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If your hair is coarse, a good conditioner makes all the difference. There are many deep conditioners that will not only soften, but will help your hair look more relaxed and manageable so it's easier to style. So show your locks a little love by using a deep conditioner often to maintain your new soft, sexy texture -- and your hair will look hotter than ever.
Since coarse hair tends to be dry, Edward Tricomi, co-owner of Warren-Tricomi salons, recommends using a heavy conditioning treatment such as Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment once a week. According to Ojon's website, the rich balm gives hair a high-gloss shine, making it silky and more manageable. Its unique ingredient is Ojon oil, which is sustainably sourced from Ojon trees in Central America. This conditioner doesn't contain any preservatives, parabens, or phthalates -- or any other controversial ingredients that many, including advocates of the Natural Product Association, say are toxic. The conditioner is formulated with over 30 naturally-derived ingredients, according to its website, including essential oils. Also, the company claims to have tested Ojon products on over 2500 women of different ethnicities -- including those with coarse hair.
Shu Uemura's Camellia Oil
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment for Dry Hair is an ultra-deep conditioning mask that won "Allure" magazine's "Best of Beauty" award in 2008 and 2010. Editors say it delivers an intense dose of moisture, which should work well to hydrate and smooth even the coarsest locks. The conditioner contains camellia oil, which was traditionally used by the Japanese geisha, according to the brand's website. The oil comes from the Camellia Japonica tree, known for its strength. The oil has the ability to be rapidly absorbed by the hair, while smoothing its fibers and offering protection from further dryness.
Marie Claire's Picks for Coarse Hair
Hair Rules Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner and Softsheen-Carson Roots of Nature Healing Thickening Cream were featured in "Marie Claire" magazine's "Best Products for Your Hair Type." Jeni Thomas, Ph.D. and senior scientist for Pantene, told the magazine that coarse hair has more breakage and thicker hair fibers that can trap oils at the roots, which can cause a dry, itchy scalp. Hair Rules Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner contains extracts of honey, ginger root, lemon and gardenia, according to the product's website. It's a lightweight formula to detangle and hydrate -- and it's made especially for the porous quality of coarse hair. Softsheen-Carson Roots of Nature Healing Thickening Cream contains shea butter and wheat protein for an intense treatment formulated to strengthen the hair.
Essence Magazine's Choice
Editors at "Essence" magazine advise moisturizing dry hair with a weekly deep conditioning treatment such as PhytoSpecific Intense Nutrition Mask. Editors say to apply the conditioning mask as soon as you get into the shower, and wear a plastic cap to intensify the treatment until you're ready to rinse. The conditioning treatment contains mango oil and Quinoa milk to smooth and soften textured hair, according to the product's website.