I’m not sure if we can improve the condition of the planet while we condition our hair, but these nourishing hair products certainly do much more good than harm. These conditioners have some really good ingredients to stimulate healthy hair and even promote hair growth, while handling basic needs such as volume, no frizz and safe for color treatments. They are the Five Best conditioners of 2012.

Yarok Feed Your Volume Conditioner ($26 for 8.5oz or $49 for 16oz). Although a little pricey, Yarok makes seriously good hair products. For a start, there is absolutely nothing not to like in (in fact they pride themselves on being safe for pregnant women, cancer survivors etc). The preservatives are all essential oils such as sage and rosemary. Then there is plenty to like amongst the botanicals. You’ll recognize hair loving herbals such as nettles, horsetail and coltsfoot. This roadside weed is a powerful antioxidant. Itchy, troubled scalps will find relief from chickweed, which soothes inflamed skin diseases such as eczema and related dermatitis. This conditioner is light and rinses out easily giving volume.  Read the full review

Shielo Vibrancy Conditioner ($18).  This has become my go-to hair conditioner. It plays nice with shampoos from other brands, keeps my hair manageable and the color going until the next visit to the hairdresser. Reviewer Michelle also took a specific liking to it: “I myself having color treated hair have noticed a difference in the overall texture of my mane.  It does indeed “hydrate the hair with a blast of moisture.” It deeply hydrates with peptides that not only have strengthened my slightly damaged hair, but have also extended my color treatments.” Read the full review

Nutra-Lift Conditioner ($23 for 16oz). Like the Nutra-Lift shampoo, this is very helpful for stopping hair from shedding and encouraging thicker hair growth. In addition to the extracts of an entire meadow and wood combined, there are some useful ingredients that are rarely seen in conditioners: moisturizing hyaluronic acid, antioxidant Co Q10 and liposomes. As always with Nutra-Lift, great quality for the price. Read the full review

John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler ($16). A leave-in conditioner that is light-weight and defrizzing. The nice shine that JMO’s Citrus and Neroli Detangler gives is due to soy proteins, which impart a silky sheen to hair. Wheat amino acids increase the hair's ability to retain moisture and impart shine and gloss to damaged and dull hair. A helping hand may also be provided her by the horsetail, a natural source of silica. Read the full review

Osmotics FNS Revitalizing Conditioner ($26). The FNS range, which includes a serum, was developed with cancer doctors to help speed up the hair growth of chemo patients. It has also been formulated to give the hair lift for instant gratification. This is all about vitamins. Laminaria cloustonii is kelp and an antioxidant, as well as a source of vitamin E. There are several other vitamins including C and niacin, a member of the B family and associated with hair growth. Good for hair with highlights or chemical coloring. Read the full review

Ingredients in Yarok: Purified water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Organic Herbal Infusions of Coltsfoot, Chickweed, Nettles, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Comfrey Root, Calendula Blossoms, Chamomile Flowers & Oatstraw, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Seaweed Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Calendula C02, Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils of Sweet Orange, Rosemary & Vetiver, Vitamin C, Sage & Rosemary Antioxidants, Grapefruit Seed Extract Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils of Geranium, Tea Tree, Lavender, Ravensara Aromatica, Rosemary & Lemon, Sage & Rosemary Antioxidants, Grapefruit Seed Extract

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 John Masters Organics: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, panthenol (vitamin B5), hydrolyzed soy protein, wheat amino acids, sorbitol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil,* cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,* helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* lecithin, tocopherol, glycerin, citric acid, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil,* citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil,* citrus aurantium dulcis (neroli) flower oil,* canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles,* cymbopogon shoenanthus (lemongrass) oil,* sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract,* camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract,* chamomilla recutica (chamomile) flower extract,* calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract,* equisetum hiemale (horsetail) leaf/stem extract,* foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract,* lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, linum usitatissimum (flaxseed) seed oil,* borago officinalis (borage) seed oil,* sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sulfur

Ingredients in Osmotics FNS:Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Wheat Amino Acids, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Glycerine, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium Edta.