When I reviewed the leave-in hair conditioner and detangler by Shielo at the end of last year, Oksana quickly chimed in to recommend her favorite detangler by John Masters Organics. OK, I admit it took me a while to check this out, but I finally did and she was right (well, she often is!). JMO’s Citrus and Neroli Detangler ($16) is super light and the “ingredients are awesome”.

I used it after Nutra-Lift’s Simply Superb Goat Milk Shampoo as I would a conditioner, leaving it on for a few minutes and then rinsing off.  JMO’s detangler left my hair smooth, but far from weighed down After blow drying my hair had a very pretty sheen and behaved very well. On a normal New York day, that is – it didn’t do much to defrizz the effects of getting caught in a humid rainstorm, but then, really, what does….

The detangling action (a comb through is barely needed) is the role of behentrimonium methosulfate. This is a perfectly safe ingredient that is made from rapeseed oil. It should not be confused with the nasty anti-static and detangler behentrimonium chloride, a toxic compound that can damage the eyes even at low concentrations.

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.

I think that the neroli and citrus oils are mostly brightening agents and adding a refreshing smell. The base ingredient is aloe juice and there’s the familiar hair strengthening workhorse panthenol. Arnica and white tea are also good additions, as are fennel flaxseed and borage.

The only thing less than awesome is the preservative sodium benzoate, an irritant that is potentially carcinogenic when it gets mixed up with vitamin C.


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