Dealing with a case of the dry hair woes is a universal hair issue. You don’t necessarily need to have a hair type that’s naturally prone to dry conditions. Dry hair can be seasonal, can happen due to environmental changes or occur after chemical hair procedures. The key to finding the best hair conditioner for dry hair is knowing what will work for your hair type.
Below, we’ve rounded up a quick guide to help you find the best hydrating conditioner based on your hair’s condition. Read on for our top picks:
In a nutshell: Conditioners are meant to improve the condition of your hair after shampooing. However, you have to find the conditioner or hair care system that caters to your hair’s needs. If dry hair is the issue, then you need to switch out your regular conditioner for one that provides moisture.
One of our favorite ways to shop for conditioners is to look for those that either tout deep moisturization or include ingredients infused into the formula that are known for their moisturizing benefits. Another way to shop for a conditioner for dry hair is to find the ones that are best for your hair type. For instance, if you have curly hair, the conditioners on the market are formulated to tackle your dry hair issues since curly hair is naturally dry. However, we highly recommend reading the labels before heading to the cashier. Not all conditioners will leave your hair moisturized.
1. Curly, Dry Hair
When treated correctly and consistently with the right hair products, curly will have an adequate amount of moisture. Believe it or not, many women don’t bother updating their hair care regimen with products that are specifically designed for their hair type. Curly hair types are prone to dryness so it needs a good hydrating conditioner that will help curls to retain moisture. Use a conditioner, like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Conditioner, to moisturize your curls during the conditioning step. For extra conditioning, you can leave the product on your hair for about five minutes before rinsing with warm water.
2. Thick, Dry Hair
For thick, dry hair types you probably will reach for a hair mask to cure all of your dry hair issues. The first thing that comes to mind is finding a conditioner that’s rich and thick. While this is a great idea, you can also use a deep moisturizing conditioner like TIGI Copyright Custom Care Moisture Conditioner. Conditioning with this will replenish lost moisture and nourish your hair. But, if you do want to experience a hair mask (we all love an at-home spa moment!), go for that instead.
3. Fine, Dry Hair
The best conditioner for dry hair that’s fine is one that doesn’t weigh down your strands. The formula found in Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner is ideal for thin and fine hair types. Conditioning with this adds volume to the hair while replenishing your strands with the moisture it needs.
4. Normal, Dry Hair
If your hair isn’t naturally dry, you probably have experienced dry hair as the season’s change. To replenish your hair with moisture, look for a conditioner that works for all hair types. We like the Nexxus Humectress Humectress Restoring Conditioner. Not only does it help your hair in the moisture department; it also retains your hair’s natural movement and helps dry hair restore lost nutrients. This is perfect for hair in dry climates, hair that’s dried out due to overuse of heat-styling tools.
5. Dry/Damaged Hair
When it comes to finding the best hair conditioner for dry, damaged hair, you’ll need to look for products that promise to help replenish, moisturize and protect against further damage. Enter, Nexxus Emergencee Restoring Conditioner. This is your one-stop-shop for sealing in moisture and providing your hair with deep nourishment and protection.