If you’re confused about what exactly cleansing conditioners do and why you would want to use them, you’re not alone. Formulated for and generally used by women with thicker, curlier and coarser hair types, cleansing conditioners weren’t in the mainstream hair product camp until semi-recently. I, for one, never thought about incorporating this product into my routine. There are days when I wash my hair, and more frequently, days when I opt for dry shampoo, and I never really considered an in-between option. Now that I’ve been introduced to cleansing conditioners, there’s really no going back. Here’s why:
Some of the Best Cleansing Conditioners
Due to my roommate’s patience and support, all of my hair products collectively take up most of the shelf space in our shared shower. I’ve quickly become a hair product junkie so it should come as no surprise that I have not one but three cleansing conditioners at my disposal. Let me break them down for you:
Bed Head by TIGI Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner is the OG of my cleansing conditioners collection, and it’s my favorite. This cleansing conditioner is formulated with Babassu and Brazil Nut oils which are known to nourish strands while simultaneously fighting frizz. It detangles your hair so your curls or waves are smooth and easy to manage.
Most importantly, it gently cleanses to remove build-up and cleans your scalp without stripping it of natural oils. You know that squeaky clean feeling your strands sometimes have after a good shampoo? It’s not necessarily a good thing as it might mean that your shampoo is stripping your strands of natural and necessary nourishment. This helps you avoid that.
Another cleansing conditioner option is Love Beauty and Planet Purposeful Hydration Cleansing Conditioner. Boasting the same benefits as its TIGI twin, this cleansing conditioner is formulated with Wild Shea Nut Butter which hydrates your strands for super moisturized hair. It’s good for your hair and good for the planet which is a win-win in my book.
And last but certainly not least is ApotheCARE Essentials The Replenisher Cleansing Conditioner. I use this cleansing conditioner when my hair feels like it needs an extra boost of moisture. Created with dry hair in mind, this co-wash removes impurities while locking in moisture. A.k.a., everything I want from a shampoo, without any of the drying downsides.
Since introducing cleansing conditioners into my regular routine I haven’t abandoned my dry shampoo collection completely, but I have been co-washing my hair pretty consistently. I love being able to wash my hair and feel refreshed without committing to an entire wash and care system, and I love the smoothing wave-enhancing benefits of cleansing conditioners.