I regularly deep condition as part of my routine. My fine, low-density, high porosity hair gets weighed down easily, yet it requires a lot of moisture. Unfortunately, it does not hold onto it for long so I rely on creamy leave-ins and hydrating foams to stave off dryness and frizz. Recently, I started using Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner because I needed a little more moisture, particularly at the ends of my hair. It quickly became a new favorite.

This product not only deeply saturates my curls when I use it after shampooing, but the moisture stays put for days without causing the curls to look greasy or be weighed down. The product gave them form and structure, too, which I was not expecting because this oil-rich formulation does not contain protein. It does, however, contain a small amount of coconut oil which can act as a protein for the hair, helping to strengthen and smooth it resulting in less breakage when detangling.

Here is what I enjoy about this conditioner:

  • It has a fresh, fruity scent that is not overly sweet or heavy.
  • A little goes a long way, which makes this a cost-effective product, especially considering its high quality. Use this magical mix sparingly.
  • It has fantastic slip to make detangling easier. In addition, its smoothing capabilities help to keep strands separated as you detangle.
  • It seals dry, frizzy, flyaway ends and keeps them moisturized.

Ingredients spotlight:

A good product starts with the best ingredients. In addition to water, Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner contains the following curl-friendly ingredients:

  • Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that also serves as an emulsifier. It has oily properties that help to provide moisture to the hair. It can help to reduce tangles as well.
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride is derived from glycerin and coconut oil. Its mix of fatty acids helps hair to retain moisture. It conditions the hair. It’s also a good ingredient for sensitive scalps as it is non-irritating.
  • Ppg-3 benzyl ether myristate makes your hair look shinier, much like silicone does, but without the build-up. It also adds moisture.
  • Mongongo oil helps hair to resist sun damage.
  • Avocado oil helps you to grow longer, stronger strands that resist breakage.
  • Sweet almond oil locks in moisture and improves sheen and manageability. 
  • Sacha Inchi oil infuses the hair shaft with moisture.
  • Argan oil is high in essential fatty acids as well as vitamin E. It calms frizz and flyaways and improves the overall health of hair. It also helps to prevent split ends.

Please note:

This conditioner does contain behentrimonium methosulfate and behentrimonium chloride which are quaternary ammonium compounds (quats for short). Some curlies and wavies, particularly those with finer strands, find that quats tend to build up. This is easily remedied by clarifying once per month.


Have you tried Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner? Did you like the results? Let us know in the comments. For more on Mongongo oil click here.