The 8 best moisturising conditioners for thirsty, frizzy hair
Invite hydration into your shower
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / August 31 2021
On top of being super frustrating, dry hair is honestly just downright rude. With no shame showing off split ends, coarse texture and dreaded dullness, it might as well be carrying around a sign that says “nobody’s conditioned me in months”.
It’s made all the more offensive, too, by the fact that you’ve been trying to condition it at every chance you get.
However, it’s not really about whether you’re conditioning it, but what you’re conditioning it with. If your mane is thirsty, you’ll need something that works like a tall, gloss-enhancing, strength-boosting drink of water, AKA one specifically designed to treat dryness first.
The good news? Dehydration is one of the more common hair concerns, so it’s well and truly catered for in the conditioning realm. The bad news? Finding one that truly works isn’t always easy.
So, if you’re feeling lost when looking for a moisturising mate, here are our eight favourite hydrating conditioners…
IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Conditioner
A deeply moisturising conditioner with ‘de-frizz’ and ‘detangle’ both on its to-do list, it pairs velvety shea butter with deep-penetrating olive oil to repair damage and replenish hydration. P.S. It also smells like guava, so there’s that, too.
$39 at Sephora
R+Co Atlantis Moisturising Conditioner
Dryness and dullness (unfortunately) go together like wine and cheese; you can’t have one without the other. This nourishing natural oil-enhanced conditioner, however, is packed with vitamin B5 to deliver moisture and luminosity.
$45 at Adore Beauty
Original & Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Conditioner
If it’s that post-salon silkiness you’re chasing, this sweet almond oil-powered option will treat tresses to some hydration-boosting TLC, and leave even the thirstiest heads of hair glossy, moisturised and gorgeously swishy.
$35 at Sephora (waitlist only)
Pureology Hydrate Conditioner
Apparently when dry hair can’t get enough moisture it decides to drink your colour instead, so this thirst-quenching wheat and soy protein mix works to both maximise current colour vibrancy and top moisture levels up to the point where it won’t happen again.
$42.50 at Adore Beauty
Aveda NutriPlenish Hydrating Conditioner
With mango butter as well as pomegranate oil as the star ingredients, this one will leave your hair smelling like fresh fruity heaven, and looking far softer, stronger and smoother than you thought parched strands could.
$163 at Adore Beauty
Oribe Intense Conditioner For Moisture And Control
Described as a ‘deeper-than-deep conditioner’, this buttery blend isn’t here to play around in the hydrating stakes. It addresses all the side effects of dryness; frizz, colour-depletion and coarseness, harnessing the power of moisturising moringa oil to do so.
$72 at Adore Beauty
Innisfree My Hair Moisturising Conditioner For Dry Hair
Hyaluronic acid isn’t just a hydration hero in the skin care space; it’s loaded into this nourishing formula alongside conditioning camellia extract to bring your hair’s moisture levels up in a strand-softening flash.
$17 at Adore Beauty
QV Hair Nourishing Conditioner
Formulated specifically for hair that’s been through the ringer when it comes to heat styling, this ultra-nourishing, pH-balanced and sensitive-skin friendly pick helps to heal damaged strands, leaving hair feeling soft and manageable. The gentle formula is free from soap, colour, botanical extract and fragrance for no-fuss fabulous hair.
$19.99 at Super Pharmacy