Usually when a product promises to do the job of both a shampoo and conditioner, something falls short. Enter Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Strengthen & Grow Moisturizing Co-Wash ($11 at drugstores). The conditioner wash has long been a popular treatment among women with natural hair because it's an easy way to cleanse the scalp of buildup without stripping the hair of moisture. This product cleanses with the help of kaolin clay, which absorbs dirt, debris, and excess oils from your hair. However, this product also has all your conditioning favorites like coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, which gives this cleansing conditioner a thick, lotion-like consistency that won't give you much of a lather. This co-wash is one to pack for a midweek refresh.
A leave-in conditioner is supposed to provide moisture, help detangle hair, and be a protective base for all other styling rituals. But is your leave-in handling business properly? Nubian Heritage's Honey and Black Seed Heat Protect Leave-In Conditioning Cream ($13) pulls its weight without weighing hair down. Carrot oil shields hair from scorching temperatures of heat styling, black seed oil heals the scalp, and Arabian honey hydrates and seals in moisture. And because this cream is meant to serve as a heat protectant, the formula is lightweight, not greasy. It also performs well sans heat. Applied underneath a styling gel, it leaves a soft, touchable hold on even coarse strands with no white flakes or crunch left behind. As for detangling, this conditioner gives a slippery surface to your strands; a comb will glide through like butter. Maybe it's time to put your leave-in conditioner up for review.