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Dry Hair: Best Shampoos and Conditioners

My top picks for dry, coarse and curly hair

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Curly hair is almost always dry hair because oils produced in the scalp don’t travel as easily down the hair shaft as they do with straight hair. We've found creamy, moisturizing shampoos work best for this hair texture.

You should condition every time they shampoo. Look for an ultra-moisturizing conditioner made especially for coarse hair. Once a month use a hot oil treatment. For extra-dry hair, use an intense moisturizing treatment every 2 weeks.

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Best Shampoo for Very Dry Hair: Kerastase Bain Satin 3

The creamy formula found in Kerastase Bain Satin 3 is known for cutting down on frizz (something about cationic polymers that target damaged areas, but we won't bore you with the details). What's great about this shampoo? "It really hydrates the whole hair shaft," according to Roanni Castro of NYC's Julien Farel salon in InStyle Magazine, which makes this a beauty best buy year after year.

Best Conditioner: Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense

I use this conditioner on my hair every few days. It's rich and ultra-moisturizing. If you have super dry hair, use this after you shampoo. There's no better conditioner. Pat hair dry, then coat in this mask. Leave on for a few minutes, rinse and you're left with soft, manageable hair.

Best Oil Treatment: Morrocan Oil

For distressed, dry hair, there is no better lifesaver that Moroccanoil. A staple backstage at Fashion Week and a favorite of NY's top hairstylists like Orlando Pita, this oil is famous for revitalizing hair while creating shine and manageability. While all this may sound like some sort of PR agency talk, consider that Vogue editor Sally Springer uses it every day. If someone who has access to every beauty product love this stuff, it's gotta work.

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A Great Conditioner: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream


Another fabulous salon conditioner, Redken All Soft Heavy Cream won't weigh hair down or leave residue as it moisturizes and detangles. This deep conditioner is great for de-frizzing.

Best Curly Hair Shampoo: DevaCurl No Poo Products

I don't have curly hair, but I have many friends who do and the ones with the best hair use DevaCurl's No Poo products. These super-moisturizing cleansers were created with super curly hair in mind. They use little- to no-lathering agents, which cut down on frizz while hydrating dry, coarse hair. Choose from products formulated for blonde and brunette hair color, leave-in conditioners and more.

Best Organic Shampoo: Alba Botanical Cocoa Butter Dry-Repair Hair Wash

Alba Botanical is one of the best organic shampoo companies. This Cocoa Butter Dry-Repair Hair Wash is excellent for dry hair because it's signature ingredient is cocoa butter, a very concentrated, protective emolient that's full of nutrients while also protecting hair against natural elements. This shampoo also contains aloe and kelp and tropical fruit extracts to wash away impurities. 

 

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Best Leave-in Conditioner: Kiehl's Leave In Hair Conditioner

Nicole Pearl, founder of thebeautygirl.com, says in Allure Magazine that she swears by Kiehl's Leave-in Conditioner. She suggests using a nickel-sized amount of Kiehls with a dime-size blob of your favorite sculpting gel on towel-pressed hair (never rub hair if you have a tendency for frizz or you have curly hair). Then dry with a blow-dryer or let air dry.

Best Inexpensive Conditioner: Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner


Bought at any drugstore, you'll find Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner will give you salon-quality softness for a fraction of the price.

Redken All Soft Shampoo

Redken is a great drugstore shampoo and conditioner for dry hair. The All Soft line is specially formulated for dry hair.

Also try Redken All-Soft Conditioner

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