6 Top-Rated Conditioners That Are Like A Long Drink Of Water For Your Hair

In the summer, hair exposed to the intense heat of the sun — plus the humidity, sweat, and frequent shampooing that come with it — is prone to extreme dryness. Right now, that seasonal moisture zap may be worsened by chlorine damage, at-home highlights, or the fact that your hair hasn't seen a pair of scissors in months, with the split, frizzy ends to prove it.

If you can relate, you might be in need of a conditioner upgrade. According to Fabian Lliguin, NYC-based hair pro and co-founder of Rahua, a hydrating conditioner will be your best defense against summer damage. "Dry, porous hair is attracted to the moisture in the air, causing the cuticle to swell, giving you frizz and fried-looking strands," Lliguin explains. "The best and easiest way to avoid this is to keep your hair as hydrated as possible, using a sulfate-free shampoo followed by a hydrating conditioner to create a protective, moisture-sealed barrier around the hair shaft."


If you're set with a gentle, non-stripping shampoo, find your followup — a best-in-class moisturizing conditioner — ahead.

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Rahua Hydration Conditioner

Lliguin's go-to conditioner is his own: Rahua's Hydration formula. The proprietary blend of Amazonian oils and protein-bonding sugars help drive moisture deep into the cuticle of the hair to restore bounce and shine.
Rahua Rahua Hydration Conditioner$36.00 Buy

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

One of our favorite Black-owned hair brands, Briogeo, makes an incredible moisturizing conditioner that restores elasticity to curls and leaves hair feeling soft and detangled. Grab the Super Moisture shampoo for a double dose of hydration.
Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner$24.00 Buy

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Conditioner

This naturally-derived honey-and-oil blend infuses hair with humectants that lock in moisture to restore even the most brittle strands.
SheaMoisture SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Conditioner - 13 fl oz$9.99 Buy

Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

If you haven't tried Olaplex yet, now's the time. Snag the Bond Maintenance conditioner and your hair will feel smoother and healthier almost instantly.
Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance™ Conditioner$14.00 Buy

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Conditioner

Think of this conditioner like the water-gel moisturizer you switch to in the summer months. It's featherlight, making it great pick for anyone with thin or fine hair in need of hydration without the extra weight.
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Conditioner$34.00 Buy

Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner

Not only will your hair feel smoother and more manageable with this Moroccanoil conditioner, it'll smell amazing — like a blend of tropical florals and amber musk.
Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner$11.00 Buy
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