The Best Conditioners

If straw-like hair has you down, don't fret. There are more ways than ever to tame frizz, hydrate thirsty tresses, and achieve soft, touchable strands, thanks to innovative, nourishing conditioners. No matter your hair type, color, or damage level, you're bound to find a new favorite among the options reviewed below. Check out our favorite conditioners on the market to add softness and shine to your crowning glory.

Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Hair-quenching elixir

This deep moisturizing conditioner is an ultra-hydrating blend for dry, damaged hair.
Best Overall

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Olaplex’s conditioner is a powerhouse blend designed for seriously thirsty hair. Without using harsh ingredients like phthalates, parabens, sulfate, and phosphate, this conditioner blends a mixture of fruit extracts, biotin, seed extracts, and oils to create a lush experience for your locks. Repairing split ends by bonding broken bits, you’ll have lustrous, silky strands with just one application.

Pros:

  • We love that this option can be used as an occasional night-time hair mask.
  • The nourishing formula is ideal for chemically treated, colored hair.

Cons:

  • While this conditioner works wonders for seriously damaged hair, it may weigh fine hair down.

The Honest Company Sweet Orange Vanilla Conditioning Detangler

Clean ingredients

This animal-friendly option nourishes hair with a hydrating plant-based formula.
Best Vegan

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The Honest Company is known for its, well, honest ingredients, and this conditioning treatment is no different. Containing a blend of what feels like magic elixirs that miraculously work to detangle otherwise unruly, tangled hair, this extremely gentle conditioner will go on like a fine mist and result in the silkiest of strands post-combing. The vegan, tear-free formula is gentle enough for the whole family to use. We love the fresh scent, too.

Pros:

  • We appreciate that this formula uses baby-safe ingredients like natural flower extracts, oils, and natural scents.
  • This lightweight leave-in conditioner is ideal for tough tangles or children’s more sensitive scalp and hair.

Cons:

  • Although you can use this on dry hair, this detangler works best when hair is freshly washed and still wet.

L’Oreal Paris EverPure Anti-Brass Purple Mask

Kick some brass

This purple powerhouse blend of anti-brass conditioning ingredients is a bottle blonde's best friend.
Best Purple Conditioner

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Listen up, blondies: to cut the brass, you need a little something extra special. L’Oreal Paris’ purple powerhouse blend will cut kick brass and take names while leaving your hair silky smooth and unbelievably soft. While the directions say to rinse this formula out after five minutes, we suggest leaving it on for up to ten for a reset that leaves blonde locks looking brass-free and happy every single time.

Pros:

  • This pick is formulated without harsh sulfates, parabens, or salts, making it a great option for color-treated hair.
  • The deep purple of this conditioning treatment works to leave any brassy hair a bit brighter — even if your hair isn’t so blonde.

Cons:

  • It may not have the cleanest ingredients, but it does leave hair smooth and brass-free.

Biolage Colorlast Conditioner

Color us impressed

This conditioning treatment is an excellent option for chemically treated hair.
Best For Color-Treated Locks

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Made with color-treated hair in mind, Biolage’s conditioner works to keep your color for longer, all while expertly hydrating. Because chemically treated hair tends to be a bit drier, a deep conditioner is often your best bet. But you don’t want a conditioner that weighs your hair down, either. Biolage consistently pumps out some of the best hair care products — that’s why they are often used in salons — and this conditioner is no different. We love this pick for its weightless conditioning, which leaves locks silky smooth and color looking fresh.

Pros:

  • It works to extend the life of your hair color with each use due to its low pH and other specifically formulated nutrients and ingredients.
  • This formula is so gentle that you can use it every day.

Cons:

  • The bottle is relatively small for the price, but we think the salon-quality formula is worth the splurge.

Davines Nounou Deep Conditioner

From brittle to brilliant

This blend of rich ingredients will leave your dry hair significantly silkier.
Best For Damaged Hair

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Davines’ conditioner contains some seriously powerful nutrients to care for dry, damaged hair. Nourishing ingredients like jojoba, almond, tomato extract, shea butter, and more combine to create a deep conditioner designed to leave even the most straw-like locks happily quenched. This antioxidant-rich blend can detangle and smooth out even the most damaged strands — and, best of all, it helps keep them that way.

Pros:

  • This formula helps repair hair with use, allowing for a longer time in between trims.
  • The emollient-rich ingredients ensure that your hair and scalp will be thoroughly hydrated for longer.

Cons:

  • We recommend this option for significantly damaged hair since it may weigh down fine or freshly-cut strands.

Our Tips and Tricks

If you’re looking for a high-quality conditioner, aim for high-quality conditioning ingredients. Although it depends on your goal, for a moisturizing, everyday conditioner, you’ll want to find a blend of amino acids, oils, provitamins, and silicones. For taming fly-aways, a leave-in oil blend is an excellent conditioning option. And for the driest, most straw-like hair out there, a deep conditioning treatment once per week is a must.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I wash and condition my hair?
The answer may surprise you — it’s likely a lot less than you realized. For the healthiest hair, aim to wash every three or four days, and use a tiny dab of conditioner every day.

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