12 Best Drugstore Conditioners That Won't Break the Bank
Regardless of the time of year, a good conditioner is worth its weight in gold. Whether we want to keep our hair moisturized in the cold winter months or give it a lustrous shine in the spring and summer, conditioners are our first go-to's when our hair craves some much-needed TLC.
Not only are they typically extremely hydrating, but there are now conditioners on the market that target specific hair concerns, such as healing split ends, addressing frizz, and protecting color-treated hair. It's even popular (especially in the natural-hair community) to use leave-in conditioner to aid the creation of natural hairstyles. Besides their versatility, the best thing about conditioners is that you don't always have to spend a lot of money to get a quality product that will ensure good results.
Drugstore conditioners can be just as, if not more, effective than their higher-end counterparts — for a fraction of the price. Many people have found a holy-grail conditioner that works magic in their routine on a random Target or CVS trip. There are admittedly quite a few options to choose from, so we narrowed down twelve of the best drugstore conditioners ahead.
— Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy and Renee Rodriguez
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Curly Hair
The Anomaly Smoothing Conditioner is great for those who have curly hair that is also dry or frizzy. It uses Argan oil and superfood quinoa to deliver extra nutrients to your hair while smoothing and controlling frizz for silkier-looking hair. Plus, it's editor-approved. Read our review of the Smoothing Conditioner and the entire Anomaly line.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Straight Hair
The Biolage Smoothproof Conditioner is ideal for straight hair types because it's lightweight and won't weigh your hair down. Not only does it smooth, it also provides humidity and static control. If your hair also gets knotted easily, this conditioner is a fantastic detangler.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Natural Hair
The Cantu Shea Butter Natural Leave-In Conditioning Cream is a natural-hair favorite. Ideal for moisturizing damaged, dry, or coarse hair, this leave-in conditioning cream also melts away tangles in the snap of a finger.
Best Drugstore Conditioner For Frizzy Hair
The Revolution Haircare Plex Step 5 Bond Plex Conditioner is a strengthening conditioner made for all hair types. It's a bonding conditioner made from three different types of plant protein that will help enhance shine, increase strength, and reduce frizz. You'll have softer and smoother hair in no time. Plus, it's editor-approved. Read our full review here.
Best Drugstore Conditioner For Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, the Odele Ultra-Sensitive Conditioner is the perfect drugstore conditioner for you. It's fragrance-free and made with an oat-based formula that is gentle on the scalp, but still helps keep the hair hydrated. This conditioner helps replenish moisture back into the hair while boosting shine and manageability. It's dermatologist-tested and great for those with dry scalps. Plus, it's been accepted by the National Eczema Association.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Defining Curls
The Twist by Ouidad Weather or Not Element-Defying Curl Conditioner will define curls and protect your hair from humidity-induced frizz. It helps restore your waves, curls, and coils by sealing in moisture with a weightless feel. It's something you should have in your arsenal to beat unpredictable weather. Read our full Twist by Ouidad hair care line review.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Damaged Hair
While the Pantene Miracle Rescue Deep Conditioning Hair Mask Treatment works for all hair types, if your hair is damaged and in need of some extra TLC, this product will be your new best friend. The mask deeply conditions without weighing your hair down, leading to a faster overall drying time when you're styling.
Best Drugstore Conditioner For Neutralizing Brassiness
The Eva NYC Brass to Sass Brunette Conditioner is a great drugstore conditioner for those with brown hair. It's a blue-toned conditioner that will help remove brassy tones from brown hair. It contains hydrating ingredients, like spirulina and juniper berry, that are great for those with drier hair types to get that softer, silkier hair.
If you have blond hair, the Eva NYC Tone It Down Blonde Conditioner ($25) is a purple conditioner that will neutralize yellow and brassy tones.
Best Drugstore Conditioner For Dry Hair
If you have dry, brittle hair, look no further than this Monday Moisture Conditioner. It's formulated with coconut oil to soften ends as well as shea butter to intensely hydrate the scalp. Plus, it utilizes hydrolyzed rice protein to strengthen hair over time, which will lead to less breakage.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Breakage
If your hair is prone to breakage, the Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength Fortifying Conditioner helps restore intense moisture and fortifies the hair from root to tip. It is formulated with castor oil, black seed oil, and ginger with a creamy conditioning texture. It not only provides the hair with deep hydration, but also makes the hair easier to detangle so there's less breakage in the long run. It's a great drugstore conditioner for those with dry, textured, and curly hair.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Thick Hair
If you have thick, dry, or damaged hair, the Pacifica Vegan Silk Hydro Luxe Conditioner is the perfect pick for you. It's a cream-based conditioner with a rich formula that delivers intense hydration and strength with vegan silk proteins. It helps prevent breakage and gives your hair a silky smooth texture with a boost of shine. Plus, it smells like vanilla.
Best Drugstore Conditioner for Split Ends
If you have split ends, this is for you. This formula features a strengthening complex that will "zip up" split ends while targeting weaker areas of the hair for a smoother overall appearance. It's weightless and softening, and it makes hair look shiny and healthy. For best results, we suggest letting this conditioner sit in the hair for about three minutes before washing it out.