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.


The 6 Best Inexpensive Leave-in Conditioners to Try This Fall!

by Sabrina Perkins of

Not everyone is looking for heavier conditioners in the fall. Leave-in conditioners are just as useful during colder months and great for hairstyles that do not require heavy butters or oils ,like twists and braids. Some of us still rock a wash and go year round (like me) or prefer twistouts, or braidouts and just like a light hold that allows hair movement.

We also like moisturized strands on the cheap because as we get closer to the holidays, we want to pinch pennies so we can have more funds for holiday parties, gifts and going out. Is it possible to do both? It sure is and we've got a list of the best of the least expensive leave-ins worth trying this fall and winter.


10 Holy Grail Natural Products Under $10

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by Jascmeen Bush of

A common misconception is that Naturals spend a lot of money on products. Some of us do, there’s no denying that, but on the flip side we have plenty of amazing and affordable options. Take notes newbies, stock up on these cheap grails before going for a splurge.


5 Black Owned Natural Hair Brands to Try


by Jascmeen of

Let’s face it, even with our go-to’s and grails, we can’t help but to experiment with new lines and products. The Black haircare industry is a potentially $500 billion dollar industry, so why not put some of our own money back into our own community? Here are a few Black-owned beauty business that are making waves and are definitely deserving of your support.


Top Protein Conditioners for Your Natural Hair

by Sabrina Perkins of

Our hair needs a balance of moisture and protein.  And achieving and maintaining the perfect balance can be quite challenging.   The best thing you can do is listen to your hair-- if your hair is limp, mushy and overly moist it needs protein, and if it's dry, hard, and easily broken, then it most likely needs moisture.

Protein should not be used on a daily or even on a weekly basis. If you are not exposing your hair to heat styling tools, color or chemicals then most likely a monthly or even less than monthly protein treatment is enough. It depends on your routine and as I rarely do any of those things I usually use a protein treatment or a protein conditioner every 2 to 3 months.

So which ones to try? It is a preference so if you are in need of one then check out this list of hugely popular protein conditioners that get the job done. What is ever better is that all are very gentle to your strands even if you choose to use them monthly or bi-weekly.


The Best Leave-in Conditioners for Your Natural Hair

Moisture is our curl’s life force. Our hair thrives off of the proper balance between moisture and proteins, and despite knowing we have to keep this delicate balance, it is hard to maintain. Nature’s source of moisture is water but many are still unaware of the importance of water in a curly girl’s regimen. Now, some are under the impression that oils moisturize hair but they do not; they seal moisture in. Hair moisturizers are big business but many on the market have tons of emollients and oils but lack the water. The best moisturizers are water-based so if you are suffering from dry hair, make sure water is a main component of your moisturizing regimen. 

8 Sulfate-Free Shampoos That Won't Strip Your Natural Hair

by Sabrina Perkins of

Naturals have a love-hate relationship with shampoo. We love that they cleanse our tresses but often they are just too harsh for our hair. Sulfates are the detergents in shampoo that cleanse away the dirt, pollutants and product build-up but they also strip away the natural oils we need to keep our hair moisturized.

Because of this many naturals have ditched shampoo all together and opted for cowashing cleansers or just washing with botanical conditioners. I love cowashing but know shampoos are still necessary sometimes but when I use one, I make sure it is sulfate-free. Here are 8 of the top sulfate-free shampoos that naturals use, love and swear by to get the job done.

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The Truth About Glycerin for Natural Hair (Environment Matters.)

by Charlene Walton of

Before now using glycerin for natural hair had always been a tricky topic for me. I sort of understood the purpose of the ingredient in hair products but I was still lost on the whole weather, dew point aspect. Like many, I saw other popular bloggers and vloggers using glycerin for natural hair, creating DIY recipes so I figured why not. Glycerin is also listed in about every product I own so I figured the ingredient…couldn’t hurt right?

The good news is ever since I started blogging I’ve become way more informed about the science behind growing and maintaining healthy natural hair and my research game is on another level. (Yay me!) Instead of just taking someone else’s word, I now seek out additional information to form my judgement. Now I know everyone doesn’t have time for that, which is why you are here so let’s dive right in! And if you were completely lost after reading the first paragraph then definitely keep reading.

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Did SheaMoisture Change Their Formula? (Updates)


**Response from SheaMoisture after the jump**

CN Says:
CN commenter, Tinycurls, straight up #Matlocked the situation, so I headed over to BootsUK to check it out. I grabbed the only SheaMoisture product in my arsenal (Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk) and compared the ingredients on my bottle to the ingredients on the site (click image to enlarge):
top: ingredient list on BootsUK for Curl and Style Milk 
Bottom: ingredient label on my bottle of Curl and Style Milk

 This appears to be a completely different product?  

*in my Katt Williams voice* If I should just so happen to put GLYCERIN in my hurr, uh... there will be some effects.  I clicked through a few other products and all of them had glycerin listed in the top five ingredients. #ICannot 

Of course I'll withhold judgement until I hear from a SheaMoisture rep (maybe this is how they roll in the UK? Are these throwback ingredients, or nah?). 

Check back for updates,

Original Article-- 11/24/2015

by Cree Brown

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie 
SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie?

So, when I heard that SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie was now being sold in a family size jar, I knew that was the size I needed-because my hair loves it. I went to Walmart and purchased the family size and immediately knew something was amiss when I opened it. It had the consistency of the Curl and Style Milk (Huh!? What!?), it was runny, not thick and creamy. I assumed something was wrong with it and no way was I putting it on my hair. I took it back to the store because I was sure it was a bad batch-I mean it just had to be. To my surprise and chagrin all of the family sizes on Walmart’s shelf had the same consistency when I shook the jar.

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The Best Natural Hair Products for Your Staple Styles

Every naturalista knows that not every product is created equally when it comes to styling. Some products help achieve a smoother style while some provide a stronger hold than others. Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.

A product may have given you a stellar wash and go, but if you use it for your twist out you may be disappointed. Your technique may be on point, but if you didn't use a product with the right amount of hold or flexibility, your style might just fail you every time.
Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.

There are people who have a list memorized of what products work for their hair - if that’s you that’s great! That’s half the journey. If that’s not you and you are still discovering what works for your natural hair, this list could offer some assistance. Below are lists of products that have been reported to give excellent results to achieve different styles.

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Community Review- KeraVada Ayurvedic Hair Oils + Cleansing Co-Wash

via "Get ready for the Eastern hair experience! KERAVADA 4 IN 1 CONDITIONER contains powerful ayurveda ingredients that will leave your hair fresh, detangled, and oh so soft to the touch. Our super-low lather formula will leave your hair squeaky clean without stripping your tresses of much-needed moisture. KERAVADA 4 IN 1 CONDITIONER contains powerful cleansers, such as Neem, Shikakai, and Aritha to remove build up and unclog pores. It also contains Apple Cider Vinegar to balance the pH levels of your hair and scalp.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ceteryl Alcohol, Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera, Honey, Amla, Brahmi, Bhringraj, Fenugreek, Tulsi, Neem, Shikakai, Aritha, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape seed Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Ginger, Patchouli, Bergamot, Neroli, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender, Rosemary, Lime Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Sweet Orange Extract, Lemongrass, Clove, Sage, Magnesium Oil, Optiphen Plus, Fragrance"

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The Community Review- Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Description of your hair: My hair is generally medium density with coarse texture and normal porosity, "O" texture and is thready, but I have many textures on my head, from L-shaped spongy on the infamous "patch", to S-shaped at the nape of my neck.

Name of Product in Review: Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Product Description: (from ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor is a powerful, one step treatment that should be used for home use, between salon visits. This concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins does wonders to restore strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment. It is recommended on tinted, bleached or relaxed hair. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor helps repair damage caused by chlorine and hard water. Apply on clean hair in shower and rinse to treat brittle hair with cuticle damage and moderate breakage. It soothes irritated scalp and may be applied following each shampooing until the healthy condition of the hair is restored.

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The Community Review- Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

Sheree shares:

Description of your hair: Thick, Medium/Coarse, Normal Porosity, Cottony hair

Name of Product in Review: Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter 16.50/8oz

Product Description: Best twisting butter ever! Achieve the ultimate soft full twist out with a combination of almond milk, almond oil, jojoba, hemp and a drizzle of honey.  Your style will be elongated, silky and held in place!

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The Community Review- African Royale Hot Six Oil

Verneda writes: 

Description of your hair: thick, coarse texture, normal porosity, O Pattern + spongy

Name of Product in Review: African Royale Hot Six Oil

Product Description: Hot Six Oil is made from only ALL NATURAL plant herbs and oils with absolutely NO ANIMAL FAT or animal oils. Hot Six Oil's special light formula goes in hair, skin, scalp, and nail cuticles easily and without a heavy oil buildup. Hot Six Oil leaves your hair light and well conditioned.

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Community Product Reviews (and a giveaway!)

Hola Chicas,

I've been sorting through the suggestion box and among the most frequently requested posts are objective product reviews.  Considering this is a consumer site, frequented by women just like yourself, I thought it'd be dope to get y'all involved so that we may hear from a variety of textures and hair types.

If you'd like to contribute to the discussion, fill out the below questionnaire for as many products as you'd like, and submit w/ a pic of your hair, to [email protected]

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CurlyNikki Reviews AG Recoil Curl Activator

Description of my hair: Cottony as hell with fine, highly porous strands... mostly 's' waves and some 'o' coils bringing up the rear.

Name of Product in Review: AG Recoil Curl Activator  6oz/$18 <<< dayum Gina! 

Product Description:

Recoil curl activator is made with AG’s unique Curl Creating Complex (C3):
  • Magnesium sulfate – helps shrink the bonds in the hair, cultivating and defining each individual curl and wave. It gently supports curls without being crunchy and helps give hair a silky, soft feel with lots of movement
  • Bio-fermented tomato fruit extract – shrinks the hair cuticle and encourages curl
  • Rice Amino acids – hydrate and improve hair strength, promote curl, and help fight frizz. Silk and keratin protein – adds moisture, strength, elasticity and shine
  • P-14 copolymer – gives long-lasting curl definition and flexible hold
  • NaPCA – a highly effective moisturizer
  • Herbal extracts – soothe the scalp and add shine to hair
Product Ingredients: Water/aqua/eau, Polyquaternium-55, Hydroxypropyl Starch, Cetylalcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Corn Starch Modified, Cetrimonium Chloride, Salvia Officinalis (sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melissaofficinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Cymbopogonschoenanthus Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium PCA, Polyquaternium-10, Magnesium Sulfate, Silk Amino Acids, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzedkeratin, Panthenol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tetrasodiumedta, Parfum/ Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Fragrance: Light and clean, not perfume-y or overbearing.

Texture: Creamy consistency, goes on smooth.

My experience:
Although I'm not currently #TeamWash&Go, I was a few weeks ago.  On the forever mission to find the dopest curl definer, I'd heard good things about AG ReCoil (from the homie Wanda Sykes) and finally decided to give it a try.  I'd been gifted some a while back but never got around to testing it. I remember being excited because it's supposed to be good for humidity and I'm already in the, 'get your hair right for summer' mode.  I ended up using it over AG Fastfood (a pretty good, light leave-in conditioner if you're looking for one... probably best for summer) on soaking wet hair.  The Fastfood left my hair super detangled and slippery, so the ReCoil glided right in.  My curls were on 10... as I gently raked through sections of hair, the clumps that sprung up between my fingers were remarkable.  You know how you can tell from the way your wet hair responds to a product, what it will look like dry?  I felt good about it.  In my mind, I was gonna be left with fluffy, shiny, expanded curls and while I did achieve extra hang time and definition, I had helmet head.  I scrunched in some Mongongo Oil to loosen up the hold, but the volume was M.I.A.  So I re-washed a day later and tried again... using much less ReCoil this time.  The results were again very defined, almost too perfect spirals, with tons of shine, and although it wasn't extra crispy, it was still a bit stiff.  I feel that I'm on to something good tho... it needs a richer leave-in underneath or more tweaking with application.  I plan to revisit after this dry Twist-n-Curl spell runs its course.  

Would I recommend to a curlfriend: Yes, but err on the side of 'too little' product, which is good, 'cause it's pricey. The situation can get crunchy real quick with this one.  But if it's curl definition you're after, this is an amazing activator.  I'd also venture to guess that it would yield deliciously shiny and defined twist-outs.  The ingredient list is nice and I'm happy to see that glycerin is not in the top 5, which is rare with styling gels. Also, the online reviews are pretty good.

How many curls overall: (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!):
3.5, because it shows promise!

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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.

Share your experiences with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner below!

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The Community Reviews: Tresemme Curls

Cecily writes:

Description of your hair: 4a (coily/springy)

Name of Product in Review: TRESemme’ Flawless Curls Conditioner ($6 / 32 oz)

Product Description:

  • Curl Hydration for Curl or Wavy Hair
  • Formulated with vitamin B1, it replenishes moisture to your hair’s driest areas.
  • Detangles and tames frizz for beautifully defined soft curls and waves.
  • Formula is ideal for curly or wavy hair.

Product Ingredients: Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cyclohexasloxane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl acetate, Thiamine HCL, Niacinmine, Biotin, Asparitic acid, Ascorbic acid, Dimethicone, Quanternium-18, Isostearamidopropyl, Ethyldimoninum, ethosulfate, Behenamidopropyl, Disodium edta, DMDM hydantoin, and Fragrance.

Fragrance: light (my sense of smell isn’t all that great though)

Texture: Thick creamy consistency

Your experience:
I used this as a part of my pre-poo. First I apply EVOO to my hair and let it soak in my hair for roughly 10 minutes, before applying this conditioner from root to end using a wide tooth comb ( I saturate my hair with water before applying the conditioner).
Secondly I shampoo using TRESemme Flawless Curls Shampoo.
Thirdly I condition my hair again letting it saturate my hair for 10-20 minutes using a deep conditioning cap and then rinse. I follow it with a 2 strand twist to let air dry, when completely dry I twistout.
RESULT: My hair goes 5 days without needing any moisturizer. This product lives up to its name CURL HYDRATION.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: HECK YEAH! This makes my third week using this conditioner and my results have been consistent.

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

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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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The Community Reviews Shea Moisture Smoothie

 Shawnte writes:

Description of your hair:
My hair is medium density, medium texture, and has high porosity. Using the LOIS system, hair hair is S- the strands are wavy with hills and valleys. My hair is cottony, with low sheen, high frizz, and absorbs water quickly.

Name of Product in Review: 
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (9.99/ 12 oz)

Product Description:
(from label) The product is designed to add moisture and shine to thick curly hair. It is nutrient rich, and will condition, restore moisture, and shine. Can be applied to damp or dry hair to enhance curls, minimize frizz and provide curl control.

Product Ingredients:
Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter (Certified Organic Ingredient), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Ammonium Salt, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Caucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Sorbitol Esters, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Fragrance: Sweet and fruity, but not overwhelming. It has a really nice scent.

Texture: A thick cream.

Your experience:
I use it to moisturize my curls for a twist out, it makes my hair very manageable. The product is thick which I prefer over a liquid or really light moisturizer because it will air dry faster. I use it with Kinky Curly Curling Custard which helps eliminate frizz.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: 
Yes, if she has medium to thick hair, if she has fine hair, I would recommend using it very lightly or maybe using the curl milk which is not as heavy and won't weigh the hair down.

How many curls overall: (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!)
5, because the product does what it claims, it is affordable (only $9.99), and is easy to purchase (it is sold in drugstores, target, and online).

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CN Says:
I LOVE the Milk + Smoothie on Gia's curls which are prone to frizz and dryness.  

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