These hydrating conditioners will revive dry winter hair

Zoe Gunn

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23 March 2022

Moisturise damaged, brittle locks with these nourishing formulas

23 March 2022 Zoe Gunn | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.


hances are you usually have more important things to focus on than your hair. Between work, home life, a stacked diary and a news feed that is seemingly always forecasting the impending apocalypse, you're forgiven for not making your 'do priority number one. However, spring is coming and those parched tresses just won’t do. After a winter spent suffering the assaults of city pollution, amped up central heating and seeming constant wind and rain, your hair (and your hairdresser) will thank you for giving it some TLC now. Here are the best conditioners for ultimate hydration.

Best all-rounder: Aesop Classic Conditioner

Designed to cater to the needs of all hair types, Aesop’s lightly nourishing conditioner is powerful enough to repair and hydrate without leaving hair flat or heavy. The lightweight cream formula features cedarwood and lavender oil, as well as vegetable protein, and promises smoothness and shine.

Aesop Classic Conditioner, £35,

Best vegan conditioner: Chāmpo Vata Hydrating Collection

This shampoo and conditioner combo from British haircare brand Chāmpo uses Ayurvedic principles to nourish hair in way that is vegan, anti-cruelty and free from parabens, silicones, artificial colours and a host of other nasties. Formulated with coconut, amala fruit and natural fragrances, it locks in moisture while being gentle enough for everyday use.

Vata Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, £38.50,

Best repairing conditioner: Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner

If your hair has really suffered from lack of professional intervention, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Blended with quinoa protein, sandalwood, barley and phellodendron, Aveda’s Damage Remedy conditioner is designed to combat the weakening effects of heat styling, environment and chemical dyes, leaving hair stronger, healthier and more manageable.

Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner, £27,

Best leave-in conditioner: Philip B Weightless Conditioning Water

Often find your hair needs a quick pick-me-up between washes? Suitable for spritzing on damp hair post-shower or misting on freshly styled locks for an instant hit of moisture, Philip B’s Weightless Conditioning Water is an innovative way to revive dull, dehydrated locks. Infused with magnolia flower, chamomile, rosemary and orange peel, it also leaves hair lightly fragranced.

Philip B Weightless Conditioning Water, £43,

Best coloured hair conditioner: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Colour Lustre Conditioner

Even now you're able to enlist the help of a professional once again, all coloured hair can do with a little help between apppintments. Shu Uemura’s Colour Lustre conditioner is formulated with musk rose oil, vitamin A and goji berry extract to prevent oxidation and fading and finished with the brand’s light Rose of Japan scent for freshness.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Colour Lustre Conditioner, £34.85,

Best volumising condition: Kevin Murphy Plumping Rinse

Conditioner can be the enemy of bounce and volume – especially if you're not fortunate enough to be blessed with naturally bountiful, thick hair. Enriched with oleanolic acid, Kevin Murphy’s Plumping Rinse conditioner has a densifying effect on hair, thickening strands and preventing hair loss while bringing extra life and body to your style.

Kevin Murphy Plumping Rinse, £29,

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