I have been putting off writing this post, convinced that we haven't made enough good hair conditioner discoveries to qualify for Five Best. Well, I got a pleasant surprise. These hair conditioners do their job while doing no evil and all of them justifying purchasing again.

Nutra-Lift Daily Moisture Hair Conditioner ($14).  The bottle says “thicker, fuller, healthy, silky hair” and it delivers. In addition to an amazing array of botanicals, there are some useful ingredients that are more usually seen in a top-end facial serum: moisturizing hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, B, E and C, grapeseed, antioxidant Co Q10 and liposomes. Best of all, there isn’t a drop of all that usual coconut-derived (if you’re lucky) rubbish that makes things foam, clean, emulsify etc, nor sulfates, parabens or silicons. This my best conditioner find yet. A great product at any price. At $13, it's a steal.

Sexy Hair Organics Leave-in Conditioner ($16.99).  This is one of Kate's finds in the new organic line from Sexy Hair. This is a light, moisture giving, frizz tamer. The ingredients include aloe vera, goji berry, avocado and sunflower oil. Along with Sexy Hair's Moisture Treatment, this leave-in conditioner knocked Kate's shower thongs off, leaving her hair "silky and manageable from root to tip right away, amazing since my hair is nearly waist length and color treated.  Yet the products didn’t gum up my hair, and it stayed clean and shiny between my twice-weekly shampoos."

Burt's Bees Pomegranate & Soy Conditioner ($7). This promises to “transform fine, flat, lifeless hair into thick and voluminous hair with extra body”. It works for me very time and the additional volume and bounce lasts a good couple of days. Pomegranate, according to a 2005 study, is capable of protecting against oxidative damage, while also increasing/maintaining the levels of antioxidant molecules in vivo (within the living body). It is also a natural sunscreen. What I like best of all is that Burt's also added in moringa, a natural cleanser (so good for removing build up of other hair products) that is absolutely packed with potassium, iron, vitamin A and zeatin.

Kronos Phyx Overnight Repair Mask ($105). This is the real heavy gun. Wonderful for damaged, over-treated hair and a godsend for hair that's past its sell-by date and is dull and thinning from the onslaught of time. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is worth it. Use it once a week and a little goes a long way. One of the most convincing ingredients is hexapeptide-11. Studies have shown that this can signal genes responsible for collagen production and it can upregulate the androgen receptor in the way that testosterone can, suggesting that it can help with hair regrowth. Intriguing is the inclusion of pearl powder. The thing that makes pearls pearly is called conchilion. As documented in the Journal of Cell Biology in 2006, conchilion acts like the protein keratin (which is found in skin, bones and hair).

Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Conditioner. Not just for guys, this leaves my hair soft and shiny, without being at all heavy. And the price tag of $15 for high quality organic ingredients makes it a veritable bargain. This is a great conditioner if you have been experiencing product build-up as it doesn’t have any silicones or waxes and there are soothing ingredients such as tea tree to calm an itchy scalp. The scalp also benefits from licorice, which keeps it hydrated. There is also yarrow, which is said to promote hair growth, stop hair falling out, impart shine and detangle.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift

Water, di-panthenol. hyaluronic acid, linoleic acid, infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckhorn, chaparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, horse chestnut, slippery elm, olive leaf, milk thistle, golden seal, bilberry, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, willow bark, mulberry, jasmine, calendula, elder flower, orange blosson, fennel, yarrow, liposomes, coenzyme Q-10, grapeseed extract, pycogenal, msn, retinyl palmitate (vit A), mixed tocopherols, vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C calcium ascorbate, mixed flavinoids, organic royal jelly, hydroxylpropyl guar, natural cetyl esters, plant derived behenyl tms, plant derived egms, almond extract, melon extract, collodial minerals.

Ingredients in Burt's Bees

Aqua (water, eau), decyl glucoside, betaine, glycerin, lauryl glucoside, coco-betaine, sucrose laurate, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, parfum (fragrance), punica granatum seed oil, soy amino acids, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, moringa pterygosperma seed extract, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, xanthan gum, citric acid, glucose, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, benzyl benzoate.

Ingredients in Kronos Phyx

Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-37, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Glycerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Orbignya Speciosa Kernel Oil, Oryzanol, Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Betaine, South Sea Pearl Powder Extract, Brazilian Coral Powder Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hexapeptide-11, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cudrania Tricuspidata (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lycium Chinensis (Chinese Matrimony Vine) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Prunus Mume (Ume) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Rubus Coreanus (Wild Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Uuron Cha Ekisu) Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fullerenes, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Citric Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Fragrance (Parfum), BHT, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Isohexadecane, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool.

Ingredients in Max Green Alchemy

Purified Water, Aqueous Herbal Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (licorice) Root, Tussilago Farfara+ (coltsfoot) Leaf, Achillea Millefolium* (yarrow), Salix Alba+ (willow), Tabebuia Impetiginosa+ (pau d arco), Arctium Lappa* (burdock) Root, Berberis Aquifolium (mahonia), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula), Equisetum Arvense* (horsetail), Urtica Dioica* (nettles)), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate (coconut derived surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (coconut derived surfactant), Sucrose Cocoate (sugar/coconut emulsifier), Coco-Betaine (coconut derived surfactant), Leptospermum Petersonii (lemon tea tree), Melaleuca Alternifolia* (tea tree), Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Pelargonium Capitatum* (geranium), Rosemarinus Officinalis* (rosemary), Oryzanol (rice extract), Hydrolysed Soy Protein, Glycerine (vegetable source), Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Sodium Chloride (solar sea salt), Macadamia* Ternifolia (macadamia) Seed Oil, Parfum (fragrance of plant origin), Alcohol (from sugar cane), Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C ester), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E). *Organic + Wild Crafted