Cleansing conditioners are so popular right now and it’s hard to figure out which one is the best to try for your hair type. For those of you with thick, coarse and curly hair, you are the perfect candidate, as they don’t strip your hair of moisture like a harsh shampoo often does. And, it saves time and money - it’s two products in one bottle. After scouring and testing the field, we came up with three of our favorite brands that moisturize & cleanse hair and smell amazing!
Wen by Chaz Dean – Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner ($32)
This is the mother of all cleansing conditioners. It was one of the very first CC’s to come out on the market, and smells heavenly of peppermint with a splash of almond. It even gives a slight tingle to your scalp. The best part – it is work! After 10-15 pumps, apply the product to your hair and scalp, massaging vigorously for 1-3 minutes. Afterwards, you can leave it on a few minutes more for a deeper conditioning treatment or rinse out. At first I didn’t notice a difference in my hair but after multiple uses, my hair was definitely much softer and silkier.
DevaCurl No-Poo ($20)
DevaCurl was made specifically for the curly girl. By ditching sulfates, this cleansing conditioner properly treats not only the hair but the scalp, too. The No-Poo made my scalp feel so refreshed as well as super moisturized. I hesitated using the DevaCurl One Condition ($20) (which is recommended to use as a follow-up product). It tamed my frizzies and I used less hair product when my hair was damp.
Pantene Pro-V Damage Repair Cleansing Conditioner ($6.99)
A perfect drugstore buy, this low-lather cleansing product hints of sweet almond oil. It’s great for everyone and works well with dry, damaged, curly, colored or coarse hair. This sulfate-free formula thoroughly cleanses your scalp and nourishes hair. I only used 4 pumps and massaged in the conditioner. I tend to massage vigorously, ala the Wen instructions, so as to make sure it’s really getting clean. I left it on for a few minutes, rinsed my hair and found my hair to feel quite soft, save for more frizzies than usual.