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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*Keep in mind your hair experiences and your specific needs that need to be addressed. What is the current state of your hair, what ingredients does your mane respond positively to, are you ingredient conscious?

  • Premium moisture – Really that should be #nuff said but I won’t leave it at that. The inherent quality that must exist is the conditioner must provide maximum moisture. It should be super hydrating and restore natural oils removed from hair from daily styling and shampooing. Emollients and humectants will provide moisture and shine.
  • Slip baby- In addition to moisture, a good conditioner will provide slip and thus have detangling ability. Slip is imperative to length retention and effective detangling. Usually silicone laced conditioners provide the ultimate detangling experience, however, they will eventually build up on the hair. A clarifying shampoo will need to be incorporated into the hair care regimen.
  • Consistency- I am partial to rich, thick and creamy conditioners. The conditioner must be able to absorb and protect at a high level, which means it needs to penetrate the hair shaft. This can be achieved by using a water based conditioner.
  • Good Ingredients- If you are partial to all natural ingredients, reading the ingredients is essential. Once you identify what your hair responds positively to, this will aid in your selection process.
  • Leaves hair feeling uber soft- A conditioner that leaves your hair feeling like cotton has done its job. If you suddenly have hand in hair syndrome, you can add the conditioner to your hair care rotation.
What do you look for in a good conditioner?

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.