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Chances are you’ve had more important things to focus on during lockdown 3.0 than your hair (hello, home schooling). In fact, unless you’ve been goaded into playing at-home hairdresser for a husband, boyfriend or son, chances are you haven’t given your locks a second thought recently. After all, who’s going to see them?
However, spring is coming and, with it, eased restrictions, the return to the office and maybe even a social event or two – and those parched tresses just won’t do. After a winter spent suffering the triple assault of at-home hair dye, amped up central heating and one too many drizzly park walks, even if you have managed to nab an 8am appointment with your hairdresser on 12 April, your hair 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.
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.
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.
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.
Best coloured hair conditioner: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Colour Lustre Conditioner
Whether you’re patiently waiting until you can get back in the hairdresser’s chair or have succumbed to the allure of a Garnier home kit, it’s likely your colour could do with all the help it can get right now. 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.
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.