Deep Hair Conditioners

Friday, 14 November 2008 | Tags: , , ,

Almost everything we do in our daily lives strips our hair of its natural oils, ultimately causing noticeable damage. We dove into deep hair conditioners to see which did the best job of replenishing our locks.

The Basics

  • Deep hair conditioners are a more intense conditioner than an everyday conditioning product. They are meant to be left on your hair anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes and are designed to repair, regenerate, revitalize and protect damaged hair.

  • Look for silicone in the ingredients list under alternate names like methicone (dimethicome and cyclomethicone are two popular ones). Silicone helps to make the hair slippery and easier to comb through when wet, so less likely to break. Once dry, it makes hair look sleek and shiny.

Be Aware

  • There’s a misconception that a thicker, richer conditioner is better and so more expensive; while a thinner product is cheaper and inferior. On the contrary: consistency doesn’t have any bearing on how well it works.


We recruited a couple of real hair abusers to help us test a variety of deep conditioners, including one regular one, and also asked some hair stylists to help judge.

Our test products: . BUY IT
  • L’Oreal Vive Pro: $3.52 per 100 ml
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Alberto VO5: $5.16 per 100 ml
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Aveda (contains natural ingredients like lavender, rosemary and peppermint): $14 per 100 ml
. . Amazon.com
  • Kerastase Resistance: $31.30 per 100 ml
. . Amazon.com
  • Pantene Pro-V (smoothing conditioner): $1.46 per 100 ml
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com

(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

Softness Test

Our hair stylists applied each of the conditioners to our testers hair, with each head of hair separated into five ponytails.

  • According to our stylists, the Aveda delivered the softest results

Effectiveness Test

After using each conditioner for a week, we had mixed results:

  • Some testers liked the L’Oreal Vive conditioner, which left hair full and soft.

  • Others liked the Alberto V05 Hot Oil Treatment, which left hair easy to detangle and blow dry, and looking smoother and shinier.

  • The Pantene Pro V ended up as an economical first choice for some testers, who described soft results and no fly-away frizz.


Since everyone’s hair is different, finding a conditioner is a matter of sampling a few and deciding on one that works best for you. But judging from our tests, you don’t have to spend more on salon products to get soft manageable hair.



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