While some gents may be blessed with naturally luscious locks that never seem to succumb to the damaging weight of the everyday (cue *eyeroll*), many of us aren’t so lucky. So when our hair needs a little extra moisture or we notice that our dull follicles could use a quick shine, we need to lean on our old pal, Mr. Conditioner.
Unlike shampoo, conditioner doesn’t remove dirt, oil or residue from strands. Instead, it infuses them with nutrients intended to improve the overall condition or health of one’s hair. Though you may not end up using it as often as you would a shampoo, finding a good conditioner is essential to keeping your ‘do looking fresh all year long.
Not sure where to start? Check out the best conditioners we’ve found.
Composed of healing jojoba oil, aloe vera, coconut extract, and tea tree oil, the hydration remedy from Rugged & Dapper is the perfect antidote for damaged hair — and that’s why it was featured in The Manual Grooming Awards 2018. To use? Simply apply a small amount after shampooing and let it sit for up to five minutes so the mixture can seep deep into your roots and re-energize your follicle proteins. Use as needed for locks that are instantly shinier and healthier.
Featuring a blend of 12 botanical extracts, this conditioner from Port Products is built to both soften and strengthen hair. While many hair care products nowadays use natural essential oils to enhance sheen, Port Products employs a special sweet almond oil rich in magnesium and calcium to bring an extra boost of radiance to your strands. Apply after shampooing and use as needed.
For a tried-and-true favorite, consider snagging the daily conditioner from American Crew. The popular brand has been providing men with excellent grooming products for over two decades and its conditioner is no exception. Made with peppermint, rosemary, and thyme essential oils, this elixir is incredibly moisturizing and built to revitalize even the most damaged hair.
With its soothing blend of aloe vera and vitamin C, the Martial Vivot conditioner makes an excellent addition to anyone’s hygiene routine. When applied directly after the brand’s sumptuous shampoo, this concoction is said to inhibit dandruff, improve color retention, and promote healthy hair growth — a winning trifecta if we’ve ever heard one.
If you need a serious conditioner that’ll help keep your locks looking lush and thick, check out this anti-thinning product from Paul Mitchell. Notes of tea tree oil, ginseng, and turmeric make for a lightweight mixture that detangles knots without thinning hair, an important feature for those with finer follicles.
And what goes best with conditioner? Shampoo. Duh. We did the testing and found the best shampoos for men.