Looking for a budget conditioner, that does the job? Not Your Mother’s (Naturals) Linseed Chia Blend & French Plum Seed Oil, is it. That’s the name, I know. So for simplicity’s sake let’s just call it the Not Your Mothers Volume conditioner and this is my review.

Why this conditioner and not others from the NYM line?

I first saw Laura use it on her Facebook Group “Love Ur Curls!!” LIVE. She goes LIVE to show you her routine and then answers questions right there too. I look up to her and have learned so much from her. Truly, one of the best IG Beauties to follow this year!  Also, You’ve got to join her group too. “Love Ur Curls!!” Facebook group is supportive, patient, and encouraging. Always building up one another, it’s beautiful.

Anyway, I have always admired Laura’s beautiful curls and I want it too! So, I had a friend of a friend smuggle the not your mother’s volume conditioner for me from the USA to India. Yes, we do that to avoid extra shipping and customs duties. That’s the whole reason I started my company Honest Products Here. I digress.

My point is, we curlies in India do not have many choices and so, we have to pick and choose. I haven’t tried any of the other products from NYM (I would love to, though, after looking at @curlswithcoral ‘s results) So that is why I got this purple one and not the others. There is no bias.

I “work” with this conditioner after my deep conditioner. It’s a new method (for me) and a great way to boost moisture levels in this dry, summer weather. Learn more…

What is “Working with Your Conditioner”?

I introduced the new concept to my Instagram only recently.  It’s something I learned from watching a Youtube video comparing two of the most popular cowashes in the curly community. While watching this video I realized my cowashing technique felt terribly short of what it should be.  Watch the video below at the end of this article please 🙂   

Here’s the “working with your conditioner” Method:

  • Cleanse your hair and scalp with shampoo or cowash
  • Apply DC as usual. Keep it 20-30 minutes with heat, etc.
  • Rinse out your DC and bring out your trusty conditioner.
  • Rake-in conditioner for each section and keep raking a.k.a. “Working
  • Work a few minutes until you feel conditioner is evenly distributed.
  • Follow Squish to Condish method to rinse out (optional but effective)

How much me-time do you spend with your conditioner? Also, C O W A S H I N G !!! . . I “work” my conditioner in like this whenever i cowash. If you use a normal conditioner, do this to your hair! Your thirsty dry curls will love it! Spend a few minutes working it in. . . I’m using @asiamnaturally coconut cowash here. #asiamnaturally See that one scoop? It spread so much and the more you work in, the more it saturates in your hair #hydration #moisture #moisturizing . . If you were wondering about cowashing, (washing hair with COnditioner) you want to read my comprehensive article on HONESTLIZ.com before you start #cowash . . Please do yourself a favour and cowash with a product that is meant for cowashing only. Just because ingredients are clean doesn’t mean you should rub it on your scalp. Cowash conditioners are specially formulated to “rinse out” and don’t build up. But if you use a normal conditioner to wash your scalp, you will have problems. #dontdoit . . Would you try this? Tag me if this tip helped you #honestliz . . . #healthyhairjourney #hydration #curlygirlmethod #curlygirl #hairtutorial #washandgo #curlsfordays #healthyhairjourney #softcurls #frizzfree #curlygirlsrock #greyhairdontcare #textures #naturalcurls #curlinspiration #hairinspiration

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Benefits of working with your conditioner

This “raking” for a few minutes action helps your conditioner

  • Penetrate into hair
  • Enhance curl clumps!
  • Boost moisture

If you struggle with curl clumping – which is, in other words, “organizing” curls in a specific pattern – then you’ve got to start “working” with your conditioner at the end of your cleansing routine.

I’ve noticed many curlies (with great hair) use a lot of conditioners! So that got me thinking and experimenting with my conditioners this summer. The not your mother’s volume conditioner is one of my go-to’s!  

Why Curly Hair needs a LOT of conditioners

Although the primary function of a conditioner is to help you detangle and add moisture, it’s formulated to “condition” your hair.  What does that mean?

  • Improve feel and appearance
  • Boost manageability
  • Reduce friction between strands
  • Making it easier to brush/comb hair after

You see, after shampoo, and after washing ALL the deep conditioner (DC) out, your hair can dry out. Sure, you can argue to say then what is the deep conditioning for? Deep Conditioning functions mainly, to Strengthen hair, yes. But mostly, your DC repairs previous damage.

Using a conditioner helps you prevent future damage, use a conditioner at the end of your routine. This way, when your hair is exposed to damage like heat tools, sun damage, blow drying or even brushing, the conditioner pampers your hair making it far more resilient than without. Trust me.

Should you leave the conditioner in, though?

If you notice Laura’s routine with not your mother’s volume conditioner, she uses it as a leave in too. 

That means, after the shower and before using a hair gel (Devacurl Arc Angel is her favorite) Laura uses more of this volume conditioner as a leave-in conditioner. She can go 3-4 days with no refresh, by the way, so this method clearly works for her.

We all have to do what works for our hair since every one of us is different and all.

Do I recommend leaving in our conditioner? No.

Why? Because if you do this as a habit, the normal conditioner can build-up. Simply because conditioners are formulated differently than a proper leave in conditioner.

Conditioners are meant to be rinsed out.

However, I make an exception to this rule by leaving in this not your mother’s volume conditioner only. Sometimes. Not always. Sometimes. And every time I do, it leaves my hair feeling very moisturized, defined, and ready to handle whatever gel I apply over it. Thank you, Laura! Here’s my result with the Not Your Mother’s volume conditioner:

My recommendation

If you were on a budget and wondering which product to invest in first, I would recommend never to cheap out on the conditioner. It’s single-handedly the most important product in the whole shebang of curly hair essentials.

Thankfully, this NYM Purple bottle conditioner is budget! It is also moisturising (protein-free) and volume-boosting, that means it will not weigh hair down and is the non-greasy kind. If you have a loved one smuggle hair products for you, get this one for sure!

Also, I recommend you to use a conditioner after your DC, and if you have this one, definitely work with it to make it all EXTRA.

O! And here’s that awesome YouTube video by Anneka Mclean that inspired me:

(follow her IG @LovelyAnneka)

Hope I covered everything. If you have any more questions about this concept or how to choose a product for your hair type, DM me on Instagram I’m here for you.


Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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