If you're new to this Curly Hair Game (and even if you're not) the plethora of hair conditioners may be a bit overwhelming! I mean, what really is a deep conditioner? Does leaving a "regular" conditioner on your hair for a longer amount of time make it "deep"? And what's the difference between a leave-in conditioner and a leave-in moisturizer? In April's blog post, we're going to chat through these questions and more in order to break down the categories of conditioners to help you choose the best ones for your needs.
When you boil it down, there are 3 types of conditioners: Deep, Leave-In and Rinse-Out. Let's take a look at each one of these categories to help you make sense of it all!
Deep conditioners are have a higher concentration of active ingredients. They are designed to penetrate the hair strand, allowing them to continue working for days after use. While usually thick, this isn't always the case - take our own Matcha Boost Protein Shake as an example - this lightweight protein-rich deep conditioner is potent yet on the thinner side.
And while we're on the topic of protein, not all deep conditioners are for increased moisture! A deep conditioner can add intense moisture, like our Banana Cream or protein, like our aforementioned Matcha Boost.
Oh! Also, remember, if you're low porosity, (or just want to make sure that your conditioner really penetrates your strands) be sure to use a heat cap, warm dryer or sit in the sun for a bit!
Rinse-Out or Instant Conditioners act more on the surface level. This is both due to the short duration that the formula is left on the hair along with the lack of penetrating ingredients in the conditioner. These conditioners use detangling and smoothing nutrients instead to provide a nice feel to the hair for easy styling. Our Banana Cream deep conditioner can also be used as a rinse-out since it contains smoothing ingredients as well as penetrating ones.
So, to answer an often-asked question, no, leaving in a Rinse-Out conditioner longer won't necessarily make it deep! If the conditioner doesn't contain penetrating ingredients, they are just going to sit on top of your strands for 30 minutes until you rinse them out!
Yes, there is actually a difference between Leave-In Conditioners and Moisturizers! While both are typically water-based, a leave-in conditioner is usually thinner with more slip, while a leave-in moisturizer is typically thicker, creamier and more concentrated. While we call our Rice Pudding Leave-In both a conditioner and moisturizer, it's more on the conditioner side since it's pretty lightweight. It does pack a pretty moisturizing punch though while offering a good dose of protein for strength! On the other hand, our Banana Cream deep conditioner can actually be used as a Leave-In Moisturizer! Since my own strands tend to get a bit dry, I actually prefer using it over Rice Pudding on most wash days!
So, we're at the end, folks! I hope this post was helpful at shining a bit of light on the different types of conditioners and when you should reach for them!