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Best Leave-in or Deep Conditioner recommendations?

kolochitakolochita Posts: 118Registered Users
I'm looking for a new conditioner (I was using one of The Body Shop's Rainforest line conditioners and it's running out), either a leave-in or a deep conditioner or even a conditioner I could double as a daily and a deep conditioner. I have healthy, 3A curls but would like extra conditioning...what are the best ones you would recommend?

Type: 3a
Dense, fine/medium texture, low porosity

Low-poo: Devacurl No-Poo/ Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo/ Elacel Aloe Vera Shampoo
Conditioner: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner
Leave-in: Devacurl Set It Free/Lush R& B
Styling: Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray-Gel/ L'Oreal Silk & Gloss Curl Power Mousse


  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    I like using Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner for moisture and their GBP conditioner for protein, depending on how my hair is lookin'. I use them as rinse-outs or as deep treatments and absolutely love them! You can get it online (I get mine on vitacost.com) or on the ground (try Whole Foods or The Vitamin Shoppe). HTH!
    || 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

    Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
    Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
    Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

  • mcherycemcheryce Posts: 363Registered Users
    How was the body shop conditioner? Its under my cabinet next in line for me to use.
  • kolochitakolochita Posts: 118Registered Users
    It was not bad, I've used the Moisture one (with honey) and the Volume one, they both smell divine. I've used the volume one as a leave-in (besides using it as a regular conditioner) and helps a bit with the frizz. The moisture one ran out before I started going curly again, so I couldn't try it as a leave-in, but as a regular it was nice.

    Type: 3a
    Dense, fine/medium texture, low porosity

    Low-poo: Devacurl No-Poo/ Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo/ Elacel Aloe Vera Shampoo
    Conditioner: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner
    Leave-in: Devacurl Set It Free/Lush R& B
    Styling: Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray-Gel/ L'Oreal Silk & Gloss Curl Power Mousse
  • monipearlmonipearl Posts: 95Registered Users
    i am in love with this leave-in. i just started using it and it is oh-so-moisturizing. three days later and my hair is still soft and moisturized.

    it is quite thick for a leave-in but doesn't weigh down my hair at all. only drawbacks are the price and online-only availability.
    3c-4b. probably.
    medium/coarse texture.
    (extremely)high density.
    low porosity, normal elasticity.
    co-wash: suave naturals daily clarifying condish with drops of rosemary oil.
    detangling conditioner: tresemme naturals.
    deep conditioner: curly kinks curlycue renew, b.a.s.k. cacao bark, honey/evoo.
  • Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
    I started out loving the Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose (AOHR) conditioner, but after awhile my hair built up a tolerance to it or something, because it hated it. It started feeling greasy to me, and the smell got to be cloying. I felt like it was waxy and not moisturizing. It also has alot of protein in it.

    Two conditioners I've been able to use over long periods of time and not build up a "tolerance" to are Yes to Cucumbers as a daily RO conditioner (and I can use it as a LI once in a while too), and my absolute favorite as a LI, Donna Marie Miracle Conditioner & Detangler.

    The Donna Marie is not sold as a LI, it's sold as a multipurpose RO but it is so light that I use it exclusively as a LI with no problem, although I've used it as a RO too.
    I also use it to style my 2nd day hair and that's where I get the best use out of it, it's amazing. I take a small amount in my palms with a tiny splash of water, and gently style my 2nd day curls. If I do this patiently with my Donna Marie condish, I get beautiful, frizz free curls. I can sometimes get 3rd day curls if I styled my hair well the 1st day ;)

    Yes to Cucumbers is available in most drugstores, Target, and at Ulta. Donna Marie you have to buy online, at AveYou or direct from Donna Marie's website. It's not to highly priced at $12 for an 8oz bottle.

    I like both of these because they are very moisturizing without being very heavy and do not weigh my curls down.

    I do have very dry hair, but I think I well moisturized in spite of that. For deep conditioning, I use a pre-wash treatment once a month. I use Ojon's prewash treatment, and it's oil-rich. I leave it on for 2 hours on a weekend morning while I clean or do other things.

    When I want to use a normal deep conditioner, I use Sally's GVP. I usually just rotate that in whenever I feel the need for a little extra conditioning, or after I've done an ACV, about once a week. For my hair, Sally's GVP can be used as a multipurpose daily RO/DT/LI because my hair likes richness and won't get overconditioned, but the trick is also that I have a good rotation of other products.

    BTW, I see the board is still being wonky. I had to edit to get my actual post up.
    That's me with FSG as my styler!!

    3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

    Currently using:
    Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
    RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
    Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
  • Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
    mcheryce wrote: »
    How was the body shop conditioner? Its under my cabinet next in line for me to use.

    If you are going CG, you may want to check the ingredients list to see if they have silicones. If they have silicones, and you are avoiding 'cones, then these aren't the conditioners for you :)
    That's me with FSG as my styler!!

    3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

    Currently using:
    Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
    RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
    Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    I agree w/ Auntie Bubbs, Yes to Cucumbers is a great daily conditioner. Not too heavy or light. Most daily conditioners can also be used as a leave-in but may not be able to double as a deep conditioner.

    The CJ Smoothing Lotion is very moisturizing and can easily double as a daily conditioner. I sometimes use CJ Curl Rehab as a daily as well as a deep conditioner.
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • kinkycurlyDTkinkycurlyDT Posts: 380Registered Users
    Best leave in conditioner I've ever used by far is the kimmaytube recipe. I use kinky curly knot today as the base with the main ingredients of aloe Vera juice, and castor oil. Works wonderfully for my hair! I also loooove tresemme naturals conditioner!
  • blulightblulight Posts: 131Registered Users
    One of my favorites as both rinse out and leave is Jessicurl Too Shea (Aloeba is nice too, lighter, so I only use it as a leave in).

    Also love Karen's Body Beautiful Ambrosia, Nectar and Super Silky, tried Ambrosia as a rinse out and it worked well, haven't tried the other 2 like that yet, but think they would be fine too.

    Kyra's Ultimate Indulgence has Shea Leave in which I love as a rinse out and leave in. It's the same base as Jasmine's Shea Butter Rinse was, and Ingredientstodiefor.com sells the base, and I could get a big size there, but I like it from Kyra's, love the scent selection, and it's inexpensive anyway, service is good and shipping is cheap and fast.

    Alba Botanica Leave in is amazing (the one in the yellow tube in case there are other kinds I'm not aware of), and Alaffia Beautiful Curls Leave In is very nice too (I only tried wavy to curly one so far). MOP Leave In is another very good one that can be gotten on the ground (not to be confused with Mop Top brand, that leave in I really didn't like).

    Purabody Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk is great, I love it under butters especially, particularly Purabody's butters. Super detangling, lightweight, and very moisturizing.

    Looove Brown Butter Beauty Sweet Milk Detangling Leave in. Also Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk, and BASK Silk & Honey Latte. As well as Tiiva Naturals Green Tea Leave In Moisturizer, Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave in, and Donna Marie Miracle Detangler (as rinse out and leave in) and Hair Whip.

    I don't dc, but have some dc's which I use as regular conditioners, don't leave in for longer than 5-7 minutes and they still work magic. One is Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream, other is Mixed Chicks dc. Hairveda Moisture Pro is not a dc, but is incredible and makes my hair feel and look transformed (it's a protein conditioner, my hair loves protein, and this is the best I found, like it way better than Curl Junkie's Repair). Love Camille Rose Moisture Max Conditioner (which is much more moisturizing (in my experience) than the dc from that line), and Purabody Naturals Chocolate Smoothie too. Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks and Darcy's Botanicals Deep Conditioner are pretty nice. I know I left 'not that impressed' reviews for both a while back, but been trying them again, and either it's the weather change or whatever I used afterwards, but I like them much more now.

    ETA: Organicals Deep Conditioner from ingredientstodiefor.com and Hydra Moist Leave in from mynaturalcare.com. Organicals dc is mentioned often enough, but that leave in is very underrated, I only seen 1 or 2 reviews online. It's one of the most moisturizing yet not heavy leave ins I ever came across. First time I used it was with Thermal Shine Oil on top (from the same line), and couldn't even believe something this unknown could be this awesome. One thing I wasn't a fan of was the scent, but someone else might like it, it's not a bad one, just not my kind of scent (love how oil and the butters smell though), and since I got my bottle the site and the bottle look have been revamped, so maybe scent has been too.
    3b/fine/thick/normal porosity/bsl
  • sweetkitkat45sweetkitkat45 Posts: 8Registered Users
    Argan oil leave in conditioner is amazing. I use it for my deep condition as well

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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,205Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    any and all of the curl junkie conditioners/deep treatments.

    you can use the deep treatments as leave ins, also (except for the protein treatment, repair me, that has to be rinsed out!, but that is protein, not a conditioner treatment, altho it is very moisturizing.)

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • kristen.nickkristen.nick Posts: 37Registered Users
    When my hair seems on the dry side, I like Generic Value Products Conditioning Balm (GVP CB) from Sally's. It's a generic version of Biolage Conditioning Balm. I'm pretty sure it doesn't have protein, but I could be wrong. If you want regular conditioning, leave it on for 3 mins or less. For deep conditioning, leave on up to an hour or more. The max I've done is maybe 20 mins, but my hair feels like silk afterward. I've heard of people using it as a leave-in with good results, but I have always suspected it would be too heavy for me.
    Hair: 3A, fine, normal porosity and elasticity
    My hair loves protein, especially keratin! It hates coconut oil and all butters.
    Low-poo: MOP-C Hydrating Shampoo, Renpure Moisturizing Shampoo
    Co-wash: Giovanni 50/50 & Smooth as Silk, Tresemme Naturals, NG Pomegranate & Sunflower
    LI: KKKT, SM Curl Style Milk
    PT: Mill Creek Biotin Conditioner
    DT: CJ CR
    Styler: CJ CCCL, CJ CIAB, LALSG, LAL Nutra Curl, Biotera Gel, Ecostyler Grip Gel
  • katokailynkatokailyn Posts: 12Registered Users
    I love 3 Minute Miracle by Aussie. I use it once a week. It leaves my curls soft and shiny. Plus it doesn't weigh them down!

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  • TheAmazingFrizzTheAmazingFrizz Posts: 31Registered Users
    Organicals deep conditioning creme is the bomb dot com for me :-) I can use it as a DC, LI, and rinse out. I can also buy 7lbs of the stuff for only 50 bucks and I can add whatever scent I want since it comes unscented. I order it from ingredients go die for. The shopping can be pricey on the smaller containers but is actually pretty awesome with the large container :-)

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using CurlTalk App
    3b 1/2, Fine, Porous.
    Lower Back length w/ layers
    CG off and on for 3 years
    Cowash: AsIAm coconut co-wash
    Condish:Organicals Deep Conditioning Creme(New HG :love5:)
    Deep Condish: Organicals DCC, CJ Repair Me!
    Leave-in: Organicals DCC, DB pumpkin seed, CJ smoothing lotion
    Gel: Naturelle Volumax (summer love), Bioterra, CurlyKinks Coil Jam
    Creams: DM Dream curling creme(HG), AG:Recoil, BeeMine curly butter, Organicals DCC
    Other: Curl Keeper(HG), CJ CIAB(HG)
  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Leave-Ins: Marie Dean Curly Styling Cream, Satin Roots, CJ Curl Fix, Camille Rose Soylicious, Satin Roots by Curly Kinks

    Conditioners: Curl Junkie, Sevi, Curl Renew, Jessicurl WDT
    Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
    Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
  • minimisshairminimisshair Posts: 2Registered Users
    my favorite deep conditioner is the ors replenishing conditioner <3 <3 <3 it's been my staple for years
    this is my review of the product overall:
    Importance of deep conditioning... ORS Replenishing Conditioner - YouTube

    for my leave in i do the kimmaytube recipe but i use
    rose water
    sheamoisture conditioner
    aloe vera gel
    and any oil of my choice usually either...
    coconut or castor oil

    the sheamoisuture line is usually a hit of miss these are the few leave in and conditioners i have tried :
    Introduction to YouTube!!!.. SheaMoisture Review - YouTube

    hope this helps happy hair journey!!!
  • sdkittysdkitty Posts: 358Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I like the Garnier leave-in. And it's cheap - on sale sometimes for around $3. I used regular rinse-out conditioner, blot with towel and then use the leave-in.
  • shopbopshopbop Posts: 113Registered Users
    Anyone used this before? It has argan oil in it, which I've heard great things about. I've seen it in the drugstore and have been tempted, but wanted to hear from you all first.
  • shopbopshopbop Posts: 113Registered Users
    I used the Aussie 3 minute miracle deep conditioner and I'm not happy with the results.:sad1: I am so disappointed because it got so many great reviews here. My hair is still dry and frizzy. Should I maybe try it with a shower cap on and leave it in longer than the 3 minutes? Any recommendations and suggestions would be appreciated!!
  • curlymommacurlymomma Posts: 296Registered Users
    Nightblooming's Panacea (sold on etsy, it's kind of a balm and a little goes a LONG way) and CJ Smoothing Lotion!!! (really like the slip and the way the CJSL smells)

    Proud momma to 8!!! :love3:
    Hair Type: Used to be 3a/b, now 2b/c Wavy/Whurly
    Style: cirly pixie, growing out from a buzzcut. Aiming for at least a jaw length bob
    Routine: Figuring that out since my hair has changed... so far:
    Wash: CJ Daily Fix
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion, CJ Curl Fix
    Curl Enhancer: SS CEJ
    Styler: KCCC, CK Coil Jam, SS FHG
    Deep Conditioner: CK Curlycue Renew, CK Curl Fix
    Color: I use henna to achieve a rich black cherry/deep burgundy
  • RobotQT1RobotQT1 Posts: 56Registered Users
    Dr. Miracle's Deep Conditioning Treatment: I liked using this stuff. It's fairly inexpensive, smells nice, and leaves my hair feeling very soft when I rinse it out. I used it once a week and left it in my hair overnight, then rinsed it out in the morning. The instructions recommended fifteen minutes but I prefer overnight deep conditioning.

    Africa's Best Instant Detangling Conditioner: Normally my hair doesn't agree with detangling stuff since detanglers make it knot up even more, but this did exactly what it was supposed to do. I haven't used it in awhile but when I did I used it with their Stimulating Therapy Shampoo. At first it didn't feel like the conditioner was working, but it didn't take long to kick in. I just had to run my fingers through my hair about two or three times and it worked like a charm. The price for their products is a little steep--rounding up, the shampoo and the conditioner were about seven bucks each. However, Africa's Best makes a good product so it's worth the price. I also use their Super Gro hair balm.

    Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong Conditioner: I just got this stuff last week after seeing the commercials for it. Normally I'm not that kind of person but I'm glad I caved! I shed a lot in the shower when washing my hair, or when I'm finger-combing it but there's been considerably less shedding with this product. What I've started doing is mixing some of this with my rinse-out conditioner (VO5 Moisture Milks) and my leave-in (Garnier Fructise Sleek n Shine). Before that I would use Honey I'm Strong as a rinse-out, and my VO5 as a rinse-out only when I shampoo-washed my hair so we'll see how this goes.
    3C, almost shoulder length (when stretched). Low Porosity, Protein Sensitive.
    Low Poo: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Shampoo: Proclaim Olive Glossing Shampoo
    RO: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash
    LI: Proclaim Olive Glossing Condish
    Oils: JBCO, EVOO, Grapeseed Oil
    Styling: Fantasia IC Hair Polisher
    DC: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm

  • myhairDOTcommyhairDOTcom Posts: 123Registered Users
    Curl Junkie Argan and Olive Oil conditioner and Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture condition both work VERY well for me as a leave in.

    For DC, I can either add a blend of oils to the Giovanni SMS DM or use Curl Junkie Curl Rehab.
    My hair: thick, medium/coarse, high porosity in the crown naturally, normal porosity everywhere else.

    Currently using...
    Poo: Any sulfate free or low sulfate poo
    Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave-in: Camille Rose Moisture Milk
    DC: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea DC
    Stylers: Xtreme Wetline gel
    Oils: EVCO
    Moisturizer: Oyin Hair Dew/watered down CR Moisture Milk
    Sealant: Oyin pomades or JC Nourish and Shine
  • blu_gtar87blu_gtar87 Posts: 47Registered Users
    I love Giovanni Direct Leave-In. It IS light, but it does the trick for my thick 3C hair. Also I use Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I use it on dry hair before I wash. It makes my hair feel really soft. The latter is all natural.
    Check out my blog: kinkycurlypixie.blogspot.com
    or search me on youtube: blugtar87

    Phone cord curls (dont know what type). Looser in the front and on top (maybe from heat damage?:-|)

    Happy to say that I am CG! :love7:

    Currently using:
    Teressentials Mud Wash. (As my cleanser and conditioner)
    Giovanni's Direct Leave-In.
    Castor oil
    Ecco styler gel
  • etosetos Posts: 221Registered Users
    rbb wrote: »
    any and all of the curl junkie conditioners/deep treatments.

    you can use the deep treatments as leave ins, also (except for the protein treatment, repair me, that has to be rinsed out!, but that is protein, not a conditioner treatment, altho it is very moisturizing.)

    why should 'curl junkie, repair me!' rinsed out? I used is as a leave-in too and I liked that. Is it bad to not rinse out proteïn? There also excist gel with proteïn in it? (ecostyler for example)
    highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

    Pre-poo: coconut oil
    wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
    RO + LI: different every time
    Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

    dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

    (modified) CG since june 25, 2012
    Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

    SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)

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