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Five Best hair conditioners

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Dry or Brittle Hair
May 26, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 16 Comments
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
  • September 26, 2016

    by Leah Deyo

    Pro Naturals is the best conditioner!!

  • May 30, 2013

    by Ramona

    What stores sell Nutra-Lift Daily Moisture Hair Conditioner?

  • June 7, 2011

    by help

    what shampoos, conditioners and leave-ins, or mousse, do you recommend for thick hair that looks like a frizzball when it hasnt been blow dryed or straightened , i want to go natural, my hair goes lovely and straight in the shower, as soon as im out i get a few curls to the front, when it is fully dry its a mess it isnt a afro,curly or straight but i dont know what to use for it to make it shiny styled and look nice.

  • December 7, 2009

    by Junko

    I wanted to try the Kronos Phyx Overnight Repair Mask, but was put off by the $105 price. I'll now be giving it a try at 50% off ($52). The entire Krono's entire line is 50% off (until supplies last they say) at

  • September 28, 2009

    by admin

    Good idea, Violet. Consider it done.

  • September 28, 2009

    by Violet

    Please please please do a 5 best for curly hair!

  • August 30, 2009

    by marta

    Debbi, I found that <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alterna's conditioner</a> is good at taming frizz and readers have had good results with some of the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Living Proof No Frizz </a>products.

  • August 30, 2009

    by Debbi

    I am going to try the Burt's Bees conditioner first. My hair is not color treated (at least not in the past 18 months), but I do have a lot of gray (read; white) coming/already in. Hairdresser has said she thought I did myself. I did, only by way of nature. My point here being that the gray is 'fluffier" than my normal light brown/dark blonde tresses. The hair i gew up with, lay flat in humidity. Now it frizzes, does the fly-away, at the drop of a hat. I've tried many cnoditioners and shampoos, the closest coming anywhere near taming my hair being Garnier Nutrisses for Dry/Damaged Hair, and Herbal Essence Hydrience. I wind up using the after-shower leave-ins that don't always help either.

    I should mention that I'm now 51, and used to love brushing my hair many times a day to keep the shine and softness in. I realize age is affecting my hair, but surely there's something I can do as I'm the wash, comb and go type. i rarely blow dry or use the curling on my hair, except for my short frings of bangs.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    -Debbi Vice

  • August 3, 2009

    by admin

    Junko, that's amazing. I wonder if it is simply because you aren't using harsh chemicals anymore.

  • August 3, 2009

    by Junko

    In April 09 I started using only the shampoo's and conditioners recommended on TIA. No sulfates, parabens, wax's or silicones. Normally after 4 months, I'd be due for a trim because of split ends. It's AMAZING ** I have barely any split ends right now. I might still be in need of a trim, but it's not because of straggly ends. This is a remarkable change and I attribute it all to the shampoo's and conditioners. I still wash every other day & I still blow dry.

  • May 28, 2009

    by LW

    Are they all good with color treated hair?

  • May 28, 2009

    by Thuy Doan

    I use the burts bee promegranate and soy conditioner and I absolutely love it. It is very affordable especially since I tend to overdo it with conditioner bc of my long hair.

  • May 27, 2009

    by marta

    This is one of the sources for the hexapeptide-11 info: ... x_v1.4.pdf

  • May 27, 2009

    by marta

    Yes, both Kate and I have color-treated hair.

  • May 26, 2009

    by helix

    I'm a little confused by this statement about hexapeptide-11: "it can upregulate the androgen receptor in the way that testosterone can, suggesting that it can help with hair regrowth." First, increasing testosterone (or other androgens) causes downregulation (not up!) of androgen receptors, as the receptors reduce their numbers to balance out the increase in male hormones. Second, if hexapeptide-11 acts like testosterone, wouldn't it cause hair loss, as androgens are reponsible for hair loss, at least in men (with dihydrotestosterone being the most powerful of the androgens, followed by testosterone).

  • May 26, 2009

    by JulieK

    Are they all good with color treated hair?

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