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The Perfect All Complete Conditioner that Will Rock Your Hair

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A while back I wrote a post explaining why all hair needs protein and debunking the notion that one can be protein “sensitive.” As I pointed out in the article, hair is made up primarily of protein so it would stand to reason that if hair is weak and breaking, there’s an imbalance of moisture and protein going on that must be corrected if the hair is to see improvement.

Protein and Moisture

I think the confusion among ladies who believe they are protein sensitive is caused by not knowing how to properly use protein. Some types of protein are very strong (intended to treat severely breaking hair). So, it’s important to find the type of protein that is most agreeable with your hair condition.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Once you’ve determined the type of protein to use on your hair, it needs to be balanced out with a moisturizing treatment. In other words, a “perfect” balance of water (or other form of moisture like Aloe Vera juice) and softening conditioners.

moisturizing conditioner

To Make Your Own or Buy It – That Is The Question

Some may opt to create their own protein and moisture treatments by combining items like mayonnaise, eggs, honey, oils etc. If you’re NOT a DIY (Do it Yourself) kind of gal (raises hand!), you want a product that already contains what you need to get your hair treatment done – and with less hassle.

Why Aubrey Organics?

Always on a quest to find an arsenal of conditioners for my own hair (it’s good to rotate them from time to time), I ran across a post written by Shelli of Hairscapades and how she came to love the Aubrey Organics line.

I tried a regular conditioner in the Aubrey Organics line years ago and back then it was just “meh.” However, after reading several more reviews about the products I decided to give it another try and I’m so very glad I did.

For one, every product in the Aubrey Organics line is all natural. When used properly (and that doesn’t mean according to instructions LOL), they are very effective at meeting the needs of your hair.

pre-poo with GPB conditioner

Why Glycogen Protein Balance?

As I mentioned earlier, it’s important for the hair to have a good balance of protein and moisture. That is if you want it to reach longer lengths 🙂 In order for that to happen, you have to curtail breakage and do it fast. You need to baby those ends and strengthen your hair shaft pronto! The only way to do that is to feed it some protein and moisture.

The Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner is Aubrey Organics #1 selling conditioner…and now I know why.

It feeds your hair exactly what it needs to strengthen AND rehydrate it. It contains water and aloe vera juice at the beginning of the ingredient list (MOISTURE!) followed by wheat germ oil to help seal in that moisture and milk protein/glycoprotein (rich in cysteine and methionine to strengthen and help impart protein to damaged areas along the hair shaft. Score!

protein conditioned hair

Now, do you see why I call the Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner the perfect, all complete conditioner? In product form, all your hair really needs to be strong and healthy is a good quality balance of moisture and protein. You get that with Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balance Conditioner.

Four Methods of Using Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balance Conditioner

When I said the products are very effective at meeting the needs of your hair by not necessarily using them as recommended in the instructions I wasn’t being facetious 🙂 On the contrary, like many other products you can use them to care for your hair in a manner other than the manufacturer instructs.

You can use the Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner in four ways. Two of them are the manufacturer’s way and two are a naturalista’s way LOL!

Method 1

Per the manufacturer’s instructions you would apply GPB to damp, freshly washed hair, concentrating on the ends (they are smart). Leave on for 1 or 2 minutes, then rinse.

Method 2

Per the manufacturer’s instructions you would apply the GPB to dry hair (they’re getting close to the naturalista’s way!), distributing from the scalp to the ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

Method 3

One of the naturalista’s ways to use GPB is to incorporate it into your pre-poo regimen. You can mix it with the oil of your choice (preferably coconut for me) or use it solo and then apply it to your dry hair. Pin your hair up (or bun it) for several hours while you go about your day. This allows the pre-poo concoction to really penetrate the hair strands. I attribute this method to helping enhance my curl. pattern. You can even allow it to sit overnight.

Method 4

Similar to the manufacturer’s instructions, the naturalista’s method follows method #2 with one slight change. Rather than allowing the GPB to sit on the hair for just 15 minutes, you’d throw on a plastic cap and sit under the dryer with it for 30 minutes to an hour. This helps accelerate the benefits.

Whichever way you decide to use Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner, your hair will love you in the end! This conditioner is truly the gem of the Aubrey Organics line and has become a staple in my hair care regimen alongside of their Green Tea Cream Rinse and Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (an in depth view of these two products will be shared in the near future).

Have you tried any products in the Aubrey Organics line? What has been your experience?


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

22 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been looking for a protein conditioner, but it seems as though this one is a 2 in 1, being that it is moisture and protein balanced. In yhe comments however, it seems as though I would still have to use a deep conditioner after?
    Which is better in your opinion? The goat milk treatment ir the GPB? As for the Goat milk, would I still have to deep condition or can I just shampoo and use it, then leave in and seal, and style?

    1. Hi Sawah,

      I like to use the GPB mostly to pre-poo with. For the goat’s milk conditioner, after rinsing, I work my rinsing conditioner throughout my hair and then just rinse. No need to shampoo again.

      1. Thank you for replying! It has helped me alot!
        By the way, when did you start seeing changes in your hair after using the goat’s milk treatment?

  2. Michelle, I was wondering if I could use the GPB conditioner after washing as a deep conditioner sitting under the dryer for 20 minutes. Do you know if this is ok, or if it would have adverse affects on my hair?


    1. Hi Jasmine- I don’t think this would have adverse affects on the hair at all. For 1- it’s pH balanced. 2-it’s all natural. Put on a plastic cap and sit under the dryer and do your thing! If your hair feels a little stiff after, just use a good moisturizing conditioner afterward. However, I don’t think you’ll need it. I sleep in this stuff for days at a time sometimes and my hair is very moisturized after

  3. I used the GPB this weekend! I try to incorporate it once a mo th. I love how my hair feels, and the smell is divine! You were the first to mention it I finally bought it. Thanks!

  4. Hola – I just purchased this conditioner along with the Aubrey’s White Camelia (sp). I wasn’t really a fan of the honeysuckle rose because it had very little slip. Its going to be a pretty cold weekend so I probably won’t leave my house so I’m going to try the GBP after my henna treatment.

    I used to hate protein b/c of a bad experience but my stylist convinced me to get one since I was transitioning. Best decision I ever made and I love how it made my hair feel. Now I’m hooked on protein!

    1. hey girl if you are doing a henna, I wouldn’t use the Glycogen Protein Balance. Henna already provides you with a sort of protein like treatment so you don’t want to overdo it.

      I only use the Honeysuckle Rose as a Leave in applied to soaking wet hair. You may find you like it better that way. it doesn’t require slip to be a leave in. When mixed with the water that’s on you’re already detangled hair, it works well to keep the hair hydrated. Just don’t forget to seal after 🙂

  5. LOL ok now, Michelle. You already got me adding the Dove to my hair wish list. Now it looks like I have to add this Aubrey Organics GPB to the mix also! I can’t wait to try both of these products later this week 🙂 And thank you so much for sharing the methods in which to use the GPB. When I try a new product, it takes me a lot of trial and error to figure out how to best use the products for my needs. Taking notes now and looking forward to trying it under the dryer. Thank you so much, miss lady!

  6. Hi Michelle, I have never tried the GPB. A while back, I used the Honeysuckle. It was good, but I wasn’t super impressed. I’ll have to give the GPB a try. Thanks for the review. BTW, your hair has so much shine.

  7. Hey Michelle!

    I love this conditioner. I had stopped using it for a while, but today, I used it and my hair felt sooooo amazing. My hair said, “Ahhh thank you, I needed that.”

    This is all my cousin uses (GPB poo and condish) and her mother told me that her is growing so fast. Just thought I’d share that tid bit of information.

    I have tried a lot of products from the Aubrey line, but my all time favorites are the GPB shampoo and conditioner combo.

    Nice review, Michelle!

    1. Ahh Evelyn good to hear. If you haven’t yet, try the green tea cream rinse. At the end of your wash when you’re ready to jump out of the shower (after you wash out any deep condish), add it to the hair for a final rinse and rinse with cool water. It literally melts the tangles away!

  8. GPB after shampooing as a protein treatment, I work it in then blowdry my hair hard and rinse it out then follow up with the Honeysuckle Rose. The honeysuckle rose is also my mousturising conditioner. My 3 year old uses the Rosa Mosqueta as its protein free (I don’t think I should be experimenting with protein in her hair). I found a good alternative for people who are vegan is the Island Naturals. I really don’t like their shampoos however, they all have protein in them and quite high up the list, usually the 3rd or 4th ingredient 🙁

    1. you could test the GPB on a small section of hair. I honestly don’t think it will hurt. I don’t apply heat to mine. I just let it sit for hours. I mix it with Vatika Coconut Oil. This mix helps my hair to wash easily and leaves it very soft. Not all protein leaves the hair hard. Plus, your hair is made up of protein so protein treatments are just to help the hair maintain it’s protein integrity. The key is using the right type of protein.

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