It happened to me. The leave-in conditioner I was using, the moisturizer that became my staple conked out on me. It stopped working and didn't moisturize my hair. I'd been using Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner for a while now and it had been working great. Then after a bad relaxer touch up, the conditioner just didn't cut it anymore. So I decided to look for a new leave-in.
To start my search I looked online to see what the top leave-in conditioners were and after reading reviews and ingredient lists I settled on two - True Nourishing by Made Beautiful Leave-In Conditioner and SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner. One of the reasons I selected the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in conditioner is I had tried and liked the shampoo.
I tried the True Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner a few times and then switched over to the SheaMoisture JBCO Leave-In Conditioner. Since I've switched over I've been using the SheaMoisture JBCO Leave-In Conditioner after each wash day and sometimes between washes if I feel my hair needs a moisture pick me up. Using it consistently will help me determine if it's a keeper or not.
Related post: True Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner
What I thinkI like the leave-in. At first it only performed well on my wet hair, which wasn't very helpful on a daily basis since I use leave-in conditioners more on my dry hair. It wasn't providing some of the key things I need and my hair likes in a leave-in
- It doesn't provide a lot of slip on my dry hair, so it's not helpful when detangling on dry hair. When I use it on my wet hair, there's slip for days. So it's been helpful when I do my after wash detangling on my wet hair
- It's thick which my hair likes, but it's not but not creamy. This works for me when my hair is wet, but not when it's dry. The creamier the leave-in, the better the moisture retention
- It has an odd, puddy like smell. On the plus side, the smell doesn't linger and I've gotten used to it
- Over time I have noticed a decrease in breakage (yay!)
- It doesn't irritate my scalp (another yay!)
So this prompted me to purchase the leave-in again.
What it claimsA reparative leave-in conditioner that softens and detangles hair. Nourishes, moisturizes and supports elasticity so hair resists breakage when detangling. Conditioners provide a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience.
InstructionsApply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the end of problem areas. Can also be used as a rinse-out conditioner.
The ingredientsWater (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient.
Have you tried the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen,
Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner?