And we try a lot.
Between conditioner and shampoo, conditioner might come with the most emotional baggage. It’s the first step in styling, it’s responsible for helping repair hair damage from color and styling, and, for women with fine hair, they’ll often skip it entirely out of fear it will weigh down their potential volume. But the right conditioner can solve a lot of problems: define curls, smooth frizz, seal split ends, and, for those who want volume, actually fill strands to make them thicker. It’s just a matter of finding the right one. Here, Coveteur editors—who test enough conditioners to be know-it-alls (see below)—share their top picks.
“My hair and I have a pretty decent relationship—I’m blessed that it’s still super healthy after I dyed it blonde time and time again for a good six years straight. Now that I’m over the whole dying process (who knew I would love my natural color so much?), I’m putting all of my energy into making sure it stays super shiny and healthy, which can sometimes be tough when my dry scalp comes out to play. This Virtue conditioner promises to ‘restore softness, shine, and manageability,’ and let me tell you, it does just that and then some. My hair feels so lightweight (no easy feat for someone with insanely thick hair) and even healthier than before.” —Jodi Taylor