Continuing my end of the year round up, we come to the deep conditioners that have held it DOWN for me in 2014. This is probably the hardest list of the lineup to compile -- because I've tried SO many deep conditioners this year, and liked a good number of them. In the deep conditioner department, I doled out a lot of 4's and 5's -- and even recommended many of them to some of you all. But there's a tremendous difference between like, love, and holy-grail-I-never-want-to-run-out-of-ever-in-life aka if-you-ever-stop-making-this-I-will-flood-your-customer-service-inbox-into-oblivion.
Needless to say, I had some tough calls to make. I thought long and hard about what products I have kept in constant rotation. Without further delay, here are my picks:
Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask
$15, CLICK HERE
Come on, you knew this would be at the top of the list! I seriously don't know where my hair would be without Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask. It was love at first jar. I can't say enough about how much I love this deep conditioner. It hits all the marks -- slip, shine, softness, strength, affordability, and an epic buttery smoothness that is virtually unrivaled. I don't know how they do it, but I hope they never stop. Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask Review
TGIN Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
$34.49, CLICK HERE
I've been rocking with TGIN ever since I learned they existed (in my transitioning days) and with good reason. I love their stuff -- from start to finish. I already marked the Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo as a holy grail, and I would be in complete denial if I did not include the Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner. I know, I know. It's not technically a deep conditioner. But guess what? It behaves like one. If I had to choose between Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner and Honey Miracle Hair Mask in a showdown, I'd ride with Triple Moisture every. Single. Time. It smells amazing, has magnificent slip, conditions like a dream, hydrates, and leaves the hair feeling supple and strong with a wonderful shine. Oh, and the shampoo-conditioner duo is always on sale at www.tginatural.com. What's not to love about getting a winning duo at a discount? TGIN Product Line Review
Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment
$16.99, CLICK HERE
Another transitioner throwback -- I have a special place in my heart for Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioner. It was the first moisture-protein balancing treatment that gave my transitioning tresses life more abundantly, and I have kept a bottle in the stash ever since. It's a protein treatment that soften and moisturizes the hair, and doesn't leave it brittle or hard at all. And, it's one of the few deep conditioners that utilizes amino acids to replenish lost proteins in the hair. Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment Review
ApHogee Curlifc Texture Treatment
$10, CLICK HERE
I'll admit, when ApHogee dropped their Curlific line, I gave them the side-ist of side eyes. But the product junkie in me would not allow me to stay away from line, and I purchased all four Curlific products in January of 2014. Of the four, Texture Treatment is the standout, hands down winner. This product is multifaceted and epic. I've used it to pre-poo, and witnessed how with a little heat from the hooded dryer, how the treatment melts tangles. I've used it to deep condition, and gained a whole new appreciation for products that can perform in 10 minutes or less. The Texture Treatment is nothing short of amazing, and I absolutely cannot get enough of it. ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment Review
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque
$14.49 CLICK HERE,
In the year of Shea-Moisture-Releases-Fifty-Leven-Product-Lines-With-Obscenely-Long-Product-Names, there were several that I tried, and liked well enough. But the stand-out and unlikely hero of them all was from their Jamaican Black Castor Oil line. It's funky-colored and smells like play-doh, but it works like a charm. It smooths, hydrates, adds shine, has nice slip, and gives me a buttery smoothness practically on par with Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask. I didn't want to like anything from the JBCO line, but I fell in love with the Treatment Masque after I was two seconds away from giving up on the brand. Well played, Shea Moisture. Well played. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque Review
These products didn't make the holy grail list, but I'd be remissed if I didn't mention them. Maybe they'll take center stage in 2015!
Mystic Divine Nourishing Masque
$15.75, CLICK HERE
For the longest time, I had zero interest in this product. It sat in the back of my deep conditioner drawer for months, and I could kick myself for not digging it out sooner. I honestly can't even craft a good excuse for why it took me so long to give it a try. I'm glad that I finally did, and I am on the verge of declaring my love for Mystic Divine Nourishing Masque. If for no other reason, the buttery smoothness I feel upon rinsing is virtually enough to win me over. I've purchased a second jar, just to see if it's real. Look for a review reaaaaaally soon.
Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor
$7.95, CLICK HERE
Another deep conditioner that flew under my radar is Giovanni's Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor. I like it...a lot. It delivers all that buttery goodness without silicones and other non-CG friendly ingredients, but I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how it works. It's supposed to be a reconstructor and fill in damaged cuticles with proteins, but...I don't see any proteins on the list. Maybe this is an answered prayer for protein-sensitive ladies? After I spend more time with Nutrafix, (I'm on my 2nd or 3rd tube), I'll have a review for you guys!
Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner (not pictured)
$22.49, CLICK HERE
If you followed my Max Hydration Method experiment, then you know Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner was my ride-or-die deep conditioner. I used it for virtually every wash day, and it held me dowwwwwwn. After I was done with the MHM, I liked the Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner well enough to keep it in rotation for a while, but I fell off in the repurchase area about a month and a half ago. The truth is, it's a wonderful deep conditioner -- I just struggle to make room for it in an already robust deep conditioner lineup. It's great, and I know that if some sort of freak accident occurred and I couldn't get my hands on my top 5, Eden BodyWorks would undoubtedly be my 6th man.
$35.99, CLICK HERE
Yes, another TGIN product. I put Honey Miracle Hair Mask in the honorable mentions because as I previously mentioned, I'd pick Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner every time. But don't count Honey Miracle out just yet! It's a wonderful and effective moisturizing deep conditioner, full of humectants and rich oils that leave my hair feeling soft, shiny, and detangled. Oh, and it smells ah-MAY-zing. TGIN Line Review
Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask
$40, CLICK HERE
Another late-comer to the game, I got acquainted with Ouidad's repair mask for dry, damaged hair in late November. I love how it's thick like butter, and soaks right into the hair (in spite of how thick it is). I am really digging everything about the Melt-Down Mask except the price. At $40 for a 6oz jar, it is one of the most expensive products I have put in my hair. Look for a review very, very soon!
I can't believe I actually made it through this list! Up next: leave-ins! Stay tuned!