Due to the environment you’re living in, your need for certain hair products and ingredients will vary from what you see in hair videos. That is why I’ve compiled this list of 10 recommended Glycerin-free deep conditioners you can use in your 4c hair.
What is Glycerin?
Glycerin is a water-soluble ingredient that is used in many hair and skin care products for moisture boosting purposes. I sometimes buy a bottle of glycerin to add to my hair and skin care products whenever I need a moisture boost. Due to 4c hair always feeling dry and hard, it’s no surprise that lots of hair products come with it.
Now you may be wondering, “if glycerin is so good for our hair, why am I recommending glycerin-free hair products and why would a 4c naturalista want to stay away from glycerin?”
Glycerin Behaves Differently in the Winter vs. Summer
During the summer time, it can get pretty humid where you live. This means that, there will be lots of moisture in the air. This is why you might sweat a lot in the summer time, even if you’re not engaging in any physical activity, aside from walking. However, in the winter time, you will find that your skin feels dry, because the air is dry and lacks moisture.
Therefore, when you use glycerin-based products in the summer time, it will pull the excess moisture in the air and straight into your hair, so that your hair will stay moisturized while outdoors. However, when you use glycerin-based products in the winter time, you may experience drier hair than normal, eventhough the same product worked wonders for you just a few months ago. This is why it’s important to rotate your hair products to adjust to climate changes.
Now, the reason why you may experience drier hair in the winter is because the glycerin will try to pull some moisture away from your hair and into the air, in order to create a balance. This might sound ridiculous because who buys a hair product, only to “moisturize the environment”? I bet NO ONE!
This is why you might want to opt for glycerin-free hair products in the winter time, and if you live in a dry environment all year round.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of ten popular glycerin-free deep conditioners you can start with. Please let me know about additional products that didn’t make it on this list in the comment section below.
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1. Alikay Naturals Avocado Moisture Repairing Mask
Product Claim: Avocado cream fills each strand of hair with nourishment from root to tip. The result is moisturized hair that feels soft and is more elastic. Increased elasticity means less hair breakage, more length retention and stronger healthier hair.
5 Star Review: “Really improved my detangling experience and made my hair feel soft!”
2. Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment.
Product Claim: Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment combines super hydrating, thirst quenching coconut water, aloe vera juice, tropical butters and oils to deeply penetrate and provide maximum moisture and shine.
5 Star Review: “So moisturizing, my hair was so soft and shiny! It’s just everything!”
3. Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner
Product Claim: Contains plantain enzyme to help alleviate itchiness and irritation. Tea tree oil removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume. Willow bark extract exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp.
5 Star Review: “It helps make the detangling process so much easier, and makes your hair so soft.”
4. CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner
Product Claim: Certified organic extracts and exotic emollients with vitamin-packed botanicals to moisturize, condition, strengthen and protect your overworked curls. Transform dry, damaged, chemically processed or overly stressed hair within minutes!
5 Star Review: “Love it! Very rich and moisturizing. Left my hair much softer and conditioned.”
5. Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner
Product Claim: A protein/moisture replenisher that will restore dry and damaged hair. helping to restore the function and moisture to damaged and dry hair. Safe to use on color treated hair.
5 Star Review: “This stuff is amazing. It detangled my hair so well!”
6. MyHoneyChild Type 4 Hair Creme (8 oz.). $
Product Claim: Formulated to add moisture and shine while reducing breakage and split ends, this creme loves thick, puffy, dry hair! Turmeric and BaoHen oil keep your edges, roots, and ends moist and manageable.
5 Star Review: “I absolutely LOVE IT. It is so moisturizing. My hair is uber dry and it needs more.. this is definitely it.”
7. As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
Product Claim: Contains a special blend of natural ingredients for healthy hair growth and removing product build-up from your hair between regular washing.
5 Star Review: “Cleans my hair without stripping moisture.”
8. Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner
Product Claim: A detangling, moisturizing daily conditioner infused with hydrating aloe vera and emollient and healing argan, olive, jojoba and virgin coconut oils!
5 Star Review: “it leaves my hair feeling so….moisturized and soft.”
9. Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner. 8oz, $
Product Claim: Contains a special blend of natural ingredients for healthy hair growth and removing product build-up from your hair between regular washing. Adds great softness to super dry hair
5 Star Review: “The shea is perfect as it pulls moisture into my hair without adding any weight.”
10. EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Revitalizing Conditioner (8 Oz.) $
Product Claim: An ultra-moisturizing botanical conditioner that penetrates hair from root to tip, leaving hair silky and full of body.
5 Star Review: “After the first couple of uses my hair looked and felt amazing. Now my hair is shinier than it typically is and less frizzy.”
What glycerin-free deep conditioner have you tried? Which one will you be trying? Let me know in the comments section.