The Conditioner Chronicles

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Welcome to the long-awaited, much-anticipated, all-invested...
THE CONDITIONER CHRONICLES
Detailing the Good, the Bad, and the Frizzy (and those rare gems of conditioners that make it all worthwhile…)

TESTING METHOD:
I used the scientific method in testing these conditioners to rule out other variables’ influence. Therefore, I used the same products (all the way down to the same stylers) and same technique every single day to have standardized results so that the conditioner was the only change each day. That way, when my hair was better or worse day to day, I knew the conditioner was the only variable. Some conditioners were tested additional times (on top of the standard test) with changes in technique or usage based on the input of others. For example, several shared that Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner worked well for them only when a generous amount was left in. Therefore, I tested it with my standardized rinse-it-all-out method and, on another test day, rinsed sparingly to leave a substantial amount in my hair. Observations with special usage conditions are noted in the review specifically. With the Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner, I added my comments with the varied technique with a notation as to what that change in method was since it yielded different results.

Conditioners with poor or fair ratings were tested for one to two days. If uncontrollable variables gave me reason to doubt my results’ validity (like a rainy day or a particularly humid one), I tested more than the standard number of days to ensure that my observations were valid, especially before giving a less desireable rating. Any conditioners with ratings that are good were tested, on average, between three days and a week. For a conditioner to earn a very good or excellent rating, it had to consistantly perform to that standard for over a week of testing. Many of the conditioners rated as good, especially the ones that are at the top of the good rating, were potentially very good but didn’t perform consistantly well in the multiple, consecutive day testing so they may work better in a conditioner rotation than as a regularly used product.

As for my curl specifications, I have both 2b and 3a curls. My climate is hot and humid in summer and mild and moderate in fall and winter. I am extremely prone to buildup, often exhibiting signs of buildup long before others. Therefore, some conditioners that demonstrated buildup indicators might perform better in rotation with other conditioners. I also sent samples to others in different climates (usually drier ones) to test theories, as well as testing samples on myself when traveling (a plane is a wonderful test of a dry climate).

Obviously, different curlies in different climates with different water mineralization and different degrees of dryness who have different goals for their curls and different curl types will have different results than me. (Whew! I think that covers the bulk of the differences!) Therefore, I can imagine that someone’s HG may be rated as poor and a product one person may hate could be rated very good. I’ve tried to figure in two factors into every rating. (A) I’ve considered my experiences and observations during my trial. (B) I’ve reviewed others’ postings and experiences detailed on the boards. If I could find some trend in who preferred a product that was a love-hate conditioner, I’ve noted my theory in the review. For example, there were a few conditioners that were frequently loved in drier climates but mainly disliked or hated in more humid ones. So, while I’ve tried to be objective and comparative of one conditioner to another and one user’s experiences to another, I’ve had to look for a consensus with which to rate these conditioners, and I hope that I have interpretted the results as objectively as possible. It’s also worth mentioning that quite a few of the poor and fair-rated conditioners didn’t even encourage curl definition/shape for me (and some others I surveyed) which would be a problem for those much curlier than me as well because definition and shape keep the 3b+ curls looking neat rather than like an 1980s perm that’s been “picked” to fluffy, big-hair-ness.

I’ve also considered seasons within these rating levels. If a conditioner performed consistantly excellent in one season, it may obtain an excellent rating with a season preference listed. Therefore, just because a conditioner is rated excellent does not mean it is the right choice for use tomorrow if its season-strength was not tomorrow’s season.

More than anything, I’ve created these Conditioner Chronicles to serve in conditioner selection and suggest some comparison between some better choices (so the best one for each individual may be selected). I expect that some wavies and curlies will have had different results than my observations and theories. All of the conditioners listed have been entered in the CurlProducts Product Reviews Database so that you may enter your reviews there and promote similar or alternate opinions. Please take this opportunity to add your reviews in agreement or disagreement as this can take the Conditioner Chronicles to a whole new level where curl-twins everywhere can determine even more so what conditioners will best meet there needs. Prices, when known, are listed in the Product Reviews Database as well.

Finally, let me thank those generous curlies who donated samples of conditioners or my standardized styling products to make the Conditioner Chronicles possible. I hope these reviews serve you well.
KEY TO RATINGS:
Excellent: Results were consistantly well above average in multiple areas and any negatives were subtle enough as to not detract or cancel out the positives. Definitely worth repurchasing in large sizes.

Very Good: Results were consistantly above average in one or more areas and any negatives were subtle enough to avoid cancelling out positives. Would repurchase. Usually, there is some element that detracted it from being an excellent or its positives were very good but not stellar. Several of these were climatically limited to performing well in cooler temps only.

Good: There were positives with these that could not be denied; however, there were negatives that needed to be disclosed. Many of the “good” conditioners did not provide as much moisture as curlies frequently need (except the finest ones) or had nice curls but frizz or no frizz but limited curling. To avoid being in the “very good” conditioners, a conditioner would have to have at least one fault that was significant enough to make me hesistant to reuse, or the positives were weak enough to make the negatives have some pull and nullify the positives. These could be someone’s HG if that fault doesn’t occur for them or isn’t a factor (example: someone trying to enlongate their curls or someone with very fine hair that is not at all dry). Generally, I wouldn’t repurchase these personally, but if I was in a tight spot, I know I could use them short term.

Fair: These had at least one positive trait, but the negatives heavily outweighed that positive(s) without question. Obviously, there may be someone whose HG is one of these formulas because the company continues to sell it. However, I believe these are less likely to be favored. Several cleansing conditioners fell into this category because, as conditioners, they did not deliver enough positive to outweigh the negative. I would not repurchase fair conditioners to use as conditioners.

Poor: These had so much negative (and no positives beyond very subtle ones) that I simply could not recommend anyone try them unless a hair twin has had decent results. Obviously, there may be someone whose HG is one of these formulas because the company continues to sell it. However, I believe these are highly unliky to be favored. Many of them had significant negatives with long lasting buildup or other detrimental characteristics that caused me to rate them with a poor. Poor essentially meant to me that if I was stuck on a desert island and one of those conditioners was the only one available, I’d make my own from stuff on the island before I’d use that conditioner again.
Love-Hate: There were a few conditioners that I couldn’t see a trend (part of the country, water hardness, climate, curl type, etc) to determine who would or wouldn’t like them, but they are either adored or despised. For a conditioner to find its way into this category, it needed many devotees and opponents. My suspicion is these conditioners love-hate extremes are because of a tendancy toward buildup and levels of dryness/damage/porousity, but those are difficult criteria to quantify and measure.

Dry Climates Only: These were a set of products that had some rave reviews from many in drier climates but were horrible for me and many others in more humid climates. Because I do not live in a dry climate, I didn’t feel I could rate these fairly so I categorized them accordingly. Certainly, an individual in a humid climate may like one of these with other factors in play (water hardness, hair dryness, curl type), but the trend I saw suggested dry vs humid climatology being the primary deciding attribute.
ADDITIONAL FACTORS:
CG-Safe (*): This means that all of the ingredients are (A) water soluble and (B) passed my water-only conditioner cleansing test. I put every conditioner in a little bottle and tried to remove the conditioner with warm water only. If the conditioner was hard to remove or did not completely rinse away (left a film, etc), I did not rate it with a CG-Safe symbol. If a conditioner gets this rating, it could be conditioner-washed out (with a CG-safe conditioner) or rinsed out and would require no shampoo to remove the conditioner from the hair. This category contains (1) cone-free conditioners, (2) conditioners with water soluble silicones, (3) conditioners lacking other buildup prone ingredients (beeswax, petroleum, mineral oil, etc), and (4) passed the conditioner cleansing test.

Requires Surfactants to Remove (&): This conditioner would require at least occasional use of a shampoo with some type of sulfate or cocobetaine to remove water insoluble ingredients or buildup determined by my conditioner-cleansing test (described under the CG-Safe category). Which surfactant to use (sulfate or not) should be determined by your personal hair’s porousity, buildup tendancies, and the rank of the water insoluble ingredients in the conditioner.

Buildup Risk (#): This conditioner showed significant and undeniable signs of buildup and therefore, not only does it require a sulfate shampoo to remove, if you choose to use this conditioner, I recommend it in rotation only with frequent shampooing with sulfates. This is a subjective interpretation based on my observations and others’ experiences.

Great Detangler (^): provided above average detangling

Curl Boosting (!): increases amount and/or degree of curliness

Good as a Leave-In or in Dry Hair (+): This conditioner was good as a leave-in applied to wet or dry hair.

Recommended for Cooler Temps Only (%): This means that the conditioner did not perform as well in warmer temperatures (over 70-80 degrees F).

Recommended to Fine Wavy/Curl Types (~): This means that this conditioner is lighter weight and its performance and others’ experiences suggested that it would provide desireable results for finer hair. Just because a conditioner doesn't have this symbol doesn't mean that fine wavies/curlies wouldn't like it, but I don't foresee it being a recommended conditioner for others who aren't fine wavies/curlies.

Recommended for 3c-4 Curl Types (@): This means that this conditioners’ performance and others’ experiences suggested it would provide desireable results for 3c and 4a/b curl types. Just because a conditioner doesn't have this symbol doesn't mean that 3c-4a/b curlies wouldn't like it, but I don't foresee it being a recommended conditioner for others who aren't 3c-4a/b curl types.
EDITOR’S PICKS:
Poor College Student’s Best Bets (conditioners under $5) – Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner, VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries and Cream, Nature’s Gate Aloe Conditioner

Best on a Budget (conditioners between $5-10) – LaCoupe Shine & Smooth Silky Smoothing Conditioner, LaCoupe Color Rescue Color Quench Conditioner, Regis Olive Oil Conditioner, Umberto Giannini Curl & Twirl Detangling Conditioner, Activate Hydrating Conditioner, Nature’s Gate Asian Pea & Red Tea Rejuvenating Conditioner

Best “I ran out of my HG conditioner and need something local” Conditioners - Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape Conditioner, Nature’s Gate Jojoba Conditioner, Regis Olive Oil Conditioner, Regis Scented Cherry Almond Moisturizing Conditioner

Best Conditioner between $10-20 – CO Bigelow Not Your Ordinary Daily Conditioner, Jessicurl Too Shea, Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, Mop Top Lemon Sage Daily Conditioner, Curls Ecstasy Asian Hair Tea Conditioner, Aquage Healing Conditioner

Best Splurge (over $20) - Robert Craig Conditioner

Best Conditioner for Fine Hair – Jessicurl Aloeba, Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, Nature’s Gate Aloe Conditioner, VO5 Oasis Soothe & Smooth Conditioner with Honey & Almond, Avalon Organics Awapuhi Mango Moisturizing Conditioner, Aveda Shampure Conditioner

Best Conditioner for 3c/4aOyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, MyHoneyChild Jamaica Island Conditioner, Nature's Gate Lavender & Aloe Nourishing Conditioner, Biolage Conditioning Balm

Most Moisturizing Conditioners – Jessicurl Too Shea Conditioner, Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner

Best Conditioners for Clumping - CO Bigelow Not Your Ordinary Daily Conditioner, Regis Olive Oil Conditioner

Best Conditioners for Curl Boosting - LaCoupe Shine & Smooth Silky Smoothing Conditioner, Mop Top Lemon Sage Daily Conditioner

Best Detangling Conditioners - Elucence Moisture Balancing, Devacurl One Condition, Activate Hydrating Conditioner, Regis Scented Cherry Almond Moisturizing Conditioner

Best Conditioners for Volume - LaCoupe Color Rescue Color Quench Conditioner, Nature’s Gate Aloe Conditioner, DevaCare One Condition

Best Silicone-Intensive Conditioner – Pantene Time Renewal Conditioner

Best CG-Safe, Protein-Free or Low-Protein Conditioners (exclusion of conditioners does not suggest they are not CG-safe) – Jessicurl Too Shea, Aquage Healing Conditioner

Best “I just colored my hair” Color-Safe Conditioners (exclusion of conditioners does not suggest they are not color-safe) – Robert Craig Conditioner, Curls Ecstasy Asian Hair Tea Conditioner, Aquage Healing Conditioner

Best UK Conditioner Available Stateside - Umberto Giannini Curl & Twirl Detangling Conditioner (called CurlFriends in the UK)
EXCELLENT:
CO Bigelow Not Your Ordinary Daily Conditioner (& !)
Primary Positive: chunky 3-D curls, incredible moisture
This conditioner smellt like a rich coconut cream (less cream, more coconut—love it). It was ordinary in the detangling dept and took a fair amount of conditioner because it didn't distribute well. It felt really nice on the rinse out—thick, rich, and luxurious. In the am, I had simply *amazing* 3-D, chunky, hearty curls. I lost 2-3" in shrinkage. I never would have thought a "for all hair types" conditioner could give my hair this much happiness—amazing, amazing, AMAZING! Later in the day, I had even more ringlets though a little spider weby frizz on the surface in between the curls—like it didn’t like the humidity/95 degree temps—but not a lot of frizz at all and next to none in cooler temps.
water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, [citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil and other natural ingredients], malva sylvestris (mallow) flower extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, simmandsiachinensis (jojoba) seed oil, panthenol, keratin amino acids, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydroxyethylcellulose, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, stearic acid, dimethicone, polyquaternium-4, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, ppg-3 benzyl myristate, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, cetrimonium chloride, behentrimonium methosulfate, dmdm hydantoin, disodium edta, methylparaben, propylparaben.
Jessicurl Too Shea Conditioner (* !)
Primary Positive: incredible moisture, encouraged curl, not too heavy for thirsty curls
This conditioner provided consistantly generous moisture. My curls really drank it in so I did have to use a little more than other conditioners. It didn’t weigh down my looser curls/waves like I’d feared it would initially, though it could be too heavy for super-fine waves/curls. In the am, I had clumpy curls that didn’t have any noticeable frizz.
water infused with lemongrass, nettle, burdock, kelp, marshmallow root, horsetail, basil, bay leaf, oregano, rosemary, peppermint, sage, and thyme; aloe vera juice, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, lecithin, hydrolyzed oat flour, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, fragrance
LaCoupe Shine & Smooth Silky Smoothing Conditioner (& ! %)
Primary Positive: curl boosting, volumeous 3-D curls, great clumping
This conditioner smelt like grapefruit and was noticeably thinner than the Color Protect which was surprising with of the higher placement of shea butter. My hair felt smooth and silky (go, marketing dept!…truth in advertising) after rinsing. After applying gel, there was noticeable clumping and piecey definition that easily formed with some squishy sounds that generally mean a good hair day is on its way. In the morning, *WOW*, I had 3-D, chunky, clumpy, volumeous curls everywhere. The Shine & Smooth was a little less volumeous/3-D and a little more piecey-clumpy than the LaCoupe Color Rescue. By the end of the day (after working out or on hot/humid days), I had noticeable surface frizz from the humidity. It also had slightly more moisture compared to the Color Rescue.
water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, panthenol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cetyl esters, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, cetrimonium chloride, silk amino acids, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, parfum/fragrance, citric acid, methylparaben, propylparaben.
Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner (* ^ %)
Primary Positive: good moisture source, excellent detangler
This conditioner took surprisingly little product to detangle very easily and moisturize my hair thoroughly. In the am, my curls were encouraged nicely, though in warmer temps, I had some noticeable surface frizz. In cooler temps, I used this for months at a time and loved its simple elegance and consistancy. It is worth mentioning that I had to discontinue use because of the squalane in this conditioner flaring my rosacea for those who are rosaceans as well. Squalane is a wonderful moisture source and an excellent ingredient for non-rosaceans though.
extracts of ginseng, irish moss, brewer's yeast, gingko, anise and peach in purified water, hexadecanol, stearakonium chloride, cetrimonium bromide, squalane, capric-caprillic triglycerides (coconut fatty acids), panthenol (pro-vitamin b5, usp), biotin (vitamin h, usp), imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben (usp), fragrance.
Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner (* ^ ! %)
Primary Positive: good moisture source, excellent detangler, curl boosting
This conditioner provided just right amount of moisture to increase my curls and make them soft. The fragrance was a light hemp-coconut. My curls were chunky and intertwined. I was amazed how luxurious my curls felt with this and how springy they were. The frizz-fighting was better in cooler temps but wasn’t all that bad in warmer ones.
purified water, hexadecanol, stearakonium chloride, cetearyl alcohol (emollient), ceteareth-20, hydrolyzed wheat protein, panthenol, isopropylparaben, benzophenon-4, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, fragrance and color.
BrinaShirley likes this.
LaCoupe Color Rescue Color Quench Conditioner (& ! %)
Primary Positive: curl boosting, volumeous 3-D curls
This conditioner was thicker than the LaCoupe Shine & Smooth and smelt like cheap conditioner, almost a powdery scent. However, my hair felt hearty and thick/luxurious under the water after rinsing. In the morning, *WOW*, I had 3-D, chunky, clumpy, volumeous curls everywhere. After working out or on warmer temp days, by the end of the day, I had noticeable surface frizz from the humidity. It was slightly less moisture compared to the Shine & Smooth.
water, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium chloride, cetyl esters, behentrimonium methosulfate, quaternium-33, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, butyrosperum parkii (shea butter), hydrolyzed soy protein, silk amino acids, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, camellia sinensis leaf extract, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, cetrimonium chloride, dimethylpabamidopropyl laurdimonium tosylate, propylene glycol stearate, panthenol, benzophenone-4, methylparaben, propylparaben.
Robert Craig Conditioner (* ^)
Primary Positive: good moisture source, encouraged curls
CurliLocks told me that this conditioner was concentrated, but I'd heard that before (usually, the company sways the customer of this by convincing marketing). I decided to give CurliLocks the benefit because she is CurliLocks. She was right—this conditioner seemed to actually be concentrated. When I applied it in a small area, it seemed to disappear and since it was so liquidy/fluid rather than thick, I figured I needed more but—and this is key—I kept massaging the same place that I'd just put the conditioner, mainly because I was trying to tell how well it dispursed and detangled, and surprisingly, it seemed to multiply its presence in my hair. It didn’t disperse itself through the length but seemed to create more of itself so I could work it through the thickness and depth in that area. In the rinse cycle, my hair felt very soft and silky. In the am, I had some intense spirals but not normal tubes of ringlet activity but more enlongated and spirally like a spring that was stretched out but still making a perfect spiral. I did have some surface frizz, mainly below the shoulders toward the ends. I didn’t get much volume, even when flipped over my head and rubbed my scalp for a second. The moisture level lasted well, and honestly, the appearance didn't change at all—no increased frizz or curl, no decreased curl or definition, and stayed soft to the touch too.
water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, glycerin, panthenol, phytantriol, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, juniperus communis fruit extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, geranium maculatum extract, salvia officinalis (sage) extract, propylene glycol, hair keratin amino acids, polyquaternium-7, sodium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, fragrance, red 33, yellow 5.
Curls Ecstasy Asian Hair Tea Conditioner (* ^)
Primary Positive: good moisture source, encouraged curls, good detangling
This conditioner smelt awesome in the shower and detangled easily. In the am, I immediately noticed I had less frizz and natural-looking curls. Some of my curls were stretched out into waves on my more wavy side though. Later, in the day, I had some frizz but a subtle amount comparatively. My hair was also soft all day.
hair tea (purified water, ho shu wu extract, green tea extract, chamomile extract, calendula extract), certified organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, mango butter, shea butter, panthenol, soy protein, citric acid, methyl paraben, fragrance
Mop Top Lemon Sage Daily Conditioner (* ! ~)
Primary Positive: curl boosting, ringlets, good moisture source
This conditioner provided average detangling but nothing life-altering and detangled better after my hair was coated and left on a few minutes. The fragrance was not too strong and smelt more like lemon rosemary chicken than lemon pledge (and I hate lemon fragrances). In the am, I had piecey curls that were incredibly curl boosted with nice shine. My hair was soft and remained soft, light, and surprisingly frizz-free in the hot/humid summer thru the day. It also provided good volume/movement so I believe finer curl types would love this. This conditioner gave me ringlets all around (someone actually asked me if my hair naturally had ringlets like that). I had some surface frizz that was steady but mild by midday and moderate by the end of the day but never the focus.
stabilized aloe barbadensis gel, hypnea musciformis extract (and) gelidiela acerosa extract (and) sargassum hupendula extract (and) sorbitol, cetrimonium chloride, behentrimonium metosulphate, glycerin, olea eyropea (olive) oil, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, silk amino acids, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolized wheat protein, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, anthemis noblis (chamomile) flower extract, urtica diocia (nettle) extract, butyrospermum parki (shea butter) fruit, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), panthenol, glycerin 26, hydroxyethylcellulose, methylparaben, propylparaben, diazolidinyl urea, tetrasodium edta, citric acid, fragrance.
Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape Conditioner (* ! %)
Primary Positive: good moisture source, piecey definition
This conditioner smelt like red grape juice (and the fragrance lingered in my dry hair). Its detangling was average, partially because hair drank it in so I had to add more a few times. In the am, my curls were piecey and curl boosting, especially at the roots. In warmer temps, it added a some crimped frizz through the day, but in cooler temps, it faired well in the frizz department. This was a quite easy-to-find alternative to Too Shea in a pinch, but the small tube made it similar in price.
aqueous infusion of certified organic extracts: vitis vinifera (grape) and olea europaea (olive) fruit, certified organic vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) oil, emulsifying wax, resveratrol, red wine extract, panthenol, tocopherol, prunus amygdalus (almond) protein, polyguaternium-7, proprietary blend of natural essential oils, phenoxyethanol, potassium glutamate, potassium sorbate.
Devacurl DevaCARE One Condition (& ^ ! ~)
Primary Positive: volumeous curls with lots of shrinkage, curl boosting, good moisture source
The fragrance of this conditioner reminded me of a cross between cream cheese frosting on carrot cake and orange frosting (not creamsicle like many had described it). It provided excellent distribution and detangling, even with a lesser amount of conditioner than most required. It felt better than regular DevaCurl to me in the rinse cycle and scrunched better with gel than regular DevaCurl did for me. In the am, I had amazing, 3-D, volumeous curls. This was night and day different from DevaCurl One Condition for me which had more piecey definition. I did have some spider weby frizz but mainly in the back where the curls are skinnier. There was lots of shrinkage, and my curls produced quite a few ringlets. My hair felt really soft but a smidge coated after several days which supported this formula needed more frequent pooing than the regular DevaCurl.
aqueous extracts of: achilea millefolium, chamomilla recutita (matricaria), cymbopogon schoenanthus, humulus lupulus (hops), melissa officinalis (balm mint), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel; cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium chloride, amodimethicone, cetrimonium chloride, cetyl esters, orange peel wax, olive oil, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, trideceth-12, diazolidinyl urea, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, fragrance, red 40, yellow 5
VERY GOOD:
Oyin Honey-Hemp Conditioner (* ^ ~ @ %)
Primary Positive: natural-looking curls, good moisture source, good shine, excellent detangling
Primary Fault: surface frizz
This cond just may get the award for the easiest distribution thru the hair and most effortless detangling. It distributed so effortlessly and, while my hair drank it in, its slip remained so that I used much less conditioner than normal. The fragrance was this amazing orange creamsicle (less citrusy, not strong at all, more sweet with a twinge of citrus) fragrance. In my hand, it felt very lightweight, but my hair felt rich and luxurious. I can't imagine this conditioner weighing down my curls. In the morning, I was amazed by the shine. I also had shiny, soft piecey curls. Through the day, the piecey definition loosened to natural, soft curls though I still had few spirals under the top layer. I had some subtle, fluffy surface frizz in warmer temps that wasn’t there in cooler ones. My hair remained light and soft though the day, not weighed down at all. Oddly, airy-soft and light didn't make it was not as soft as it should be or soft only because it was airy as if it was moisture lacking. It just felt weighless and soft. The best descriptor for my curls was natural because there was next to no curl boosting and very nice shine all day.
water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (from colza oil), honey, coconut oil, hemp oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolyzed silk, citrus essences, fragrance, preservative.
Curl Junkie Healthy Condition Daily Conditioner Thick & Luscious Hair (* + %)
Primary Positive: clumpy curls, good moisture source, encouraged curls, decreased frizz in cooler temps
Primary Fault: horrible in heat/humidity
This conditioner’s fragrance was nice—like a coffee shop and not too strong. In the am, I had really nice clumps that concerned me initially because they seemed skinny before they were completely dry but ended up beautifully encouraged (though not boosted). My hair felt soft too. This was definitely better in cooler weather than warm/hot. In cooler temps, hair stayed essentially the same all day and practically frizz-free. In warmer temps, I had noticeable frizz, even first thing. The summer trial’s frizz became crimped frizzy and messy through the day and started looking a little producty. I recommend using in cooler temps over warmer ones for this reason.
distilled water (infused with coffee (coffea arabica seed), camellia sinesis (white tea) leaf & camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, (vegetable) glycerin, cetyl alcohol, peg-40 castor oil, panthenol, c 12-15 alkyl benzoate, silk amino acids, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, stearalkonium chloride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, peg -7 olivate, dimethicone peg-8 benzoate (water soluble), di-ppg-2 myreth-10 adipate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, honey, propylene glycol, diazolindyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tetrasodium edta, citric acid, fragrance
Regis Olive Oil Conditioner (* ^ ! %)
Primary Positive: chunky curls, good moisture source, excellent detangling
Primary Fault: spider weby frizz, not good in heat/humidity
It didn't take much of this conditioner to detangle and distribute through my hair. In the am, I had chunky/piecey curls that were 3-D and bouncy and curl boosted galore. I quickly learned this is much better in less humid conditions. In cooler temps, there was some subtle spider weby surface frizz, but in warmer temps, the frizz was more noticeable than the curls and the curls’ shape was inconsistnant in hot/humid weather. The curls did loosen slightly during the day but stayed nice, clumpy, and boosted despite the slight change. This is definitely not a good conditioner for a rainy day or hot/humid but is very, very good in dry, cooler weather.
water, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, cetearyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, olive oil PEG-7 esters, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, panthenol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, fragrance, methylparaben, propylparaben, diazolidnyl urea, green 5, yellow 5.

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