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Five Best hair conditioners 2012

Reviewed by Marta February 1, 2012 9 Comments

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.

  • August 1, 2016

    by Maynard Patterson

    Pro Naturals makes the best conditioner in my opinion ;)

  • July 31, 2012

    by laura

    A good conditioner for damaged hair is the Pro naturals moroccan argan oil conditioner. The natural argan oil is highly beneficial for hair and it'll smooth, shine and moisturize your hair so it can be strong and healthy again. They have it online at Beyas, it's a bit pricey but it's really professional quality conditioner and you'll see the difference.

  • February 13, 2012

    by Ana

    Thanks Marta. I will mix them, as I do need some help battling the shedding arena.

    I will still keep my fingers crossed for a good healthy conditioner that I won't have to mix with my current! As I'm not a huge fan of the ingredients in my current conditioner.

    I will give the Yarok a try when I run out of my Nutra-Lift. Or maybe I'll mix the Yarok with Nutra-Llift and get twice the benefits.



    My hair is wavy/curly and is very fine, so it's prone to tangling when wet.

  • February 10, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Ana, Sorry to hear about that. I think that it does help hair grow/shed less though and so it is worth trying to mix it with your regular conditioner. I have wavy hair, but it doesn't tangle too much so perhaps I'm not the best judge - still I found that Yarok is good.

  • February 10, 2012

    by Ana

    I have to say I was very surprised to see Nutra-Lift conditioner make it to the top 5....

    I like the shampoo a lot, so a long time before this review I decided to try the conditioner. It may have all nice ingredients and a lovely smell, but it feels like slathering plastic goo on my hair... it does nothing to soften it or untangle my locks after shampooing them (May I add, that Nutra-Lift gets my hair in quite a tangle after scrubbing, which I don't mind, as I expect my conditioner to take care of that).

    The first couple of times I tried it, I pulled out so much of my hair while trying to untangle the mess that I am sure it overcame any benefit this conditioner would add to my thinning hair... I guess it may be better suited for people with super straight hair that never tangles, but not good for my fine, frizzy, "tangly" hair.

    Sadly, I bought two bottles to save on int'l shipping costs so I have plenty of conditioner left. I now apply a little dab after my "real" conditioner (after I've de-tangled my hair and rinsed it), and try not to rub it in too much as to not tangle my hair again. I do this extra step in the shower only because I'd hate to throw it away. But honestly, it is what I'd do with this product.

    I don't think I'll be buying this conditioner again.

    Are the rest of the conditioners in this 5 best also lacking de-tangling power?

    I am now afraid I may have to stick with my Kerastasse, as to me, a conditioner needs to untangle my messy hair.

  • February 4, 2012

    by Beth

    Hmmm? Wondering which of these products would be best suited for me. Post menopausal thinning hair, shedding all the time, colored (every 3 weeks!!) dry and limp. And history of squamous cancer on scalp. Need to study, they all look great!

  • February 3, 2012

    by JustD

    I would also covet an opportunity to try this product having read so much about it! Keep me in mind as well!

  • February 1, 2012

    by Josie

    I have fine hair and would love the opportunity to test the shampoo and conditioner.

  • February 1, 2012

    by Cheryl

    Would love to try Yarok on my hair & scalp!

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