Using shampoo less? That's fine. But are you using a cleansing conditioner or moisturizing conditioner to reduce buildup?


What's the difference between a cleansing conditioner and a regular conditioner?

Different hair types require very different haircare regimens. Every woman needs her own custom hair routine with a cabinet stocked with products that work for her specific needs. In a typical curl cabinet you might at the very least find shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, oils, and styling products. And if the curl is really advanced, she has a leave-in conditioner on deck. In some sink cabinets you may find a more unfamiliar product….a cleansing conditioner. This may be a foreign substance to some and “part of the family” for others. But what do we really know about a cleansing conditioner? You might have wondered, is this just a different name for a co-wash? Is it another sneaky name for a shampoo or can I just use my regular conditioner as a cleansing conditioner? Well take a closer look with me.

Camille Rose Naturals Cream Restore Conditioning Cleanser

Fab Top Ingredients

Deionized water, glycerin, behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS), cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, carthamus tinctorius (safflower seed oil)

The Breakdown

  1. Glycerin- a water soluble hygroscopic, also known as a humectant, a substance able to derive moisture from the air and to the hair.
  2. Behentrimonium Methosulfate (BTMS) - a vegetable-based conditioning and emulsifying agent. Very popular ingredient for textured hair products.
  3. Cetearyl alcohol- a conditioning emulsifier and stabilizer made of fatty alcohols found in plants like coconut and palm oil. Also prevents separation and is a foaming agent.
  4. Behentrimonium chloride- an emollient, used as a thickening and emulsifying agent in hair products. This mild ingredient can enrich without buildup and aids in detangling.
  5. Carthamus tinctorius (safflower seed oil) - an emollient rich in lineolic acid an essential fatty acid. Known to benefit dry and fragile hair.


The formulation is made with very wholesome ingredients that are gentle and fine. Essential oils and fatty acids are plentiful, producing plump rich results. With a conditioning cleanser you reap the full benefits of a streamlined conditioner, while gently cleansing the hair. Conditioning cleansers will not leave your hair stripped and dry. They will have your hair clean and softened without heavy buildup that you might get from using daily conditioner for a repeated amount of time. You can frequently use cleansing conditioners without the fear of your hair drying out or accumulating buildup. Most importantly, based on the condition of the hair, you are not obligated to follow up with a rinse out conditioner! Damaged hair may want to use a follow-up treatment.

Camille Rose Naturals Owner Janell Stephens says, “This product (Camille Rose Naturals Cream Restore Conditioning Cleanser) removes buildup with coconut extracts, matric aria flowers, and marshmallow extracts which have light conditioning properties. Jojoba oils help to smooth the ingredients through the hair easily. In essence, it lightly conditions and cleanses."

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Janelle Sands

Put me in a box? What size? I am an artist, teacher, writer, lover of women, and image consultant. Hired and trained at 12 years old on hair and beauty, many women have poured their gifts into me and now I choose to do that for other women through the Secret Curl Society.