I have a love affair with deep conditioners. Since I was relaxed, I’ve always known the importance of implementing moisture through a thick masque slathered into my strands and heated to perfection. Because of my dependance on deep conditioners, I don’t even buy conditioners anymore. There’s no point to them actually (for me). I just cleanse and straight to deep conditioning and use it to detangle with as well.
For me, a deep conditioner must:
- Have some form of slippery texture (slip) in which I can detangle my super kinky coily hair
- Be ultra moisturizing from application to rinse out to styling
- Be accessible because my hair is thick so I run through jars like nothing
- Smell good!
My hair’s texture is very finicky. It mainly disapproves of most things because it just sits on top and doesn’t absorb or makes it crunchy. So when a product actually delivers to these strands, I sit up and take note and SHARE the word to my type 4 sisters!
Here, I list my most favorite deep conditioners I’ve tried on my hard to penetrate, tightly coiled kinky natural hair that’s done nothing but give me hair satisfaction like nobody’s business!
1. Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner $1.79-$2.50
Beauty Supply Stores, Ulta
These deep conditioners are readily available at most beauty supply stores at a very affordable price especially if you just want to try it without investing in a big jar but after I tried it, I was sad it didn’t come in a jar. I love this DC. It smells delicious. Like fruit and bubblegum! The texture is thick, not runny making it a viable candidate to stick to strands and penetrate for maximum benefits. The keratin formula is great for my hair type, it being fragile and all. It strengthens and the keratin patches cuticle damage (which I had from coloring) to give the hair a smoother feel. I plan on re-upping on this goodie while I’m using heat more frequently now and trying their other formulas such as the argan oil and macadamia oil line.
2. Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment $16.95
Jessicurl.com, CurlMart.com, some Beauty Supply Stores
I cannot explain to you how serious this conditioner is. The moisture packed power punch it delivers is so serious I made it to three bottles straight before I rotated deep conditioners. I first discovered this gem during my foray into the Max Hydration Method where the conditioners that were permitted couldn’t include silicones and proteins. This was on the approved list and I happened to find this for $17 (oy!) at a very nice beauty supply store. Thank the holy hair gods because I have a staple deep conditioner for life now. The Jessicurl Deep Conditioner comes in two scents and I always get the citrus lavender which has a very strong herbal scent to it that lasts but smells lovely. Its super thick. Like slapping the bottle upside down thick. It’s creamy and spreads nicely on damp hair. It’s not the most slippery conditioner but if you need moisture to really dig deep in your strands, this cannot be beat. No, silicones, no protein, rinses cleanly…Naturals of all textures rave about it and I can see why. One day, I’ll buy the gallon size but the money is tight right now…
3. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque $11.99
This is the deep conditioner I’ve currently been working on. This can exclusively be bought at Target as 10% of the proceeds go back to aiding poverty so its a DC on a mission! I saw all the naturals raving about this product for months and the itch had to be scratched. Ran to Target and scored it for a sale price of $10.99. This is goodness in a jar right here. I love the sweet sultry smell. I wish it lingered in my hair. Its extremely thick and a little goes a long way but its not the easiest to spread, in my opinion. I have to make a lot of sections to make sure its getting to all my strands. Due to previous experiences, I know honey and my hair are BFFs. I dont know what it is about that ingredient but it may be the humectant properties that delivers such softness and moisture. Man, the moisture is great! I’ve been using it on my wash days prior to flat ironing and because of its properties, I’m able to go a solid week without moisture, applying oil or anything. It’s literally infused into my hair and for that, this deep conditioner is #winning! As always, Shea Moisture has a nice natural base to all their products so unless you’re allergic to honey, this is a product for anyone looking for a conscious product.
4. TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask $14.99-$17.99
Thankgodimnatural.com, Target, some Beauty Supply Stores
Holy Grail, holy grail holy grail. I hate to pick favorites but baybeeeeee, this conditioner is the bomb.com (do people still say that?). I made it to my third jar before I decided to do “no silicone” as this deep conditioner has dimethicone (a silicone which may cause build up on hair strands) in it but I’m going back to you. As I said in the previous product, something about honey makes my hair like butt-er. The makers of this goodie right here got it so right. Its a medium thick texture. Not as heavy as the Shea Moisture one which makes it’s spreading capabilities remarkable. With this one, a little can definitely go a long way. It smells tropical and coconutty. Sweet but not cloying. The infusion of the honey, olive oil and dimethicone makes this a detangling dream! When I tell you I can easily finger comb through all my hair from application to rinse out, it’s just scary how much slip this deep conditioner provides. It’s so rich and if I had to pick out of all of these one deep conditioner forever…its so hard between the Jessicurl and this but, I’d go with the TGIN Honey Miracle Mask. They certainly delivered the miracle. My type 4 girls cannot go wrong with this one.
- As a low porosity 4b girl, I ALWAYS USE HEAT when deep conditioning. It cannot be any other way. Nothing penetrates the tightness of those cuticles so it has to be raised with heat. I either like to a) head underneath the hooded dryer for 30-45 minutes or b) warm up the conditoner in the microwave for 20 seconds then apply to hair and wrap a towel around it for about 20 minutes.
- A plastic bag is just as good as a plastic processing cap
- Overnight deep conditioning is just not necessary. It may weaken strands and make hair mushy. Refer to tip one.
If you’re on the hunt for a staple deep conditioner or just want to try a new one, I hope my kinky coily low porosity suggestions helped!
Happy Hair Journey