The Best Conditioners for Dry, Brittle Hair

by Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated July 18, 2017

Battle dry hair with a good hair conditioner.

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Dry, brittle hair conditions often arise when your hair is damaged. This damage may be due to environmental exposure, such as lots of wind or sun exposure, excessive washing or swimming that strips your hair of its natural oils. Enrich your hair with a deep conditioner that can help repair the damage and quench your hair's thirst.

Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense

The beauty editors of "InStyle" magazine rank Kerastase Nutritive's hair mask as the best conditioner for damaged hair. It's formulated with lipids and various proteins, like wheat protein, to help encourage softer and stronger hair and restore your damaged hair's natural gloss. It's also formulated with silicone, which can help protect your damaged hair from further damage due to heat-based styling tools, reports haircare expert Paula Begoun. Celebrity stylist Gene Juarez, reviewing the conditioner for "InStyle," said it instantly "transforms hair."

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Triple Nutrition Conditioner

Garnier formulates its cream conditioner with shea oil, olive oil and avocado oil as a triple threat against dry, brittle hair conditions. It's also enriched with moisturizing glycerin, niacinamide and vitamin-rich fruit extracts to further target damage. After testing 110 different conditioners, "Real Simple" magazine's editors named Garnier's product the best conditioner for damaged hair.

Biolage Fortethérapie Intensive Strengthening Masque

The beauty editors of "Elle" magazine highlight Biolage's intensive conditioner as one of the top five conditioners for damaged, dry hair conditions. The conditioner is designed to improve your hair's shine, natural softness and manageability. Its conditioning power comes from standard emollients like glycerin, plus all-natural moisturizers like mango seed oil, palm oil and bamboo extract.

Garnier Fortifying Cream Conditioner Long and Strong

Garnier's Long & Strong conditioner, targeted at fortifying hair and keeping damage at bay, earned a coveted "Editors' Pick" award from "InStyle" magazine. The magazine loved its "super-hydrating" qualities, which is purported to infuse damaged and dry hair with moisture to combat brittleness. The magazine also notes that it performed just as effectively as more expensive hair conditioners.

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Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.