The 5 Best Deep Conditioners to Try

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Probably the most important part of your whole hair washing routine is deep conditioning. Not a lot of people take this step seriously or even do it at all. Deep conditioning not only keeps your hair soft and moisturized, but it improves elasticity in your hair, gives your hair body, and reduces any dullness your hair color might exude. Give deep conditioning a try with one of these five brands.

1. Alikay Naturals Honey & Sage Deep Conditioner

If you’re into nice-smelling products, then you’re in for a special treat! Rochelle Campbell is the founder of the brand Alikay Naturals,  a product line she created in 2007 to cater to ladies with natural hair, but of course this deep conditioner will work for anyone. This product is condensed with the most natural ingredients you can imagine: water, honey, babassu oil, aloe vera juice, sage, fruit oil, rice bran oil—you’d think you were making a salad with what’s in these ingredients! All of these healthy hair items mixed together make the most sweet-smelling deep conditioner that is guaranteed to make your locks soft, moisturized, and smelling oh so good. The price is a little steep; it’s roughly $16.99 depending on where you go, but honestly, this is an investment that you will not be upset with.

2. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Masque

This product line is a favorite amongst the African American community and since it’s development in the early 2000s, there have been several new lines that cater to those of different hair textures. This masque is another one that makes the best smelling list. The honey in this product helps your hair retain moisture to stay healthy and shiny. This product is not thick like some deep conditioners and glides through the hair easily, making it easy to detangle. Shea Moisture products retails between $10.99 and $13.99 depending on what beauty supply store or drugstore you go to, but no matter the cost, try this at least once. You won’t regret it!

3. Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Frizz Defense Hair Masque

Another product from Shea Moisture, this conditioner is absolutely fantastic when it comes to providing enough moisture for your strands and defining any curls or waves that you have! I may sound like a broken record because of how many times I mention moisture, but that is the most important criteria of any deep conditioner you purchase. It’s never about how expensive the product might be or how nice it smells—if it doesn’t make your hair soft, it’s not for you! This conditioner does a great job detangling your hair with its creamy consistency.

4. ORS Replenishing Conditioner

It wouldn’t be right for me to only mention the conditioners that advocate for moisture without also mentioning the ones that advocate for protein. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Protein? Like when you eat chicken?” If you didn’t already know, hair is made up of protein and protein treatments are important to have to sustain the strength your strands have. Protein treatments have a ton of benefits such as reducing shedding, reducing breakage, and increasing thickness. The ORS Replenishing Conditioner has been an old favorite for years. It is considered a light protein conditioner, it has a tangerine-like smell, and it is creamy enough to easily detangle your hair. At 34 ounces and an affordable retail price of about $7, you just can’t go wrong.

5. ORS Hair Mayonnaise

This is another protein conditioner from the same ORS line. While it has very similar properties to the replenishing conditioner, it has a heavier protein content and is advertised for those specifically with damaged hair. Along with helping to reduce shedding and breakage, it also helps reduce frizziness and brittleness that your hair might be suffering from after a dye job or heat styling. The ORS Hair Mayonnaise is filled with ingredients such as olive oil, egg protein, and amino acids, all of which will not only strengthen your hair to the fullest degree but also keep your hair moisturized while doing so.

I wouldn’t get all of these conditioners all at once, but if one of these products catches your eye, I strongly urge that you try it out for your hair’s sake!

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Shannon Mondesir is a Creative Writing major at Brooklyn College. She loves books, horror movies, big dogs, and apple pie. She is also an advocate for social justice and cultural relations. She aspires to be an author and a college professor.

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