It doesn’t matter if you are natural or relaxed, conditioners especially the good ones are a must have in your product arsenal. Personally, if a conditioner does not have slip it goes into what I like to call the rubbish cabinet. You americans would probably call it the “trash cabinet”. That is the cabinet that has all the products with the fancy label and bold claims but literally nothing of substance inside the bottle. Don’t you just hate that? You spend lots of time researching a product, or in my case, being taken in by some flashy ad, only to realise later that you wasted your money. But back to the subject at hand…
What is slip and why is it so important?
Slip is that almost silky glide that a product gives you when you apply it on your hair. It’s that slippery, smooth feeling that you get that makes you feel like maybe, just maybe this time your wiry strands will turn into silk.
Putting aside wishful thinking, in practical terms, slip in your hair products helps lessen the friction in your individual strands so that your hair tangles less making detangling and styling easier and ultimately it also prevents breakage. Slip should be one of the first characteristics you should look out for when deciding which product to buy.
There is a little-known way to identify a conditioner with slip and it’s hidden in plain sight right there on the product label. You simply want to look at the ingredients and search for emollients. Examples of emollients are Shea Oil, Jojoba* Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, and even mineral oil* which has a bad rap in natural hair circles but it is still an emollient.
To help you along, since we are lovely like that, here in no particular order are our picks for the best 6 conditioners that have fantastic slip!
This conditioner contains sweet almond oil* amongst other ingredients which aid in repairing and strengthening the hair shaft. It delivers incredible slip as the formula is super creamy, and when you add it to your hair you can literally feel the tangles melt away. It has hydrolyzed protein but doens’t seem to cause any brittleness or drying so this makes it a huge hit for many with low porosity or protein sensitive hair.
It does a great job of absorbing into the strands and it works great on its own without you having to add oils or humectants to rev it up. Although that is always an option if you are that way inclined of course. This gets the greenlight as an awesome addition to your go-to product shelf. Don’t be stingy with it however, add enough to allow you hands to slip through your hair with little resistance with each pass as you detangle. When a product is so bomb it is pushing other brands to the back, you know it’s the business!
This one is a multitasking ninja. It can be used for deep conditioning*, co-washing and detangling kinky*, curly and coily hair. It lives up to its name as it hydrates extremely well and is being touted as one of the best detangling potions for your hair hands down.
The slip is amazing and the conditioner though not super thick in consistency, it still puts in work. The fact that it is not as thick allows it to absorb well and not just coat the hair.
It is free of silicones, parabens and mineral oil* just to name a few and it won’t leave your hair weighed down so it can be used daily. If you like it but feel like you are missing the thick consistency you prefer, just add a dollop of whipped shea butter* and a little oil to the conditioner, mix well then use as normal. You will not be disappointed.