Product List By Category

This list has been created to help guide you in choosing products by features they should have, based on key ingredients. This is meant to give you an idea how functional ingredients translate into products you can buy. I try to keep it updated, but always read ingredient lists on the bottle carefully before you buy - especially if you need to avoid allergenic or irritating ingredients.

(Proteins and silicones are listed in parentheses - but not the entire list is categorized this way, check bottles for ingredient lists). Protein-free products are indicated with 3 arrows <<<

-Herbal ingredients are not included, they do not contribute protein unless they are seed, nut or grain extracts, though they can cause a stiffening effect in some people's hair.

Lists (below) include: 
Conditioners for hair that needs lubrication and detangling - heavier for dry or porous hair
Conditioners and mild-detergent shampoos with protein
Mild-detergent shampoos
Conditioners that may cause less build-up for those who get conditioner build-up easily
Conditioners that may add volume
Products emphasizing film-forming humectants
Heat-Protectants with lab-proven ingredients

Links to product websites for most accurate ingredient information

Conditioners for hair that needs slip (lubrication, detangling) & Heavier conditioners for dry, porous, coarse or kinking hair - These can help make hair softer and more flexible.

Conditioners (and mild shampoos) with Protein. Hydrolyzed protein source in pink print.
Which proteins may be best for your hair? See this post (click here). And also this post.

Mild Shampoos: 
These contain detergents which are not strong de-greasers. The shampoo itself may not be mild to your hair right out of the bottle, sometimes even mild shampoos need diluting. Proteins are listed in parentheses, ingredients with build-up potential are indicated with asterisks - see the end of the list for an explanation. Build-up potential is nothing to be concerned about unless you notice a problem.

* See this post for more information about Polyquaternium ingredients.

For people who get conditioner build-up easily (potentially lower build-up conditioners) The indented list at end are "intermediates" - they contain more than one conditioning ingredient and they may leave hair heavy based on the ingredients in the conditioner

May add volume for fine hair:

Products Emphasizing Film-Forming Ingredients (humectants): 
Film-forming humectants are good for keeping hair hydrated regardless of the weather. Need information about what these ingredients are good for? Read more here.
Danger - styling products ahead. What people want from styling products is incredibly varied. This is based purely on the content of "film forming humectants." The ingredients following the product in blue are the film-formers in the product, roughly in the order of inclusion in the product. Some of these are gels and some are cream products or leave-in conditioners or curl enhancers.
Conditioners with film-forming humectants (bear with me, this is under construction)
  • Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner: aloe, silk amino acids (also contains glycerin)
  • Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner: aloe, nettle extract (also contains glycerin)
  • As I Am Naturally Leave-In Conditioner Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract¹, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root
  • Camille Rose Moisture Milk (leave-in): Slippery elm extract
  • Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner: Aloe, Panthenol, blue green algae (extract?)
  • Camille Rose Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard: Aloe, nettle
  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner  Aloe
  • DevaCurl One Condition Delight: Flax, hydrolyzed protein
  • Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner: Irish Moss extract, saccharomyces cerevisie (Brewer's Yeast) extract, panthenol
  • En'tyce Deep Penetrating Hydrating Repair Treatment: Keratin, nettle, panthenol
  • En'tyce Rejuvenating Moisturizing Conditioner: Irish moss, keratin amino acids, aloe, panthenol
  • En'tyce Rejuvenating Moisturizing Conditioner for Type 1&2 Hair (straight and wavy): Irish moss, keratin amino acids, aloe, panthenol
  • Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat conditioner: Aloe, nettle
  • Giovanni 50:50 Balanced, Hydrating-Calming Conditoner: Panthenol, aloe, mallow extract
  • Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner: Aloe, Quinoa protein, nettle, wheat amino acids
  • Jane Carter Curls to Go Untangle Me Weightless Leave-in: Guar gum, slipper elm, marsh mallow root
  • Not Your Mothers Naturals Royal Honey and Kalahari Desert Melon Repair and Protect conditioner Hydroxypropyltrimonium honey
  • Not Your Mothers Naturals Linseed Chia Blend and French Plum Seed Oil Volume Boost Conditioner: Flax
  • Soultanicals Curl Supreme Conditioning Cream: Panthenol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium honey
  • Soultanicals Kiddietanicals Brownie Pearls and Bubblegum Curls Funditioner: Slippery Elm, Marshmallow, Aloe
Heat Protection
Products containing lab-proven heat protectants for use with curling or straightening irons and high-heat blow drying. Active heat-protecting ingredients listed in green - there are several different ones.