Best Conditioners for Dry Hair Including Leave-in & Deep Conditioners

Best Conditioners for Dry Hair Including Leave-in & Deep Conditioners


What is the best conditioner for dry hair? This article will cover best conditioners for hair that is dry, which will include top brands overall, best leave in, deep, for dry curly, fine hair etc.

There are probably twice as many conditioners for dry hair as there are cosmetic manufacturers in the market today. They vary in both brand and effectiveness yet they all claim to be the best of their kind. Wading through these murky waters of brand marketing can prove to be exhausting, not to say pointless for every day a new product is launched somewhere in the world. What really matters in all matters hair is the matter- the substance- in each bottle of hair conditioner.

Best Conditioners for Dry Hair

Therefore, the only way you can logically identify the best conditioners for dry hair is through their contents. These conditioners should contain the following:

Best Conditioners for Dry Hair Including Leave-in & Deep Conditioners - Redken Real Control Conditioner
Redken Real Control Conditioner
  • Moisturizers also called humectants hold moisture in the hair shaft (strand) enabling dry hair to regain its suppleness and soft texture. Reconstruction elements containing hydrolyzed proteins penetrate the dry hair and strengthen its structure.
  • Detanglers coat dry hair with gloss, making it lose its dull sheen, regain its rich luster, and make hair easier to brush.
  • The perfect conditioners must also contain thermal protectors to prevent the already dry and damaged hair from the adverse effects of heat, which causes breakage.
  • Acidifiers to maintain the right pH in the hair while protecting it from changing color.
  •  Glossers, usually silicones, which bind themselves to the hair, shaft to protect it from heat damage caused by styling.
  •  Oils which coat the hair to form a protective coating from the weather elements
  • Surfactants mainly keratin, which rebuild damaged hair strands.   In some conditioners, protein that forms a protective layer over dry hair, and nourishes it.

It is however important to note that these ingredients vary in individual concentration in every type of conditioner. This is due to the many different types of hair with different needs. Conditioners with high concentrations of detanglers for instance may not be suitable for those with dry thin hair, as they tend to accentuate its thinness. Thus, each conditioner has its own distinct formula to deal with a distinctive hair type. Many people though, use them indiscriminately or rely purely on brand name while choosing their hair conditioner and the result is often disastrous.

To avoid this catastrophe you must always use a conditioner best suited to your hair, whether thin, fine or curly and thick. Ignorance or wisdom on this issue is what differentiates the beauty from the beast.

You should also acknowledge that though brands do matter due to issues of quality and cost, the only fool-proof way of ensuring that your dry hair recovers without wastage of too much money is to not only know the product brands but to know the stuff inside the bottle. So next time you go shopping for hair products do not only look at the name in large lettering on the container, but also at the fine print on the back, in the ingredients label. Try to verify every product’s claims by checking the first four ingredients, which usually represent 80% of product volume.

Here is a list of some of the best conditioners for dry hair in the stores according to (

Best Conditioners for Dry Hair Including Leave-in & Deep Conditioners - Dove
Best Conditioners for Dry Hair – Dove
  • Redken Real Control Conditioner
  • Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Deep Nourishing Conditioner
  • John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner
  • Bumble and bumble Thickening Conditioner

Best Leave In Conditioner for Dry Hair

Leave in conditioners are best applied after shampooing your hair when you are on the move. Thus, the best should be thin, less viscous to prevent the product from remaining at the hair roots leaving a dirt-like muck on your scalp when it dries. It must therefore, contain humectants and glossers instead of oils, which are present in ordinary conditioners and are tackier.

This type is not advisable for dry thin hair as it only emphasizes it but is recommended for thick and curly dry hair. It is also available in natural and organic brands for those with allergies and skin sensitivities. A suitable leave in conditioner brand available locally is

  • Organic olive oil
  • Joico Daily Leave in Detangler

Best Deep Conditioner for Dry Hair

The best deep conditioner for dry hair should have high concentrations of hydrating ingredients like reconstructors and humectants to reach deep into the dry hair shaft. It must contain high level of oils like nut extracts to penetrate the hair cuticle to improve elasticity. However, acidifiers must be kept minimal so as not to affect hair color.

Locally available brands with these qualities include:

  • Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner
  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner

Best Conditioner for Fine Dry Hair

Fine dry hair can be particularly troublesome during conditioning for it never seems to have enough volume. Due to this fact, the best conditioner for it must be very light. Naturally, extracted oils like coconut are especially helpful in such situations as they fatten the cuticle thickening the hair shafts. It should also be free of synthetic dyes and sulfates which wear it down. Any brand with an additional label, volumizing conditioner would be suitable to condition fine dry hair while giving it bounce.

Best Conditioners for Dry Hair Including Leave-in & Deep Conditioners - Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner

A good example

  • Aveeno Nourish+Volumize Conditioner

Best Moisturizing Conditioner for Dry Hair

Chemical treatments, blow drying and flat irons can drastically reduce the moisture in your hair causing dullness and breakage. The ideal moisturizing conditioner should contain high levels of humectants and no sulfates, which increase dryness to replenish and rebalance moisture levels.

A suitable example would be

  • Motions Oil Moisturizer

Best Conditioner for Dry Curly Hair

The truth about curly hair is that it is usually dry as its curly nature inhibits oils from travelling down to the roots. Its perfect conditioner must contain high volumes of oils, detanglers and glossers like glycerin, which coats the hair shafts trapping moisture in the hair. Examples are

  • Almond and Jojoba Oils

Cheap Conditioner for Fine Dry Hair

Dry fine hair can be a lot to contend with especially if you do not know where to start. Nevertheless, this should not be of much concern, if you are armed with the right knowledge and the right products. As I have highlighted in this article, some products are quite cheap and easy to obtain for a person in dire need of treatment. Stick to organic oils such as:

  • John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler

So regardless of your hair type, weight of your purse or whatever constraint, real or imagined, if you have dry hair and have had it for the past one month you have no one to blame but yourself.

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