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Biggest millennial woman problem ever: going through your best hair conditioner twice as fast as your best shampoo.
When you’re spending twice as much on conditioner, you want to be sure it’s a formula that’s doing the job right for your hair type.
Read on as the Marie Claire beauty editors chart the best hair conditioner formulas that money can buy, by hair type.
OUAI Leave In Conditioner, £22, theouai.co.uk
While you can leave one of the best hair masks in overnight and wash it out the next day, sometimes you need a quicker fix. Enter leave-in conditioner. Founded by Jen Atkin, hair stylist and BFF to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, OUAI’s Leave-In Conditioner (formerly Smooth Spray) flattens frizz and revives second day hair that’s got a bit dry and unhappy, as well as being a great moisture hit for damp hair pre-blow drying.
Maria Nila True Soft Conditioner, £13.99, Sally Beauty
This conditioner is like a hit of hydration for hair that’s especially dry and feels like a haystack. Maria Nila’s All Soft conditioner will smooth over your hair and leave it the silkiest its ever been. Vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable, the brand is a firm favourite of the likes of Emma Watson – so you know it’s good.
Sachajuan Curl Conditioner, £22, Net-A-Porter
This conditioner is up there with the best of the best for curly hair. With curls, the hair’s structure mean that it’s harder for the natural oils to make their way down the lengths of the hair shaft, usually rendering the ends a bit dead and brittle. Sachajuan’s Curl Conditioner puts the moisture back into the full length of your hair, maximising its shine and bounce. Plus the Ocean Silk Complex scent is incredible; they should think about making a hair perfume.
Living Proof Restore Conditioner, £24, Fabled
Damaged hair is a real pain if you like the heat tools or colour your hair on the regular, causing its texture to look rough and dull. Whether you have fine, and frizzy or thick and coarse hair, this restores it to its former glory with just a couple of uses. Don’t believe us? Read the endless positive customer reviews online.
Davines Alchemic Conditioner, £19.80, Cult Beauty
As well as damage repair, the number one priority for bleach blonde hair is to keep it silvery fresh and not brassy-looking. Aura Friedman, the hair colorist extraordinaire behind Leighton Meester’s new platinum hair, recently recommended this very formula for those wanting to nourish bleach locks. So you know it’s a winner.
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Any good hairdresser will tell you that the key to maintaining silver-blonde hair is purple pigments. Aveda's Blue Malva range is a go-to for keeping that blonde colour fresh and not brassy.
Ideal for fine hair that needs a more gentle conditioner that doesn't compromise on volume hit, the new Pure Locks foam is enriched with luxurious Caviar Lime to keep locks shiny and bouncy. Flat hair, be gone.
Most curly girls are familiar with this one, but if you're not, get on board. It's a thick formula that's great for a gentle co-wash cleanse, but similarly restores shape and bounce to unhappy ringlets and waves. It's super thick, so a little goes a long way.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the thicker a conditioner, the better it moisturises – but that's not always the case. As well as keeping hair soft, shiny and healthy, this runny formula also stops your hair from becoming static and flyaway-like. Genius.
Supercharged with green tea and keratin strengthening technology, this fluid formula drenches the hair with moisture and detangles any knotty locks. For extremely dry and damaged hair, there's an Ultra Nourishing version, too.