First Impressions: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner

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First Impressions: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner

After 3 years on my “will try” list, I finally got around to giving Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner a try.


$2.99 at Trader Joe’s


Purified water, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, citric acid, tocopherol (Vitamin E), dimethicone, argan oil, organic rosemary extract, organic valencia orange citrus, organic mango, organic lemongrass, organic ginko biloba, organic echinacea, organic willowbark, organic sea kelp, organic chamomille flower, organic textured soy protein, organic lavender, organic grapefruit citrus, tocopherol (Vitamin E), acetamide MEA, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, fragrance

As I scanned the ingredients while at Trader Joe’s I was happy to see two of the ingredients I look for when choosing a conditioner.

Read: How to Choose a Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Cetyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol derived from vegetable oils like palm oil and coconut oils. Fatty alcohols are emollients, moisturize and condition our hair, and provide slip.

Behentrimonium chloride is a conditioning agent derived from the oilseed turnip that helps detangle and provides moisture.

First Impressions

I normally thoroughly finger comb my hair with either oil or conditioner before hopping in the shower to wet my hair, but I decided to skip this step (in what I thought was a moment of insanity at the time).

After TJ conditioner
My hair after rinsing out the conditioner and blotting my hair with a t-shirt

This conditioner has a light, pleasant fragrance and its consistency reminds me of lotion. Working in my usual 4 sections, I wet my hair one section at a time, gently squeezed the water from my hair and then applied the conditioner to each section (I split the sections in half to avoid applying more conditioner than necessary).

On application, instant slip! I’d been wearing my hair in a high puff the day before + I didn’t fingercomb my hair before wetting it so I had essentially set myself up for nightmare tangles, so when this conditioner provided enough slip for me to fingercomb through my hair with ease y’all have no idea how relieved I was.

I left the conditioner in while I hopped out the shower and ran around my apartment like a chicken with its head cut off looking for my camera showered. Rinsing it out was a breeze and it didn’t cling to my scalp.

My hair didn’t feel as soft as it does after using one of my favorite deep conditioners but for a quick co-wash it felt great – soft and moisturized, light, and tangle free. I’m definitely happy I picked up this conditioner, it’s going to make co-washing during the week, detangling my hair, and keeping my hair adequately moisturized easier.

I’ll be back this later this afternoon with my full wash day recap after this co-wash!


Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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