Please understand that most moisturising conditioners do contain some mild proteins which is very okay. Wheat& Silk amino acids are examples of mild proteins that you are likely to find in the M.DC. They actually play a good role in that they enhance ability of moisture to bind with the cuticle!
How to find your Moisturising Conditioner
- Check for a lot of fatty alcohols. In a M.DC, fatty alcohols (the only good alcohols for hair) would include : cetyl alcohol, stearyl alohol & miristyl alcohol.
- Check for Humectants (are hygroscopic substances that draw water from the environment!) and emollients (they increase hydration by reducing evaporation) Humectants, Emollients and other conditioning agents include: Glycerin, Polyquaternium, Propylene Glycol, Polypropylene, centrimonium chloride, Sodium lactate and other natural waxes and oils.
- Check for very few light Silicones. Silicones ‘cones’ are not always hair-friendly but one or two in the ingredients actually help detangle wet hair..these are not necessary you can do without!
- Finally and the most important ingredient which should be the first listed, is Aqua ( water).
- Please avoid as much as possible M.DCs with petrolatum/mineral oil/parraffinium etc as these will only coat your hair! A little mineral oil (like almost last ingredient in the list) can be ignored as you will wash off any way. But avoid it in your cheapie conditioners and leave-in. Avoid heavy proteins and heavy oils too.
- tip: Products labelled Reconstructors are likely to be Protein Conditioners eg: Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor.
- Examples of Moisturising deep Conditioners include :
- Lustrasilk mango shea butter cholesterol
- Keracare Humecto
- Silk Elements Megasilk Moisturizing Treatment
- Mizani Moisturefuse
- Queen helene cholesterol
- Africa's Best Organics Olive Oil Deep Conditioner
- Motions Moisture Plus Conditioner
This list is not by any means exhaustive!