Proganix Repair Conditioner Healing + Anti Breakage

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This past week I accompanied a close friend to ULTA so she could pick up some hair products. Due to the fact that I’m a product junkie, I subconsciously knew that I have enough products but the PJ in me just knew I would have to buy something for myself. And, I did. This Proganix conditioner! I was so taken aback by the fact that this different line of shampoo and conditioners are FROM Organix but…are called Proganix cause they’re like…the turbo charged version. haha! This specific conditioners contains Vitamin E AND Ceramide 3 to “infuse dry damaged hair with strength and elasticity while repairing split ends and frizziness adding healthy bounce and shine.” Sounds like the perfect conditioner for a transitioner that’s trying to avoid as much breakage as I can! Don’t know what Ceramides are? Here is an informative article by Curly Nikki on ceramides that’ll get you up to speed! I used this conditioner after a clarifying shampoo AND on a day where I was going to straighten my hair so I could tell if it really delivers any moisture AND helps repair (read: bind together temporarily) split ends. Works on both accounts AND prevented any frizz! This conditioner is an ULTA exclusive so I purchased it from ULTA for $9.99 for 8.5 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ceramide 3, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

HOW I USE IT

Apply to the length and ends of hair, after shampooing, leave on for 3-5 minutes and rinse!

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Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

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Have you ever heard of “cheapie conditioners” that make your hair feel super soft, have great slip, ease the detangling process all while being real cheap in price? Well, this is products is THE definition of a cheapie conditioner. It’s a great conditioner to use in your pre-poo mix OR as a co-wash or a regular conditioner (followed after a shampoo). The slip that this product contains makes it super easy to detangle hair and the product name surely doesn’t lie as it delivers a great deal of hydration! The only drawback to me is that there are more synthetic ingredients than natural and it contains a silicone. The silicone, however, is water soluble! Additionally, the smell is light and fruity which is just the right icing on the cake that makes this product a sure staple in any naturalistas or curly girls product stash! I purchased this product from Walgreens for $3.99 for 12 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Cetyl Alcohol , Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone , Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract , Orchis Mascula Flower Extract , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract , Fragrance , Benzyl Alcohol , Disodium EDTA , Sodium Hydroxide , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Blue 1

HOW I USE IT

As I previously mentioned, I use this conditioner as a pre-poo, co-wash, or a conditioner. When using it as a pre-poo, I simply mix it with any of my DIY pre-poo treatments and use a wide tooth to detangle and ensure equal distribution. I then put my hair into a top knot, place a plastic cap over my head and wait about an hour before shampoo and conditioning. When using as a co-wash or a conditioner, I apply to the length and ends of my hair, wait 3-5 minutes and rinse!

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Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Conditioner

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This is the type of conditioner that I would use bi-weekly. Why, you ask? Simple. In order to have healthy hair, you have to maintain a healthy balance of protein and moisture. The best way to do this (besides getting intensive protein treatments every 6-8 weeks) is to use products in your hair regimen that contain hydrolyzed protein/keratin. This is one of those products. This conditioner is a cheaper yet effective alternative to the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger line! The Awapuhi Ginger extract is meant to “instantly mend and soften dry coarse hair while stimulating the scalp with freshness, [while the] rich keratin proteins fortify each strain creating restored, soft, strengthened hair from the inside out.” While I can’t agree that it softens hair SO MUCH, it certainly strengthens my hair. The reason it doesn’t soften the hair that much, is because of the keratin/protein that this product contains. Protein doesn’t soften hair, it strengthens it. For that reason, I would follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner! Also, not a fan of the silicones that Organix products contain, but a good clarifying shampoo will wash them right out!
I purchased this conditioner at Walgreens for $5 for 13 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Aqua (DI Water), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Hedychium Coronarium (Awapuhi White Ginger), Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Leaf Extract), Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchlorothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 40.

HOW I USED IT

I use this like any other conditioner–after shampooing my hair, I apply a liberal amount of this conditioner to my hair, use a wide tooth comb (or my fingers) to detangle and ensure equal distribution, wait 3-5 minutes, and then rinse!

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SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10 In 1 Renewal System Conditioner

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The products from this line are meant to do 10 things! Hence, the name 10 in 1 Renewal System. They’re meant to: Age- Defy, Color Protect, Hydrate, Nourish, Soften, Anti-Stress, Shine, (promote) Manageability, Revive Body, and Strengthen hair. After using this product, I’m a little eh about this conditioner. I love the shampoo and the hair and scalp serum but this conditioner is a little average for me. It does have slip, I love the ingredients anddd it smells good but, overall, it’s not moisturizing enough for me. I like my conditioners to be full of slip AND moisture. I didn’t really get that with this conditioner. However, what I’ve noticed about SheaMoisture conditioners, is that even when you think they’re aren’t super hydrating they DO actually work at repairing your hair and delivering shine and strength. So, I def don’t regret my purchase. I purchased this conditioner at ULTA for $10.99 for 13oz.

INGREDIENTS

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INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN

This product boasts about it’s “Superfruit Complex.” The packaging describes this complex as “a blend of Red Raspberry, Ketaones, Goji, Acai, and Guava Extracts.”

This product also contains Marula Oil. What is Marula oil you wonder? Marula Oil is derived from fruit seed kernels that are indigenous to Southern Africa and Madagascar. In short, this oil ” contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, reverse photodamage, boost cellular activity, hydrate at the deepest levels and repair the skin.” Boost cellular activity? Perfect for hair growth. Protect against environmental aggressors? Perfect for those of us who are struggling with the DC heat and humidity this summer. For a more in depth look at this wonderful oil, visit this article. Curly Nikki also featured this oil on a blog post about “7 Exotic Hair Butters & Oil For Natural Hair Greatness.”

Lastly, the packaging talks about Biotin which “nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair.” We alll know about the thickening, growing effects of Biotin. BUt, if for some reason, you’ve been living under a rock, let this article enlighten you on Biotin’s wondrous effects!

HOW TO USE IT

As you would any other conditioner! Specifically, the instructions say to “apply to clean, wet hair. Gently comb through hair working from root to ends. Style as desired. For best results, cleanse first with 10 In 1 Renewal System Shampoo.”

HOW I USE IT

Just like the instructions state! haha. When I apply conditioner, no matter the brand, I like to wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing out. I apply, finger detangle (comb through with a wide tooth comb, wait 3-5 minutes and THEN rinse!

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Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

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I completely fangirled out when I was able to make time to go to Whole Foods and get this conditioner IN MY HANDS! Although I was looking for the balancing protein conditioner as I know that it’ll be essential to have a balance of moisture and protein while I’m transitioning (and just in general) I wasn’t able to find that conditioner. Nonetheless, still super pleased with this one! This conditioner gives me SO much slip and is super moisturizing! Specifically, it’s meant to “smooth away tangles and leave dry, brittle hair soft and manageable.” It really does! My hair has been getting a little dry around the ends and edges and this conditioner was the perfect pick me up! I love that it does such a great job at moisturizing hair, similar to the way deep conditioners do WITHOUT actually being a deep conditioner. I purchased this conditioner at Whole Foods for $11.99 for 11 oz. It can also be purchased from the Aubrey Organics website.

INGREDIENTS

Aqua, cetyl alcohol (from coconut), alcohol denat. (38b, lavender), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, fragrance‡‡, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, glycerin, rosa rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta®) seed oil*, macadamia ternifolia seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, argania spinosa (argan) nut oil*, citrus grandis (grapefruit) extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), calendula officinalis extract*, chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower extract*, melissa officinalis (balm mint) flower/leaf/stem extract, chrysanthemum sinense flower extract, humulus lupulus (hops) flower extract, magnolia biondii bud/flower extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, angelica archangelica root extract, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract.
* Organic
‡‡ Natural isolate blend sourced from essential oils

HOW I USE IT

Similar to any other conditioner, I massage into my hair, detangle with a wide tooth comb, and let it moisturize my hair for 3-5 minutes while I exfoliate, shave, etc and then rinse off!

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Curls Coconut Curlada Conditioner

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For some reason, I had never heard of this line nor bothered to try it (once I did hear of it) BIG mistake cause my hair has clearly been missing out on some serious hydration. There is only two conditioners (not DEEP conditioner) that has given my hair such an intense boost of hydration SO FAST–Organix Kukui Oil Hydrate + Define and Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle. This conditioner, similar to those, melts into my hair and delivers extreme hydration and detangling power instantly! I love it! My only complaint is that, because of how thick my hair is, I have to use a very liberal amount to cover all my hair. Nonetheless, this is truly a product that I will keep repurchasing for as long as it’s offered. Next time, I will purchase on line though (Coconut Sublime Conditioner) so I can reap these Curls points! I purchased this bottle from Walgreens for $9.99 for 8 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from coconut) Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol (derived from coconut), Polysorbate 60, Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Hucifera), Panthenol, Certified Organic Arnica Flower Extract, Certified Organic Chamoile Flower Extract, Certified Organic White Tea Extract, Monoi de Tahiti, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance,Caramel

HOW I USE IT

Like any other conditioner, I apply after a shampoo. If I’m using it as a mid week co wash (which the bottle specifically says you CAN do) then I simply use it as a co-wash. Massage into hair, comb through with a wide tooth comb and leave on for 5 minutes. Once you rinse, you’re left with super smooth hydrated hair!

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Creme of Nature Professional Moisture Extreme Conditioner

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This conditioner is GREAT for pre-poo and AMAZING for detangling as a conditioner. It has the most slip that I’ve ever EVER experienced! While it’s great as a conditioner, following a shampoo, I’ve become accustomed to using it as a pre-poo conditioner. I tend to mix up my own DIY Pre-poo (recipes can be found here) and then add this conditioner to the mix. Both leave my hair SUPER soft, smooth, and detangled. I got this conditioner at a product swap but it can be purchased at Sally’s for $8 for 20 oz! Great value!

INGREDIENTS

Ultra-Purified Water (Aqua)(Eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride,Lanolin Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone,Amodimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicur (Basil) Extract, Polygala Senega Root Extract,Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Caco (Cocoa) Seed Butter,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Panthenol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Isostearyl Ethylimidazolinium, Ethosulfate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-32, Paraffinum Liquidum, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal,Limonene,Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Methylparaben,Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben,Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, **Fragrance contains: Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil and Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

HOW I USE IT

As mentioned above, when using it as a conditioner (following a shampoo) I just apply, leave on for 3-5 minutes, detangle with a wide tooth comb and then rinse. When using as a pre-poo, I mix it with my DIY Pre-Poo,detangle, make two strand twists around my hair then pile then on top of my head, put a plastic cap AND satin night cap on and sleep with the mixture on my head. When I wake up in the morning, my hair is SUPER soft and ready for wash day!

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