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Best Conditioners For Your Hair

Updated on June 23, 2014

Does Your Hair Need A Special Conditioner?

I'm not going to tell you what product to buy in this article without seeing your hair! Just as there are different types of hair there are different types of conditioners and treatments based on what is going on with your hair. Products designed for thick unruly hair would weigh down thin, fine hair and make it feel flat and oily. A lightweight invisible one would make big curly frizzy hair feel tangl-y and maybe even worse than before! By reading this lens I hope to help you to decide what is wrong with your hair (if anything) and which types of products could be great to help you out!

Learn how to determine what is actually the issue with a couple of easy tricks you can do at home to best determine what your hair needs.

*The images on this lens are mine unless otherwise noted.

Protein vs. Moisture - What's Your Issue?

Most hair condition problems come down to two simple issues. Either your hair is lacking primarily moisture or protein. Of course it can be missing both too. But generally, when you are having a certain issue you will need to decide which direction to go in for conditioning! After reading the about the difference you should be able to weigh in on your issue!

What's Your Hair Lacking?

Strand by TCJ2020
Strand by TCJ2020

What's The Difference?


If your hair lacks moisture then it will be brittle and be prone to breakage. Does your hair frizz easy? Does it snaps when you brush and comb it. Are there little pieces of it lying around? A good way to test for a lack of moisture is to take a darker color bowl and add some warm water to it. Take one of your hairs (yes, pull it out) and place it on the surface of the water. If it floats on top then your hair is in good condition. If, it sinks under the surface then it is absorbing water. Hair normally is hydrophobic meaning it doesn't want to go into the water. This is the easiest way to determine if your hair needs a conditioner with moisture. If you have been coloring, perming or highlighting your hair for some time you may notice that sections of the strand will sink while other sections float!


If your hair lacks protein then the hair feels super soft and even gummy when the hair is wet. This hair usually is damaged from various chemical treatments like perming, straightening and bleaching. A good test to determine the state of your hair is to again take one strand of hair and wrap one end around your finger and then pull on the other end. The hair has a natural ability to stretch up to 20% of it's length when dry and up to 50% when wet.

If hair is in good shape it should revert back to it's original length. If it stays stretched, that is a good indicator that it is lacking elasticity or it's ability to snap back. This is when you want to look for a conditioner that is meant to replace protein or strength to your hair.

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Some Products To Help You Care For Your Hair!

Ultra Smooth Detangler Comb
Ultra Smooth Detangler Comb

This is the perfect comb for thick, long and curly hair to comb conditioner through the hair!

Soft N Style Pro-Cap Professional Processing Caps, Extra Large, 30-count
Soft N Style Pro-Cap Professional Processing Caps, Extra Large, 30-count

These use and toss caps are great for trapping in your natural heat to help your conditioner penetrate. Or use them to keep your hair dry in the shower!

Laila Ali LADR5604 Ionic Soft Bonnet Dryer, Purple with White Bonnet
Laila Ali LADR5604 Ionic Soft Bonnet Dryer, Purple with White Bonnet

For when you really want to heat up the conditioner - just like at the salon!

Vidal Sassoon Large Barrel Claw Clips, 2 Count
Vidal Sassoon Large Barrel Claw Clips, 2 Count

Use to keep your long hair under control under the cap. In a pinch you can use them to create a messy bun!

Image from by dream designs
Image from by dream designs

Texture Can Be Just As Important!

As stated before, the type of hair you were born with can also create the need for specific conditioners. Fine hair has special needs. It is often brittle and needs more strength. Moisturizers will soften the hair's cuticle too much and make the hair flat and lifeless. Products with a lot of oils will only make fine or oily hair more oily and your hairstyle will fall flat.

Thick coarse hair needs to have more moisture and more oils. This hair rarely needs more protein. The strengthening effects of protein conditioners can have the effect of just making the hair more frizzy and out of control. All of the oil type products are a perfect solution for these types of hair.

Curly hair even has it's own needs. Certain products have ingredients that help the hair to retain the curl shape and moisturize the dry ends. Some conditioning products for curls have special ingredients like maize to help the curls retain their spring.

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Order Your Favorite Conditioner Here!

Do you ever leave the salon and you forgot to pick up your favorite products? Well, worry no more you can now purchase your salon products through the Loxa Beauty website. By shopping with Matthew Ray Salon and mentioning the codes you get special deals!

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      Like georgepmoola I'm afraid this lens is a bit too late for me!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      This is a great lens which would have been most useful to me if I had any hair left to speak of.

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      gershonlm 3 years ago


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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love your tests for checking on protein and moisture. My hair tends to get drier in the summer and this reminds me to take better care of it.

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Lorelei Cohen: What WERE some of your favorite conditioners? Maybe I could recommend one to you.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Love the little tips to test what type of hair you have and how damaged it may be. My hair is very fine so seems to come with a whole host of problems. Seems every time that I find a great conditioner the manufacturer decides to improve the formula ha. That rarely seems to work for me lol.

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @asereht1970: I am glad you liked it. Was it helpful?

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Thank you for writing about the hair. This is useful information.