Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written a lot about hair care — including scalp scrubs and products for double-processed and bleached blonde hair — here we’ve rounded up the best conditioners as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers at Sephora.
With its lightweight, hydrating, and humidity-blocking formula, this conditioner earns it top spot for giving reviewers smooth, frizz-free hair — often when other products have failed. One reviewer says, “I have tried EVERY [conditioner] on earth and I’m old enough to mean that,” while another writes, “it has taken me 32 years to love my natural hair and this stuff did it.” A reviewer whose “hair frizzes at the slightest thought of humidity,” says, “this product has been the ONLY one to help keep my frizz at bay,” and another loves how the conditioner “helps my hair resist ‘freaking out’ in humid situations” Many others report receiving compliments on their “shiny and bouncy” hair, which “looks like it does after a blow out.”
Although it’s more expensive than a drugstore conditioner, reviewers agree its frizz-fighting power is worth the cost. One writes, “I switched to another brand thinking I could stand to save some money but there really was no comparison,” and another says there’s an “astronomical performance difference” between this conditioner and its competitors. It’s not surprising, then, that one reviewer says, “If I were stranded on a desert island, I would HAVE to have Living Proof hair products,” especially considering that it gives this reviewer, whose hair normally “looks like I stuck my finger in a light socket,” smooth waves without the puffiness.
Best-rated (less expensive) conditioner
Free of parabens and sulfates — and safe for color-treated hair — reviewers find that this conditioner is a solid, everyday hydrating pick for most hair types, whether that’s “super curly thick hair,” “fine, slightly thinning, fragile hair,” or hair that “has crazy chemical damage.” A common refrain among reviewers is that it “moisturizes the hair without weighing it down,” and one loves that they “no longer have to spend hours with a straightener trying to style a frizzy mop. My hair is SOFT manageable untangled shiny does not feel heavy in the least.” Many others also comment on how it leaves hair feeling silky without any buildup. Plus, the price is right. As one reviewer writes, “Why overpay for shampoo or conditioner in fancy bottles? Save your money and choose Verb products.”
Best natural conditioner
Easily mistaken for a bottle of green juice, reviewers love this plant-powered conditioner, which one fan says is “like a facial for your scalp and hair.” “The nourishing ingredients like matcha, kale, and apple leave your hair so soft and hydrated,” says another, and many rave about the “light and fresh” green apple scent. Besides looking and smelling nice without any artificial chemicals, it’s also a reviewer-favorite for reviving dry and damaged hair. One writes, “This helped bring life back to my hair,” and another explains, “My color-treated, dry, abused hair needs A LOT of love, and this product delivers.” It works quickly, too, with lots of reviewers noticing “a dramatic improvement in softness” after just one use. Another reviewer says, “I think my roommates are both ‘borrowing’ it, because it’s THAT GOOD.”
Best conditioner for blonde hair
“Finally, a purple conditioner that delivers results,” one reviewer plainly declares, and many more agree that this violet-hued conditioner brings cool, blonde tones back to brassy hair. “It’s night and day how [different] my hair looks,” says one reviewer. “[It’s] back to platinum, and I only left it in while I finished shaving my legs.” Another calls it a “hair bodyguard against brass and ugly tones.” Those with bleached and dyed blonde hair like that it “keeps hair from getting too warm in between salon visits.” And one writes, “Not only did it boost my color so that people at work were asking if I dyed my hair (I haven’t), it was sooooo soft.”
Best conditioner for dry hair
A favorite of professionals, many reviewers — like one whose “hair was suffering [and] way too dry” — got turned on to this ultramoisturizing conditioner by their hairdressers. They agree that it “makes your hair feel nourished and cuts through any tangles,” and that the smell is “like a clean salon, not fruity and not perfumy.” It’s also the consensus that a little goes a long way: “You only need the tiniest amount, even for the thirstiest hair (i.e. mine),” says one reviewer who calls the conditioner “a heaven-sent product.” Another swears, “I will use this product for the rest of my days.”
Best conditioner for curly hair
Curl-focused DevaCurl delivers a customer favorite with a nourishing daily conditioner that reviewers call “a complete game-changer for curl care” and, more than once, a “miracle product.” A reviewer with “mixed-race curly hair” has been a devotee for years and says, “I’ve recommended this conditioner to all of my [coarse]-haired friends and they love it!” Reviewers say it earns this high praise because it “makes the curls shiny, soft, and manageable, defines the curls but doesn’t leave them all over the place,” “can be used as a leave-in,” and, for one reviewer, “transforms the frizz into smooth curls and enables me to leave my hair natural.” According to another, “It was what my hair has needed all my life.”
Best extra-moisturizing conditioner for curly hair
For curls that need a little more hydrating, reviewers turn to this sulfate-free moisturizing conditioner. As one reviewer says, “I have long, curly, dry hair, which drinks conditioner for breakfast. This makes my hair feel healthier than most ‘moisturizing’ conditioners.” A reviewer who has “natural curls that are somewhat relaxed but still tight enough to be chaotic,” says that “my hair became rather silky and the curls were defined beautifully after every wash” with the Ouidad. “People ask me what I do to my hair to make the curls so defined and healthy-looking,” says one reviewer, and another likes that it “keeps my curls under control without any ‘crunchiness.’” As one reviewer writes and several others echo, it’s “super hydrating but never weighs hair down in the least.”
Best conditioner for color-treated hair
As reviewers attest, this conditioner can make even the most damaged, color-treated hair look soft and smooth. “My color-treated hair feels so silky and has tons of life and bounce,” says one reviewer, while another says, “I have been coloring my hair since I was 18, so you could imagine the state it was in … I could not believe how wonderful it made my hair feel.” And a reviewer with dry, highlighted hair says, “I can comb through my hair after a shower like a hot knife through butter.” One more raves, “It has helped to transform my 45-year-old highlighted hair from frizzy and in need of flat-ironing to look[ing] good with just a blow-dryer.”
Best conditioner for damaged hair
Like its associated shampoo, this conditioner gets singled out by reviewers for actually repairing damaged hair. “OMG … not sure what type of voodoo magic is in this [but it] has really transformed my hair,” says one reviewer whose damaged, bleached hair is now “shiny and healthy-looking again.” The difference isn’t subtle, either. One reviewer says: “My stylist was combing through my hair [and] asked if I was taking extra vitamins — nope! I told her what I had been using and she said my hair felt a lot stronger and not as fragile as it normally does!” Lots of reviewers say their dyed or processed hair looks stronger with each use. As one fan puts it, “I watched my hair spring back to life before my eyes.”
Best conditioner for frizzy hair
A few bucks cheaper than our overall top-rated conditioner, this one is also a go-to among reviewers for fighting frizz. “My hair used to be frizzy but now is so silky I can’t stop touching it,” says one, and another excitedly announces, “I didn’t have to use my T3 flat iron on my hair for the first time in YEARS!!” Many more report ditching their hot tools after using this conditioner to tame frizz, and one adds, “My friends commented on my hair looking silky and I NEVER get compliments on my hair.”
Best conditioner for oily hair
If you’re like the reviewer who “struggled with finding a conditioner that wasn’t heavy and didn’t contribute to my hair feeling or looking extra greasy,” you’ll probably like this conditioner that one reviewer calls “neither too light and watery nor too thick and oily.” Others commented that it “conditions your hair without weighing it down or making it feel greasy,” with one saying it’s “sooo lightweight it’s insane.” Another says, “I even apply some leave-in conditioner afterwards and my hair doesn’t get oily or greasy, but soft and shiny instead.”
Best volumizing conditioner
Whether you’re dealing with naturally fine hair or strands that are thinning due to age or damage (like one reviewer who says “my hair has become thinner and thinner due to my constant use of a straightener”), this citrus-smelling conditioner (it “basically smells like you just zested an orange,” according to another) will add serious volume. One reviewer says, “I actually notice a big improvement in the body and volume of my hair compared to when I use my drugstore brand volumizing conditioner,” and another writes, “I definitely saw some lift!”
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