Friday, June 29, 2012

TGIN Product Report: Top 5 Conditioners for Co-Washes

We know it may sound a little crazy. You may be thinking, “How can you get your hair clean without shampoo?” Natural women everywhere are begging to differ and assuring our community that you can wash away that excess oil and product buildup right down the drain with light conditioners.
Here’s the good news: All of these conditioners cost less than $5 and they can be found at your local drugstore or in the health and beauty department of your big box department store. The ladies at TGIN have road-tested and tried several different co-wash conditioners out for you and are here to give you our top five favorite product picks.
Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner

Suave Coconut is the old, favorite. It’s tried and true. It’s been around forever and naturals who have been natural for a long time have relied on it to detangle their tresses. The consistency of Suave is thin and the detangling ability is moderate. The smell reminds you of a warm and sandy vacation. Your hair will be left soft, detangled, and smelling great. You will definitely want to follow this up with a leave-in conditioner to make your moisture last. It costs about $0.99, and is available at Walgreens, CVS, Target, or pretty much anywhere commercial shampoos are sold.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

The coconut and orchid scent of this blue gem of a conditioner is what will keep you coming back for more. After you use it, you will say “Hello Hydration!” Unlike our other favorites, the scent seems to linger in your hair for a longer period of time. The consistency of Hello Hydration is medium and the detangling ability is moderate. Your hair will be left moisturized and soft to the touch, but make sure to rinse this conditioner out completely – it somewhat coats the hair which can cause product buildup over time. It costs about $3.
Aussie Moist Conditioner

Lucky for us, our friends on the Australian outback must have encountered a few Aboriginal brothers and sisters that needed a little more moisture in their kinky hair. Aussie Moist delivers a powerful dose of moisture followed up with shot of dramatic softness. The consistency is medium to heavy and the faint scent of cinnamon will bring a smile to your face during your morning shower. Much like other heavier conditioners, you have to rinse this one out well in order to avoid product buildup over time. Aussie Moist costs $3 and is available where most commercial conditioners are sold.
V05 Moisture Milks Conditioner

OMG – this is the conditioner that surprised us the most! While the consistency of V05 Moisture Milks is surprisingly thin, the detangling ability of this gentle giant goes HARD. The passion fruit smoothie variety is pictured above, but V05 Moisture Milks comes in several different fragrances. The moisturizing ability of this conditioner is light, but the fragrance and amazing slip makes you forget all about that. We have also tried using this product as a leave-in conditioner and it left our hair feeling soft, spongy and clean just like cotton. The cost is only $0.79!
Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Conditioner

We should have known that Dove – the mainstream ambassador of “natural beauty” – would have something wonderful in store for us TGIN girls. Hands down, we can call Dove Intensive Repair conditioner the holy grail of detangling! Your knots and tangles seem to dissolve upon contact seconds after rubbing this conditioner through your curls. The consistency of Dove is thick and the smell reminds us of bath soap – fresh and clean, but nothing to write home about. However, your hair is left so soft, so moisturized, and so detangled that this conditioner stands out above the rest. It’s a triple threat! The regular size only costs $3, but we loved it so much that we opted for the larger size pictured above which runs around $5.
Co-washing can be a great tool to maintain clean, moisturized, and tangle-free hair. We have found that we still like to shampoo our hair at least twice per month to make sure our hair is free from product buildup. The key is to follow up each shampoo session with a deep conditioning treatment.
Ladies, I know we all have different hair types, but feel free to chime in if you have had great, mixed, or bad experiences with any of the products recommended. We would love to hear from you.

Courtesy of TGIN

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