5 Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioners Natural Hair


A deep conditioner is conditioning product that fortifies the hair with either moisture or protein.  These 5 were voted the best moisturizing deep conditioners for natural hair.  Many of these products are under $10.

Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or protein. From time to time, your hair might feel dry and brittle. You might also experience excessive breakage or splitting along the hair shaft. These things can be an indication that a deep conditioning treatment is needed. Usually, at this point, you can use a deep conditioning treatment to retroactively remedy those problems. Some people deep condition as part of their regular hair routine. Read more on deep conditioning natural hair.

5 Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

African's Best Hair Mayonnaise

African’s Best Hair Mayonnaise (Amazon, $3.99)


Curls Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner


Sofn'free GroHealthy Really Deep Conditioning Treatment



Sheamoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (Walgreen, Drugstore.com; $9.99)


Eden BodyWorks All Natural Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Which is your favorite? Comment below. 

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  1. I love the African Pride Organics Hair Mayo. I has been THE CHEAPEST , yet THE BEST DEEP CONDITIONER EVER in my opinion. I have dry, long 3c hair. It can be a burden sometimes, but this deep conditioner always seems to bring it back to life. It seem moisturized and soft. It’s very manageable after this. It seems to have that same ingredients as the Organic Root Stimulator Brand (ORS). I only know because I take my time and compare ingredients before purchasing. With all of that being said, I will happily continue to buy my $4 miracle staple in a jar. LOL

  2. edithbradley says:

    Karmin makes the best in my opinion 😉

  3. LisaBeth says:

    I have fine, wavy (2b/2c) hair with a scalp that tends to get dry. I started using the Made from Earth Peppermint Conditioner about a month ago, and my hair looks better than it’s ever looked: shiny and healthy with well-defined curls. The best part is that it’s been great for my scalp too! No flakes, dryness, or itching.

  4. melissa r says:

    I have used every expensive lotion for the face from Kinerase to Clarins but the Made from Earth Vitamin Moisturizer really is the best. It has the crucial ingredients, collagen and elastin and really replenish my skin and make it look and feel like I am 20s again (I am 41). The scent is also very light and very pleasant as I am trying to avoid heavy, perfume laden creams and lotions.

  5. Hunter Parker says:

    Hi, I am a transitioning from permed hair to natural. I have been permed for about 16 years of my life. Now that I have been going natural, my hair is becoming shorter, especially in the back. It seems my hair or permed hair is breaking off. My hair is also hard to comb – its very thick as well. I truly need help. What are some ways to make my hair more softer and easier to comb and what are some methods of combing other than using an actual comb?

    • Nicole Archie says:

      Is your hair hanging freely when you wear wool scarves and clothes ? That could be the problem, your hair is catching on to certain clothing and breaking off

  6. My fave is the Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi deep conditioner. Its my staple.

  7. I am happy that I have found this page, as I have been in transition since 2011 but I have been using ORS products for a while. My hair is all natural now and it is not breaking as much now. I now want to stay natural so I want to try new products. The problem I have now is, the middle part of my hair is shorter than the rest and my hairline breaks, Any suggestions please.

    • Hi sira, for your edges before you go to bed do a flat twist or Cornrow.you can also try some styles with a flat twist or cornrow in front as well.for the center that’s shorter,you may be pulling it tightly in a ponytail.hope I helped.be blessed.

  8. Vienna Closer says:

    Hask Argan Oil from Morocco Repairing Deep Conditioner is the bomb dot com. Has anyone here tried this deep conditioner before?

  9. mari juarez says:

    OK so I’ve been on a mission with my hair for the past year…. when i was younger my hair was long and curly but then i started to color my hair n blow dry it every day flat ironing my hair almost every week…in the beginning of last year i noticed my hair was thin and it did not grow past shoulder length its been 1 year and i have cut down the heat a lot! now my problem is how can i give my hair more volume?? and most important how do i get my curls back!?!?!?!?! and how do i make it grow?!?! I’ve tried hairfinity it doesnt work I’ve tried olive oil and its not working i get so depressed to see my hair like this that i just put it in a bun n that its :( PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • use egg oil or egg yolk to apply on your scalp of head. take zinc, iron and vitamen E suppliments but ask your dr first. i took it myself and got my hair back with natural curls. it will take you 6 to 12 moths to get healthy hair and scalp. also try using clear shampoo without conditioner. you can use conditioner separately.

      • I have been taking biotin plus doing hot oil treatments. I use caster, almond and olive oil mix! My hair is full and very curly! I shampoo it once a month but co-wash every 3-4 days a week! I recently did a protein treatment and my hair is loving it! Try and see if this works for you!

      • Michellei Vaz says:

        What is the name of the protein treatment u used?

  10. michiganguy86 says:

    hey can anyone shoot me some tips im a guy I want long hair and im starting from a buzz cut

  11. I tried the Shea Moisture Deep Conditioner listed in this article. I wish it would have worked, but my hair didn’t care for it at all and I had to throw the jar away only after using it two times. I did purchase the Eden Jojoba brand deep conditioner and I’m anxious to see the results when I finally do use it.

    • Jennifer says:

      Swap products with a naturalista friend. 😉

    • Mary Welch says:

      Could you have retuned it to the store? I take back anything doesn’t work.

    • I did the same with the Shea moisture. I returned to the store. Edens the best!

      • I agree, Shea moisture was returned! It just did not moisturize my hair at all, my hair felt drier than before I conditioned it!

      • I just make sure that I cold wash my hair every two weeks,and put olive oil on my scalp. In addition, to deep conditioning it every two weeks! It make my hair so soft and manageable!!

    • Cynthia adams says:

      For me shea butter does nothing for my 4c hair so I had to use olive oil for a hot treatment and then rinse that out, and I did not blow dry it because it would make heat damage. So I make sure that i put olive oil on my hair everyday because it is so dry and brittle if I don’t do it. I am so frustrated with my hair ! I just put a wig on and call it a day for the winter months ! And when I call to ask a salon beautian what they charge for a deep condition they want 75.00 due to my hair length!!
      I went to beauty school years ago and I never would charge people that kind of money in this recession!!

  12. Gaynell Mitchell says:

    This past summer I stopped putting perms/chemicals on my hair. I now have an 1 1/2 in afro. My hair is dry my scalp starting itching quiet frequently I have been using Doo grow as well as Jamaican Black
    Castrol about three time a week. My hair appear to be growing however due to my taking bp meds
    there is an area in the top that seem to be slow growing.Oh yea!!…My girlfriend plait it about once a month it’s helping the growth somewhat…. What would you suggest to speed the growth?
    I would love th have 3-4 inch Alfro by this summer :)

    • Veronica Jones LVN says:

      Have you tried Organic Root Stimulator Products and Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins.

  13. I am intriguied by these products. I am looking for a deep moisturizer for the scalp. I am very dry and then it starts itching, as though I have dandruff. I am just very dry. I need something with heat that I can wrap in towel and leave for maybe 30 minutes and wash out.

  14. stephanie says:

    is it okay to use two different conditioners in one wash? like use one rise it out then use another?

  15. I have type 4 very kinky course hair. It stays dry which cause breakage. Im at my wits end but refuse to perm again. Helllllllp please.

    • Hello Nicole,

      I am not an expert in hair care and I do not have type 4 hair, but what I have notice since I am transitioning from relax (which is very dry) to natural hair is when I want to add more moisture to my hair I use the greenhouse effect by wearing a plastic cap underneath my silk or satin scarf at night. I am sticking to one product line to see the results and just take extra steps that promote more moisture along with deep conditioning every week, and adding a nourishing conditioner to my hair. You may want to also read up on using protein treatment to your hair care to help prevent more breakage, but be very careful to follow the instructions precisely, and follow-up with a deep conditioner (very important); I learned the hard way. I would also suggest not using any heat to your hair. I let my hair dry naturally and the only time my hair gets heat normally is when I am deep conditioning my hair. But, when I do apply heat to curl my hair, I curl it once during the week, and do not apply any additional heat thereafter. Normally I pin my hair up and leave it alone until it is time to wash and condition again.


    • Nicole I have the same problem. I started using Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle, added some Vitamin E and olive oil and sat under a dryer for 30-45 minutes and my hair felt wonderful. I also started using KBB’s Super Duper Hydrating Cream and Butter Love these are the only products I have found to keep my hair moisturized through the week.

      • Where can I both if these products? I’m new to tranśitioning.

      • Mary Welch says:

        You can get the Aussie Moist anywhere and its usually around $3.00. I get the Vitamin E in liquid form and the Aussie from my local Meijer’s store. Sometimes I’ll add some glycerin in the mix as well. The KBB (Karen’s Body Beautiful) I ordered on line but some Target’s carry it. The Pomegranate Guava scent is really nice.

  16. I love the Hydratherma Naturals moisture Boost Deep Conditioner and the Protein Deep Conditioner. I usually mix them both. They leave my hair soft and silky

    • Marie Lewis says:

      Yolande…I truly agree with you. The Hydratherma Naturals products are really good. I use the entire line. My hair has grown so much because the products help to prevent breakage and retain my length. My hair is so much stronger

  17. Clorenda Morris says:

    While on my eight month transition, i used this conditioner. It was awesome on both textures of hair. I have used it for a while andhave stopped using it but fell in love with the Aussie “Moist” DEEEEEEEEEEPPPP conditioner. its really inexpensive but has my hair feeling like butter while on my transiton. And the smell is amazing!!!!! It’s a little over $3.00 but it’s worth every penny.

  18. Clorenda Morris says:

    Hello, my name is Cloe and I just recently BC a few days ago. (Saturday December 21, 2013) I am in product junkie overload, i want to try so amny things. And I am eager to find out what things that my natural hair really likes… I wish to try this conditioner. Hopefully I can leave a product review.

  19. Queen Helene Cholesterol. Old school, cheap and great. The children’s formula also good for my soft, fine 4C

  20. Karen James says:

    I just tried Alikay natural honey and sage deep conditioner…It is amazing!!!

  21. Thanks for all information. Bless you

  22. Hair mayonnaise it’s great for my hair, i add 1/4 cup of honey and 1/4 cup olive oil, plastic cap for 30 minutes and my hair look so shine and soft. I am from Panamá, central-america country it’s so dificult to me be a natural because all a this amazing products and oils, dont get it here. Thanks for the info and help……keep the good job .

    • Dafne,
      I live in Panama as well. When I go home (Minnesota) I purchase tons of products or if friends are going to the U.S. they are kind enough to bring back products for me. I make them dinner or take them out to lunch to show my appreciation.
      There is a beauty supply store called “Pretty Image” in Los Publeos that carry a few products from the “Curls” line; Eco styler gel; Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor packets, and a few ORS products. They carry other products as well but they tend not to be “all natural” if that’s your preference. It’s on the same block as the American Furniture store.
      I hope this info helps.

  23. i love just for me hair product deep conditioner i’m 11 yrs old turning 12 soon i’m in love with blog god bless u

  24. I love The Shea Moisture Deep Masque! The only product so far that moisturizes and softens my hair!

  25. I’ve tried the Jojoba Monoi and the Shea Moisture dc and I was not a fan of either. The Jojoba smell was not for me and it made my hair feel weird after I rinsed it. The only reason I was able to finish the whole jar was because I started adding honey and evoo to it. For some reason all of the raw shea line makes my hair feel crunchy. I l-o-v-e As I Am Hydration Elation but their products do cost a pretty penny.

    • Ari, Shea Moisture does the same to my hair. Hydration elation is my favorite leaves hair moisturized and feeling great.

  26. I love the African’s Best Hair Mayo… its cheap and it works!! it makes your hair feel strong and and soft at the same time.

  27. risingempress says:

    Luuuuuv Sofn’free Gro Healthy’s Milk Protein & Olive Oil Really Deep Conditioning Treatment. Its a staple!

  28. Is there a leave in conditioner that you can recommend for really dry hair to keep the moisture in ? I use castor oil and coconut oil but after a couple of days my daughters hair is dry again.

  29. Myra Harris says:

    My favorite is the Africia Best Hair Mayonniase as a deep conditioner! I have the entire She Moisture line of the Coconut & Hisbicus (the pink color) and love, love, love, love that line for my hair. I have the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Restorative Conditioner (the gold color) . . I just have not gotten around to using it yet because the Coconut & Hisbicus line keeps my hair moisture for weeks.

  30. Sheamoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Conditioner

  31. The Shea Moisture Deep Masque is AWESOME! I also enjoy the Organic’s Hair Mayonnaise. I still don’t understand when it’s necessary to apply a protein treatment.

    • Naturalhairrules says:

      Its ok. I’ll explain in an upcoming post. Stay Tuned!!!

      • I have african American hair type with relaxer on, but my hair breaks every time I comb thru my hair. Nt like 1 or 2piece of hair I mean a lot hair. So please help me find the right shampoo, condition and moisture. Thank you.

  32. Chalise says:

    Africa’s best been using it for 7 years now!

  33. I have use the last two hair products but i am not seeing what i am looking for in my hair, and because i am from Jamaica most of the products display on your site is not sold locally.

    • Naturalhairrules says:


      I’m sorry to hear that. You have share with us what you have found locally.

      • African pride leave in treatment is really good. i love it. i wash my hair conditioned it then apply to wet combed hair and it stays soft and curly all day and in place.

      • I agree African pride leave in conditioner works for all hair types right now I’m transitioning and it makes it easier to manage both hair types

  34. I’ve tried the last two conditioners, but I still haven’t found one that I want to stick with. I’ve been wanting to try Curl Ecstasy and Eden’s Jojoba DC for quite some time, though. Maybe I’ll try those at some point! :)

  35. Curl ecstacy!…one of my staple must haves, great DC !

    • I did a BC after 16 yrs of locks. I’ve thick, 4b, fast-growing hair that sucks up moisture. My lovely 2 strand twists started breaking from over coloring and stress. Shea Moisture African Black line restored my hair. Aloe vera gel is a 1derful moisturizer

    • I like to add olive oil to to my organic conditioner. I use the Made from Earth Peppermint Conditioner – its my favorite of the organic conditioners (and I have tried them all). I add the olive oil – use the conditioner – and I usually detangle my hair before and after I condition, and this helps make detangling a breeze!

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