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The Best Clean Conditioners
for Shiny, Sexy Hair

Whether your hair is kinky, curly, frizzy, straight, or super fine, keeping it healthy and shiny is easier than you think, with a great (clean, of course) conditioner. Different hair types need different degrees of moisture, which is why finding the right conditioner for your hair can make such a difference. To boost shine and softness, minimize frizz, eliminate tangles, or preserve and brighten your color, go clean and super moisturizing and you can’t go wrong.

  1. THE SMOOTHING
    BRUSH

    Philip B. Paddle Brush
    Philip B. Paddle Brush goop, $190
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  2. FRIZZ-FIGHTING
    TOWEL

    Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel
    Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel goop, $30
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  3. FOR ALL HAIR
    TYPES

    Grown Alchemist Nourishing Conditioner
    Grown Alchemist Nourishing Conditioner goop, $49
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  4. LEAVE-IN

    Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier
    Rahua Hydration Detangler
    + UV Barrier
    goop, $32
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Weight and texture are generally good indicators of the way a product is likely to behave in your hair: If you’ve got a fine texture, a light cream or lotion conditioner will give you shine without weight; oils are probably going to be too much. But a light texture doesn’t mean “for fine hair only.” For instance, the relatively light cream conditioner from Sangre de Fruta might seem to be too little for hair with more texture or curl, but its high concentrations of botanical oils help make even very kinky hair smoother and softer.

  1. Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Botanical Conditioner
    Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights
    Botanical Conditioner
    goop, $52
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  2. Rahua Hydration Conditioner
    Rahua Hydration Conditioner goop, $36
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If you’ve got curly, kinky, or coarse hair, the more conditioning, the better. Using a hair serum as a preshampoo treatment is a way to ramp up the shine. So is adding a hair mask to your routine in the shower (where the steam opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the nourishing ingredients to really sink in); you can use it in place of conditioner. And add yet another moisturizing step—working in a leave-in cream once you’re out of the shower while curls are still damp—if you need more.

  1. Crown Affair The Renewal Mask Crown Affair The Renewal Mask
    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask goop, $58
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  2.  goop Beauty goopglow restore + shine Hair serum
    goop Beauty goopglow restore
    + shine Hair serum
    $48/$44 with subscription
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  3. Rahua Leave-In Treatment Light
    Rahua Leave-In Treatment Light goop, $45
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If you color your hair, conditioners tailored to protect color do make a noticeable difference (though any conditioner will help to some degree). Never condition directly after coloring—until color is set, oil of any sort will dissolve it. After that, however, go crazy with conditioner to keep your hair vibrant and shiny (most coloring processes leech out shine like nobody’s business, so you need to put it back in).

  1. Innersense Color Radiance Daily Conditioner
    Innersense The Renewal Mask goop, $30
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  2. Rahua Color Full Conditioner
    Rahua Color Full Conditioner goop, $40
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  3. Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner
    Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz
    Leave-In Conditioner
    goop, $42
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Dry hair also benefits from layering conditioning treatments and—if you’ve got the time—a little heat. Before getting in the shower, work a treatment like Rahua’s Omega 9 Mask through your ends and turn your blow-dryer on them for five minutes, as the heat will help the oil penetrate deeper. Use a rich conditioner in the shower, then finish with a leave-in or an oil once you’re out.

  1. Balmyard Beauty Siren Luster Hair Oil
    Balmyard Beauty Siren Luster Hair Oil goop, $64
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  2. Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask
    Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask goop, $42
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Whatever your hair type, making the shift to clean hair care can make an incredible difference, and not only because clean products, without all the fillers and texturizers to make your hair feel as if it’s softened, use oils and butters that actually soften and condition your hair. Conventional hair care is a beauty category that is especially laden with potentially harmful ingredients. And it’s important to note that the parabens, preservatives, and synthetic fragrances (an ingredient in which brands can hide any number of undisclosed chemicals) common in conventional shampoos and conditioners are applied directly onto your scalp. When you go clean with your hair routine, in place of potentially harmful chemicals, you get hydrating oils, plant extracts, and nourishing butters that work to make hair healthy and radiant for smooth, shiny-hair days ahead.

Extra Credit: Scalp Treatments for Shiny Hair

Depending on the formula and your hair type, you can do two hair treatments at once: a scalp treatment at the roots, and a hair mask or oil on the ends.

  1. Act + Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox
    Act + Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox goop, $42
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  2. Reverie Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic
    Reverie Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic goop, $72
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Need help figuring out where to add these into your routine? Have a specific question? Send a message to the pros at [email protected] for personalized assistance.