Deep conditioners for hair

Splurge or Save | Deep Conditioner Edition

I’ve been using (and loving) Bee Mine Organics products for about seven years, basically since the start of my healthy hair journey!  My hair loves the products, I also love supporting Black owned businesses and at the start of my healthy hair journey there weren’t nearly as many quality, Black owned hair companies with great ingredients available as there are today.  However, although I love Bee Mine and don’t mine splurging for the products, I understand that for many nearly $30 for 16 ounces of product, no matter how amazing it is, just is not practical for everyone.  Especially if you have daughters and have multiple heads of hair to which you must tend.  So, I’ve decided to do a comparison and review of three different popular deep conditioners of varying price points to see if you should splurge, save or pass.

Before we jump into talking about the products, lets talk about building a healthy hair regimen.  There are five basic steps to every hair routine:  shampoo, condition, moisturize, detangle and style.  Optionally some ladies also prepoo.  Black hair is scientifically proven to be dryer than most ethnicities and is the primary reason we seem to struggle to achieve long hair, along with unhealthy hair habits.  I would argue that the best way to combat dry hair is by deep conditioning regularly with products that penetrate your hair with moisture.  Conditioning your hair is probably the most important step in any healthy hair regimen and is one area I caution ladies NOT to skimp.  If you are looking for ways to save, swamp out your expensive stylers like setting lotions, edge controls and gels for cheaper, just as effective versions.  However, when it comes to conditioners, I look for products that have either all or mostly natural ingredients, which generally cost more.

That being said, I do not mean to say you have to go broke purchasing conditioners!  It is my preference to use conditioners with mostly natural and organic ingredients, but plenty of ladies have had great success in their hair journey using conditioners that contain synthetic ingredients.  My point is, to pay attention to ingredients and make sure your conditioner leaves your hair soft and moisturized, whatever product you choose to use.

Now, let’s jump into the review!

The above graphic gives a general overview of my feelings on each product, but let’s examine each product in more detail.

Common Strengths:  All products lines are Black owned and are thick, creamy conditioners targeted for dry (ethnic) hair.

Bee Mine Bee-U-ti-Ful Deep Conditioner:

  • Price:  $18.97 for 8 oz, $28.97 for 16 oz
  • Ingredients: Distilled water, Cetearyl Alcohol, BTMS (mild emulsifier), 100% Organic Unrefined Shea Butter , 100% Organic Coconut Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Organic Raw Honey, Paraben and Formaldehyde Free Preservative, Fragrance (Phthalate Free).
  • “Melts” into strands during application for intense penetration when heat is applied.
  • Thick, creamy consistency so a little product stretches a long way.  I am able to get about eight uses out of a 16 oz jar.
  • Leaves hair moisturized all week between washes
  • 98% natural and organic
  • Cons:  not available at most mass retailers yet, so you must primarily order online at

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

  • Price: $17.99 at Sally Beauty Supply (where I purchased), $15.99 on Amazon
  • Ingredients: Water, Raw Honey, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
  • “Melts” into strands during application for intense penetration when heat is applied.
  • Thick and creamy, but less so than the other two on the list.
  • Gives amazing slip to hair immediately after applying, makes detangling a breeze
  • Available at select Sally Beauty Supply and Target stores
  • Cons:  Not completely natural, not as thick as the other two on the list so it may not last as long.

 Eden Body Works Coconut Shea All Natural Hair Masque Treatment

  • Price: $8.49 for 16 oz at Sally Beauty Supply, $13.98 at Amazon
  • Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax NF, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice
  • Thickest of all three, a little lasts a long way
  • Moisturizes hair, does not give as much slip as the other two conditioners
  • Available at many mass retail stores
  • Cons:  Not completely natural, contains emulsifying wax so product seems to coat the hair more than penetrate the strands.  Also does not appear to provide complete ingredient list, which is always a red flag.

Overall, my Bee Mine still remains my favorite although I have to admit that TGIN comes in at a close number two.  I’ll be honest and share that the original name for TGIN (Thank God I’m Natural) was a huge turn off for me.  I hate gimmicky product names that seem to be exclusionary, i.e. Mixed Chicks, Mixed Kids, Thank God I’m Natural.  I’ve always said, how does the product know if your hair is natural or chemically treated?  Especially for products like conditioners, which should be healthy for all hair types!  The packaging now reads Thank God It’s Natural and I have to wonder if others had the same reaction to the name as me.  I’d have to say although the price tag on the Eden’s Body Works is attractive, compared to the other two, it performs like a less expensive product, although it still isn’t bad.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and comparison, although I only covered three popular deep conditioners.  I’d love to know what your favorite deep conditioners are for your relaxed or natural hair!  Please share and perhaps I’ll give them a try in the future.

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