Battle of the Deep Conditioners

Deep conditioners are one of my favorite types of hair products to purchase. For me, a great deep conditioner helps set my hair on right track. Deep conditioning can make or break my hair routine. Lately, my beloved Hairveda Sitrinillah has been difficult to find. Plus, I heard that the formulation has changed. I don’t know if the change will affect my hair. I’ve been looking for a replacement for some time. So, I used this opportunity to test a few of them.

For this battle, I compared 4 conditioners: Organics by Africa’s Best Cholesterol Tea-Tree Oil Conditioner, African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise, Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Masque, African Pride Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Formula Deep Conditioning Treatment.

Conditioner Name
Organics by Africa's Best Cholesterol Tea-Tree Oil CondtionerAfrican Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Intensive Repair Deep Treatment MasqueAfrican Pride Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Formula Deep Conditioning Treatment
Purchased FromInvivoCasa BellaInvivoInvivo
Top 5 Ingredients1. Aqua (water)
2. Polyquaternium-37
3. Polypropylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate
4. PPG-1 Tridecth-6
5. Propylene Glycol
1. Water
2. Cetyl Alcohol
3. Coconut Oil
4. Glycerine
5. Aloe Vera Juice
1. Water
2. Canola Oil
3. Ceteryl Alcohol/Ceteareth-20
4. Glycerin
5. Fragrance
1. Water
2. Mineral Oil
3. Propylene Glycol
4. Polyquaternium-37
5. Polypropylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate
Initial thoughtsI used this before when my hair was relaxed and I tried it a few times as a natural. It's okay on its own. It usually works better with added oils.The most natural ingredients. Used a few times. My hair doesn't stay super moisturized when I use it like my HairvedaFragrance is pretty high on the ingredient list. I expect it to have a strong smell. I would expect more conditioning agents in the top 5 ingredients. (also has beeswax) Does that condition? Canola oil like for cooking?I'm the least excited about this one because of the mineral oil as the 2nd ingredient. Hope my hair doesn't feel coated or dry.

I used each conditioner on a section of my hair after shampooing. It was left on for 30 minutes with heat.

I placed the newer conditioners (Cantu and African Pride) on sections of my hair that have issues staying moisturized. Plus, I have used the other conditioners before so I have an idea about how my hair responds to them.

After deep conditioning, I rinsed and styled as usual. This instance I used curl formers to stretch my hair.

Here are some of the things I noted throughout the process.

Initial application

  • African Pride – had a very strong scent. Reminds me of a braid spray I used to use, very slippery
  • Cantu – very thick and hard to spread. smells like other Cantu products
  • African Naturalistas – thick and creamy, easy to spread
  • Organics – Light and has slip. Not a great scent

Before rinse

  • African Naturalistas felt like it absorbed the most and was very soft
  • Organics felt like it coated my hair
  • Cantu sat on top of my hair could still see white,
  • African Pride felt slippery and soft.

After rinse and leave ins.

  • African Pride dried out the fastest.
  • Cantu and African Naturalistas felt the most moisturized.
  • Organics felt like it had a film/coating. Maybe I did not rinse it well enough.

Curlformer take down

Each section felt soft, organics felt a bit coated

Comb out

  • The African Pride section felt the driest
  • African Naturalistas felt the most moisturized but the back tends to retain moisture well.
  • Cantu felt moisturized too.
  • Organics still felt coated.

I got the best results from the Cantu and African Naturalistas conditioners. Even though it has some protein, I will likely stick with the African Naturalsistas conditioner, since I have a full container. If I run out, I can also use Cantu.

What are your important criteria when choosing a deep conditioner?