70% organic, and boasting a sulphate, fragrance, and parabens-free product I was won over by statements when I spotted Avalon Organics hair conditioner in my local health-food store Holland and Barrett. Recyclable packaging, too, it works on curly, and even afro hair.
You can buy Avalon hair conditioner in Holland and Barrett (even the smaller stores - I've checked), Eighth Day, WholeFoods, and online via their website, and amazon and ebay. Thankfully the price stays the same (£4.30 for 312g), and is sometimes reduced to £3.69 when WholeFoods have a sale on.
The big pull for me is the fact that 70% of the ingredients are organic. In the past I've suffered from allergic reactions to ingredients in non-organic shampoos and conditioners. Even ones which state 'organic', or have extracts of fruit oils or plant derivitives, if the product isn't mostly natural, it has upset my skin, never mind my scalp.
On the back of the bottle you can clearly see the ingredients used, and even the non-organic ingredients are harmless, especially for someone who has sensitive skin.
Ever since I was a child my skin has been sensitive, but I've used any old shampoo in the past because of laziness. Such a habit has led to unexplainable skin breakouts, dry hair, and a clogged-scalp.
Amazingly, Avalon hair conditioner doesn't leave a greasy coat on my curls, even though it is a rich conditioner. I believe it's the natural ingredients which do their job - nourish and condition - without clinging to the hair, once you've washed it out. The conditioner doesn't stay on your scalp either, unlike a lot of other brands. It sounds silly, but it's something I've really struggled with - washing my hair, conditioning my hair, but then struggling to get the product out of my curly barnet. In the past I've had to wash my hair again, just to wash the conditioner out.
Avalon conditioner manages to tame, define, and moisturise my curls without leaving too much product behind. It comes out ina relatively thick white emulsion, but sinks into your hair quite well.
Sometimes I use it as a mask, and will leave it in my hair for up to three hours, if I'm home for the day. On such days, when I rinse it out, my hair is silky-soft, and I can run my fingers through it - which is rare when you see my big and bushy my hair can get.