I've mentioned before that I used to use cone-free products exclusively, but for the past two years I've used silicone conditioner on my ends when COing to keep my hair tangle free in the damaged areas.
For the two years before that, I was completely cone-free. At that time, I experimented with many cone-free products. I came across Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Conditioner. It's a moderately rich conditioner that is moisturizing and contains humectants. I found it to be very good for the ends of my hair, but because of the price it really wasn't suitable to use for COing. In my opinion it would be too expensive to use in the quantities necessary for a conditioner only wash.
However, I loved the consistency and it is very moisturizing. I took to using it as a leave-in on my ends, and it made a big difference to how my ends felt. I remember that it saved my ends, as at that time, my ends felt so dry that I almost had a big trim. Using the Burt's Bees conditioner solved my problem.
Since using cones, I had forgotten about my Burt's Bees conditioner. However, I ran across it again the other day, and I used a pea-sized amount on my ends after removing my after-shower towel, and my hair feels softer than it has in a long time.
Of all of the conditioners I've used, whether with or without cones, this is by far the leave-in that works the best for me. I do remember recommending it to someone else at LHC who had success with it as well.
I am so happy that I rediscovered this conditioner. I had been using a coney conditioner as a leave-in on my ends, and I think that using cone conditioner in the shower and then using more as a leave-in left my hair feeling too built up. I think that may be what caused what I described as my hair feeling like doll's hair. This way, I get the benefit of a really moisturizing leave-in without adding more cones to my hair.
Of course, just because this works for me, it doesn't mean it will work for you, but I did want to share my experience with it because I'm really excited about how my hair feels right now, and has for the past few days since clarifying and using this conditioner as my leave-in.
'Til tomorrow, my friends. Love to all.