The leaves have gone from gold to red, now they’re brown and dead. All around me are signs that the seasons are a-changing. And my hair hasn’t been dealing with it well at all. It’s a dry, frizzy nest of knots on top of my head. Of course the fact that I traveled to California recently (I don’t have the time to fully detangle when traveling) and then came home and immediately succumbed to the nastiest head cold I’ve experienced in years. Ugh.

Needless to say, I haven’t been taking the time to truly give my hair the R-E-S-P-E-C-T it deserves. Fall weather and roughshod living have given me a whole new appreciation of the conditioners in my life. Allow me to share five of my latest favorites, that have given me detangling power when I needed it most.

Pantene Curly Hair Series Deep Moisturizing Treatment.

Although I know many natural haired bellas who say they love Pantene, it’s taken me a while to find a formulation that truly works for me. And this deep moisturizing treatment DOES. When my hair was at its most tangled, I saturated my hair with it, and let it marinate for 10 minutes or so. After that I was able to comb my hair out from tip to root, without being in the shower or even having running water touch my hair. Amazing slip, incredible detangling power, and my curls are light, defined, fluffy and ON POINT two days later! Don’t sleep on this square tub of fabulousness!

Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisture Conditioner.

One reason I really, really love fall – the flavors of the season! In my cocktails, desserts, dinners, and beauty products – right now I’m loving the flavor and fragrance of pumpkin. And this Darcy’s Botanicals condish is so delicious to the scent and so extremely effective to my tresses…I can’t get enough. I am in love! I use this as more of an everyday co-wash, and a little does go a long way. $12 for an 8 oz bottle is a great deal, especially for those of you who are concerned about ingredients. One complaint. It makes me want to eat my hair.

Liqwd Liqwidity Intensive Hair Repair.

If you’re seeking a high tech hair conditioning treatment, this is it. Liqwd’s Intensive Hair Repair is a feather light formulation that contains “thousands of microscopic Nano-Hydraspheres” to rehydrate thirsty tresses. What are Nano-Hydraspheres? I have no idea, but this stuff worked to restore my hair when it was dry and frazzled beyond belief. And it plays REALLY well with my Huetiful steamer.

Peter Lamas Naturals Haircare Avocado and Olive Smoothing Conditioner.

I’ve been sleeping on Peter Lamas, but now I am a believer! This whole hair system worked to give my hair LIFE when it was at its dullest and dryest. The avocado and olive ultra smoothing conditioner is a regular conditioner that acts like a decadent hair treatment. Incredible detangling power, and when I follow up with the Repair Me detangling mist afterwards, it results in a touchable softness that I adore.

Jessicurl Too Shea Deep Conditioning Treatment.

There’s a reason the ladies of Naturally Curly RAVE over this stuff! For a deep conditioning treatment (especially with heat or steam), Jessicurl ROCKS for kinks and curls of a variety of textured. Tightly coiled afrobellas who like weight to their hair products will find the shea butter irresistable (especially as the weather outside becomes increasingly frightful).

Those are my top 5 for now! Have you tried any conditioners that rocked your world recently? Share with me in the comments!

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vonnie says:
November 2, 2010, 3:32 pm
I'd love to find that pantene conditioner then, surprised that it works so well! nice
kurlybella says:
November 2, 2010, 4:59 pm
i actually like the pantene's relaxed and natural deep conditioner (even though i think everything else from that line is boo boo trash). however, i wonder if they are still making it because i can't find it. i also like - when i need to grab something in a hurry or on the road - garnier fructics 3 minute masque. that too shea sounds delish. i have to get my hands on it!
Charisse says:
November 2, 2010, 6:37 pm
I absolutely love Indigofera's Botanical Conditioning Creme ( It it absolutely wonderful!
Kimmie says:
November 2, 2010, 6:44 pm
Ugh!! Feeding the junky monkey on my back!! I have the Pantene Relaxed & Natural Deep Conditioner & I love it. I usually add EVOO and/or coconut oil. I'll have to try this Curls formula. I also want to try the Darcy pumpkin condish. CurlyNikki also reviewed & liked it. So now I must see what the fuss is about! I had a whole line of Jessicurl & it was accidentally thrown away. I really want to try Too Shea & Weekly Deep Treatment that I hear so much about. Right now I alternate between SheaMoisture Masque, Pantene Relaxed & Natural DC, & the Neutrogena Triple Moisture. They all seem to work REALLY well on my hair, but I'm going to put 3 new ones in rotation as soon as they are empty.
Tabitha says:
November 2, 2010, 11:46 pm
I just tried Giovanni's Smooth as Silk and it worked really well. I use their leave-in, so when I was Whole Foods, I picked up a few packs of the deep conditioner, too. Caveat? It's expensive-each pack is $2.99, which is kind of ridiculous when you consider an entire bottle of leave-in is $7 (cheap for Whole Foods, no?). It's vegan and organic, which is important to me. I recently colored my hair for the first time (I'm 32) and it's caused my hair to be drier than it usually is, so I've had to change some stuff up.
Lisa says:
November 3, 2010, 1:38 am
THANK YOU! I shaved my head last year and suprisingly I now have enough hair for a T.A.P(Teeny Afro Puff) but with dry ends with dire need for DC, but didn't know which one to try. I'm going to check for the Pantene Curly Deep Conditioner and the Peter Lamas Conditoner and Mist. Does anyone have any tips maintain moisture for the ends during the fall/winter? Thanks in advance.
kinky pinky says:
November 3, 2010, 9:08 am has it and it's on sale as of today
Gisele says:
November 3, 2010, 1:08 pm
this is what i have been doing for my dry desert hair: After deep conditioning i section off my hair while still damp. For each section I generously apply Elasta QP Mango Butter moisturizer from root to ends, then a dime sized amount of Jamaican Black Castor Oil to the entire section, esp. the ends. Twist (or braid, your preference) the section. When my hair dries and i take out the twists my 4a/4b hair is like butter and has the nerve to be glossy. Several times throughout the week i twist in large sections, spritz lightly with water, and put a tiny amount of some kind of oil on the ends. Keeps my hair moist/soft throughout the week. If these products don't work for you maybe the application process could be helpful.
Gisele says:
November 3, 2010, 1:14 pm
meant to add, with your TWA maybe you would want to cornrow instead. This method stretches my hair out quite a bit and gives me length along with the moisture.
Onyx Rose says:
November 3, 2010, 5:09 pm
You make me want to try the Pantene and Darcy's Botanicals...and I think I will, lol. Thanks for posting!
Aisha says:
November 3, 2010, 6:17 pm
These are some great tips. Thanks Gisele.
Adrienne says:
November 4, 2010, 11:43 am
I have seen the Pantene Curly hair deep conditioner several times. I even picked it up to purchase it but never followed through. I think I might give it a try in the upcoming weeks. You can never have too many GOOD deep condiditoners! Thanks for the review!
Tina says:
November 4, 2010, 11:45 am
Thanks I am in need of a good conditioner, Autumn weather, mixed from lots of sweat from running, my hair is in need of some love. Any deep conditioner suggestions?
I Am Your People says:
November 4, 2010, 10:10 pm
I just bought the Pantene Curly as an impulse buy and have yet to try it. Good to know it worked for you
Kimmie says:
November 4, 2010, 11:05 pm
I bought the Pantene today! I couldn't decide between Jessicurl Too Shea or the wDT so I haven't placed that order on curlmart yet. I also wanted My Honey Child Olive You or the Deep. *sigh* Decisions! I'm such a Junky! I bought 3 products over the weekend & 3 more today. And was TICKED I couldn't get to Sally's & Hair Cuttery for 3 more.
Clara says:
November 5, 2010, 12:15 am
@Afrobella,have you found that your hair is dryer after colour? @ Lisa,a steamer is great to dc with,but I found that the dry ends may just be scab hair.Try seal with a heavy oil,like castor oil.
Melissa says:
November 5, 2010, 11:27 am
I like the Pantene Curly shampoo but didn't know they had the Deep Moisturizing Treatment. I'll have to try that. I'm currently in love with SAMY Salon Signature Deep Conditioning Treatment as part of my co wash. I couldn't find it in store ANYWHERE and they wanted too much for shipping/product through their store but I found it on sale at and brought 3.
BK says:
November 5, 2010, 4:08 pm
exactly what I needed.. my hair is NOT cooperating right now and I need all the deep treatments I can get because my current concoction isn't working!! thanks Bella
Jessicurl says:
November 5, 2010, 8:04 pm
Thanks Afrobella, once again, for the mention! :) Too Shea has a perma-spot in my shower, but then, it's like on of my 11 children. :) @Kimmie, OMG I feel so bad for you that somehow your Jessicurl got thrown out! I'd be happy to send you a jar of Too Shea if you email me. I can't do that for everyone on the planet or anything, but I just feel so bad that that happened to you. :( ... - Jess
Kimmie says:
November 9, 2010, 1:53 am
Thank u SO MUCH!!! That's quite the generous offer. Naive Virginia girl moved to Miami. Rented a condo that I should have KNOWN was too good to be true! And it was, they were in foreclosure. I lost a TON of stuff after putting it in their storage they said I could use since I had to move so quickly. *sigh* Lesson Learned!!
Kimmie says:
November 9, 2010, 2:02 am
I used the Pantene Curly tonight & I liked it. My hair felt really soft & moisturized.
I Am Your People says:
November 11, 2010, 1:06 am
@Kimmie - worst. story. ever. And sadly, becoming more common these days. :-(
Amber says:
November 17, 2010, 9:14 am
So, I have locs and I do a bi-weekly steam DC but I am always at a loss of what to use. I have used Oyin, Suave and a few others. Any recommendations for locd naturals?
Bitty Boss says:
November 17, 2010, 10:50 am
I have tried the Pantene Nature Fusion line and it was ok. I will have to check out the Pantene Curly DC as I assume it is more concentrated than the conditioners.
Melissa Thelemaque says:
November 22, 2010, 5:21 pm
Honestly, I'm a HUGE fan of And it's all natural -- no petrolatum, no mineral oil, no parabens, no pthlates, etc. @freeyourmane
Ugochi @ Beauty 365 says:
November 24, 2010, 10:28 pm
yum! the Pantene looks exciting. Jessicurl, too!
kimmie says:
November 28, 2010, 2:18 am
Jess did exactly what she said she would. The products came fast even in the midst of their move over at Jessicurl. I must say: I am in LOVE with the Too, Shea & the WDT!!! I don't really need to detangle, but I like to work a good conditioner in my hair as I stand in a hot shower. Too Shea was IT! I did that and the WDT after a henna. Left the WDT in while I went to bootcamp lol & my hair was super soft & curly. Loves it!
katie says:
July 8, 2011, 9:35 am
Hey! Found out about your site from that beautiful mac lipglass. Wanted to tell you I too have natural hair. I've had people suggest I relax it, Japanese straighten it, blow it and iron it daily etc. I have been ridiculed, whatever. Point being the crazier my hair looks the better I feel. I'm like Sampson in the bible. Saw you had that pantene hair mask in your post. You mentioned its slip. In the winter I use sometimes, in my hair, silicone-based personal lubricant. Before you freak out, if you are ever in the supermarket compare the ingredients to frizz-ease or pantene. Same thing, but unscented and cheaper. I recently discovered that coastal scents sells silicone oil for even cheaper and apparently it's a great face primer. Have not tried yet.
katie says:
July 8, 2011, 9:58 am
Ooh also argan oil. That's the best of all the light-weight oils I've tried. Also because of its solidity at room temp coconut oil is super-hold gel in winter. Almond oil's good and cheap. I basically always use the pantene and then put in oil and rinse again if it's too much. Except for argan, conserve every drop. I lived in Africa for 3 years. They have the pantene, too!! But right now I'm lined up to audition grapeseed, avocado and apricot oils, unrefined shea butter, and whatever looked hippied out and didn't reek of perfume in the ethnic hair care aisle. Sorry to be long winded!!!! Keep it up. I am a fan!
askvivi says:
May 16, 2012, 12:17 pm
Thanks for the info! The best conditioner I have ever used is Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, the argan oil hydrates and strengthens my hair making it nice and healthy. Plus the extra shine is appreciated! Frizz is gone and hair is made much smoother.
Mary J says:
July 10, 2012, 12:32 pm
I'm all over natural products for hair and I've used pretty much every popular kind of oil as a conditioner. Then I started using ARGAN OIL and what a difference!!! Not greasy, smells really nice and subtle. I use if after my shower and my hair is completely soft and smooth for the rest of the day or until I wash my hair. I especially like Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan oil from because it's also a heat protectant so I can use it before my regular blow dry :)
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I really recommend the pro naturals hair mask. It is made with real argan oil so it is a thorough moisturizer. Besides it smells great! says:
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