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The Differences in Conditioners for Curly Hair

by Chelsea Castonguay
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It can be really difficult to find the right conditioner for your curls. The market is awash in different conditioners and it can be tough to figure out which one you need and when you need it. You can choose between cleansing conditioners, deep conditioners and moisturizing daily conditioners, all of which serve a different purpose.

Cleansing Conditioners: 



These are conditioners you'll want to use for cowashing, or conditioner only washing. This method is ideal for curlies with super thick and hard to manage curls, as it helps retain essential moisture. Cleansing conditioners will also remove buildup and excess product without removing moisture. Some curlies cowash in place of shampooing, while others cowash between shampooing.

deep conditioner


Deep Conditioners:

Rinse-out and leave in conditioners are great for using after you cleanse your curls. A rinse-out conditioner is used directly after shampooing to help replenish any lost conditioner. These conditioners are usually thick and creamy, so they work great for detangling curls. Deep conditioners penetrate deeply into your curl's strands to hydrate and repair damage. Before applying a deep conditioner, remove excess water and allow the product to sit on your curls for 20-30 minutes before rinsing.

leave in conditioner


Leave-in Conditioners:

Leave-in conditioners are applied after you've completed your wash and condition, and do not have to be rinsed out. A good leave-in conditioner helps minimize damage by adding moisture, taming frizz, nourishing curls and helping to keep breakage at a minimum. These conditioners help add needed moisture and seal it in.  Use leave-in conditioners when styling your curls.

Do you have a favorite conditioner you like to use? Let us know and read more about different conditioners here.

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