Hi guys! Today is an exciting day for me because I have finally found a deep conditioner that is worth sharing with you all.Over the past 4 months I have been testing out different conditioners in my quest to find my holy grail moisturising deep conditioner for my natural hair.
So far I have tried 4 different ones and this is the only one I feel like I can recommend. I have deliberately been choosing ones that are affordable but had good ingredients because you know a girl ain’t rich and I’m not trying to be hungry with a head full of beautiful curls. None of what I tried had me wowed and so I decided I needed to take the plunge and step up to a bit more of an expensive product with hopes that it would do me justice.
Now testing out different conditioners on my hair was basically a blind experiment for me because I had no idea how my natural hair should feel after it was properly deep conditioned. Due to the fact that this is the first time in my life that I am actively taking proper care of my natural hair. Anyhow I continued trying and trusting that when I tried a great one I would know the difference in my hair.
I started out using the Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, then I tried the Asherlee Deep Repair Ultra Moisturising Deep Conditioner, next was the Nature’s Pure Deep and Intense Conditioner.Last weekend I decided to try the Ettenio Moisture Infusion Deep Penetration Conditioner and here I am writing a full review.
Reading the ingredients list in store as I always do I was very impressed. There were hardly any ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce! Not to say all natural product conditioners are always great but it at least got my hopes up.
Ettenio chose to highlight 3 key ingredients that makes this conditioner stand out they are MSM, 18-MEA and Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I decided to do a little research to find out exactly how these ingredients work and what MSM and MEA stands for.
MSM- According to Livestrong.com “Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is organic sulfur used by the body to grow bone, hair and nails. Drugs.com reports that MSM may be useful in elevating conditions such as arthritis or allergies. It is also used as a combatant against some parasitical infections. The human body processes the sulfur in MSM to promote growth in tissue that utilizes keratin as a base, such as your hair. Adding MSM powder to a water-based hair conditioner may increase hair growth and repair dry, damaged shafts.”
18-MEA- According to naturallycurly.com this is a relatively small fatty acid that forms part of the cuticle layer of the hair. 18- MEA in hair products helps keep your cuticle layer intact.
This sounds great and my hats off to Ettenio for going above and beyond to ensure that they are using ingredients that help to bolster the longterm health of our hair.
The product also doesn’t contain any silicones, sulphates or parabens.
Here’s the full list of ingredients:
Distilled Water, Botanical Extracts of: Chamomile, Rosemary, Nettle, Saw Palmetto, Burdock, Horsetail, Basil, Moringa, Catnip, Lavender; AloeVera Juice, Conditioning Emulsifiers, Avocado Oil, coconut Oil, MSM, Jamaican black Castor oil, Whaet germ oil, Sal butter, Kokum Butter, Panthenol, Honey, Allantoin, Vitamin E oil and Potassium Sorbate.
Just take a moment to take those ingredients in! If this isn’t perfection in a bottle I don’t know what is.
Price and Volume
I paid $1660 (Jamaican) for this conditioner which works out to roughly $13 U.S. and each tube holds 8 ounces. That works out to less than a dollar per ounce so not bad at all. Based on the amount I used I should be able to get four deep conditions out of this.
These products are available online at Ettenio.com or in various stores in Jamaica including Discount Beauty Supplies where I picked it up as well as Fontana Pharmacy. So I would say it is very accessible. if you live outside of Jamaica you might have to pay a bit more for shipping.
Smell and Consistency
This conditioner has a very pleasant but light herby/fruity scent that reminds me of guavas for some reason( maybe cause I made some delicious guava jam that I have eaten too much of).
The conditioner has a thick creamy consistency. It melted into my hair. I am heavy handed but somehow with this conditioner I didn’t need to be. My hair felt covered without having to pile it on.
As usual I sat under a hooded dryer for roughly 35-40 minutes with a plastic cap to deep condition. I do not have a lot of experience with my natural hair but I think one of the marks of a good deep conditioner, ( matter of fact of any good product) is that it sinks into the hair. I think it’s a waste if I apply deep conditioner, sit under the dryer and come out with the product sitting on my hair only to be rinsed down the drain. So imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see that my hair had actually soaked up most of this conditioner! Girl I was I hair heaven.
The next struggle I was noticing with the other deep conditioners I have tried was that my hair didn’t feel particularly mosturised when rinsed out. My hair would feel kind of blah and would even start to tangle up but not with this . After rinsing out my hair it felt just as soft as before the rinsed and was even more soft when I applied my leave in.
I noticed that my curls were clumping better than before too but that could just be as a result of me taking care of my hair so I’m not too sure how much of that credit goes to this conditioner.
The Bottom Line
My hair felt the best it has ever felt since I started my natural hair journey. All in all I give this deep conditioner a solid 8.5 out of 0 and that is just to leave room for any potential ones I might try in the future that might end up being better. So if you are in search of a new deep conditioner please give this one a try.
Have you found a holy grail deep conditioner yet or are you still looking? Let me know in the comments!
Until next post thanks for reading!