My Favorite Drugstore Conditioners!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Quickie post today!

While I'm not fussy about shampoo, I'm extremely finicky with conditioner and even though I definitely have my share of high-end conditioners, quite a few drugstore bottles have earned places in my bathroom cabinet as well. Some of you might say that these cheapies are the ones that are chock full of silicones and the like, but honestly, that doesn't really bother me! 

P.S. I like my conditioners rich and hydrating, so if you're looking for something thin that won't weigh your hair down, this isn't the post for you. Sorry!


Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: My number one! You know I love the MacadamiaOil products, and this knockoff version does great things for my hair as well. It's the thickest one here in consistency and makes my hair the softest (which is a huge part of what I look for in conditioner). I've even noticed that I have far less trouble combing out my hair if I've conditioned with this! Smells great, kind of fruity and nutty--it's difficult to explain, give it a whiff at CVS!--and I just love the shape the bottle comes in. As much as I love my Redken All Soft, I would still be happy if I could only use this conditioner (and not rotate through the 10+ bottles in my bathroom!).


Aussie Moist Conditioner: Such a cult favorite that it comes in a ridiculously large pump tub! Honestly, the only thing that puts the Organix above this on the list is scent and a hair's difference in softness (ha, see what I did there?!). They're extremely similar, so it just comes down to whether you prefer the scent of coconuts, or something along the lines of bananas? (Though I will say that the texture of the Moist seems a bit more siliconey and slippy while Organix feels more creamy, if that matters at all!).


Suave Professional Damage Care Conditioner: The underdog that completely took me by surprise. My cousin said she picked this conditioner out of some section of her grocery store for around $2, and the first time I tried it, I immediately started hunting* for my own bottle. Thick and hydrating, this bottle performs like a much more expensive conditioner. I'm not sure on the damage repair part as those things are always near impossible to see, but it definitely keeps dry hair looking healthy and I can never get over how cheap it is! *My qualm here is that this particular conditioner is incredibly difficult to find. None of my drugstores carried it, and I eventually found it at Kmart, right outside (and inside) Penn Station. Hopefully it's more accessible in other parts of the country--and I think it is!


Pantene Beautiful Lengths: While I still like this conditioner, it's not that memorable. Without the "beautiful lengths" marketing shtick, it wouldn't be any different from the first two on this list, only less thick and softening. I definitely don't have any complaints, but it's not anything special. Despite that, I keep coming back to this conditioner, especially in the drying months of winter. I don't know if it's because of the convenient squeeze-tube packaging, or because I buy into the marketing, but even after I called this unremarkable, it's still on the list. 


Herbal Essences Hello Hydration: There was a time when this was my absolute favorite conditioner. This time also included braces, a Mrs. Orlando Bloom hat and frequent trips to Claire's. It's still a good product, but I'm far less attracted to it compared to the other items here. Hello Hydration is more distinguishable than Beautiful Lengths but I can't put up with the smell of this conditioner. Very fruity and a bit coconut-y (you know what this smells like!), between the in-your-face scent and blue color of the product, its artificiality has become off-putting to me. But I still love this (in fact, it's the tube that's the nearest to being empty). Maybe it's the nostalgia behind it, but something about this product is so easy. Obviously, you apply conditioner the same way, but whenever I'm in a rush or don't particularly care about hair product, this is the bottle I pick up. 

Not entirely logical, but they're all my favorites nonetheless! And as you can see, these all work towards the same goal: to moisturize and hydrate the hair. They're not incredibly different from one another, so even though I'm picky, any of these would still be a good choice! 

No doubt many of you have already tried a few of these, but I thought I'd share my thoughts anyway!

Hope you're well!

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