Which Conditioners do you Need in your Life?

Posted by Adria Marshall on

Let’s simplify the process of choosing the right conditioners for your curly hair. We'll explore the different categories, including deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners, and leave-in moisturizers. Deep conditioners provide intense hydration and repair, while regular conditioners offer basic conditioning and detangling. Leave-in conditioners provide lightweight moisture and frizz control, while leave-in moisturizers offer intense hydration and styling hold. We'll provide valuable insights and product recommendations to help you find the perfect conditioners for your hair type and 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

Deep conditioners are specially formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients to provide deep nourishment and repair to the hair. Unlike rinseout conditioners, deep conditioners are designed to penetrate the hair strand, allowing the beneficial ingredients to continue working for an extended period, even after rinsing. Although deep conditioners are typically thick in consistency, it's important to note that there can be variations in texture among different products. The key is to look for deep conditioners that are rich in moisturizing and strengthening agents to promote healthy and hydrated curls. - 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 Conditioners

Rinse-out or instant conditioners primarily work on the surface level of the hair. Their formulation is designed for shorter contact time and they often lack penetrating ingredients. Instead, these conditioners focus on providing detangling and smoothing benefits, making the hair more manageable and easy to style. While they may not deeply nourish the hair like deep conditioners, rinse-out or instant conditioners offer a pleasant texture and can enhance the overall feel and appearance of the hair. 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!



Leave-in conditioners and moisturizers do have distinct differences. Leave-in conditioners tend to have a thinner consistency and offer more slip, making it easier to distribute throughout the hair. They provide additional moisture and nourishment to the hair, helping to detangle, soften, and improve manageability. On the other hand, leave-in moisturizers are usually thicker and creamier in texture, containing higher concentrations of moisturizing ingredients. They provide intense hydration, seal in moisture, and help to combat dryness and frizz. 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!


Happy conditioning!


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  • I find the Banana Cream works miracles as a Leave-in! I love it!!

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