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Our 25 Must-Have Conditioners to Transform Dry Hair in 2024

Say goodbye to dryness and revitalize your locks with these top hair conditioners.
Our 25 Must-Have Conditioners to Transform Dry Hair in 2023

No matter our hair type, texture, length, or climate, dry hair happens to the best of us. Dryness can strike in the most unexpected moments, leaving even the most resilient strands parched and in need of rescue. You can have dry hair in humid climates or suddenly experience dry strands after years of never struggling with moisture levels—a number of reasons, from overuse of hot tools to a shift in hormone shifts, could be to blame. Luckily, dry hair is one of the easiest hair woes to tackle. Besides being more mindful of chemical processing and heat styling, incorporating a specific conditioner for dry hair into your hair care routine can make a world of difference.


Here, we'll introduce you to our best 25 hair conditioners tailored for dry hair as we unravel the telltale signs of dryness, shed light on the essential role of conditioner, and provide expert tips on how to apply conditioner on dry hair properly.

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Why It's Important to Select the Right Conditioner When You Have Dry Hair

If you have dry hair, selecting a conditioner that will specifically address your thirsty tresses is essential. The goal here is hydration, restored brilliance, and stronger-feeling hair. While all conditioners moisturize, ultimately, the best conditioner for dry hair is the one that will address your specific hair type and concerns.

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How to Tell If You Have Dry Hair

Aside from feeling brittle to the touch, there are a few other dry hair signs to look out for. First, examine how your hair looks. Dry hair is often dull or lackluster versus shiny and brilliant. Ends might also look fried or frayed, or even have a frizzy, straw-like appearance. Another sign of dry hair is split ends and breakage. If you notice tiny pieces of hair that fall like (unwanted) confetti while brushing, this is a sign of damaged, dry tresses. And, spoiler alert: the longer your hair remains dry, the more at risk it is to accrue damage.

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Why Conditioning Your Hair Is Important

In the same way you moisturize your hands, face, and lips, hair benefits from routine conditioning, too. Conditioner adds a boost of nourishing hydration to your strands, which can help reduce dullness, breakage, and split ends. It can also help hair look and feel stronger and shinier. Beyond enhancing its aesthetic appeal, conditioning your hair significantly improves manageability. Goodbye, unruly tresses!

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How to Condition Dry Hair

Adding a conditioning product to your shower routine is extremely straightforward. After shampooing, apply a quarter-sized amount of conditioner (or more if you have longer, thicker hair) to your strands and then rinse away. We recommend focusing your conditioner for dry hair onto the upper mid-shaft and ends since natural oils from the scalp can’t travel down to those areas as easily versus applying it at the root. You’ll typically rinse out conditioner after a good lather, but it’s always best to follow the directions on the bottle since sometimes more intense formulas will instruct you to let the product sit longer.

What conditioner is best for dry hair?

The best conditioner for dry hair will depend on your hair type, but it’s all about the ingredients. Look for hydrating elements like aloe, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin. Many formulas also include moisturizing oils such as coconut, olive, avocado, and macadamia, or nourishing butters like cupuaçu and shea. You will most likely find at least one or more of these in today’s top conditioner offerings. Here are 25 of the best hair conditioners for dry hair from the L'Oréal portfolio of professional brands, organized by hair type.

Our Best Conditioners for Dry Hair

Our Best Conditioners for Dry, Fine Hair


Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner for Dry Hair
Kérastase

Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner for Dry Hair

A nourishing conditioner specially formulated to treat normal to slightly dry hair.

One size available for Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner for Dry Hair
6.7 fl oz

Kérastase Paris Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner

Some people experience dry hair all year, while others only experience dryness seasonally. If your typically hydrated hair is going through a bit of a thirsty spell, swap out your regular conditioner for Kérastase’s Nutritive Lait Vital. The formula boasts incredibly light, exceptional nourishing care for normal to slightly dry hair.


Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Conditioner for Dry Hair
Shu Uemura

Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Conditioner for Dry Hair

A lightweight, moisturizing conditioner for dry hair.

One size available for Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Conditioner for Dry Hair
8 fl oz

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Urban Moisture Conditioner

No matter how well you care for your hair, there are some aggressors you can’t protect your strands from. Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Urban Moisture Conditioner adds hydration and protection against future dryness through purifying ingredients that shield strands from urban aggressors, such as dust, pollution, and hard water. Recommended for fine to normal hair densities, the lightweight conditioner leaves dry hair more manageable, easier to comb, and with a healthy sheen.


Elixir Ultime Le Fondant Conditioner
Kérastase

Elixir Ultime Le Fondant Conditioner

A daily, lightweight conditioner that contains camellia and argan oil.

One size available for Elixir Ultime Le Fondant Conditioner
6.7 fl oz

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Le Fondant Conditioner

Love what Kérastase’s cult-favorite Elixir Ultime L'Huile Original Hair Oil does for your dry strands? You’ll be obsessed with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Le Fondant Conditioner, a beautifying oil conditioner for fine to normal hair types.


Hydrate Sheer Conditioner
Pureology

Hydrate Sheer Conditioner

A lightweight, silicone-free conditioner that hydrates and detangles fine, dry-color-treated hair.


Pureology Hydrate Sheer Conditioner

For fine hair that looks and feels dry, you need a conditioner that will impart moisture to your strands without weighing them down. Add lightweight moisture and shine with Pureology’s Hydrate Sheer Conditioner. The silicone-free formula does not create build-up or leave a heavy coating on hair.

Our Best Conditioners for Dry, Damaged Hair


All Soft Argan-Oil Enriched Conditioner for Dry Hair
Best Seller
Redken

All Soft Argan-Oil Enriched Conditioner for Dry Hair

A moisturizing and hair-softening conditioner for dry, brittle hair.


Redken All Soft Argan-Enriched Conditioner

If you suffer from hair that feels stiff and coarse, swap your regular conditioner for Redken’s All Soft moisturizing and hair-softening conditioner enriched with argan oil. In addition to making your hair feel and look silky and shiny, it instantly detangles and replenishes moisture.


Acidic Bonding Concentrate Sulfate Free Conditioner for Damaged Hair
Best Seller
Redken

Acidic Bonding Concentrate Sulfate Free Conditioner for Damaged Hair

All-in-one concentrated conditioner for damaged hair


Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner

This conditioner, formulated with citric acid and Redken’s bonding care complex, repairs the look and feel of damaged hair. With a pH of seven, Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner is designed to help keep hair at its optimal pH to prevent future extensive damage.


Extreme Length Conditioner with Biotin
Redken

Extreme Length Conditioner with Biotin

A conditioner with biotin and castor oil to help strengthen and promote maximum growth for damaged hair.


Redken Extreme Length Conditioner with Biotin

Seriously damaged tresses are susceptible to breaking off. If that sounds like what you're dealing with, we recommend using a conditioner that helps strengthen weakened, damaged locks. Redken's Extreme Length Conditioner contains castor oil and biotin to help fortify your strands while hydrating them.


Inforcer Strengthening Conditioner
Stylist Pick
L'Oréal Professionnel

Inforcer Strengthening Conditioner

A hair strengthening conditioner to protect hair prone to breakage.

One size available for Inforcer Strengthening Conditioner
16.9 fl oz

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Conditioner

Elevate your hair care routine with this pro favorite for ​​restoring locks. Formulated with vitamin B6 and biotin, L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Inforcer helps improve strand strength every time you use it. Another one of our best conditioners for dry, damaged hair.


Total Results Moisture Me Rich Conditioner
Matrix

Total Results Moisture Me Rich Conditioner

A lightweight moisturizing conditioner for dry hair.


Matrix Food For Soft Detangling Hydrating Conditioner

This Food For Soft Detangling Hydrating Conditioner from Matrix works overtime on parched, brittle strands by deeply penetrating layers of hair with much-needed moisture. Thanks to key ingredients avocado oil and hyaluronic acid, hair retains seven times more moisture for up to 72 hours when used with the complete Food For Soft system.*

*vs. non-conditioning shampoo.


Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner for Severely Dry Hair
Kérastase

Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner for Severely Dry Hair

A conditioner that treats severely dry, brittle hair by delivering intense nourishment to restore super soft, healthy-looking hair from roots to ends.

One size available for Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner for Severely Dry Hair
6.7 fl oz

Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner for Severely Dry Hair

You’ll need to break out the big guns if you’re battling severely dry, brittle hair, but Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner is up for the task. It contains powerhouse ingredients such as benzoin resin and ceramides to aid in moisture retention and enhance shine, restoring soft, healthy-looking hair from roots to ends.

Our Best Conditioners for Dry, Frizzy Hair


Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Sulfate-Free Conditioner
Sulfate Free
Redken

Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Sulfate-Free Conditioner

A moisturizing, frizz-fighting conditioner.


Redken Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Sulfate-Free Conditioner

Say goodbye to the frizz monster with this gentle, hydrating Frizz Dismiss Conditioner from Redken. It harnesses the power of babassu oil to smooth, moisturize, detangle, and boost shine.


Total Results Mega Sleek Frizz Control Conditioner
Matrix

Total Results Mega Sleek Frizz Control Conditioner

A smoothing conditioner that provides frizz control.


Matrix Mega Sleek Conditioner

Did someone dial the smooth operator? Formulated with nourishing shea butter, this frizz-busting Mega Sleek Conditioner from Matrix helps tackle a rebellious mane, so hair looks and feels smoother, shinier, and more manageable. It'll even stand up to the most humid of climates.

Our Best Conditioners for Dry, Dull Hair


Hydra Source Conditioner
Biolage Professional

Hydra Source Conditioner

A moisturizing conditioner for dry hair.


Biolage Professional Hydra Source Detangling Solution

Inspired by the aloe vera plant that never seems to dry out, Biolage Professional Hydra Source Detangling Solution helps optimize moisture balance for healthy-looking hair. The result is nourished strands that look shiny, feel soft, and are easier to manage.


Total Results So Silver Nourishing Conditioner
Matrix

Total Results So Silver Nourishing Conditioner

A nourishing conditioner that hydrates and smooths dry, brittle and damaged color-treated hair.


Matrix So Silver Nourishing Conditioner

Blonde, platinum, or silver/gray hair can quickly turn dull, brassy, or yellowed. Matrix So Silver Conditioner not only helps tone your hair but also uses targeted nutrition technology that helps hydrate dry and porous hair. The result is a truer tone, softer strands, and improved hydration.

Our Best Conditioners for Dry, Curly Hair


All Soft Mega Curls Conditioner
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Redken

All Soft Mega Curls Conditioner

Hydrating conditioner that provides deep conditioning, detangling, and moisturizing benefits for extremely dry curly and coily hair.

One size available for All Soft Mega Curls Conditioner
10.1 fl oz

Redken All Soft Mega Curls Conditioner

Calling all spiral-haired beauties! Redken All Soft Mega Curls Conditioner is specifically formulated for extremely dry curls and coils. Featuring Redken’s exclusive Nourish Complex plus aloe vera, cactus flower extract, and inca inchi oil, it offers superior detangling and moisturizing while helping to strengthen even the most compromised medium to thick, coarse hair.


Ultra Hydra Source Conditioner
Biolage Professional

Ultra Hydra Source Conditioner

An intensely hydrating conditioner for very dry, coarse hair.


Biolage Professional Ultra Hydra Source Conditioning Balm

Unruly ringlets are a thing of the past with Biolage Professional Ultra Hydra Source Conditioning Balm. This conditioner is made with aloe, cupuaçu butter, and apricot kernel oil to optimize hydration levels within very dry, coarse hair—especially waves, curls, and coils. Curious about how to work it into the rest of your routine? Read all about the range in our editor-approved review.


A Curl Can Dream Co-wash for Curly and Coily Hair
Silicone Free Paraben Free Sulfate Free
Matrix

A Curl Can Dream Co-wash for Curly and Coily Hair

Sulfate- and silicone-free co-wash for curly and coily hair infused with Manuka honey extract.

One size available for A Curl Can Dream Co-wash for Curly and Coily Hair
10.1 fl oz

Matrix A Curl Can Dream Co-wash for Curly and Coily Hair

What are you waiting for if you haven’t tried a co-wash on your textured hair? While every hair type and texture can experience dryness, curly hair is often the most susceptible to dryness. Matrix A Curl Can Dream Co-Wash is a gentle cleansing conditioner ideal for in-between wash days to help revive curls without drying them out with shampoo.

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Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner

Another great co-washing pick for parched curls is Mizani’s True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner. This formula helps your strands retain moisture while maintaining their natural curl pattern for touchable texture.


Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Essentielle Conditioner
Kérastase

Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Essentielle Conditioner

A lightweight, moisturizing conditioner for curly & very curly hair.

One size available for Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Essentielle Conditioner
8.45 fl oz

Kérastase Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Essentielle Conditioner

Made with nourishing ingredients like manuka honey and ceramides, Kérastase Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Essentielle Conditioner infuses ringlets of all shapes with lightweight moisture and helps detangle even the most stubborn knots.

Our Best Conditioner for Dry Hair and Dandruff


Scalp Sync Mint Conditioner
Biolage Professional

Scalp Sync Mint Conditioner

A soothing, nourishing conditioner for scalpcare.


Biolage Professional Scalp Sync Conditioner

If dandruff is making your already dry strands look worse for wear, pick up a bottle of Biolage Professional Scalp Sync Conditioner. Inspired by the anti-bacterial and calming properties of the mint leaf, this conditioner weightlessly soothes and nourishes to condition hair and promotes a healthy-looking scalp.

Our Best Conditioners For Dry Color-Treated Hair


Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner for Blonde Hair
Kérastase

Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner for Blonde Hair

A lightweight conditioner that instantly restores and hydrates blonde hair.

One size available for Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner for Blonde Hair
6.7 fl oz

Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner for Blonde Hair

Bottled blondes know a thing or two about dryness. Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaflash Conditioner contains hyaluronic acid, a skincare fan-favorite, to deeply moisturize sensitized blonde strands and protect them from breakage.


Total Results Dark Envy Hydrating Conditioner
Matrix

Total Results Dark Envy Hydrating Conditioner

A must-have hair conditioner to hydrate dark bases for radiant, rich, shiny hair color.


Matrix Dark Envy Hydrating Conditioner

Although they require less drying bleach than their blonde-haired friends, dark hair still needs moisture, and a little TLC—Matrix Dark Envy Hydrating Conditioner will do just that. This non-color depositing conditioner helps to nourish virgin and color-treated dark brown to black hair while neutralizing red undertones. Its signature citrus, jasmine, and cedarwood scent is an added bonus.


Hydrate Conditioner
Pureology

Hydrate Conditioner

A hydrating, softening conditioner for medium to thick dry, color-treated hair.


Pureology Hydrate Conditioner

While those with fine hair benefit from the Hydrate Sheer formula, those with medium to thick color-treated hair should pick up Pureology’s OG Hydrate Conditioner. It gives your strands essential moisture while protecting the vibrancy of your salon hue.


Total Results Keep Me Vivid Nourishing Conditioner
Matrix

Total Results Keep Me Vivid Nourishing Conditioner

A lightweight, yet hydrating conditioner that leaves colored hair vibrant, smooth and soft.


Matrix Keep Me Vivid Conditioner

If you’re rocking salon color, you’ll want to protect your investment by applying a conditioner on dry hair that is the result of bleach or dye. The lightweight formula of Matrix’s Keep Me Vivid conditioner smooths, softens, and hydrates while ensuring your color stays radiant.


L'Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Moisturizing Conditioner
L'Oréal Professionnel

L'Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Moisturizing Conditioner

A moisturizing conditioner to give shine and preserve color-treated hair

One size available for L'Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Moisturizing Conditioner
16.9 fl oz

L’Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Moisturizing Conditioner

Frequent color sessions can cause your mane to look and feel dry, but the rich texture of the L’Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Moisturizing Conditioner leaves color-treated hair smoother and easier to detangle. When used after the Vitamino Shampoo, dyed hair is softened, and shine and vibrancy levels are beautifully boosted.

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