The 7 Best Drugstore Conditioners of 2019

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We’ve heard this line before: Good hair starts in the shower, and that obviously includes your shampoo and conditioner. Some people might think it’s okay to skip that second step—but it’s not! Conditioners are key to strengthening the hair cuticle, preventing breakage, replenishing moisture, and detangling. Pretty crucial, right? And just like your favorite shampoo, you can get a formula that is meant to target your needs, such as if you have color treated hair, need to add shine to fight dullness, or prefer to rock your natural curls. The best part is a good conditioner doesn’t need to break the bank. These are the top drugstore conditioners. 

Best Overall: TRESemme Moisture Rich Luxurious Conditioner


Let’s be honest: We could all use a little more hydration in our hair, and TRESemme’s Moisture Rich Luxurious Conditioner brings it on. The magical multitasker does everything from restore damaged hair to bringing back shine to quenching thirsty strands to leaving hair super soft. The touchability and sheen comes courtesy of the infusion of vitamin E. The conditioner works on all hair types, and since the formula is lightweight, it won’t weigh down fine strands. 

Best Budget: Dove Smoothing Ritual Marula Oil Conditioner


Marula oil is a super hot hair ingredient right now for good reason. Packed with antioxidants, nutrients, fatty acids, and minerals, it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to keep the scalp healthy and boost growth, plus it protects against environmental damage. Dove’s Smoothing Ritual Marula Oil Conditioner puts the powerhouse ingredient at its center, along with baobab to nourish hair. They team up together for impressive hydration, frizz fighting, and smoothing. 

Best for Color Treated Hair: L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Protecting Conditioner


We’ll give you the bad news first: Coloring your hair can really, really damage it. But here’s the good news: L'Oréal Paris is here to help with their Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner. It contains antioxidants to boost hair health, ceramides to repair damaged hair fibers, and UV filters to guard hair color from fading. The final touch is that it can seal in color for up to 30 days. 

Best for Curly Hair: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Conditioner


Curly hair has a tendency to get dry easily, so look for a conditioner with extra hydration to nourish the hair shaft. This pick from Shea Moisture is designed for thirsty strands and made with natural and organic ingredients, including shea butter, honey, African rock fig and baobab oils. They work together to soften, detangle, add shine, and deeply condition. Meanwhile, anti-inflammatory manuka honey soothes the scalp and improves the moisture barrier, while mafura oil’s oleic acid naturally restores oil.

Your hair won’t just look good—you’ll feel good too, knowing that 10 percent of SheaMoisture Community Commerce sales help fight poverty by supporting women-led businesses and the communities that source the ingredients. The brand pays them a fair, living wage and provides training for them to develop their own manufacturing in their home countries. 

Best for Dry Hair: OGX Nourishing + Coconut Milk Conditioner


When you want mega moisture, turn to coconut milk. This gentle, sulfate-free conditioner from OGX is packed with the stuff. The formula also contains coconut oils for added hydration, as well as whipped egg white proteins to repair damaged hair and strengthen it. Bonus: Like anything coconut, its scent will transport you to a tropical vacation. 

Best for Damaged Hair: Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Conditioner


Nexxus is known for their damage control, and this conditioner will help heal yours no matter if it was caused by color, treatments, or too much heat styling. It restores moisture to the hair and improves its resilience. The structure of our hair is made up of 90 percent protein, which is why this is infused with the brand’s exclusive ProteinFusion, including keratin protein and black rice, to deeply nourish, leaving hair silky smooth. Even severely damaged hair will be re-hydrated and detangled. 

Best for Dull Hair: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Conditioner


Dry hair is dull hair, and no one wants either of those things. Garnier’s Sleek & Shine Conditioner will take care of both. It promises to sleekify strands with its strengthening formula that is infused with fairly and sustainably sourced argan oil from Morocco. The favorite ingredient does its job to fight frizz and smooth. The Fructis formula also contains the brand’s signature Active Fruit Protein, an exclusive blend of citrus protein, vitamins B3 and B6, and fruit extracts to help hair become healthier. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular drugstore conditioners on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different conditioners overall, screened options from 20 different brands and manufacturers, read over 35 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 20 of the conditioners themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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