If you’re a black woman in the Americas, you’re probably familiar with the Motions line of haircare products. (Holla at me if y’all know about Motions in the UK, British bellas!) There’s been a jar of CPR treatment conditioner in the shower at the homestead in Trinidad for as far back as I can remember (you know, right next to the Queen Helene Cholesterol).

CPR is a good conditioning product for natural and relaxed bellas, and I’ve repurchased many times and oft. But after a while, I yearned for a different deep conditioner and I strayed from the familiar yellow and purple jar. Until recently, when I came across a new product from the good people at Motions.

Motions At Home Salon Care Weightless Detangling Conditioner comes in a curvy new bottle, and promises to help repair and strengthen hair, in addition to conditioning, detangling, and softening tangled tresses. The product is made for fine to medium hair and mine is more on the coarse side, but I bought it because it was made by a company I knew well and respected, and I figured I could use this product as a good, daily conditioner wash as part of my “low poo” routine. Boy was I wrong.

First of all, “weightless” is an understatement. I expect a certain thickness of my shampoo and conditioner, and this stuff just squirted out like week-old milk. And it smelled like Lemon Pledge. I gamely gave it several tries and I’m sad to say, other brands have given me a more impressive, detangling comb-through.

This stuff left me so disappointed that I’m not rushing to buy another Motions product any time soon. ** edited at 8:25 p.m. – I guess I shouldn’t be particularly surprised, seeing that Motions lists “having too curly hair” among their Common Problems That May Occur With Your Hair. What’s the solution? Motions Texturizer, of course!
I’ll stick to Suave, thank you very much. Any suggestions for a good, daily conditioner bellas?

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Ms. New Beauty says:
January 7, 2007, 7:19 pm
I love Greg Juice by Oyin Handmade. It's a leave in conditioner that is literally a salad for your hair. I have a relaxer, but I can still wear my hair curly by just letting it air dry after a wash. On my curly days, I use the Greg Juice to touch up and tame any frizziness. It's definitely one of my favorite products. www.oyinhandmade.com
Asha says:
January 7, 2007, 7:48 pm
If you're looking for a detangler, how about Paul Mitchell's "The Detangler." Sally beauty supply carries the generic version of that product as well.
alyseaurora says:
January 7, 2007, 7:53 pm
Optimum Care conditioner or Aussie Three Minute Miracle work well for me. I'm transitioning, so I have fragile straight-ish hair combined with about 6 inches of crazy-thick roots. Ahhh. I actually want to try a conditioner by Phyto.
keezii says:
January 7, 2007, 9:02 pm
I used Motions alot when I was younger but had to stop when I started noticing more frequent break- outs from using the moisturizer. I thought it was just me but recently a friend who uses uses the moisturizer religously started complaining about a string of pimples along her forehead. The shampoos and conditioners are awesome for keeping moisture, but tends not to give you that full, foamy extra clean wash. Sometimes I'll be on my 5th wash just to get my hair smelling like it actually shampooed. Besides the cons, Motions products are excellent for moisture control.
Kamika says:
January 7, 2007, 9:29 pm
Giovanni makes good conditioners and leave-ins. I currently use the Smooth as Silk condtioner and the Direct Leave-in. They both provide great slip. I also agree with the previous poster regarding Oyin's Greg Juice. But I think you can boost the benefits of most conditioners by adding a little honey.
cassandra says:
January 7, 2007, 9:59 pm
I'm doing the "loo-poo" thing too, and have been trying alot of stuff. Daily conditioners I like include VO5 Nourishing Oasis conditioners, both the Soothe & Smooth (honey and almond) and the Refresh and Replenish (with jasmine and aloe). I am also a really big fan of the Trander Joe's conditioner called Nourish. Love the Ojon products (including the smell!) and some of the heavier-duty Phytospecific conditioners. And for deep condtioning, I still love the Joico Reconstructor.
coiltastic says:
January 7, 2007, 10:43 pm
I have used that vo5 nourishing oasis jasmine and aloe and the one in the orange bottle and lavender bottle. I like the orange best because it's citrus. My hair just responds to citrusy products better. I recently gave away PM the detangler to my mom. I just wasn't feeling it. I felt coated. and it was just aight. But mostly you will find me using suave citrus smoothie, green apple, tresemme vitamin e, or white rain energizing citrus. I have used one other by white rain that was great but it's hard for me to find, Jasmine. It does a very good job of anything you could want for me.
Watch_and_Learn says:
January 7, 2007, 11:40 pm
Just say no to Motions- they're notorious for using silicone based ingredients!
Joy says:
January 8, 2007, 5:10 am
I use the Aussie range at the moment and the conditionner's good for keeping in the moisture. Not too sure if we have Suave in the UK but it sounds awesome but we do have Motions here. I have to admit that after I finish this bottle of Aussie I'm very tempted to move away from chemicals & try some of the Anita Grant range ( natural, hand made for black hair)... I'll let you knkow how it goes = )
Jocelyn says:
January 8, 2007, 9:34 am
I've found that Garnier Fruictis mixed with olive oil gives my hair soft and shiny. the olive oil makes it a little thin but its really covers the hair and is easy to distibute.
Toya says:
January 8, 2007, 10:53 am
I usually use water wtih a few drops of lavendar and pomegranate seed oil. Works great.
petal says:
January 8, 2007, 10:59 am
When I was in England Lindsay & I would go into Harlsden, London to get Motions & West Indian foods, snacks and drinks..so UK Bellas can get Motions & all other "black" hair supplies.
sincerely ty says:
January 8, 2007, 5:29 pm
I have naturally curly hair and have gone through many, many conditioners. The best conditioners I have come by are Nexxus Humectress and Aveda's Damage Remedy Conditioner. Both of these products are accessible worldwide.
Dahls says:
January 9, 2007, 3:41 pm
I'm a fan of all the vo5 conditioners. The nexxus humectress also worked for my natural hair. The suave version of humectress also worked well on my hair.
JahGyal says:
January 9, 2007, 7:09 pm
JASON's 87% Aloe Conditioner, you get in the health food stores. No animal testing, all natural stuff and great for daily wash and gos
Tricia says:
January 11, 2007, 2:42 pm
If you like cheap but good go for Organics, by Africas Best Hair Mayonnaise. I've been using it for years - this stuff has stayed with me as I went from relaxed to all natural and has yet to let me down! And you can get a 15 oz. jar for $3.99! The Organics, by Africas Best line is pretty good especially considering the low cost of the products - I use the hair mayonnaise and the stimulating therapy hair shampoo on a regular basis (I highly recommend the shampoo too - it's the only shampoo that I've come across that has genuinely left my hair soft and not feeling weighed down after shampooing. I even comb through my hair with the shampoo while in it.) I also use their shea butter hair conditioner (more like a hair dress - it has a good texture to it) and their carrot/tea tree oil therapy as a hot oil treatment. You could probably find this stuff at your local beauty supply store - or online. Look here: http://www.nextag.com/africa-s-best-hair-products/search-html
Fenix says:
January 11, 2007, 10:49 pm
I tried this product also and was extremely disappointed as well. I think the best solution for when my hair feels dirty is to mix a little baking soda with conditioner. It's a "no poo" shampoo. BTW, I love your site!
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July 10, 2010, 11:56 am
that will be healthy :) hehehe
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