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Long, silky, gorgeous hair is something women desire from childhood. From their Barbie locks hanging down their backs to their "head-only" doll with beautiful hair to style, little girls have an obsession with long hair. Alas, as adults, our hair often ends up mistreated -- by the environment, by hair dryers or flat irons, or by not being cared for in the proper way. Thankfully, there are magnificent shampoos and conditioners on the market that will make our hair soft and silky, just as we dreamed of as a child. Some dreams never fade.
Kerastase Bain Satin and Masquintense
Kerastase Bain Satin and Masquintense won Best Shampoo/Conditioner for Normal Hair in '05, '08, '09 and 2010 with "InStyle" magazine. This popular duo received unanimous votes from the pros with "InStyle." According to hair stylist George Papanikolas, this duo makes hair "super-soft without weighing it down." He has used these products on celebrities such as Jessica Stroup from "90210." New York City stylist Carla Gentry Osorio, who has worked on Jada Pinkett Smith, says these products really make the hair feel healthy.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2-In-1
Listed as a "Life-Changing Beauty Product" by "Oprah" magazine, this moisturizing 2-in-1 was created to work together to provide soft and smooth hair. Not only does this formula moisturize, but it also contains Hawaiian coconut to soften.
Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner
Redken's All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner is an award-winning combination. All Soft Shampoo won "Allure" magazine's reader's choice award in '08 and '09, and the conditioner won in '05, '08 and '09. Redken All Soft Shampoo's natural oils help damaged strands get back to the beautiful healthy locks you desire. This creamy shampoo has a subtle scent and, according to Beauty writer Elizabeth Siegel with "Allure" magazine, it makes "shampooing feel glamorous." The All Soft Conditioner is formulated to smooth and add shine. Elizabeth said that after using it for a few weeks, the conditioner seemed to "mend frayed ends, helping them lie flat and look glossy."
There's no particular brand of shampoo and conditioner that will work on absolutely every head out there. It takes trial and error to find out what's best for you. You may even use one brand of shampoo with a different brand of conditioner. Valerie Monroe, with "O" magazine, asked her friend, cosmetic chemist Mort Westman, if it was necessary to use the same brands or if it was okay to mix brands. He said that in 30-plus years, he's never "encountered companion shampoo and conditioner that produced a perceivable synergy when used in combination." But he also says that if you stray from a combination shampoo and conditioner, you may risk a "fragrance conflict." No one wants that. Not all fragrances work well together.