There are different types of conditioners for different types of hair needs...There's a zillion brands and formulations...Finding the right conditioner has been likened to finding the Holy Grail. Why? Because a good conditioner can do so much to make the sometimes ROAR of naural hair purr like a kitten...Conditioners add the shine, managability, body, etc. that we look for...
When choosing a conditioner and trying them out, it's always best to try it out on clarified hair. Hair that has been thoroughly cleaned from other gunk and junk build up (ACV rinses are my favorite...Clarifying shampoos have sulfates which I don't care for). Don't just clarify for trying out purposes only, but period. Conditioners have a tendancy to build up after a while, so clarifying about once a month is always a good idea to keep your condish working at its optimum level.
Types of condish: (from http://www.askabeauty.com/hair-conditioner-types.htm)
1. Crème rinse:
2. Instant conditioners
3. Deep conditioners
4. Body builders
5. Hair repair
6. Herbal rinses
Of all the products that I've tried over the years, I've tried conditioners out the most....Probably 3 to 1...What I look for in a conditoner are:
2. Slip (the property that breaks the hair down and makes the hair "slippery" and combable (for detangling)
My hair can get dry, so conditioners can can do the above help me A LOT!!!
Here is a list of great conditioners broken down by type:
Instant (no particular order):
1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
2. Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Conditioner (seriously over priced, but it's good)
3. Suave Humectant
4. Pantene Pro-V Nourishing Moisture Replenishing Mask
5. Creme of Nature
6. Nadia Avocado Conditioner
2. Cat Walk Oatmeal and Honey
3. ABBA Nourishing Conditioner
4. Carol's Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie (can be used as an instant as well)
5. Curls Curl Ecstacty Hair Tea
6. Nadia Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
7. Jason Mint & Rose Intense Moisture Treatment
8. Burt's Bees Hair Repair Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner
Protein (use very, very sparingly)
1. Aubrey's Organics GPB
2. Aphogee Hair Reconstructor
1. Oyin's Greg Juice
2. Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing leave-om
3. Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner
4. Nexxus Weightless Leave-In Conditioner
Homemade Conditioning treatments:
Avocado/Mayo Deep Conditioner (from http://www.pioneerthinking.com/conditioner1.html)
1 small jar of real mayonnaise
1/2 of an avocado
Put together in a medium bowl and squish together with your hands until it's a minty green color. Smooth into hair all the way to the tips. Put on a shower cap or wrap your head with saran wrap.
Leave on for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning put a hot, damp towel around your head -over the saran wrap. And if you have really long hair and only need deep conditioning at the ends, cut the ingredients in half and apply only to the ends and just wrap them.
Tropical Conditioner (http://hmbeautyrecipes.homestead.com/HAIRconditioner.html)
1 peeled and mashed Avocado
1 cup Coconut milk
Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk in a small bowl. Heat in microwave for approx. 45 seconds. Stir. Test temperature. Massage mixture into hair.Wrap hair in a hot towel or cover with shower cap for 15 minutes. Shampoo & rinse out.
1 tsp honey
2 Tbs olive oil
1 egg yolk.
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Massage on hair in small sections. Wrap head with shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo
Honey/Olive Oil Conditioner
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup of oilve oil
Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Slather on hair in sections. Wrap head with plastic cap, then wrap with warm towel. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.