Sunday, 11 September 2011

Choosing your Moisturising Deep Conditioners

Daily/Regular moisturising with a moisturising lotion during the week is great for our hair. However, it is nothing compared to what a good moisturising deep conditioner (M.DC) does. Most ladies find that they only need to protein-treat their hairs when need be but they still use the moisturising deep conditioner weekly!

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. Finally and the most important ingredient which should be the first listed, is Aqua ( water).

  1. 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.

  1. tip: Products labelled Reconstructors are likely to be Protein Conditioners eg: Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor.

  1. 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!

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