7 Best Deep Conditioners for Black Hair
By Jacqueline Samaroo
Deep conditioning could be considered one of the most sacred acts in the natural hair movement. It has proven benefits for helping black hair thrive regardless of its length or texture.
Common Deep Conditioner Questions
Before we take a look at the best deep conditioners for black hair, here are some fast answers to four of those burning questions we tend to have about deep conditioners.
How often should I deep condition my hair?
Deep condition your hair weekly (or at least twice a month) to keep it looking healthy, moisturized, and free from tangles.
What ingredients should I look for in a deep conditioner?
As with all your other natural hair products, look for deep conditioners with natural oils and nutrient-rich ingredients. For example, coconut and olive oil can improve elasticity in brittle hair while amino acids help to repair damaged and color-treated hair.
What products should I avoid in a deep conditioner?
Avoid phthalates, parabens, and silicones. Steer clear, too, of ingredients no one could possibly pronounce.
Should I use a protein-free deep conditioner?
Use a protein-free deep conditioner if you are protein sensitive or have low porosity hair. Protein-rich deep conditioners are good for highly porous, color-treated, or damaged hair. Switching between the two helps maintain your hair’s protein-moisture balance for healthier hair. It also promotes natural hair growth.
7 Best Deep Conditioners for Black Hair
GROWTH AND DEFINITION
Go ahead and let your hair feast on this Green Tea & Carrot concoction from The Mane Choice. Your reward will be hair that has been both renewed and nourished, and curls that are beautifully defined. Along with the green tea and carrot oil for which it is named, this deep conditioner also has biotin to stimulate keratin production and follicle growth.
BANISH DRYNESS AND MELT TANGLES
“Hydrate and Moisturize” could be this deep conditioner’s mantra. Its Manuka honey helps your strands attract moisture then, along with mafura oil, it seals all that lovely moisture into your strands. That’s the kind of intensive conditioning Black hair needs as it is susceptible to dryness and tangling.
LOVE FOR COILY/KINKY HAIR
More than just deep, this As I Am Hydration Elation conditioner is INTENSE! Its rich formula penetrates kinks and coils to soften and strengthen them. The ingredients that help it do this include coconut oil, sugar cane, lemon, Shea butter, and vitamin E. What’s more, you’ll love the lasting shine it gives to your hair.
BEST FOR LOOSE CURLS
Nutrient-rich Jamaican black castor oil shares center stage with organic Shea butter in this treatment that works wonderfully on natural hair. It is also a welcomed treatment for chemically processed or heat-damaged hair. This deep conditioner softens, strengthens, and restores your strands while leaving your scalp with a tingly feeling you’ll simply enjoy!
PROTEIN-RICH TLC FOR DAMAGED HAIR
Sashapure Restorative Conditioning Masque boasts “hand-picked, certified organic, wild-crafted” ingredients. These include its Peruvian Sacha Inchi oil which is rich in vitamins A and E, Omegas 3,6, and 9, as well as amino acids. It leaves hair healthy, hydrated, smooth, and shiny.
PROTEIN-FREE CARE FOR PROTEIN-SENSITIVE HAIR
Babassu oil is a powerful moisturizer that helps to reduce breakage. It seals moisture into strands for longer when compared to lots of other moisturizing ingredients. If you have protein-sensitive hair or hair that’s suffering from protein overload, then this protein-free option could be the ideal deep conditioner for you. It’s vegan, too!
Camille Rose calls its deep conditioner mask a “softening cocktail” and “gourmet treatment” – and we can totally see why. It gets its moisturizing power from unrefined cocoa butter and mango butter. These are combined with a host of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and biotin from blue-green algae. Together they promote natural hair growth as they strengthen strands and repair damage.
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