Anyone with tightly curled hair understands how a simple tangle can turn into a complete nightmare. Thankfully, choosing a hair conditioner with slip can help to make combing out the most stubborn of knots a breeze.
Why slip in hair conditioners is necessary
Hair conditioners with slip are those that contain a lubricating ingredient, usually some kind of oil. Any medium to long hair can get tangled, but particularly those of us with natural curls will be more susceptible.
When our spiraling strands become intertwined, they are more likely to twist into a tightening knot that has to be carefully teased out with a comb. To smooth this process out, we can apply a slippery conditioner, which reduces friction and helps to reduce violent outbursts of yanking, tearing and bawling in frustration.
What makes a conditioner with good slip?
Most conditioners available in your local drugstore or supermarket contain some kind of lubricating oil. Unfortunately, many of these products will use the synthesized hydrocarbon, mineral oil. This is a derivative of petroleum which, if not correctly distilled, may have toxic or even carcinogenic impurities.
To identify a conditioner with good slip, you should first check the ingredients for an emollient, and then ask whether or not it is derived from a natural source. A good slippery conditioner will create a protective film on the hair and help strands slide, without causing irritation to the scalp.
What else should I look for in a conditioners with slip?
In addition to natural oils, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for potentially harmful chemicals in your hair care products. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) can be irritating to the scalp, and are found in many big brand cosmetics.
Irritation can lead to inflammation, which can adversely affect hair follicle health. Viviscal Gentle Shampoo and moisturizing conditioner are both 100% free from SLS/SLES. Additionally, our conditioner contains a derivative of shea butter, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
To summarize, a conditioner with good slip uses emollients and other ingredients largely derived from natural sources, and does not cause skin irritation. It should be effective enough to take the pain out of untangling those stubborn knots, and gentle enough to be used regularly without adverse effects.