Those with wavy, curly, and coily hair know when cooler temperatures roll around, we have to show our hair a little bit more love. Harsh winds and crisp air can leave our textured tresses looking dry and lackluster. When it comes to maintaining juicy tendrils during the winter, the best course of action is to deep condition. Regularly incorporating a deep conditioner (at least once a week) into your wash day routine ensures that your textured tresses remain soft, healthy, and extra hydrated from root to tip.
But by now, we all know that not all deep conditioners are the same, especially for natural hair. To make the search easier, we asked influencers with an array of curl patterns and textures to share the one deep conditioner they reach for when the weather isn’t being kind to their hair. After having tested and tried countless hair products, these are the deep conditioners they swear by.
Curl Type: 3B/3C
This formula is excellent for those with brittle or chemically processed curls. The star ingredients, Jamaican black castor oil and organic shea butter restore moisture and soften hair. The conditioner also contains peppermint and apple cider vinegar, which intensely stimulates your scalp and leaves the hair feeling refreshed. “It's perfect for when your hair is lacking protein and needs a boost. I love using it because I instantly see results. My hair feels soft and manageable when applying styling products,” Hortencia says.
Curl Type: 4B/4C
Formulated especially for chemically damaged and natural hair, the potent mix of olive oil, orange oil, and marine proteins in this formula will revitalize your curls. The hydrating ingredients in this conditioner will balance your hair’s pH levels, strengthen strands, and add undeniable shine to every coil. “I love this conditioner because it’s very moisturizing. It leaves my hair feeling soft, and it has great slip,” notes Oli. “It provides my hair with both protein and moisture—helping to keep the elasticity in my hair strands well balanced.”
Curl Type: 3B/3C
You can count on Ouidad's Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask ($44) to drench your curls in moisture. The luxurious conditioner contains Mafura Butter and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, which both help to deeply hydrate the hair and prevent future breakage. The mask is also made with self-heating technology, so your strands will be treated to a subtle warming sensation as the conditioner goes to work.
"During the colder seasons, I tend to manipulate and use more heat on my hair. Whether I am diffusing my curls instead of air drying or getting a blowout, my hair needs serious TLC,” says Kendle. “This deep treatment helps bring my curls back to life and keeps my hair protected until my next wash day.”
Curl Type: 4B/4C
Prepare for your parched coils to look super refreshed after using Kinky Tresses' Avocado Infusion Restorative Conditioner ($15). The handmade conditioner coats your hair in a rich blend of avocado oil and silk amino acids. This product works overtime to bring hydration, strength, and nourishment back to your hair. “I love how thick and buttery this conditioner is providing the ultimate moisture for my hair strands,” says Chizi. “Sometimes, using certain conditioners leaves my hair feeling the exact same way, but I can always count on this to leave my hair feeling super soft and moisturized, and it's Black-owned.”
Curl Type: 3B
Made from plant-based ingredients, Rahua's Omega 9 Hair Mask ($58) adds mega moisture back into dull, damaged strands. This vegan, cruelty-free mask contains rahua, which fortifies weak follicles. Sunflower seed oil helps to soften your hair, eliminate frizz, and boost shine. Quinoa encourages healing and moisture retention. And eucalyptus instantly clarifies your scalp while the infusion of lavender scent rounds out the treatment with a calming effect. “I love this mask because it’s a strengthening mask made with organic ingredients, and it instantly softens and hydrates my dry curls. During the winter months, I like to add jojoba oil to the mask to increase hydration,” says Alba.
Curl Type: 3C/4A
Perfect for damaged hair, Mielle Organics' Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner ($15) was made to give your hair an intense shot of hydration. It contains babassu oil, which boosts hair and scalp health. The trio of fatty acids, natural oils, and complex amino acids also work together to add moisture to each curl. “It is a protein and moisture replenisher, so it makes my hair super soft while also strengthening it during the colder months—which can dry out my hair,” Caaliyah says.