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? 


Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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Dalila M. Lujan

I prefer the con­di­tion­er from Pro Nat­u­rals ?


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!


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.

Elisha Richardson

Herbal essences hel­lo hydra­tion does won­ders for me!! Love love it


Herbal Essences’ The Sleek­er The But­ter is also very mois­tur­iz­ing!


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.


Tell me did you have nat­u­ral dry course hair?


I use the Aussie and Shea Mois­ture and my hair loves both.


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


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

Cat C.

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.


[…] The­se are def­i­nite­ly not leave-in con­di­tion­ers! After using any of the above men­tioned nat­u­ral dry hair cures you want to make sure to sham­pooSham­poo is a 1975 satir­i­cal film writ­ten by Robert Towne and […]


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.


Shea Mois­ture and Aussie are the absolute prod­ucts I’ve ever tried on my hair. I’ll stick to my beloved hand mades.


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.

shy scarlett

I LOVE Shea mois­ture ! It leaves my hair soft and shiny. I also love the smell :-)


I for­got WORST!


I love Aussie Moist 3 min­ute mir­a­cle! Not a fan of Shea mois­ture.


I stan for the Shea Mois­ture Restora­tive con­di­tion­er. Absolute­ly love that stuff. I do wish it came in dif­fer­ent pack­ag­ing though. I always have to cut the bot­tle open at the end because the pump stops work­ing.


Sur­prised Trese­me did not make the list. i have used Hel­loHy­dra­tion. Its ok. I have Type 4 mix hair. it worked well as a de-tan­gler but no so much for mois­ture. I think my hair don’t like sil­i­cones so much. What does work for mois­ture on my hair is aloe-vera juice final rin­se. The seal, seal, seal it in.


I use the Shea Mois­ture to cleanse my hair and some­times add a lit­tle after I’ve rinsed my hair. It is my go-to cleanser. It leaves my hair smooth and soft and not sticky.


I swear by Suave Pro­fes­sion­als Almond and Shea But­ter!! Its cheap, thick and very mois­tur­iz­ing. I tried the Hel­lo Hydra­tion and wasn’t impressed. I have thick 3C/4A hair and it just didn’t work for me.


My hair and my wal­let loves Hel­lo Hydra­tion. I use it as a detan­gler. For a deep con­ditin­er, I use L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair­care Total Repair 5 Dam­age Eras­ing Balm. It has been great so far.

Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

I love Sally’s GVP Con­di­tion­ing Balm on my relaxed hair. It’s a sta­ple. Great list!
Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy


My hair LOVEEEES the Suave condish in the green bot­tles, and they have quite a few essen­tial oils in them too. Plen­ty of slip for my 4B/4C hair (per­fect for detan­gling), and it’s light enough to be used as a leave-in when mixed with 2–3 parts water. Try it!!

the mane captain
i’ve use HEHH, it worked well as a detan­gler, but my hair stopped “tak­ing” it.So I stoppes using it. Also, i like my hair prod­ucts to be col­or­less, at least have a creamed col­or and a calm scent. the blue col­or, cou­pled with the strong scent of HEHH scares me from a repur­chase, thought its afford­able. As for shea mois­ture, that pro­duct is too expen­sive to use as a rin­se out so I use it as a leave-in. Plus I didn’t notice any dif­fer­ence in the “feel” of my hair when i used it as a DC. I’ve nev­er heard about… Read more »

I con­sid­er myself most­ly-4b and I have been an HE HH “stan” for well over a decade. I was using this stuff back when black folks would look at me cross-eyed in the check­out line for buy­ing a “white” con­di­tion­er. :) I tried Aussie Moist once but it just wasn’t the same. Next time I’m in a store I’ll see if there’s a dif­fer­ence in for­mu­la­tion between the reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er and the 3-min­ute mir­a­cle. Or I’ll just buy anoth­er large bot­tle of HE HH…


I like the tre­sem­me nat­u­rals for cow­ash and the Sally’s “bio­lage” to rin­se hen­na. I bought some HEHH today (impulse buy), but now I remem­ber it was only ok (for me) when I used it before.


I’m hair type 4 I use Hel­lo hyr­dra­tion for months and it works great I tried the Shea Mois­ture restora­tive but it wasn’t thick enough for my hair and it didn’t seem mois­tur­ized


I use As I Am Coconut Cow­ash. I have real­ly kinky curly hair. I didn’t BC I tran­si­tioned and using it while I tran­si­tioned real­ly saved my hair. Now I dis­cov­ered Co wash­ing half way through my first year of going nat­u­ral, but I’m glad I did. I only sham­poo once a mon­th and that’s when I go to the salon for a lit­tle R and R.


Paul Mitchell’s The Con­di­tion­er (As a leave-in), Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals (for co-wash­ing), Trader Joe’s Nour­ish and Shine (for co-wash­ing) have worked well for me.


You are the sec­ond per­son I know Zenith. My mom’s name is Zenei­th, its pro­nounced the same way, but my grand­ma want­ed to add an extra I to make it dif­fer­ent. Tre­sem­me used to work in my hair when I was younger, but it doesn’t any­more. How­ev­er when I go to the Salon its a Paul Mitchell Salon, so I always get great care there. I haven’t tried Trader Joes, but I hear good things about it.


Any com­menter rec­om­men­da­tions for the most mois­tur­is­ing DC you’ve tried??

I’m 4c and DCs don’t ever do much for my hair. I’m using Qhemet Moringa and I like it a lot but it’s not super duper. As I Am Coconut CoW­ash is a great detan­gler on kinky hair but their Hydra­tion Ela­tion was inef­fec­tive on my hair. I always find that what I leave on has the great­est effect on parched hair. In that case Oyin Hair Dew, their sprays and Qhemet’s Bur­dock Root sealed with Hairveda Cocas­ta are my dry hair’s dream.


Jes­si­curl Week­ly Deep Treat­ment suits me just fine.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried Aubrey Organ­ics? I use the Hon­ey­suck­le Rose and White Camel­lia Con­di­tion­ers as Deep Con­di­tion­ers and they are pret­ty good as reg con­di­tion­ers. I used to use Darcy’s Botan­i­cals Pump­kin Seed Con­di­tion­er as a DC treat­ment by using heat with it and that worked real­ly well for me. In the 4 years that I have been nat­u­ral I haven’t found a deep con­di­tion­er that I only use for that pur­pose. Late­ly I’ve been using Clays like Ben­tonite to Clean And Rhas­soul to Mois­tur­ize. I then fol­lowup with a Oil Rinse(This seems to real­ly do the… Read more »

your fro is majes­tic! love it!


Thanks! Beau­ti­ful hair. I’m a dense head too.

Thanks to every­one who replied!


Aubrey Organ­ics White Camel­lia Con­di­tion­er is awe­some as a deep con­di­tion­er. I use it alone or mixed with coconut oil and sit under my hood­ed dry­er for 20–30 min­utes. My kinky coily hair soaks it right up.


I’ve always been scep­ti­cal of using reg con­di­tion­ers as a DC, but I’m gonna give it a try! Thanks! And gor­geous hair!!


Sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion for me. I’ve found that I get more slip from my mois­tur­is­ing sham­poo (cre­me of nature) than I do for any DC. So far I’ve tried shea mois­ture deep treat­ment mask, ORS replen­ish­ing DC and cre­me of nature. Although no diasters, nei­ther leave my hair feel­ing silky/slippy. Not sure if that even mat­ters though lol.

May­be you should try mak­ing your own deep con­di­tion­er. Uhm I like to use Mayo, egg, and coconut oil and I blend it all up and I put all through my hair and over it up with a plas­tic cap and then I put a tow­el around that. How­ev­er fair warn­ing it will drip a bit, so don’t wear any­thing nice and have anoth­er tow­el handy to wipe the drip­pings off. I let it sit in my hair for 45 min­utes. I got the recipe from Nat­u­ral85 on YouTube. She has great do it your­self recipes. Give it a shot.

I believe some peo­ple should make sure they don’t have a latex aller­gy. Those peo­ple shouldn’t use Shea but­ter or Shea based pro­duct because of the nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring latex in Shea.


qhemet cocoa tree detan­gling ghee. my hair haaat­ed Aussie and HEHH in par­tic­u­lar.


My hair hat­ed Aussie moist too! HEHH start­ed out okay, but after a few weeks, my hair dried out way faster than it nor­mal­ly does, and the buildup was unbe­liev­able, even with biweek­ly sham­poo­ing. My hair real­ly doesn’t like reg­u­lar usage of ‘cones.…every once in a while is cool (as long as I wash with­in a week), but every week? Nah, I’m good.


I cur­rent­ly use the shea mois­ture con­di­tion­er on this list. In the sum­mer, how­ev­er, I tried to use the Aussie line. I said, “who cares about sil­i­cones?!?!” The first few weeks, my hair respond­ed real­ly well to it, but after that, my hair looked real­ly dull. My scalp became itchy. Also, every time I used the Aussie con­di­tion­er, it would make my skin ITCH as it washed down my hair and body. I had to switch back to all nat­u­ral prod­ucts ASAP lol.

you are right because i don’t wan­na say this . When writer stat­ed hh and Aussie . I was shocked because she was sup­posed to ful­ly list of their ingre­di­ents, one lady on face­book told them that she lost a lot hair from using one of them. Because they are ban­ish in Canan­da bor­der for hav­ing birth defect, you can look up in “Long nat­u­ral hair” at face­book. She is got­ta explain in pri­or post and have wom­an talk­ing abt her los­ing hair. I am not sure if it real. But I rememe­ber clear­ly that Aussie Moist or HH was… Read more »

They’re not “ban­ished” in Canada… *____*


I love Hel­lo Hydra­tion and all of Herbal Essences con­di­tion­ers. My favorite of theirs for mois­ture is Col­or Me Hap­py. I recent­ly col­ored my hair and grabbed this one because it said it gave extra mois­ture for col­ored hair and it’s AMAZING. Even bet­ter than HH.


@ Fly­fab,
Do you use the Hel­lo Hydrata­tion as a leave innn or as a rin­se?
Im search­ing for a effec­tive and cheap nat­u­ral leave inn con­di­tion­er (water based)


I use HH to detan­gle my hair because it has super slip, then rin­se out. I use Col­or Me Hap­py as a leave-in.


@Laur, I was using Herbal Essences’ Total­ly Twisit­ed as a leave-in and I loved it until I switched to Col­or Me Hap­py, which I like more. I think any of them would work. :)


Thank you for respond­ing


I haven’t tried any but I’m hop­ing to get hel­lo hydra­tion in a cou­ple of weeks.

stop your hair break­age

Laura Truesdale

Look for­ward to try­ing like 2 out­ta of the 5 on the list :)