Dry Hair: Best Shampoos and Conditioners

My top picks for dry, coarse and curly hair

If your hair is bone dry because of the lack of humidity in the air, you may need to switch up your shampoo and conditioner. The shampoos and conditioners below are formulated for dry hair.

You should condition every time you shampoo. Look for an ultra-moisturizing conditioner made especially for coarse hair. Look for conditioners that contain avocado, macadamia oil, shea butter or aloe vera, suggests stylist Alain Pinon in O the Oprah Magazine. Once a month use a hot oil treatment. For extra-dry hair, use an intense moisturizing treatment every 2 weeks.

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The creamy formula found in Kerastase Bain Satin 3 is known for cutting down on frizz (something about cationic polymers that target damaged areas, but we won't bore you with the details). What's great about this shampoo? "It really hydrates the whole hair shaft," according to Roanni Castro of NYC's Julien Farel salon in InStyle Magazine, which makes this a beauty best buy year after year.

When Leanne Citrone, hairstylist, and owner of the famous Andy Lecompte Salon shared her favorite shampoos with the blog Into the Gloss, I had to share her top pick with you, which is this one. 

"When my hair feels like it needs some consistency, I always go back to Davines Love Shampoo and Conditioner," said Citrone. "Davines just makes everything feel silky and refreshed. I wash it every other day, which I know sounds crazy, but I do."


I use this conditioner on my hair every few days. It's rich and ultra-moisturizing. If you have super dry hair, use this after you shampoo. There's no better conditioner. Pat hair dry, then coat in this mask. Leave on for a few minutes, rinse and you're left with soft, manageable hair.

Another fabulous salon conditioner, Redken All Soft Heavy Cream won't weigh hair down or leave residue as it moisturizes and detangles. This deep conditioner is great for de-frizzing.

I don't have curly hair, but I have many friends who do and the ones with the best hair use DevaCurl's No Poo products. These super-moisturizing cleansers were created with super curly hair in mind. They use little- to no-lathering agents, which cut down on frizz while hydrating dry, coarse hair. Choose from products formulated for blonde and brunette hair color, leave-in conditioners and more.

A favorite among bloggers concerned about sulfate-free shampoos, John Masters is a great company. Sulfate-free shampoos are a great bet for dry hair because they are free of detergent, which can strip hair of moisture.

Alba Botanical is one of the best organic shampoo companies. This Cocoa Butter Dry-Repair Hair Wash is excellent for dry hair because it's signature ingredient is cocoa butter, a very concentrated, protective emollient that's full of nutrients while also protecting hair against natural elements. This shampoo also contains aloe and kelp and tropical fruit extracts to wash away impurities. 

This leave-in conditioning spray gets great reviews on both Amazon and Sephora. It hydrates and softens the coarsest curly hair while acting as a barrier against heat. The antioxidant-rich, milky blend contains a unique complex of nutrient-rich argan, rosehip, and coconut oils for superior nourishment without weighing hair down. A bonus: it protects hair from UV and free-radical damage and reduces frizz. 

Bought at any drugstore, you'll find Herbal Essences conditioners will give you salon-quality softness for a fraction of the price.

Redken is a great drugstore shampoo and conditioner for dry hair. The All Soft line is specially formulated for dry hair.

Also, try Redken All-Soft Conditioner.

Mane 'n Tail Conditioner was created for show horses and is meant to soften their manes and tails. It has been around since at least 1993 and many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker have touted it as one of their beauty secrets. I'm serious. I have a friend who swears by it and says "nothing makes my hair softer." This is a good product for typically dry, coarse hair. You can get it at Ricky's, your local horse grooming store (heh) or buy it online.

You can also skip the shampoo completely (even some sulfate-free shampoos contain gentle surfactants which can cause frizzing) and try a cleansing conditioner, which contains essential oils that cleanse hair without stripping hair of natural oils.

Try: L'Oreal's EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner or Pantene's Truly Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner.