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If you've ever had one of those bad hair days -- marked with breakage, unruly tangles and lackluster shine -- where you just want to wear a paper bag, it's time to reevaluate your hair-conditioning regimen. The best conditioner pampers your hair, infusing it with rich moisture and healthy vitamins that can bring a little life back to your tresses. Think of it as a special spa moment for each individual follicle. And who doesn't like the spa?
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Conditioner
Zap tangles with this conditioner, which has more going for it than just its cutesy name. "InStyle" magazine praised it in its "Best of Beauty" awards, loving its moisturizing and detangling power. That's because this product comes infused with silk fibers, which help to separate each of your hair shafts for a more manageable mane. And because it's lightweight, it can help girls who have extra-fine, limp hair and don't want a greasy, heavy conditioner to weigh it all down.
Biolage Fortetherapie Intensive Strengthening Masque
Deep conditioners are a bit different from traditional. They're intended to be worn for an extended period of time and often come formulated with more concentrated levels of moisturizers and nutrients. It's to hair what a face mask is to your complexion. "Elle" magazine asked its readers to vote on the best deep conditioner, and Biolage's formulation won, with the magazine reporting that it was perfect for "damaged, processed hair."
Rusk Sensories Wellness Bedew Hydrating Conditioner
If you had time to test every conditioner on the store shelves, you wouldn't be reading this. Thankfully, "Real Simple" magazine did have the time and tested a whopping 110 different conditioners. Rusk Sensories' product won in the "Best All Around" category. The magazine loved its use of exotic Tahitian flower oil, which works as a natural emollient to soften and moisturize your hair while enhancing shine. And for the savvy eco-girl, you'll love that it's made without common chemicals like sulfates, parabens and phthalates.
Dove Pro-Age Conditioner
You pour a lot of money into anti-aging treatments for your skin, but the health and quality of your hair can make you look older, too. "Good Housekeeping" magazine loved the anti-aging conditioner from Dove, noting that it performed almost as well as other conditioners that cost five times as much. It's designed to help combat thin, break-prone hair and also is gentle enough for color-treated hair. Not that you dye your hair, right?
Kerastase Bain Satin and Masquintense
This conditioner, part of Kerastase's shampoo-conditioner combo, has won a "best conditioner" award from "InStyle" magazine numerous times, including in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The magazine notes that its praise from professional hair stylists is "virtually unanimous," thanks to its boosting shine and increasing the soft texture of your hair.