You probably have childhood memories of using an outrageously foamy 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner that most likely featured a cloying aroma and came housed in an unwieldy, super-sized bottle. Today, this category still exists, but in a more upmarket, less chemical-y, and nicer-smelling iteration. In the past, these multitaskers did an adequate job of cleaning hair thanks to the aforementioned harsh cleansing agents, but fell short when it came to conditioning. The new class actually fulfills both steps, leaving hair feeling thoroughly free of dirt and build-up as well as soft and manageable. Here are five 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners that will cut some time out of your shower routine without leaving you feeling like you missed a step.
Jack Black Double Header Shampoo + Conditioner, $32
Perfect for dry or flaky scalps, this coconut oil- and kelp-powered formula washes away oil and product build-up while detangling and imparting moisture. Plus, creatine strengthens breakage-prone strands.
Kiehl’s Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner, $20
A vast improvement on the original category’s cheap fragrance, this one leaves hair and scalp clean, nourished, and smelling of a woodsy blend of cedar, sandalwood, and eucalyptus essential oils.
Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Daily Shampoo + Conditioner, $8
To achieve the foam party level of lather some people prefer, this multitasker uses coconut-derived surfactants rather than controversial sulfates.
Redken Clean Spice 2-In-1 Conditioning Shampoo, $25
You may have guessed from its name, but this 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner from Redken smells of spices. These same essential oils also work to refresh the scalp and smooth strands.
Duke Cannon News Anchor 2-in-1 Hair Wash, $7.50
A morning wake up call in a bottle, this stimulating formula gets you going pre-coffee with a bracing combination of tea tree oil and menthol. Duke Cannon also says it will help you achieve “news anchor thick hair,” so that’s a bonus.