So ALMOST every curly girl has tried the Curly Girl Method which states that using sulfate shampoos can cause dry & frizzy hair. If you use a conditioner that contains silicones then that conditioner will build up in your hair if you are co-washing. The only way to get rid of silicone build up is using a sulfate shampoo. Silicones are not always the enemy because if you are straightening your hair then the silicone acts as a heat protectant by providing a barrier between the heat and your hair. I have used so many silicone-free conditioners and I narrowed it down to 4 conditioners. All of these are affordable and wallet-friendly.
#1: TRESEMME NATURALS:NOURISHING MOISTURE ALOE VERA & AVOCADO
This conditioner has been reformulated and I have heard that the original formula was better but I’ve never tried it. This was one of the first silicone free conditioners I tried and it was AMAZING to me! 80% of the times I’ve used this, I’ve gotten a good hair day. I don’t like using this as a leave in because using rinse-out conditioners as a leave in can cause build up. This conditioner is a 25 fl. oz which is priced at $4.99. I bought this conditioner from Walmart and felt like it was an awesome deal for the amount that’s in it.This conditioner doesn’t have the most slip but leaving it in can kind of melt the tangles away. I use a lot of this and leaving it in while I’m in the shower for a few minutes really makes my hair A LOT softer and shinier.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Caprylic , Capric Triglyceride , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Fragrance (Parfum) , Lauroyl Lysine , Caprylyl Glycol , Brassica Campestris , Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer , Aspartic Acid , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Citric Acid , Alcohol , Isopropyl Alcohol , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
#2: GVP Conditioning Balm
This conditioner is SUPER THICK and moisturizing. GVP Conditioning Balm has SO MUCH SLIP! I can detangle so easily with this and it’s affordable compared to the Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm. You can only get this at Sally’s Beauty Supply and it is $5.89 with a Sally’s Card. The bottle is a 16oz, which is a generous amount for a conditioner.This can also be a deep conditioning treatment. It smells like baby powder and the smell lingers in your hair. I have used this one as a leave in but I only used a dime sized amount. It worked great as a leave in and rinse out. If you have a Sally’s near by, definitely give this one a try!
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack) Extract, Methyl-2-Octynoate
#3: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
This conditioner is great for co-washing and detangling. It’s not super thick but it’s not runny, either. I love the tingling feeling of the conditioner on my scalp. It cleans my scalp without leaving build up. The peppermint & tea tree smell really is not over-powering. This conditioner makes my hair soft and I can detangle my hair easily with a wide tooth comb once I get out the shower. I would not recommend this as a leave in but it’s great for us fine haired curly girls. This conditioner can only be found at Trader Joe’s or you can buy on Amazon if you don’t have a TJ available. This is $3.99 for a 16 oz., which is beyond my mind because it’s up there with the expensive conditioners. The ingredients are high quality and Trader Joe’s doesn’t add all these unnecessary ingredients.
Ingredients: water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed
#4: Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner
This conditioner is packed with Protein so high porosity hair can benefit a lot from this! I have low porosity hair and I found if I use this every once in a while, my hair can benefit from this. I am IN LOVE with the smell of this! It smells so light and citrus like. A little goes a lot with this and it’s super creamy. I got a 10oz for $8 on Curlmart.com. It’s not sold in stores which is a major let down because the shipping can take a while. It didn’t do well as a leave in because it left a film on my hair. It is a great rinse out conditioner though and the smell is heavenly. The ingredients are great, also.
Ingredients: Panax Ginseng root extract, cetraria islandia (Irish Moss) extract, saccharomyces cerevisiea (Brewer’s Yeast) extract, Gingko Biloba extract, pimpinella anisum (Anise) fruit extract, prunis persica (Peach) extract in purified water, hexadecanol, stearakonium chloride, certimonium bromide, Squalane (olive oil lipid), Capric Caprillic Triglycerides (coconut fatty acids), Panthenol (pro-vitamin USP), Biotin (USP), imisazolidinyl urea, methylparaben (USP), fragrance