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Best Shampoo and Conditioner Combos

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Best Shampoo and Conditioner Combos

Find the Best Cleanser and Conditioner for Your Hair

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Just like skincare, hair care doesn’t always conform to the one-size-fits-all treatment. There are shampoos, conditioners, and styling products specifically designed for every hair type, texture, length, and even color. Navigating the aisles of your local drugstore need not be confusing if you know what you are looking for.

Healthy hair tends to be very low maintenance, and doesn’t require much beyond regular moisturizing and cleansing. Healthy hair can benefit from pretty much any product that keeps it consistently healthy.

Dry Hair

Dry Hair can be especially tricky to treat, as the texture of dry hair makes it prone to frizz, and causes it to appear lackluster. The secret to treating dry hair is to supplement cleansing and conditioning with a weekly moisturizing hair mask. The hair mask penetrates deep, leaving dry hair feeling quenched and looking shiny. To use, simply cleanse and condition hair as usual, making sure to wring out all excess moisture. Apply the hair mask, and then cover hair with a plastic shower cap. As you finish showering, the steam from the hot water combines with the healing properties of the mask to ensure that, fifteen minutes later, hair will be like new. Rinse the mask out to discover hair that looks and feels as smooth as silk.

Oily Hair

On the flipside, oily hair can be difficult to treat as well. Oily hair generally tends to be fine, and requires frequent washings to ensure that it doesn’t appear too stringy. To treat oily hair, opt for a clarifying formula. These are designed to purge the scalp and hair of excess oil, and keep hair cleaner for a longer period of time. When conditioning, opt for a lightweight formula, which will apply moisture without weighing the hair down. For those with severely oily hair, it may be beneficial to skip the conditioner altogether.

Chemically Treated Hair

Last but not least, it is chemically treated hair that requires the most attention. Choose products specifically designed for color treated hair, as these are the blends that won’t strip the hair of the color you worked so hard to get. For permed or chemically straightened hair, sulfate-free blends are the best choice; these are gentle enough to not undo the chemical bonds that ultimately changed the appearance of your hair. Fortunately, in this day and age, there are tons of options that cater to the chemically treated mane, and are designed to restore health, moisture, and strength.

With no shortage of products available, finding the perfect shampoo and conditioner is a snap.

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@RoryGautsche Kerastase is definitely pricey, but great for moisture and shine. One of my stylists recommended it to me way back, and I loved it. This comment has been removed.
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@shadow_pro I love Aveda products. The color line is fantastic! This comment has been removed.
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@designbyday My mom has used Dove! The line works really well for her, but truth be told it didn't do too much for my hair. It all depends on the person, I think! This comment has been removed.
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@cece_lam That only goes to show you that there are truly some drugstore gems to be found! This comment has been removed.
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@beautydiylover Yay for hair masks. Which one is your favorite? This comment has been removed.
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@passionforbeauty Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely look into Frieda! This comment has been removed.
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@vamp1967 Wow, thank you so much! Gotta love hard to manage hair, right? :) This comment has been removed.
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@socal_gal You are so very welcome! This comment has been removed.
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Kerastase is my favorite but so pricey! I always have another cheaper shampoo/conditioner on hand. Right now I alternate with Aveeno Shampoo/Conditioner for colored hair. This comment has been removed.
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It's a bit pricey, but I love my Aveda Damage Therapy products along with Josie Maran's Argan Oil Hair Serum. This comment has been removed.
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Lately I've bought into the whole "you need expensive products for good results" thing, but I recently tried DOVE shampoo and conditioner on my hair and LOVED it. It left my hair feeling clean and hydrated, and the shampoo/conditioner combined are less than half the cost of one of my more expensive shampoos. Has anyone else tried Dove? If so, would you recommend it? This comment has been removed.
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I was actually at a friend's house the other day, and all she had was Pert's Plus Deep Conditioning 2-in-1. Omg my hair was actually soft and frizz-free! It made me re-think my expensive hair products. This comment has been removed.
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I'm a big fan of hair masks and try to use one once a week at least. This comment has been removed.
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The right shampoo/conditioner is so important! Thanks for the tips. I use John Frieda products mostly they work great and aren't too expensive! This comment has been removed.
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Thanks for this article. It took me forever to find the right shampoo/conditioner for my drier hair. Thank goodness for Paul Mitchell ;) This comment has been removed.
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