Leave-in conditioners

Per their name, leave-in conditioners aren't meant to be rinsed out. Unlike rinse out and deep conditioners, they have a lighter blend of penetrating ingredients to help keep strands soft and moisturized between shampoos. Don't forget to seal the moisture in with a serum or natural oil.

Ingredients of good conditioners

While the best type of conditioner for relaxed hair will vary from head to head, typically the best conditioner is one that moisturizes and strengthens without leaving any residue or weighing down the hair. It should also help with the detangling process.

The specific ingredients used will depend on whether the conditioner is meant to be rinsed out, a deep conditioner or a leave-in. With that in mind, what are the key ingredients to look for in a good conditioner?


This is the best natural moisturizer.


They help reduce frizz and help with detangling though they will vary based on the type of conditioner. For deep conditioners look for ingredients like behentrimonium chloride or behentrimonium methosulfate. 


Such as glycerin or honey to help draw water and moisture into the hair shaft. 

Fatty alcohols

They are good alcohols and another source of moisture. Some of the better moisturizing alcohols are cetyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol.

Natural oils 

Such as avocado oil or olive oil that can penetrate the hair shaft. The oils provide lubrication, softness, and shine. In deep conditioners look for sealing oils such as shea butter or soybean oil. 

Proteins or hydrolyzed proteins

These proteins are created to be small in size so they are easily absorbed and reach the second layer/cortex of the hair strand. Once absorbed they provide some protection to the hair helping to increase body and shine. They also help reduce brittleness and breakage. Some common hydrolyzed proteins are hydrolyzed keratin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed silk protein.
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Examples of good conditioners

Here are some examples of conditioners that I found online with really good reviews or are ones that I have used myself and like.

Rinse out conditioner examples

1. Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Express Conditioner
2. SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Conditioner
3. Jane Carter Solution Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner

Deep conditioner examples

4. Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
5. Carols Daughter Moisturizing Black Vanilla Smoothie
6. Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner

Leave-in conditioner examples

7. True by Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner
8. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner
9. Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner
10. TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner

What's your favorite conditioner?

References: http://www.blackhairinformation.com/growth/deep-conditioning/how-to-choose-a-conditioner-for-relaxed-and-natural-black-hair/, http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/find-your-perfect-deep-conditioner.html
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