

The benefits of hydrolyzed quinoa are easier detangling, improved shine, softer hair, it binds moisture to the hair strands and soothes an irritated scalp. Vegetable hydrolyzed proteins penetrates hair adding strength and shine. Keratin amino acids is a powerful moisturizer that can penetrate the hair. The proteins are small enough to penetrate the hair shaft and coating damaged allowing styles to hold.

Kinky Curly Stellar Strands Hydrating Deep Treatment
This treatment is enriched with emollients like macadamia oil and argan oil. This is an intense hydrating treatment and the benefits of using this treatment rejuvenates and moisturizes weak strands, improves elasticity, reduces breakage and maintains your hairs natural shine, silkiness and softness.

The humectants found in Kinky Curly Stellar Strands Hydrating Deep Treatment are glycerin and panthenol. Panthenol has the ability to reduce split ends. Although glycerin has the ability to define your curl pattern if it’s used in the wrong way it can lead to damage. The main proteins in this treatment are silk amino acids and collagen amino acids. These proteins improve elasticity and reduces breakage which helps with length retention.

Kinky Curly Stellar Strands Hydrating Deep Treatment is rich in biotin which helps with hair growth and thickens the hair. This is a “must have” in every Naturalista's product stash.

Nothing But: Intense Healing Mask

This intense healing mask not only strengthens but also repairs weak and fragile hair making this mask real help for transitioning hair. Nothing But: Intense Healing Mask is made with simple ingredients that penetrates deeply to repair, soothe, and smooth damaged brittle hair.

Some of the emollients are cyclopentosiloxane, dimethiconal, cetearyl alcohol, soybean oil, shea butter and wheat germ oil. These emollients offer shine, help in detangling and strengthens the hair. This mask has panthenol as a humectant which also thickens hair strands and enhances gloss and elasticity. The proteins found in this treatment are collagen amino acids and hydrolyzed keratin. Collagen maintains the elasticity in hair and hydrolyzed keratin reduces frizz and static electricity caused by dryness.

Nothing But: Intense Healing Mask also contains oils like jojoba oil, which is close to the natural oils (sebum) that our scalp produces. It also has Tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E) which is a natural preservative. These three deep conditioners will definitely strengthen the hair and they are all made with natural ingredients, free of sulfates, parabens and mineral oil. Although these three deep treatments all have emollients, humectants and proteins, I definitely feel a difference between them.

My first choice would be Aphogee’s Curlific texture treatment. It is quite affordable (approximately 9$) and even though it is a strong treatment packed with proteins, it still has enough moisture to be able to use it every week. My second choice would be Kinky Curly Stellar Strands Hydrating Deep Treatment Although it has a thick consistency and leaves my hair soft it came in second because it is quite pricey (approximately 13$). It enhances your natural shine (thanks to the argan oil) and leaves your hair feeling stronger. My third choice would be Nothing But: Intense Healing Mask

It is also affordable (approximately 11 dollars) leaving your hair strengthened and it definitely helps with breakage and shedding. All of these deep conditioners are a good balance between protein and moisture making it possible to use often.

What is your favorite deep conditioner?

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