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Conditioners Containing Behentrimonium Methosulfate

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

Hola Chicas,

Here’s a blurb from an article I posted a couple of weeks ago:

While perusing, I came across a thread on Behentrimonium Methosulfate (BMS). I first became aware of BMSulfate a couple of years ago when Spiral mentioned that she seeks out conditioners with this ingredient high on the list to effectively condition and detangle her curls. I’ve found that my hair is a fan too! It’s one of the mildest detangling ingredients out there, and is made from non-genetically modified rapeseed oil (you read right…rapeseed).

‘This scientifically sophisticated ingredient is renowned for its superior detangling ability, without causing build-up on the hair. Unlike other hair detanglers, which are known for their irritancy, behentrimonium methosulfate is extremely mild, being recommended for use in baby products which are left on the skin. It is superior in effectiveness and mildness to it’s commonly used cheaper cousin, behentrimonium chloride. It is not a sulfate.
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Many of you asked for a list of conditioners containing BMS. Sorry for the delay, but check out the link below. It’s not a comprehensive list by any means, but gives you over 100 options, complete with hazard ratings!

My favorite BM conditioners are:
Generic Paul Mitchell the Detangler
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment
Blended Beauty’s Curl Quenching Conditioner
TIGI Moisture Maniac

My Fav BC conditioners (BM’s cheaper cousin)
DevaCare One Condition
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

For those of you that go hard, here’s a link to purchase BMS to add to your concoctions! I know nothing about this, so do your research!! They did provide a sample hair conditioner recipe. Good luck mixtresses!


  • mangomadness says:

    Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner has BTMS in it. It has great moisturizing power and wonderful slip.

    Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Panthenol, Green Te Leaf Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Sisal Extract, FenugreekbSeed Extract, Marshmallow Leaf/Root Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Lavender Extract, Calendula Flower Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate

  • Sabrina R Perkins says:

    It did not like my hair at all!! We are all so different.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great looking out on 4rrrllll! Sis, thanks 😉

  • Naturalk says:

    Thanks Curly Nikki for this article… I started looking at the ingredients and realized the ones that I love contain either BM or BC high on the list!!!

    I absolutely love Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treat and Kinky Curly Knot Today!!!

    @Anon 3/25/10 12:08am- I didn't know WEN had BM in it!! No wonder I liked it =) However, it wasn't the best product for my hair. On top of the fact that I just couldn't continue to afford it, so I stocked up before I had to cancel my subscription LOL. I still have some WEN and I will use it all because it is a good product.

    @Anon 1/5/11 2:39pm – You're lucky because both bottles of HE Totally Twisted (purchased at different times) that I have do NOT contain BC at all… However, I noticed that the Hello Hydration has 2 different bottle designs and one contained BC and one didn't!!! Of course, I purchased the one that did contain BC, but wish I would've known to look before I bought the Totally Twisted.

    I recently tried Suave Almond & Shea conditioner as a deep conditioner mixed with Raw Honey and Jojoba Oil, and my hair loved it!!! It contains BC as well…

    Thanks Again!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is is now in the conditioner made by Herbal Essence – Totally Twisted.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok I know this thread is super old… but Koils by Nature conditioners have this ingredient in it as well…

  • Anonymous says:

    I have to recommend Aubrey Organics to you guys. I am not a hair stylist, nor do I have long curly hair. However, I have coarse, stick straight, thick hair…and I used to wear it in a chin-to-shoulders length do. I'm a guy, not that that matters…

    My hair was extremely coarse and dry at one point. I discovered that I was over-washing it and using too harsh of a shampoo, first of all. I recommend using NO SULFATES at all, if a person has dry hair, especially coarse-curly hair. I do not work for Aubrey Organics, lol…I am just speaking from experience. Their Honeysuckle Rose shampoo and conditioner alternated with the GPB reconstructing treatment transformed hair that looked and felt like straw, into soft supple hair with a nice sheen. I was blown away.

    The other regimen that bore some success for me involved using Paul Mitchell's Shampoo One every 3 days, followed by The Conditioner (which I rinsed out despite the instructions, to make my hair lighter and fluffier) or The Rinse. However, this was on unprocessed, stick straight, naturally coarse (thick strands) hair. On very damaged hair I don't think this would work well.

    I HIGHLY recommend checking out Aubrey Organics. They are cheaper than most salon brands, if a little more expensive than the cheapies like Herbal Essences. It's so good on my scalp that even though I have short, soft hair now…I soak my scalp and hair in the Honeysuckle Rose conditioner a few times a week, still.

    I had a few black friends who tried Aubrey and said they would never switch back. Just go read some of the ingredients of their products on their website. No synthetics of any kind in most of their products. They have a newer line that is mostly organic but has a few select synthetic ingredients to achieve certain results. I personally use the fully organic products still.

    Here are all the ingredients in my Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, listed in descending order as on the back of the bottle: Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Shea Butter, Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil; Extracts of Fennel, Hops, Blam Mint, Mistletoe, Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Angelia, Forsythia and Magnolia, Honeysuckle Oil, Carrot Oil, Aubrey's Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A C and E) – that is the entire list, I didn't add or omit a thing. This is my favorite of theirs so far when it comes to softening super dry, brittle hair.

  • Uniquely Me says:

    Bed Head is by far the best detangling conditioner for my hair. I love the way it foams up! Elucence MBC is also a great one, so is Giovanni Smooth as Silk.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikki,
    There has been a lot of emphasis on Sulfate Free hair care products. Is Behentrimoinium Methosulfate technically considered a Sulfate?

  • HighlyAddictive says:

    I just happened to come across a thread on that suggested Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel as an EXCELLENT alternative to KCCC. I immediately went to their site and also found several more products, including a condish (Kiss My Face Miss Treated Conditioner Organic Hair Care)that has the BMSulfate in it. I believe these products are sold at Whole Foods so I will head over there first thing tomorrow! Will post results if anyone is interested. Another natural product you can add to the list Ms. Nikki! Thanks for the article.

  • Anonymous says:

    My absolute favorite is a cleansing conditioner by Chaz Dean called WEN. It is FABULOUS!!! I will never use shampoo again. This stuff leaves your hair feeling so great and you don't have to wash your hair as often. It has BMS in it as well.

  • dana says:

    Kinky Curly Knot Today also uses the same detangler.

  • Anonymous says:

    Anonymous, try to stay away from shampoos that have silicones in them. They end with -cone, -conol, or -xane.

  • Suburbanbushbabe says:

    Here are some favorites of mine that contain Behentrimonium methosulfate:

    Robert Craig Conditioner
    Mop Top Daily Conditioner
    Loma Pearatin Nourishing Moisturizer
    John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli detangler
    Renpure Organics Moisturizing Conditioner (a new brand available at Rite Aid).

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki: I have a question…I see that BM is a great product to help decrease tangles, but what about when Behentrimonium is listed as an ingredient without Methosulfate. Does it still have the same effect on the hair? I noticed that the Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner (which is a protein conditioner) has just Behentrimonium listed as the third ingredient and was thinking about giving it a try. The full ingredient list is as follows:

    Dl Water – Aqua , Cetyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetearyl Glucoside , Glyceryl Stearate , Glycerin , Cyclomethicone , Dimethicone , Jojoba Oil , Panthenol , Silk Amino Complex , Coconut Milk , Egg White Protein , Coconut Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate – Vitamin E , Tetrasodium EDTA , Fragrance , DMDM Hydantoin , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone



  • Lteefaw says:

    I was just in the grocery store when I noticed that Aveeno has a hair care line. And to my surprise one of the main ingredients was Behentrimonium Methosulfate. Actually, it was second on the list.

    Even been the product cost about $7. I’m going to see if they sell this product at Ulta. That way if I don’t like it I can return it.

  • Metangie says:

    Hi nikki, I have a question my daughter and i been following ur blog her hair is coming along fine but mine it has problem first of all it getts really dry so i use some castor oil now that seem to work but it drips alot do u have any sugguestion for me and how do i get the curls going.andi twist my hair but by the end ofthe day it like a afro it like a hot mess please can u help me out,please

  • Anonymous says:

    I use a leave in called Surya – Color Fixation which has BM as the third ingredient. I like it a lot. I use it right after I have washed my hair.

  • naturalhairesse says:

    Hey Nikki,

    Great Article on BMSulfate! I use the PM Generic Conditioner on myself and my children (and we have VERY, VERY thick coarse hair). The product works so well that I really don’t use a brush – just a wide-tooth comb and my fingers.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the link to purchase. I’m not sure I will, but I would have never thought to go looking for it.

  • Skibies says:

    I wondered if this was a good ingredient. Thanks CurlyNikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    thanks for the link nikki! who knew some of these conditioners were so hazardous.

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