Refresh your locks and hydrate parched hair with these deeply nourishing conditioners

Be gone dry hair!

We get it, split ends are a drag and dry damaged hair can totally ruin an otherwise perfectly put together look – but finding that holy grail conditioner that revives your roots and brings some hydrating solace back to your ends can be a task. 

In Australia the climate is not particularly kind to our poor locks. In summer the hot air and salt water or chlorine can dry out your hair resulting in split ends, and the harsh winter winds bring damage too. 

Particularly if your hair is already susceptible to damage due to colouring, looking for ultra-hydrating conditioners to restore some moisture to your mane might be the way to go. 

When looking for your next go-to conditioner it is helpful to look for the following: 

  • Avoiding harsh ingredients like soap, silicones and parabens
  • Look for hydrating additions to your conditioner like shea butter or cacao butter
  • If you are prone to sensitivity on your scalp, try avoid fragrances which can cause further drying out of your skin and hair

To help you on your way to finding that magic conditioner that hydrates your hair and revives it to its moisturised, shiny glory – we are taking a look at some of the best hydrating conditioners on the market for dry and damaged hair. 

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The best conditioners to shop for dry damaged hair

A'kin damage hair repair
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A’kin damage repair conditioner

$20 at Woolworths

Boasting star ingredient Aussie macadamia oil, this rejuvenating blend promises to deliver stronger and more healthy looking hair after just one wash. Protecting your hair from environmental wear and tear, all the while rebuilding compromised strands and delivering glossy hydrated locks, this concoction does it all. 

Key features:

  • Sulphate & silicon free
  • Reduces breakage by 70 per cent
  • Formulated with macadamia oil, hyaluronic acid and panthenol
  • 100 per cent vegan
  • Australian made and owned


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Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore

$86 at Adore Beauty

Breathe new life into damaged locks with this lightweight yet deeply conditioning formula that is liquid gold. Suits all hair types and is particularly nourishing for those with breakage and coloured hair. 

Key features:

  • Protects from UV damage
  • Formulated with cypress oil, argan oil and maracuja oil
  • Cruelty-free 


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Pureology Hydrate conditioner

$56.50 at THE ICONIC

The Pureology Hydrate conditioner deeply penetrates hair with ingredients like jojoba, green tea and sage to not only protect colour but nourish dry hair. 

Key features:

  • 100 per cent vegan and sulphate-free
  • Formulated with jojoba, green tea and sage
  • Prevents damage from natural elements 
  • Offers colour protection


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ELEVEN Australia Hydrate My Hair moisture conditioner

$29.95 at Adore Beauty

Created to hydrate even the driest of hair, this conditioner includes avocado oil to nourish and is great for those of us with oily roots yet dry ends. 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Australian made
  • Features coconut water for deep moisturising 
  • Ideal for all hair types


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Redken Extreme Conditioner

$58 at Adore Beauty

Leave damaged hair renewed with this ultra powerful conditioner from Redken that will nourish from the root, core and tip, sealing in moisture and reducing breakage by 75 per cent. 

Key features:

  • Reduces breakage by 75 per cent
  • Redken RCT Protein Complex, soy protein and arginine Oil 
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Safe for use on colour-treated hair


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Curliosity Co-Wash and Conditioner bar

$25 at Ethique

Hydrate your hair sustainably and cut down on plastic waste with this handy little bar. This conditioner bar designed for the curly girls is also a great deep conditioner for those wanting major hydration. Cruelty-free, plastic-free, pH balanced and naturally coconut scented? Count us in. 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Biodegradable product
  • Formulated with Bbehentrimonium methosulphate, cocoa seed butter and glycerine


Olaplex number five bond maintenance conditioner
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Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance conditioner

$54 at Adore Beauty 

This iconic conditioner and treatment is a must for anyone looking to target dry and damaged hair. Extremely potent, the Olaplex conditioner will leave your hair nourished and glossy post-wash. 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Suited to heat damaged and colour-treated hair
  • Includes Olaplex bond building chemistry 
  • Sulphate and paraben free


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Head Doctor Conditioning Treatment

$24 at STRAAND

A natural conditioner that hydrates and smooths using Vitamin B5, sweet almond and jojoba – it also acts as a hair mask for deep treatment. 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Nourishes hair to build long-term growth
  • Australian made
  • Features almond and jojoba oil


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Ouai fine hair conditioner

$58 at Sephora

Perfect for thin hair, this conditioner hydrates without weighing it down. If you are looking for something more intense try the thick hair version. Not to mention, the delicious scent will have heads turning. 

Key features:

  • Features keratin and biotin for strengthening
  • Nourishes hair with chia seed
  • Ideal for all hair types


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Super Hydrating cream conditioner

$37 at Coco & Eve

This viral conditioner smooths down frizz while hydrating, leaving your locks bouncy and nourished. 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Features coconut, avocado oil, fermented oil complex and pineapple enzymes
  • Power blend of hyaluronic acid for instant smooth and frizz-free hair
  • Perfect for all hair types


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R+Co Atlantis moisturising conditioner

$49 at Adore Beauty

Revitalise dry, dull hair with Vitamin B5 and natural oils that leave locks smooth and shiny. It’s also deeply nourishing for dry scalps.

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Mineral oil free
  • Revitalises, hydrates and refreshes 
  •  Features rice bran oil, fruit oils and extracts 
  • Promotes optimal scalp environment


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Davines NOUNOU conditioner

$44.95 at Oz Hair & Beauty 

Formulated with extremely dry and damaged hair in mind the NOUNOU conditioner untangles, hydrates and softens hair. It’s perfect for those with bleached or permed hair. 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Hydrating and moisturising
  • Ideal for all hair types


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Ego QV nourishing conditioner

$20.99 at Priceline

Ideal for sensitive scalps, this dermatologist-recommended shampoo is free of colour, soap and fragrances to help hydrate hair. 

Key features:

  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Australian made
  • Suitable for sensitive skin types
  • Colour and fragrance free


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Sachajuan leave in conditioner

$54 at Oz Hair and Beauty 

It’s no wonder the Swedes always have such lush hair when they use products like this! Made using intensely hydrating ingredients without overwhelming the locks, this conditioner is great for dry, bleached and damaged hair to return it back to its former glory. 

Key features:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Oil-free formula leaves hair feeling light
  • Ocean Silk technology keeping scalp healthy 


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