The Big Difference Between Protein Deep Conditioners & Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

One thing I've learned from years of experimenting with my hair is that your deep conditioner should always remain in your regimen. I am big on deep conditioning and I feel that it is definitely essential in any season. Let’s take a look at the two types of deep conditioners, protein deep conditioners and moisturizing deep conditioners and which one may be right for you.

Why do you need to deep condition?
Several naturals have told me that they don’t deep condition often and I give them a blank stare. Girl you need to be deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis! Deep conditioning is a very important step in your natural hair regimen and should not be overlooked or rushed through. Deep conditioning helps to moisturize and strengthen your hair, protecting it from breakage and everyday styling. If you are a natural who has color-treated hair or any type of damage, then you definitely want to learn about deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis.


Benefits Of A Rose, Argan, And Coconut Oil Leave In Conditioner

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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to giving your curls some extra TLC, there are lots of homemade concoctions you can try. While you could opt to apply various ingredients throughout the week, why not combine some of the best ingredients nature has to offer into a daily leave in conditioner? There are several benefits for your hair health when using the ingredients of rose, argan, and coconut oils. Used on their own, each one offers unique benefits, but when combined, they become a powerhouse solution to cover a wide scope of hair woes. Here are a few benefits of a rose, Argan, and coconut oil leave in conditioner.

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Protein Conditioner Versus Moisturizing Conditioner

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by Mary Wolff

Your hair needs a lot of things to look and feel its best. From the right hair care products to the right diet, finding your best curls is a process and a journey as opposed to an end destination. When it comes to knowing what hair needs and when it needs it, it can be hard to tell in certain areas. For example, if you are choosing between a protein conditioner versus moisturizing conditioner, how do you know which one to choose? First, let’s look at the basics of both.

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Should Conditioner Be Used On Roots?

by Mary Wolff

In the world of hair care, there seem to be contradicting statements regarding just about every aspect of your strands. One of the more debated elements of hair care is the matter of should conditioner be used on roots or avoided at all costs. Some say using conditioner on roots will lead to weighed down, flat hair that is extra oily. Others say not using conditioner on your roots will leave your strands dry, brittle, and thirsty for moisture. So, which one is right?

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Try These DIY Conditioners For Curls

by Mary Wolff

When it comes to caring for your curls, you may feel more comfortable creating your own products. Maybe you just don’t have the time to run to the store to pick up another bottle. Whatever the case, there are a ton of easy-to-make ideas for a DIY conditioner for curls. They use natural ingredients you probably already have on hand in your kitchen! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for a nourishing DIY conditioner for curls.

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Top 5 Essential Conditioners

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by Mary Wolff

Your curls need moisture to stay healthy. As curly girls, we are bombarded with new products almost every day it seems. How do you find the ones you might want to try? Listen to your fellow curlies, of course! I know everyone has their own hair care preferences because no two heads of curls are the same. Here are my top 5 essential conditioners that provide the most moisture for my curls.


100 Pumps of Conditioner

Jewellianna Palencia writes:

We always read the directions on hair products about adding a "dime-sized amount to your hair". And I think that every natural can see the humor in this statement. Well with the ongoing trend on YouTube about “100 coats of mascara, “100 layers of foundation”, “100 coats of nail polish”, etc., I wanted to make my own version of it and try it out on natural hair. I decided to put “100 Pumps of Conditioner” on my natural hair, let it air-dry and see if it turned out to be an utter disaster, or a complete success! What do you guys think? Does 100 Pumps of conditioner sound completely ridiculous or does it sound like a normal part of curly hair routines? Check out the video to see how my hair turned out with 100 pumps of conditioner! I hope you enjoy!


Could Excessive Co-washing Cause Excessive Shedding?

by Michelle of

Today I was thinking about co-washing and how it might be causing excessive shedding. That is, depending on how you co-wash, of course.

You see, lots of ladies co-wash their natural hair with a conditioner. Hence, the term “co” aka "conditioner" wash. Today, there are lots of products on the market meant specifically for co-washing. Yet, it’s still very popular to wash the hair with a regular rinse out conditioner.

Well, I got to thinking about the purpose of a conditioner…

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Why Your Natural Hair Needs Leave-in Conditioner

by Ashley

Leave-in conditioner is probably one of the most important steps in maintaining healthy hair. It replenishes the hair’s moisture after washing, and it aids in softness and manageability. Leave-in conditioner can also protect your hair in a few ways:

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The MOST Important Step in Your Hair Care Regimen

by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

Now this is just me; but in my opinion nothing is as important as a step in hair care regimens that many naturals rush through. No, it’s not detangling (although that is uber important) and it’s not necessarily moisturizing the hair (also important). It’s the step that makes a lot of those other aspects of your regimen a lot easier.

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Ingredients for the Slip Addicted Natural

Are you addicted to slip? You know…slip! Our hair tends to be dry and the older it gets--or further from wash day--the dryer it gets. Curly or coily hair tends to curl or coil around itself and create tangles or knots (yes, knots) when dry. Many of us are always on the hunt for products that will properly coat the knots and tangles and allow them to glide through with a comb or our fingers easily and without much friction. Slip just describes how slippery a product is and that’s usually conditioners with some natural oils. Slip is a curlies best friend but what makes up the BEST slip? There’s an actual science to it and it’s more than what’s the most popular or the most expensive. It’s what’s in the makeup of the product. Here are a list of ingredients we see every day on the back of bottle and jar and as we skim over them do we really know what they do and how they give us the best slip possible? Now, it’s time to see what makes all those products work so well.

Daily Conditioner vs. Deep Conditioners and Natural Hair Care

Conditioners have always been a hot topic of discussion in the curly hair realm. Are we using the right products for adequate conditioning? What is the best way to condition? Once the hair has grown from the hair follicle, it must be conditioned for the best preservation. We can find this external nourishment via hair product ingredients found in our daily conditioners and deep conditioners.

What’s in a daily conditioner?
A daily conditioner is also known as a surface conditioner, cream rinse, or finishing rinse. These are usually formulated to be used in conjunction with a shampoo. They are designed for daily maintenance and manageability for your hair by conditioning the cuticle, making it lie smooth, enhancing shine, and reducing frizz. Manufacturers usually recommend leaving a daily conditioner on the hair for 1-5 minutes before rinsing. The purpose of a daily conditioning rinse is to moderately adsorb ingredients onto the surface of your hair. According to our Curl Chemist Tonya McKay, "adsorption describes the process when atoms or molecules are attracted to the surface of a material (hair)."

Coconut Nectar Deep Conditioner for Softer Natural Hair

Ever heard of Coconut Nectar? Yea, me neither lol, until I received a newsletter from Hairfinity (see below).  By quitting time that same day I’d already planned my route to beat traffic to get to Whole PayCheck Foods. I figured, I love deep conditioning with coconut oil and cooking with coconut milk, so nectar can’t be too bad. Right?
Raw coconut nectar is an excellent way to infuse your hair with moisture to combat dryness. Coconut nectar is made from coconut tree sap. This sap contains loads of healthy vitamins, amino acids, and vitamins that help to neutralize the pH balance levels in your hair. When coconut nectar is added to your deep conditioning treatments it helps to flatten out the hair cuticles allowing them to lye straight and smooth so, that your hair will become softer, less frizzy and easier to manage. 
To use coconut nectar in your deep conditioner simply pour as much as you feel necessary directly into your product and stir it in completely. Depending on your hair length and density will better determine exactly how much you will need. Adding in other natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, or whole leaf aloe vera gel will help to further bring forth plenty of moisture and hair manageability. 
Divide your hair into 4-8 sections, then distribute your deep conditioning mixture from the top of your roots to the very ends of the strands of your hair. Allow the mixture to sit on your hair from 30-60 minutes with heat or without heat. Using heat will help to maximize the strength of your treatment and yield the best results. Raw coconut nectar can be found in most grocery stores or online.

Top 20 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

There are so many reasons for using a deep conditioner regularly. For starters, it keeps your hair in check for things we have no control over like wind, pollutants, and the sun. It also protects our tresses from ourselves! Sometimes we are our hair’s worst enemy with all the manipulation, coloring, heat styling and hair accessories. Deep conditioners are great for preventive measures too, so don’t wait until you see damage to want to use it. A good deep conditioner is worth its weight in gold so don’t skip it in your weekly wash routine. With added heat, they bring life back to your hair and add bounce and body.

Wildly popular, Curl Junkie’s hair treatment rains down a rich cocktail of aloe, herbs and healing butters that revitalize, restore and reclaim your hair’s moisture.

*Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
Made to work better and harder with heat, this conditioning treatment uses cocoa butter and Shea butter to give maximum moisture to your tired, dry strands. Infused with horsetail and peppermint this treatment is great for all hair types.

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Characteristics of A Good Conditioner

Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

Ask almost any natural woman about the top concern about their mane and most will tell you moisture retention. Textured hair has unique challenges in that it craves moisture as if its life depends on it and truth be told, it does. Conditioners are every curly girl’s answer to combating dryness but here’s the thing, not all conditioners are created equal. Here are a few attributes that separate the men from the boys.

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How Do Hair Conditioners Work?

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What are hair conditioners supposed to do?
Remember that hair is dead! It’s a common misconception that hair can be healthy. Hair can be no more healthy than a shoe lace, a cotton blouse, or any other non-living fiber. The hair on your head is not living tissue. It is dead, keratinized protein. Hair cannot be healthy. Of course, it can look healthy or not-healthy but that’s not the same thing. Conditioners help give your hair a healthier appearance (and reduce breakage) by smoothing the hair.

The biology of hair (cuticle versus cortex)
Look at your hair under a microscope, or, if you don’t have a microscope handy, you can Google a picture of it. You’ll see it’s covered by small scales, known as cuticles, that look a little like the shingles on a roof. As the hair grows, the cuticles form in such a way that the leading edge is facing toward the end of your hair shaft.

When you back comb, you’re scraping the edge of the cuticle in the opposition direction. This action causes lifts the cuticle up and makes it stand away from the hair shaft. The more cuticles you lift up, the more volume your hair will have because each little piece of cuticle will push away the hair shaft laying next to it. You can create tons of volume by combing this way.

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Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle: Community Review

CN community member, Mel writes:

Description of your hair: (1) thick density (2) medium texture, (3) low porosity, (4) spongy

Name of Product in Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, $3.99 for 16 oz

Product Description: “We’ve worked with an upscale boutique to bring you this salon-quality conditioner that will rejuvenate your hair with a refreshing tingle. A blend of certified organic botanicals including peppermint and teat tree work together to moisturize and clarify your hair while alleviating dry scalp. Our product contains no laurel/laureth sulfates and is suitable for all hair types.”

Product Ingredients: water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed

Fragrance: This is very minty. Once I was done, all I could think about was getting me a stick of Double Mint gum.

Texture: This conditioner is pretty creamy, but not very thick. The thickness, or lack thereof, reminds me of a leave in conditioner.

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being the easiest): 4- I’m a girl who absolutely needs “slip” and this one was pretty darn good. I loved the relaxing smell and that made finger detangling even better.

Your Experience: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner far exceeded my expectations. I’d heard about this so when Dallas/Fort Worth celebrated the opening of our first Trader Joe’s, I knew exactly what I’d be shopping for.

When I first opened the bottle, I was a bit worried because I tend to get better results with a thick rinse out conditioner. If the conditioner is thin, my kinks and curls usually laugh and have a mind of their own. This did the job and a little went a long way. I loved the minty scent and it was very relaxing. The price is right and I was so pleased to have finally gotten my hands on a bottle of this. This product had amazing slip, but wasn’t as moisturizing as I’m accustomed to. Regardless, as a curly who uses tons of conditioner, this one pleased me a lot.

Slip is one of the most important things to me in regards to rinse out conditioners, so I really like this. I’d had this bottle sitting under my cabinet for a few months and I hate I waited so long to finally try it out.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Most definitely. If you’re a curly who loves organic products this is the way to go. It affordable and it did the job well.

How many curls overall (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!): I give this conditioner 4. The slip beats most things that I’ve tried. If it were a bit more moisturizing, it would probably replace my go-to conditioner.

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The Community Reviews- Herbal Essence's Honey

Melissa S. writes:

Description of your hair: (1) thick density (2) medium texture, (3) low porosity, (4) spongy

Name of Product in Review: Herbal Essences: Honey, I’m Strong Strengthening Conditioner
$7 / 23 oz

Product Description: This rich and creamy conditioner provides strength against damage and helps repair damage to smoothness for silky locks you will love.

Product Ingredients: Water/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Honey/Miel, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Red 33.

Fragrance: Fruity, sweet and yummy. You can definitely smell the honey and apricot extracts

Texture: Thick cream

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being the easiest): I give this a 5. This conditioner has a very smooth application and has amazing slip.

Your experience: I used it as a rinse out to detangle after shampooing and I feel in love with Honey, I’m Strong. I’ve been a part of Team Hello Hydration for a long time, but this really blew me away and will be replacing my blue bottles. I didn’t bother sectioning my hair when I shampooed, but was able to detangle in the shower in no time. Typically, if I don’t section my hair then I have a challenge on my hands. Detangling was a breeze, I saw very little breakage and shed hair and it left my hair incredibly soft and moisturized.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Yes, yes, yes!

How many curls overall (1-5):(on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!)
5 and a snap!

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