I’m a picky eater. I don’t like certain foods because of how they look, others because of how they smell. Other still (and even perhaps more ridiculously) because of the texture. I really thought food would be the thing I’d be most meticulous about — until I met my criteria for a good deep conditioner.

When it comes to deep conditioners, I want them to do it ALL. Like, as in hydrate, strengthen, improve elasticity, banish frizz, eliminate my student loan debt, and make my hair feel silky and smooth — all while having enough slip to detangle with the best of them. In other words, it better WERK!


So, exactly whicch deep conditioners do all of the above? Here are my 6 picks (there may be others, but at these are the top of the top of my list):


1. EdenBodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Cost: $9.99/16oz

The 411: This super thick and creamy conditioner is loaded with good-for-hair goodies like monoi (coconut oil + tiare/gardenia flower), jojoba, carrot oil, and tea tree. It softens, detangles, and adds shine and smoothness without weighing the hair down. Also curly girl-friendly, artificial color, mineral oil, petroleum, paraben, and fragrance-free.


2. Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Cost: $14.99/16.9oz

The 411: Enriched with keravis protein, sea buckthorn oil, and argan oil, this deep conditioner will hydrate, strengthen, nourish, and protect even the driest strands. It acts in as quickly as 5 minutes, but can be left on the hair for much longer. After one use, expect soft, shiny, smooth, buttery-feeling strands. For the full review, click here. Artificial color, mineral oil, petroleum, and paraben-free. Read the review here.


3. Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque

Cost: $11.99/12oz

The 411: A unique blend of butters, oils, clay, african black soap, plantain, and willowbark extract make this deep conditioner the best friend of anyone battling against dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis. It helps detoxify the strands while leaving hair soft, conditioned, and smooth. Curly girl-friendly, artificial color, mineral oil, petroleum, and fragrance-free.


Cost: $14.99/12oz

The 411: Although it is not labeled a deep conditioner, it most certainly acts like one. Thanks to sweet almond oil, shea butter, jojoba, and aloe vera, this conditioner hydrates, softens, detangles, and imparts shine. When used alongside the Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo, this duo becomes a one-two knockout! Artificial color, mineral oil, petroleum, and paraben-free. Review here.


5. U R Curly Quinoa Conditioner

Cost: $8.99/10oz

The 411: If you love a good scalp tingle, this conditioner is a winner. Although not listed as a deep conditioner, it is another one that is versatile enough to be a DC or daily use. Castor oil, quinoa protein, and abyssinian oil soften, nourish, and strengthen the hair while menthol provides a cool tingling and spa-like refreshing experience. Curly girl-friendly, artificial color, mineral oil, petroleum, and paraben-free.


6. Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioner

Cost: $16.99/8oz

The 411: A unique complex of aminos and proteins make this conditioner great for rescuing hair in need of a strengthening treatment. Even though it is loaded with protein, it makes the hair incredibly soft, shiny, and smooth. Artificial color, mineral oil, petroleum and paraben-free. Review here.


Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Dalila M. Lujan

Pro Naturals makes the best conditioner in my opinion ???


Best I have ever used is Pro Naturals!!


great website for us naturals!! can not wait to go buy two of those DC products the UR curly Quinoa and the Eden bodyworks those speaks to more of what im looking for and in my price range.

Rena' Nelson Hart

I use the Hydratherma Natural products and my hair has gotten softer and more manageable. I haven’t done the amino plus protein deep conditioning treatment as often as I should, but I will get back on a regular regimen. Thank you for the post!


the only products that work for my natural hair, are Ms. Jessie. very expensive products

Daniella Desewu

no deep conditioner works for me πŸ™


So what do you do for your hair?


The Jojoba one makes my hair hard and dry every time. I have the one jar and it’s almost gone and then I won’t use it again.


I agree. I had heard rave reviews about it but the first time I used it, i left my hair dry and not moisturized or manageable at all.


its prolly cuz it has the tea tree in it also. tea tree makes mine n many other girls’hair hard aftee use. try a deep conditioner without tea tree oil nor any shea butter


Does anyone else any Live Clean Professional products?? I never see anything about them but I picked up the split end repairing treatment at Winners for like $5 and I was actually amazed how strong and smooth my end felt after using it. Unfortunately I base my product decisions on price.


Alikay Sage and Honey works wonders for me. I use it with a hooded dryer for my low porous hair

delcean coke

What does deep conditoner do to ur hair and when do u deep conditioning

Miss Mo

It helps moisture penetrate the hair shaft thereby conditioning and softening it too. Most people do it weekly, or every other week. Some monthly.

You typically place a shower cap over your hair and use heat for 10-30 minutes or no heat for a longer time depending on how long you wish.

Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

delcean coke

What is deep conditioner do to ur hair and when do u do deep conditioning


It’s not well known but Komazahaircare.com is pretty great. I love the Moku line and the Califa line. I keeps my hair shiny and moisturized.


Would you believe that this shea moisture product does nothing for my hair. My hair felt the same after use!


Same here!!!

Lydia Shoto

That goes for any Shea Moisture product for me. I tried the Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Mask and it felt like I didn’t put ANY deep conditioner in my hair. I had to use another product. My hair regimen takes long enough. Ever since then, I give Shea Moisture the side eye.


Aww, that sucks. I think that their products work if you use more than one product from their line. I used their babaob and Yuuca masque, as a deep treatment mask, but I know that they particularly not meant to add “hydration” but they do strenghten my hair.

Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating

Thanks for the suggestions – I feel like I’m constantly trying new things to try to get to my hair happy place!

Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating


Mixed chicks!!!!!!! Their deep conditioner’s THE BEST. It literally melts your tangles away and it has this beautiful rich lather. It’s definitely a staple for me, and a must try if you haven’t already.


Hey guys!

None of these products ship to Canada πŸ™ any Canadians or anyone else know any products good for curly natural hair that are available to Canada.

I would appreciate it very very much πŸ™‚


Anyone have any thoughts on the Eco-lesterol deep conditioner???


I’ve used the one with argan oil and it worked great for me as a strengthener and moisturizer. I ordered it from Ecoco’s website.


Sadly the Shea Moistsure mask did nothing for my scalp and zilch for my hair. My after care products dictate how my hair feels. I’ve never found a good DC.


I just tried Shea Moisture’s Purification mask this weekend because my scalp had been itchy the past week. I don’t feel like I have a lot of success with store bought hair masks, but I got it on clearance and thought it wouldn’t hurt to try it, but I have to say I definitely feel and see the results. My scalp is not itchy and my hair feels light and has way more bounce.


I have been on the hunt for a good conditioner, I have been disappointed lately with my last 3 conditioners, I am willing to spend a little more on a good conditioner when the results will make my hair feel heavenly!


Try the Strong & Silky brand!


Great list!
If only descriptions always came with a “curly-girl friendly” label. Life would be sooooo easy for me. Ingredients are not that hard to decipher, but man I’d surely appreciate the silicone free labels every once in a while


Ohh yea feed my product junkismm


i cant stand it when you natural haired girls kick up my product junkieism(sp)–you all are so mean πŸ™‚


lol πŸ˜€

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

thanks for sharing this list. The only one I’ve used is the purification masque. While I like it, I feel I get the same results using bentonite clay washes….and cheaper πŸ™‚

Definitely picking up the EB condish on my next trip to Sally’s.
PJs everywhere thank you lol


@ Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty: from PJ to another: we inform other PJs to justify our purchases and ease the guilt! πŸ™‚ P.S.: You’re welcome! πŸ™‚


I’m just getting back to using ORS Hair Mayonnaise and I’m loving that. I might look into the Shea Moisture Black Soap Masque and EdenBodyworks Deep Conditioner. I like for my deep conditioners to be THICK because well, my hair is really thick.

Miss Mo

Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Mask (yellow jar) is good too.

Especially when you add EVOO to it as suggested on the label. πŸ™‚


Yup! Have to agree there. I also add raw honey and it’s the best DC I’ve used thus far for moisture. There new Manuka honey & manura oil mask is decent on its own but I still prefer the first concoction.
However, I’m still looking for another moisture DC to add to my regimen


You forgot “Aussie 3 min Deeeep Conditioner” it moisturizing and cheap only $3!


That’s a good one, too.

Bridget J

I absolutely love the Shea Moisture Purification Masque. My hair always feels so soft and moisturized after using it.


Yes! Eden Bodyworks deep conditioner is amazing! I tried it for the first time last week. I didn’t know it was going to be so thick! I love when it coats my hair and you don’t have to use half the jar. The Shea moisture black soap purification mask is a jar I will use up in two uses. It’s best used as a cowash.


I believe a lot of them are also cruelty-free. πŸ™‚
I know Shea Moisture is, but i’ll have to check out the others to be sure.


Nice! A acquaintance of mine recently tried Eden Bodyworks and loves it. She tried some products from the Coconut Shea line. I’m curious about this deep conditioner and brand overall.

From the products I’ve looked at online, they are quite reasonably priced. Even better, the Sally’s store nearby has a Buy 2, Get 1 sale going on for Eden BodyWorks. Yay!

Btw, I’m still laughing at “eliminate my student loan debt”. Yes, a deep conditioner should do its job!


I was at Sally’s yesterday (5-4-14) for the 2 for 1 sale and purchased the last 2 jars of the Eden Bodyworks Deep Conditioner. I combed the conditioner through my hair and used my heating cap for 30 minutes and rinsed. Detangling went smoothly.


I’ve used the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque to wash my hair. It removes buildup and moisturizes.


I’m also a big fan of their products. I recently learned they have removed this line of their product from most stores I visit including Target and CVS. If anyone has suggestions on where to buy this product outside of online shopping I’d appreciate it πŸ™‚


I hear so much good things about the rand TGIN I gotta try them out

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