5 Amazing Moisturizing Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair


By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Are you searching for an effective moisturizing conditioner for your parched natural hair?  Here are some products that might be worth trying:

1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner (pictured above)

WHY AUSSIE: It is inexpensive, a little goes a long way, and it leaves the hair feeling soft and smooth.  Some reviewers even say the conditioner “really is a miracle” in a bottle.

WHAT’S IN IT: The first several ingredients consist of water, fatty alcohols (stearyl and cetyl), and a few silicone-based ingredients that smooth down the hair shaft.  It also contains sea kelp, aloe vera juice, and jojoba oil.

2. GVP Conditioning Balm


WHY GVP: This Sally’s conditioning balm is a decent knock-off of the more expensive Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm.  Many naturals who use it rave about the penetrating moisture, resulting softness, and its ability to help reduce tangles.  Some also comment on it transforming damaged hair.  Another benefit is that you only have to leave in on for 1-3 minutes.

WHAT’S IN IT: The topmost ingredients consist of water, a humectant (propylene glycol), fatty alcohols (myristyl and cetearyl), and a quat (cetrimonium chloride), which helps to smoothen the hair shaft.  It also contains a few parabens for those who want to be aware.

3. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration


WHY HERBAL ESSENCES: This is another popular moisturizing conditioner that gets a lot of buzz in the natural hair community.  It rightfully earns its name “hydration” and gets the job done at a low price.  It is also one of the more accessible products on this list. You can find it in most grocery stores.

WHAT’S IN IT: The main ingredients are water, fatty alcohols (stearyl and cetyl), a quat (behentrimonium chloride) for smoother hair, and a cone for additional smoothness.  The conditioner also contains silk extract and coconut extract amongst other ingredients.

4. Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner


WHY SHEA MOISTURE: Naturals who love this conditioner rave about the intense moisture it provides despite the lack of slip.  Many of those who love it also praise its mostly natural ingredients and use it as a leave-in as well.

WHAT’S IN IT:  The main ingredients are water, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, a quat (behentrimonium chloride), and an essential oil blend.  A few other ingredients include vegetable glycerin, panthenol, and avocado oil.

5. Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner


WHY ELUCENCE: Elucence is a conditioner that you either love or you hate.  Those who love it use it as a moisturizing co-wash or rinse-out conditioner.  It can also be used as a moisturizing leave-in, which essentially makes it a 2-in-1 product.  A little also goes a long way, and users also like that it has a faint smell unlike many other conditioners.

WHAT’S IN IT: This conditioner contains several extracts (ginseng root, irish moss, and more), water, and a quat (stearalkonium chloride) among its top ingredients.  It also contains panthenol, biotin, and squalane (olive oil lipid) amongst other ingredients.

Ladies, have you tried any of these conditioners? 



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54 thoughts on “5 Amazing Moisturizing Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

    • that’s interesting. we use Shea Moisture products and love them. Maybe I’m missing something here. We do use them more on our daughter with 4B than our daughter with 3B/C hair. for 3B it seems like overkill so we only use and then rinse out. For 4B (dry) it seems to work really well and soaks in fast without too much buildup.

      I’d be interested to know what you use in your homemade since I’m already making soap, shea lotions/balms, and some other products.

  1. I think the ORS Olive Oil Conditioning Pak should be added to this list. It’s perfect for restoring moisture balance back to hair after a protein or henna treatment.

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  3. Another great one is the Garnier Fructise Triple Nutrition Conditioner! I’ve tried 3 of the above 5. The Aussie and Hello Hydration are 2 of my faves. For some reason the Shea Moisture and my hair didn’t get along at all! I am a big fan of the Shea Moisture orange label products but everything in the yellow Raw Shea line left my hair feeling matted and tangled. I have low porosity hair and a lot of products made for natural black hair seem to disagree with my hair.

  4. i’ve used elucence for 15 years now on my hair natural and relaxed, i swear by it as a leave in and it mixes well with everything–oils, other conditioners, protein. it does not fair well as a deep conditioner, but as a daily leave in all purpose leave in, it’s platinum plus. 4c

  5. In my younger days I used Herbal Essence conditioner for everything! For the past 6 years I’ve been using Elucence & it does wonders. I’m always experimenting with new products but nothing compares to elucence. I have 3b or c hair

  6. Try to use natural conditioners instead of chemically filled ones. In my experience, argan oil is best, it’s non-greasy and full of vitamins to make your hair smooth, soft and healthy again. Use one called Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil conditioner, that’s the one I use and it’s the best at getting damaged hair back together.

  7. I have not used any of these conditioners. I like Yes to Carrots, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree tingle, Aubrey Organics GPB/Blue Green Algae Mask. I have protein sensitive low porosity, 4C hair, dense hair with fine strands. I do not like the Shea Moisture Shea shampoo, but it makes a great dog shampoo.

  8. I have very dry hair – its about medium length…and boy does it get dry during the winter! I used argan oil too – but the best product i found that works for me is the Shielo Hydrate Conditioner. There is something is this conditioner that makes my hair soft like butter ! The biggest selling point is the bottle lasts a lot longer than other products I have tried. This is perfect if you have long hair like mine and quickly get through hair products!

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