The best hair conditioner for your hair type - your one-way ticket to silky hair

Helloooooo, soft hair

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Helloooooo, soft hair

I'd guess that at least half of all women go through their best hair conditioner twice as fast as shampoo. And considering that it is usually a little bit pricier, you want to be sure it’s a formula that’s doing the job right for your own hair type.

Read on as the Marie Claire UK beauty editors chart the best formulas that money can buy, by hair type.

How does hair conditioner work?

'Conditioner is a moisturising agent which helps replenish the hair's moisture post-cleansing,' explains Antony Rawlings, Creative Director of Redken salon Lockonego London. 'It is worth noting that conditioner alone will not improve the health of the hair – only the appearance and manageability. Conditioners help to close the cuticle.

'A tip when using is to brush through, as this will further aid the closing of the cuticle and thus improve manageability. Conditioners focus on the appearance too, leaving hair soft and shiny.'

How to choose a conditioner for your hair type

'Quite simply, you need to choose a conditioner based on the weight and thickness of your hair,' says Antony. 'Prescriptive conditioners help to improve manageability and offer solutions. If you suffer from frizz, for example, you will want to use a conditioner that specifically tackles this, such as the Redken Frizz Dismiss Conditioner.

'If you find your hair is dry and undernourished – a result of the cold weather, or overuse of heat styling tools during party season – then you will want to use a conditioner that is packed full of protein and moisturising agents like argan oil. I would suggest Redken All Soft Conditioner for this.'

The best hair conditioners to buy now:

Need more hair-spiration? Keep on scrolling for more of Team MC's hero formulas for every budget. We've included everything from exciting new releases to old favourites such as Olaplex. Did you know that their conditioner is one of Cult Beauty's bestselling products? While you're here, don't forget to check out our guides to the best hair masks and best hair oil. Trust us, your hair will be thanking you...

Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.