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A lion's mane of coarse hair is only becoming in the wild. To tame your mane, you need a reconstructive conditioner that penetrates the hair shaft to deliver major softening treatment. Even thick curls can look smooth and under control with the help of a specialized conditioner. The trick is finding a product that caters to your hair type and personality. Once you find it, you'll have hair that's less king of the jungle and more king of the boardroom, bar or whatever spot you happen to make your personal runway for the day.
Girls with curls need extra hydration to manage those ringlets. That's where Kerastase Bain Oleo-Curl/Intense conditioning mask shines -- and brings the shine. This "InStyle" Best Beauty Buy 2011 winner contains silicone and palm oil, keeping the hair shaft smooth for a no-frizz finish.
For Colored Hair
Dye can add oomph to your hair color or even give you a totally new look, but it also dries out your strands. Rene Furterer Okara Restructuring and Protective Mask restores your hair to its former moisturized glory, with the added benefit of UV filters that shield your hair from sun fading.
For Damaged Manes
Whether you've spent too much time baking your hair in the sun or defiled your mane with those oh-so-addictive products, you need a conditioner that heals. Garnier Fructis' Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream Conditioner contains shea, avocado and olive oils that make your hair soft and manageable again.
For Bargain Hunters
Deep conditioners are the king of reconstructive conditioners, thanks to their uber-hydrating treatment. For a bargain that leaves your hair look expensive, the drugstore buy Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle's moisturizing aloe and jojoba oils make it a hit with "Ladies' Home Journal."
For Laid-Back Types
Whether it's you or your hair that's laid-back, an offbeat conditioner that "Real Simple" considers the best all-around conditioner -- that's out of 110 tested -- is a smart choice. Rusk Sensories Wellness Bedew Hydrating Conditioner keeps all hair types soft and smooth, thanks to its Tahitian flower oil.
For Dull Hair
Sometimes coarse, frizzy hair can look dull. To restore shine while you smooth your mane, "Ladies' Home Journal" recommends the Soap & Glory Hair Supply Mask Treatment, which adds a polished, glossy finish to hair that used to run too wild.
For Salon Treatment
If you're after salon treatment at a bargain price, Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque is your ticket to sophisticated locks. This reconstructive conditioning mask packs in wheat, algae and soy protein to leave your hair looking sleek and stylish.
For Frizzy Hair
Whether it's the weather or just the nature of your thick mane, you can kick your hair's frizz habit with Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Conditioner, an "Allure" favorite. It contains keratin, oats, wheat proteins and amodimethicone that keep your hair soft, smooth, strong and -- best of all -- frizz-free.
If brittle strands are causing breakage, you need a hair mask that not only moisturizers your hair, but strengthens it, too. Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment, a five-minute deep conditioner, packs in keratin -- the protein naturally found in your hair -- to give thirsty strands the big gulp of moisture they need.
For Extreme Thirst
If your strands feel like they're about to die of dehydration, Kerastase Masquintense might be your deliverance. "Ladies' Home Journal" calls it the "holy grail of hair masques," thanks to its strengthening proteins, softening lipids and cocktail of nutrients that target your hair's dehydration hot spots.