20 Best Shampoo and Conditioner for men 2018-2019-Dry Damaged Hair
For a product that both men and women use daily, most of us do not put much effort into selecting a conditioner. Well we at Faveable are here to tell you that you really should put a bit more thought into your conditioner selection, as most conditioners contain cheap, synthetic ingredients that can severely damage your hair.
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So, what should you look for in a conditioner? First of all, we recommend something with Hydrolyzed Proteins—such as Kertain, Soy, or Wheat—which will moisturize, smooth, and add shine to your hair. Essential Oils are also important as well. Argan, Coconut, and Avocado Oil are the three most common found in conditioners, all of which strengthen and protect hair, leaving it looking thick and shiny. Finally, detangling agents such as Behentrimonium Methosulfate will prevent breakage and allow hair to grow long and strong.
Now, what to avoid. Chemicals such as Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, and Silicones can cause irritation and strip hair of natural chemicals. So we recommend you stay far, far away.
Want to hear the best part?
We at Faveable understand that you’re busy and don’t necessarily have an endless amount of time (or money) to spend trying out conditioners, so that’s why we’ve done the work for you! Our team of experts has spent hours researching conditioners, reading reviews, and testing products to create the most comprehensive list of the conditioners available.
Whether you’re looking for salon quality or something you can buy at your local drug store, we guarantee our list has got you covered. We even categorized each Fave to make your search for the best conditioner easier. And if you’re looking for a way to extend the look of your beautifully conditioned locks, check out our list of the best dry shampoos on the market.
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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best shampoos on Amazon — we’ve also picked out our favorite hair straighteners and bath robes — according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best Affordable Shampoo
4.6 stars, 1,056 reviews
“My hair has been dried out from numerous products. After the first use of this, my hair was noticeably softer and felt stronger. The smell is amazing as well. Highly recommend this, as I will be buying it again.”
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Best Hair-Regrowth Shampoo
4.3 stars, 4,447 reviews
“I have to say, I’ve never really believed in miracle products or anything that get’s a lot of hype. However, Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Caffeine Hair Loss Shampoo is actually true to its advertised purpose! I’ve bought this shampoo a couple of times now, and while it is pricey, the quality of the volume and thickness of my hair as a result are just totally priceless. I was worried that just an eight-ounce bottle would only be enough for a week’s worth of shampooing, but I don’t wash my hair every single day, and it lasts me about two months. My hair has noticeably less breakage, more shine, and has given me a bit of a confidence boost. I would definitely recommend this shampoo to anyone suffering hair loss. And as a bonus, this stimulating caffeine ‘surge’ smells like a citrus coffee drink! I love the smell; it’s like my hair is drinking caffeine to stay awake.”
Best Moisturizing Shampoo
4.8 stars, 209 reviews
“I have fine, shoulder-length, textured hair that I color regularly. I have tried many, many different moisturizing shampoos, and they have either not moisturized or have left my hair feeling limp, oily, or gross. I tried this one after reading the reviews and I’m glad I did. This stuff is wonderful! It took about a week to see the difference, but my hair is softer, shinier, and it has more body. I would highly recommend!”
Best Anti-dandruff Shampoo
4.5 stars, 2,532 reviews
“This stuff is absolutely amazing. I was one step away from going to the dermatologist. I had severe dandruff that was so bad, I could shake my head and it would come off. With just a few uses per week, I got rid of all of my flakes. My scalp also stopped burning from dryness. My hair has never been healthier.”
Best Organic Shampoo
4.6 stars, 196 reviews
“I love this shampoo! It cleans really well, and it has a very refreshing, eucalyptus-mint smell. It’s great if you have a cold, as it helps clear your sinuses, too. You definitely need to use a conditioner with it, too, however. I am now using this instead of Head & Shoulders, and the Tea Tree Oil is keeping my seborrheic dermatitis under control, without the use of chemicals, parabens, or other harmful additives.”
Best Hypoallergenic Shampoo
4.2 stars, 358 reviews
“I was skeptical because the last sulfate-free shampoo I used was awful, but the Puracy shampoo is so nice! It doesn’t take much to make a nice lather, so it’s easy to wash your hair, and it left my hair feeling clean and soft. I have gray hair, almost white, that tends to be frizzy, and it leaves my hair soft. I was a little concerned about the yellow color, but it doesn’t leave color residue at all. I like the company socially because it donates part of its profits, and environmentally because the product is fully biodegradable. I’m happy to have found a safe product that works so well.”
Best Color-Treated-Hair Shampoo
4.3 stars, 218 reviews
“You only need a little. The smell is intoxicating. Color will be vibrant. Hair will thank you, and now I understand what the fascination is — will buy this again and again. P.S.: I never leave this in the shower. I do not share this with my family.”
Best Baby Shampoo
4.6 stars, 1,295 reviews
“We’ve used this shampoo/baby wash on our baby since she was 1 week old. It’s very gentle, while still effectively cleansing her skin. She smells so good and fresh after her bath. Everyone remarks on how great she smells! We use it as both a shampoo and as a bodywash, and it functions well for both purposes. We first received a bottle as a gift at our baby shower, but I’ve continued to purchase it since it works so well. Her skin is never dry or irritated, and its no-tears formula is ideal for babies and small children.”
Best Blonde-Hair Shampoo
4.3 stars, 626 reviews
“My stylist recommended this product to me. Having been blonde for a few years now, it’s really hard to come across a purple shampoo that actually does the job, but I think I’ve found my match! Awesome shampoo, probably the best I’ve ever used, but BE CAREFUL!! The product is VERY strong, and will turn your hair purple if you leave it in too long. I leave it in my hair for about a minute or two max before washing it out, which is perfect.”
Best Curly Hair “Shampoo”
4.2 stars, 1,244 reviews
“After having to cut off all of my hair due to improper use of bleach, I was afraid that my curls were gone for good. I was seriously considering cutting it off again and sporting a cute Halle Berry style but I decided to give DevaCurl a try. I cannot express how it saved my curls. DevaCurl has helped me embrace my curly hair. Instead of fighting with it on a daily basis, I just condition it and go. Seriously, I can shower and leave the house with wet hair and it will dry into beautiful spirals that are shiny and move beautifully.”
Best Volumizing Shampoo
4.6 stars, 1,361 reviews
“I started using this once a week to get the gunk out that weighs down your hair and makes it limp and lifeless. This shampoo is amazing! It wakes my hair up every Sunday when I use it. I’m also one of those people who likes to spread out washing my hair, and this allows me to do that. After I use it, my hair looks a shade lighter, and it’s weightless and full of body. Its smell is a little on the strong side, but its a clean scent, so I don’t mind.”
Best Dry Shampoo
4.3 stars, 4,630 reviews
“I love this stuff! Batiste is the first dry shampoo I’ve used, and it’ll likely be the last. My hair is naturally very, very oily … to the point where I would wash it in the morning and by late night it looked greasy. If I showered but didn’t wash my hair, it was worse. I actually completely stopped using conditioner for several years because of it. Doing so helped a little, but I had to start conditioning again due to having my hair bleached. This dry shampoo was the answer. I don’t know why, but I did expect my hair to feel freshly washed after using it. It doesn’t, it still feels a little greasy (I can only assume that’s normal), but it does look 100 percent better. I highly recommend this product. By the way, I got the tropical scent, too, and the smell is a little much, but it dissipates fairly quickly — and after, my hair is left with a light coconutty smell.”
Best Conditioner for Straight Hair
Why People Love it
- Free of sulfates and parabens
- Safe for color treated hair
- Developed to maintain hair’s natural integrity
Umm, the price. We’re sorry, but if you want straight hair it’s really gonna cost ya.
Performance: Bb Straight Conditioner is designed for anyone with curly, thick, coarse, frizzy, unmanageable, unruly hair (or any combination thereof), looking to give their hair a smoother, silkier texture. This conditioner does all that while still encouraging body and movement. Finally, a product that minimizes frizz without compromising the curl. As an added bonus it also adds shine, and the straightening effect lasts all day. Swoon.
Scent: This conditioner has a soapy, coastal smell that you’re guaranteed to love.
Price: At $34 for an 8.5-ounce bottle, this condition will cost you right around $4 per ounce. Although not the most expensive on our list, it’s pretty pricey.
Best Conditioner for Dry Hair
Why People Love it
- Leaves hair feeling smooth and touchably
- Treats all hair types
- Repairs chemically damaged hair
This daily conditioning formula infuses hair with moisture, leaving your locks looking healthy, silky, and shiny. Want to know the secret to this repairing conditioner? Quinoa proteins. Crazy, right? Bet you didn’t see that one coming! In any event, this stuff promises to hydrate, condition, and detangle. And reviewers report that it truly delivers. Say hello to strong, healthy hair in no time!
Performance: This conditioner naturally detangles, preventing further damage and breakage. But it goes beyond preventing future damage and restructures dry, dead hair. The Aveda brand is also known for its rigorous environmental sustainability standards, so you can feel good about what’s going into your conditioner.
Scent: Created using pure plant and flower essence, this conditioner smells like you just walked through a field of flowers. Ummm, yes please.
Price At $4.32 per fluid ounce, this stuff is pricey. But if you’re in desperate need of a quick fix for dry, damaged hair, this conditioner is totally worth it. Plus, a little goes a long way with this stuff, so the price isn’t quite as bad as it sounds.
Best Conditioner for Curly Hair
Why People Love it
- Paraben and sulfate-free
- Works on any curl type
- Eliminates frizz and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth
Rank and Curl rated this as one of the best conditioners for curly hair. The formula is gentle enough for daily use and leaves curls looking healthy and strong. Reviewers consider this the “Holy Grail” of conditioner for curly hair, so why not give it a try?
Performance: This ultra-creamy instant conditioner keeps curls shiny and manageable. But what we love most about this product is that you can use it daily and it won’t dry out your curls like normal conditions. As an added bonus, it’s not tested on animals, and that feels good too, right?
Also, if you can’t get enough of this product, check out the book Curly Girl, written by the creator of DevaCurl hair products. It’s basically the curly haired girl’s guide to life. We promise you won’t regret it!
Scent: Reviewers love the fresh and invigorating scent of lemongrass.
Price: At just 97 cents per fluid ounce, this stuff is seriously a steal!
Best Deep Conditioner
Why People Love it
- Repairs split ends
- Great for color treated hair
- Rejuvenates dry, damaged hair
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource is an intensive-conditioning system that deeply moisturizes to nourish and repair dead hair. Not only that, but it smells good too! What more could you ask for in a conditioner?
Performance: Not only will this conditioner prevent future damage, but it will restore hair to its natural, silky state. But this stuff doesn’t stop there, it eliminates frizz, detangles, and leaves hair looking and feeling stronger and shinier than ever. And users report a noticeable difference after just one use. But don’t just take our word for it. This conditioner comes highly recommended by both Elle and Total Beauty.
Scent: Rosemary, goldenseal, and aloe plant give this a subtle, natural scent that users just can’t get enough of. Plus, it’s not too overpowering so it won’t clash with perfume or cologne, so feel free to use this stuff daily!
Price: At $15.43 for 9.5 fluid ounces, this conditioner comes out to $1.61 per ounce. Although it’s not the cheapest product on our list, we think that’s incredibly reasonable for a deep conditioner that truly works.
Best Conditioner for Volume
Why People Love it
- Free of sulfates, phosphates, and parabens
- Great for color treated hair
- Beautifies hair with shine, manageability, and movement
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner is truly magic. For those of you who have grown up with unrealistic hair expectations thanks to Disney, an Editor from Elle claims that this conditioner turns her dull, frizzy-yet-flat hair into a “Cinderelle-ed” masterpiece. You heard it, folks. Always wanted to have hair like a Disney princess? You’ve gotta give this stuff a try.
Performance: Not only will this conditioner give you body and shine, but it will cleanse and detangle to bring you healthy, happy hair. The formula is also free of sulfates, phosphates, and parabens, so it’s safer for the environment and won’t dry, fade or strip hair of color.
Scent: Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner contains antioxidants, argain oil, and nutrients which not only cleanse and detangle hair, but also smell amazing.
Price: Nothing from the Moroccanoil brand is cheap, but users report a noticeable difference when they switch from Moroccanoil to something else. So if you really want to give your hair voluptuous body we suggest you suck it up and dish out the $25 for an 8.5-ounce bottle.
Best Drugstore Conditioner
Why People Love it
- Great for chemically treated or over processed hair
- Repairs up to one year of damage in a single use
- Noticeable difference in as littles as 5 minutes
Performance: Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm by L’Oréal is specially formulated for damaged, over processed, and chemically treated hair. This intense luxurious reconstructing balm instantly repairs the 5 signs of damage, including: split ends, breakage, dehydration, roughness, and dull color. It will mend split ends and reduce signs of damage with just one use and leaves hair feeling amazingly soft for days.
Scent: This stuff has a very light and pleasant, soapy scent that users just can’t seem to get enough of.
Price: An 8.5-ounce bottle will cost $9.69 on Amazon, which puts it right at $1.14 per ounce. But to be honest, you can probably find this for under $6 at your local Target or CVS without having to pay for shipping, so we recommend you maybe give that a try first.
Best Conditioner for Men
Why People Love it
- Smells amazing
- Hydrates and smooths, while eliminating frizz and dryness
- Backed by a lifetime guarantee
Krieger + Sohne produces “warrior grade” products, perfect for any man. They work great and smell amazing. Oh, and they’re not tested on animals. And that feels good too, right?
Performance: When selecting the best men’s conditioner, it came down to Krieger + Sohne and Jack Black. Although we (as well as every men’s magazine on the planet) really loved both, we went with Krieger + Shohne based on the stellar description and rave reviews. Plus, as an Amazon Bestseller described as the “oil of the gods,” how could we possibly not choose this as the best conditioner for men? This conditioner truly has it all. It’s lightweight, hydrating, soothing, and healing. Plus, it eliminates frizz and dryness, soothes the scalp, and reduces dandruff. Some even say this conditioner is so good it can eliminate stress and elevate your mood. Need we say more?
Scent: The formula of this conditioner is created using a variety of vitamins and amino acids and smells of rich peppermint oil. Men love the smell and say women are highly attracted to it as well. Effective and delicious. What more could you ask for?
Price: Another reason we went with K + S over Jack Black is because it was a slightly a better value per ounce. A 16-ounce bottle costs just over $17. So at just over $1 per ounce, we think this stuff is a great buy.
Best Leave In Conditioner
Why People Love it
- Great for blow drying and flat ironing
- Adds volume and shine to thin, flat hair
- Controls curls and frizz all day long
Users can’t stop raving about this amazing leave in conditioner. As the name suggests, this truly is a miracle product. Among other things, this product adds shine, controls frizz, and protects hair from heat. Plus, it smells great! Are you sold yet?
Performance: So you may be wondering where the name of this product comes from. Well what makes this such a miracle product is that it does 10 things in one: 1) repairs dry damaged hair; 2) adds shine; 3) smooths and controls frizz; 4) seals and protects color; 5) detangles; 6) prevents slit ends; 7) stops breakage; 8) leaves hair silky and smooth; 9) enhances natural body; and 10) provides heat protection. It’s a 10 is a quality product that can manage any hair type.
Scent: The sunflower, green tea extracts, and vitamin C combine to create a light, fresh scent that reviewers just can’t get enough of.
Price: At $21.17 for a 10-ounce bottle, or over $2 per ounce, this stuff isn’t cheap. But for one product that can do the same thing as the 10 products you’re currently buying, it really is a steal.
Best Hair Conditioner Overall
Why People Love it
- Micro-Emulsion Technology strengthens hair from within
- Moisturizes, detangles, and locks in color
- Works on both straight and wavy hair
ELLE.com editors weigh in on the secret to Sofia Vergara silkiness, protecting the impulsive dye job, and minimizing the frizz without compromising the curl.
This shampoo was recommended to me recently and I haven’t used anything else since. It gently cleans my hair without making it super dry. As for my conditioner, I use this mask from the same collection. A tiny bit each time I wash goes a long way and keeps my hair extra hydrated.- Nikki Ogunnaike, ELLE.com Senior Fashion Editor
Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral, $41; kerastase.com
Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral, $63; kerastase.com
My hair requires very, very little maintenance. It’s straight, virgin, and hardly ever bears the brunt of heat tools. So, I’ve never been picky with my shampoo. The one I currently have on rotation is from Klorane, makers of everyone’s favorite dry shampoo. Turns out they’re great at the classic stuff, too. I love the sweet scent this dates-infused formula gives and the mask, slathered on my ends then left for a few minutes, is the ultimate indulgence. Hair comes out softer than ever.- Kristina Rodulfo, ELLE.com Associate Editor
Klorane Desert Date Shampoo, $15; sephora.com
Klorane Mask with Desert Date, $16; sephora.com
Seriously, this stuff is magic. Once upon a time I thought I had rather dull, frizzy-yet-flat hair. This is just my reality, I thought. Not all of us can have shiny, silky, Sofia Vergara hair, I reasoned. But then, then! one day I tried Moroccanoil’s products and my hair was―poof!―Cinderella-ed. This stuff isn’t cheap, but every time I try to kick the habit I am reminded of exactly why it’s worth it.- Sally Holmes, ELLE.com Deputy Editor
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo, $24; sephora.com
I tend to use a cocktail of products on my hair depending upon how it’s acting and this has become my favorite combo! I took me a minute to get used to the low lather part of DevaCurl’s Low-Poo, but it doesn’t dry out my curls like most shampoos. The Molton Brown conditioner smells so good. Despite being lightweight, it really gets thru my toughest of tangles, which means a lot. I’m not sure of the magic ingredient but my hair always dries better when I use it.- Mariel Tyler, ELLE.com Photo Editor
DevaCurl Low-Poo, $22; sephora.com
Molton Brown Indian Cress Purifying Conditioner, $30; amazon.com
My NYC hairdresser introduced me to this shampoo because I’ve always had a lot of fine hair that could use the volume lift. I love how this formula doesn’t weigh my hair down at all though. My hair’s soft, full, and maintains that quality without washing daily (I go every other day with shampooing). With the conditioner, I’ve always been hesitant about using a lot—it can make my hair flat if I put it all over. But this condition on the ends of my hair keeps my strands tangle-free and smooth. Overall, it’s a solid shampoo-conditioner duo for fine hair.- Alyssa Bailey, ELLE.com Assistant Editor
Alfaparf Semi di Lino Magnifying Shampoo, $5; amazon.com
Alfaparf Semi di Lino Magnifying Conditioner, $5; amazon.com
I don’t have much to say other than my hair felt stronger and silkier ever since I started using Biolage. Honestly, I originally chose it because they were the fanciest looking products in CVS. I chose the hydrating formula because of my dry, brittle ends and frizz. It’s been 4 years, and I’ve never looked back. My frizz is all but gone and one of my best friends told me he always sits next to me because my hair smells really good. Weird? Yes. But I’ll take it.- Emily Tannenbaum
Matrix Biolage HydraSource Shampoo, $17; matrix.com
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm, $17; matrix.com
Parts of my hair have been bleached to high hell for over a year, so it needs TLC. These are the bottles currently sitting in my tub. The formulations are nourishing and I never come away from a wash feeling like my hair is overly squeaky and stripped. Aveda’s products always have a calming hippie fragrance (this product combines bergamot, lavender, and ginger lily notes); I always feel like I’m at a day spa when I use them.- Estelle Tang, ELLE.com Culture Editor
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, $29; amazon.com
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner, $29; amazon.com
Little known fact: I have brassy blonde hair under the visible brunette (aftermath of an impulsive dye job), but thanks to Rita Hazan, no one has to know. I visit her salon every few months for a glaze, and in between, Rita’s gentle color-protecting shampoo keeps my coverup in tact, plus it smells so good I wish she would bottle it as a fragrance. I also switch it up with Kerastase’s new Nutritive Magistral and L’Incroyable; it makes my color-treated straw hair look super silky. Since I only wash 1-2 times a week, conditioner is always a really rich mask like Ouai’s Treatment packets (perfect for travel).- Julie Schott, ELLE.com Senior Beauty Editor
Rita Hazan True Color Shampoo, $26; sephora.com
Ouai Treatment Masque, $32; sephora.com
My scalp is gross, and there’s no pussyfooting around it. It likes to overproduce skin, meaning I have dry skin where flakes abound. I massage—or scratch, let’s be real—this Aesop shampoo vigorously into my skull for soothing, tingy feels. I’ve been using Dove’s conditioner since middle school. Sure, some fancy brands are technically better at luxuriating your hair than this bulk-sized bottle, but I’ve yet to find something where cost and quality aligned so well.- Justine Carreon, ELLE.com Associtate Market Editor
Aesop Calming Shampoo, $29; aesop.com
Dove Nutritive Solutions Conditioner, $10; amazon.com
Let’s start with the fact that I fully buy into the likely myth that your shampoo and conditioner have to match. It’s like a bra-underwear set. No real reason that they have to go together, but you feel like such a lady when they do. Anyway! The point is these products work like a dream. I’ve been loyal to Bumble and Bumble haircare for at least a decade, but I’ve only been evangelical about this particular line for a year or two. My brilliant goddess hair colorist at the downtown salon recommended it for my decidedly wavy hair, promising it could minimize the frizz without compromising the curl. Good woman! It worked.- Mattie Kahn, ELLLE.com News Writer
Bumble and bumble Straight Shampoo, $31; sephora.com
Bumble and bumble Straight Conditioner, $34; sephora.com
I’ll say it: Shampoo is boring. True game-changing innovations don’t come along very often. We got our first “modern” shampoo in 1934: Drene erased grime with gentle synthetic surfactants rather than harsh soap. It took another fifty years—the debut of 2-in-1 Pert in 1985—for us to get a shampoo with benefits, one that would leave smoothing, conditioning agents on the hair cuticle as it rinsed away. Finally, this year, Pantene launches the holy grail: a shampoo proven in lab tests to deposit replenishing lipids INSIDE the core of each strand. It’s the biggest shampoo breakthrough in 30 years. The new Repair & Protect Shampoo leaves my hair so bouncy and happy and soft, I’m not mad about the 30-year wait. —Emily Dougherty, ELLE Beauty & Fitness Director
Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo, $3; walmart.com
Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Conditioner, $3, walmart.com
Praised by both consumers and stylists alike, this conditioner is truly a powerhouse of natural ingredients. Its versatile formula works well on both straight and curly hair and it’s both salt and sulfate-free.
Performance: Regardless of hair type, this conditioner has a little something for everyone. It hydrates and moisturizes dry, parched hair; conditions and revitalizes color treated hair; provides UVA/UVB protection from harmful sun radiation; and gives lift and volume to dead, lifeless hair.
Scent: Not only does the hearty blend of aroma oils, jojoba esters, shea butter, peppermint, sage and rosemary smell amazing, but it moisturizes and nourishes damaged hair.
Price: A 33-ounce bottle is going to cost about $1.53 per ounce. Although it’s not the least expensive product on our list, reviewers report that it is worth every penny. And though this product is also available in an 8.5-ounce bottle, we recommend the larger size as it’s a much better value.