**I Ms-gg was NOT paid for this review, nor did I receive any compensation. I bought this product with my own hard earned, underpaid and under appreciated money**
Still looking for a good product to use for detangling? Right now, I have fallen in love with Suave Shea Butter and Almond conditioner.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice [Aloe Vera], Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil [Lemongrass], Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Dimethiconol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acd, Disodium EDTA, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, PEG-150 Distearate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
If you are avoiding -cones, then you may not like this conditioner too much because the third ingredient is cyclopentasiloxane which is also cyclomethicone (please don't make me spell that again. We are going to call it cyclo from here on out). Personally, I don't mind using cyclo in this conditioner because I am only using it to detangle with. As soon as I am done detangling, I am shampooing my hair anyway so the -cone will be removed from my hair.
I must admit that all of the scare talk from when I first went natural in 2006 still has an effect on how I view -cones. But I have seen dermatologists recommend the use of -cones in scientific articles published on the AAD webpage so I do not believe that they are really all that bad as we have scared ourselves into believing. I believe that -cones are beneficial for conditioning, smoothing, and reducing friction between hair strands. And cyclo is a -cone that gives great slip and that is exactly why I love this Suave Shea Butter and Almond conditioner for detangling.
The slip on this conditioner is nice. I'm use of just using my coconut oil and aloe vera juice to detangle with, which was okay. It got me through almost a full year of detangling my hair. But honestly, it took too long just using those two things and with my hair getting longer and longer, my detangling time is increasing exponentially. I have used conditioners in the past to detangle with, but they all usually have some protein in them that my hair does not like and my hair ended up becoming brittle over time. What I like about this conditioner is that there isn't any of the "wheat, silk, oat or soy" proteins that are normally in your cheaper, drugstore variety conditioners. This is a plus for me and my coarse hair. My hair hates those kinds of proteins and even panthenol, and no matter how much of it is in a product, it leaves my hair dry as a desert.
I also like the fact that this conditioner is very affordable. I tried using the Kinky Curly Knot Today for detangling because I had a bottle of the stuff I bought way back in 2008 that was collecting dust. But at about $11-12 a pop, it is really too costly to use just to detangle with on my budget. Maybe you are balling and can afford to but me-unh uh. I think I bought the Suave Shea Butter and Almond conditioner for about 1.44 at Kroger last year. If that is not affordable, I don't know what is!
Below is a few cons of this product as well as the pros again:
Watered down, very watery as compared to other conditioners. But what do you expect for a product that costs under $4?
Has a -cone high up on the ingredient list (number 3) if you are trying to avoid -cones but this con is also the pro. The -cone used in this product is what provides the slip.
Scent may bother those with allergies. I am allergic to some scents but this does not trigger a reaction with me.
Readily available. You can find this at major retailers and drugstores such as Walgreen's, Walmart, Krogers, and Target
Good slip which helps to reduce friction between the hair strands when you are detangling
And lastly, if you haven't noticed, I don't big up too many products. My hair hates just about everything that has ever touched it. But I really do like this conditioner (for detangling only, this is will not replace my beloved Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle rose in any way) and guess what:
Will I re-buy?
Thanks for reading,