My 4 Best Ingredients To Look For In A Hair Conditioner

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In a hair world where practically every product promises great things for your hair, how do you choose what’s right? The hair aisle can be a girl’s biggest nightmare because there are so many options that, left up to each company’s marketing strategies, vow to do the same thing.

Getting wooed by promises of longer, stronger, softer hair is a huge trap when not paired with little understanding of ingredients and what they do. Especially when said promises are written in bold, can’t-be-missed lettering and the ingredients are pushed to the back of the bottle in fine print.

It becomes easier to believe the bottle rather than deciphering for ourselves. What’s worse, the ingredients have such long scientific names that deciphering them turns into an instant migraine.

One of the biggest disasters that ever happened in my hair journey was caused by my lack of product knowledge. I didn’t really grasp the concept of protein and moisture and just went off of what the labels promised me.

I gave my hair too much protein and it was a hot, brittle mess. I chalked it up to my hair just not liking that particular conditioner, but later down the road I realized what the real issue was. Hindsight is indeed 20/20.


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About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

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Eddie Lee

Protein, honey, aloe vera, and natural oils! I also like peppermint oil for stimulation http://sweetnaturebyeddie.info/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=22 this has it all plus some!

R Brown
R Brown

I love making homemade conditioner with avocado,banana, honey, aloe vera,coconut milk, EVOO, & castor oil. I also add rosemary and peppermint essental oil. These ingredients have been beneficial in keeping a good moisture-protein balance. So if I see a conditioner with majority of these ingredients, I am happy:-)

Linda
Linda

Excellent article, I learned a lot! Thank you, Ashleigh and please keep sharing your hair wisdom!

Linda Joyful Howard

Olive oil, mayo, yogurt & honey

UniquelyBeautiful Nukie

natural and loving it!

Leandra Mauricio

palm oil for mi is the best conditioner just alone sooo goooood

Khadijah Bennett

Where do you buy palm oil at Leandra Mauricio?

Ramah

I am actually new to this site, & I truly appreciate the information! I am learning so much. my favorite prod are:
coconut oil, honey, hydrolyzed silk protein, and cetaryl alcohol.

My fine, low density, high polarity hair’s new fav is sunflower seed oil, thanks to your article last week, I’m trying it and loving it!

Clearasil Suet

Liquid , pure natural oils and cream (LOC) like water, caster oil and shea butter moisturizer

Petra

I have to say other than water *wink* my fave has to be the silk protein with coconut oil running a close second!… Great article!

LaDonna

Say, does anyone have anything to share about their experience with Argan Oil? Most of the new products on the market has this ingredient. I’m just wondering is it worth the expense.

Dymon Mallory

In the middle of my head my hair falls out… and I can not get it to grow at all

Tiffiany Lighten

It is possibly your stress spot. Have you tried vitamins, applying natural oils in that spot like Castor Oil!?!

Allison Thompson

Dymon Mallory if you are still relaxing your hair it could be the texture difference causing the breakage. The hair in the middle of my head is the must coarse. If you are going to continue to relax try putting it on that part last and not letting it get as straight. Extra moisture wouldn’t hurt try something with water in the ingredients and no alcohol.

Ida Davis

I want products that have deep floral-honey-perfume fragrance! xoxo

April
April

Another thing I’ve heard and have been watching in the products I use is that these ingredients should be in the first five that you see. If they are the first five they are more prominent in your product. Thanks for the news on the alcohol. I was really avoiding products with alcohol if I could….but just about everything has some type of alcohol in it.

Tajah Ellerbe

The first ingredient should be water. Water is one of the best.

Mel Stevens
Mel Stevens

I think argan oil is the best ingredient for a thoroughly conditioning product. I have been using the pro naturals hair repair mask and I totally love it and recommend it!

Qubilah
Qubilah

I recently got cornrows for a protective style and they weren’t tight or hurting. After 2 weeks I noticed small bumps were forming and then my scalp became irritated like a chemical burn. I am natural and this is my first time experiencing this with braids. Should I just take them out?