Through the years I have heard conditioners being referred to as cream rinses, moisturizers, recostructors, detanglers, deep conditioners and a few others. Each of these referenced can be varying classifications for hair conditioners. All in all they fall under the same definition of altering the appearance and texture of human hair to improve it, helping dry/porous hair become more soft and pliable. Conditioners hold moisture in the hair, penetrate the hair and strengthen its structure and detanglers modify the hair surface by pH as acidifiers, and/or by coating it. Naturally curly hair is very dry. Deep conditioning your locks (apply a moisturizing conditioner with a heat source) is essential in any natural hair care regimen where you’re trying to achieve healthy hair. Routine deep conditioning helps to retain moisture and promote healthy hair which in turn promotes growth. I love a good thick, creamy conditioner with a lot of slip that detangles and coats my hair. When choosing to go with a conditioner, I find that I prefer ones that are multi-purpose; a conditioner that can be used as a co-wash/detangler, leave-in/styler, and deep treatment. Highly moisturizing conditioners are the ones that my hair does best with, so the list below are of a few of my favorite conditioners (that are not protein based) that I use on a regular basis. 


  •  Macadamia Natural Hair Oil Deep Repair Masque – (Natural) One of my favorites. It’s a great detangler and deep treatment. It is very thick and creamy with a lot of slip. Smells really good.
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Treatment Masque Conditioners – (Natural) I use as a co-wash and deep treatment. Very thick and creamy with a lot of slip.
  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask – I use as a deep treatment that I leave in over night. Very thick and creamy with a lot of slip.

Leave-In Conditioners

Leave in conditioners help to calm, soften and add moisture to hair. For many years, both having a relaxer and being natural, I never used a leave in conditioner. I started using leave in conditioner in 2009. Adding it to my regimen has made a huge difference for my hair. My natural texture is healthier, less  frizz , more moisturized and I’ve experienced a lot less shedding and breakage. These are in my current rotation:

  • Rusk Sensories Smoother Leave-in Conditioner  Conditioners– This is my tried and true leave in. It detangles, softens and seems to improve the texture of my hair taming the frizzies. It smells really good, is light and does not weigh my hair down.
  • Macadamia Oil Nourishing Leave-In Cream – Smells wonderful, a little goes a long way.
  • Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner Sleek/Shine Conditioners – I like this because its thick and creamy, controls the frizz, defines curls and it affordable.