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.
“I have very curly hair that can get dry and frizzy pretty quickly if I am not diligent with moisturizing it. So every time I do wet my hair, which is almost daily, because I generally try to do something that makes me sweaty most mornings, I must use a conditioner. And this is my go-to because it moisturizes without weighing down my curls, and usually shortens my in-shower detangling time by almost half (which is no small feat and, to me, worth its weight in gold!). Even if I am trying out other conditioners, this one is always close at hand.” —Caryn Prime