Conditioners comparable to those in boxed hair dye kits

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  • 1 Post By sew and sew
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The best conditioners I've used on my hair have all come from various drugstore hair dye kits. They're better than the few salon exclusive conditioners I've tried out over the years.

I'm curious if anyone can attest to the same thing but actually found a full sized conditioner that's on par? That would be awesome.
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Dove Intensive Moisture conditioner gave my hair amazing slip and moisture just like the ones from hair dye boxes. If you are CG, I'll let you know I'm pretty sure it does have a -cone in it.
Hmm, thanks for the tip.

I do try to avoid cones when I know for sure they're in something, but I don't have identifying them down to a science either, so I probably already use conditioners with silicones here and there.

I don't want to love the initial effect and then have my hair eventually be drier in the long run with use of it...which is the risk involved (in my mind) with the cone(s). It sounds worth looking into though.

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My favorite conditioner is Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition. It has natural oils and makes my hair feel amazing.
My favorite conditioner is Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition. It has natural oils and makes my hair feel amazing.
Originally Posted by Curly-Asian
This conditioner has been reformulated and now has a cone in it if you are CG.
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combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
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Most (if not all) of the conditioners that come with box dyes have at least one, probably more, cones in them, that's why they make our hair feel so good. I know this because I usually always throw them out and use my own conditioner (and I read the ingredients list on the box for the conditioners to see if they had cones before I threw them out).

I just dyed my hair this week, and decided to use the condish that came with the dye to cowash with on a whim. I surprised myself because the condish had 2 cones in it, and not low down on the list, either. I just wanted my hair to recover as quickly as possible and not look dry and damaged because I had a bridal shower to go to a couple of days after dying it.
I ACV'd and low-poo'd the next day to get the cones out, anyway.

Anyway, it's a trade off: do you want to be CG and not use silicones, or do you want your hair to feel as good as it does when you do, but know that those cones are building up? Because eventually it will not feel as good as it does when you start using condishes with cones. That's my experience, anyway. There are lots of condishs out there without cones that make my hair feel as good as the condishes in the box dyes. My favorite is Yes to Cucumbers. Sallys GVP is a close second.
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That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Most (if not all) of the conditioners that come with box dyes have at least one, probably more, cones in them, that's why they make our hair feel so good. I know this because I usually always throw them out and use my own conditioner (and I read the ingredients list on the box for the conditioners to see if they had cones before I threw them out).

I just dyed my hair this week, and decided to use the condish that came with the dye to cowash with on a whim. I surprised myself because the condish had 2 cones in it, and not low down on the list, either. I just wanted my hair to recover as quickly as possible and not look dry and damaged because I had a bridal shower to go to a couple of days after dying it.
I ACV'd and low-poo'd the next day to get the cones out, anyway.

Anyway, it's a trade off: do you want to be CG and not use silicones, or do you want your hair to feel as good as it does when you do, but know that those cones are building up? Because eventually it will not feel as good as it does when you start using condishes with cones. That's my experience, anyway. There are lots of condishs out there without cones that make my hair feel as good as the condishes in the box dyes. My favorite is Yes to Cucumbers. Sallys GVP is a close second.
Originally Posted by Auntie Bubbs
Yep. I'm playing with cone fire right now, not burned yet, but it's probably coming soon

I'll check out those conditioners. Thanks for the input! That was insightful.
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This isn't helpful, so sorry in advance but Revlon used to sell the conditioner that comes with the Colorsilk dye. A long time ago, and it was awesome!
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Review: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
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Cleansing: No-Poo, Elucence MBS, YTC Poo,
Conditioner: One Condition, JC Too Shea!, YTC Condish, Elucence MBC, Joico Daily, KCKT
Styling: KCCC, LALPS, BRHG, Biotera Gel
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I recommend you the best hair conditioner, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner which helps restore moisture to hair, protects against heat and chemical damage, safe for color-treated hair, conditions hair back to its natural health. I love it and it works amazingly with any type of hair. If you are interested you can check it out at safrons. com .
Good luck. ^_^
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You're welcome, S&S. It's really hard to find a conditioner that gives good slip and leaves the hair feeling silky. Personally, I like Yes to Cucumbers the best

I recommend you the best hair conditioner, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner which helps restore moisture to hair, protects against heat and chemical damage, safe for color-treated hair, conditions hair back to its natural health. I love it and it works amazingly with any type of hair. If you are interested you can check it out at safrons. com .
Good luck. ^_^
Originally Posted by askme
If you could get us an ingredient list for that, that would be great, but the website you direct us to shows that product as "out of stock," does not show a price, and does not give an ingredient list. So there's no way to know if there are even silicones in that conditioner, and for alot of us, knowing if there are silicones is VERY important. I personally will NOT buy a conditioner that contains silicones.
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Yes, hair dye condishes are great. Searching for condishes from Loreal led me to Internet searches which eventually helped me find this place. At Sally's you can get Feria...it is scented differently but is the same. Love it. It has amodimethicone which I love.
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.


3a/3b
I wish I saw this before asking my similar question
Sally's sells full sized bottles of the Feria one, it does have one cone though (a-cone), but if you're doing mod-CG you should be fine.
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
This revelation about 'cones in my drug store hair dye is funny (and a little tragic) for me. I have colored my grays for 20 years, and though I did think I should at least check the ingredients after joining this forum, I have managed to avoid doing that for 18 months!! So all my careful shopping to avoid sulfates and silicones, I have been screwing up by using this Nice'N Easy condish at LEAST once every 3 weeks. Talk about buildup, if you are co-washing. No wonder I was about to shave my head. The damage is awful. My hair is just plain gross and I had no idea why!

I guess I thought I have been using this stuff for 20 years, and the "miracle" smoothing silicones have only been around for about 10 years. Was I wrong? How naive of me! Also, the only time I ever thought to check the ingredients would be when I was in the shower rinsing out: and the ingredients are not on the bottle, only on the BOTTOM of the BOX, which I've thrown out by then. See no evil, fear no evil.

It's actually a HUGE relief!! Only problem is I will now have to fork over a few more bucks, because the one thing about that Nice'n Easy condish, it's plentiful and cheap. I was actually using it almost every week! And even as a leave-in!

Now the question is: what will be my go-to conditioner? It has to be affordable. I have been using L'Oreal EverSleek products (shampoo, deep-condish, leave-in creme) so I guess the logical thing is to try the regular conditioner. $6.99 is OK. Sucks to throw all that free conditioner in the garbage though. Maybe I should give it as a "gift" to an in-law or a frenemy????

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