Staff Picks: Our tried-and-tested hair conditioners


Having oily scalp, I’ve shied away from hair conditioners for most of my life. But after finding the best hair conditioner for my hair type and trying out the reverse hair washing method, conditioners secured a permanent spot in my shower.

Hair conditioners work by flattening the hair cuticle layer, making it smooth and shiny. As with most beauty products, there’s no such thing as a“one-size-fits-all”. To help you decide which ones to check out first, we’ve compiled our tried-and-tested hair conditioners and included a bit of info on each our hair type!

Liz (Dry, fine, and color-treated hair)

I'm a huge fan of the Pantene 3-Minute Miracle (as are most of our staff of writers!) but I want to tell you about my other fave. It's the Zenutrients Gugo Straightening Conditioner! I love this stuff. This doesn't make my scalp oily or weigh my hair down. The scent is also my fave kind: minty, with a hint of oatmeal. I use this with the Gugo Shampoo and they work so well together in voluminzing my hair!


Angela (Naturally straight, thick, and color-treated)

I love Pantene's Total Damage Care 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner (P59/70ml from drugstores and supermarkets). When I first used it, I was so amazed by how it made my hair feel like it was still a virgin from coloring treatments! It also rinses off easily and it doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or oily. My hair is at its softest and smoothest when I use this. :)

Den (Naturally straight, untreated)

I like hair products that don't smell "commercial", so I'm a big fan of Oryspa's rice bran conditioners (P520 at The Echo Store). I love the lush, green scent of the Olive variant, but I use the citrus-scented AM blend on hot days because of the minty cool sensation! I've long been impressed by this local organic brand, and use their shampoos as well.

Jorj (Naturally straight, thick, and color-treated)

I love the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle conditioner. It's the best one I've tried so far, and trust me, I've tried many. It really is like a miracle worker. My hair always feels and looks nourished and healthy after I use it.

Kim (Naturally curly/wavy and color-treated)

Aveda's Smooth Infusion Conditioner is my favorite conditioner to date. It's hella expensive for a hair product, but it's frizz-fighting power, heavenly scent, and overall luxurious feel is really A++. For drugstore options, I also like the effect I get from Pantene's 3 Minute Miracle and Dove's Pink Conditioner (Straight & Silky).

Marielle (Naturally curly/wavy, thick, and color-treated)

I am obsessed with the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle. I hate the feeling of slick conditioners, and this is a stark contrast. This feels smooth to the touch, and my hair also feels smoother and slightly less frizzy afterwards. I often refer to 3 Minute Miracle as the equivalent of a pore refining primer, but for your hair!

Rae (naturally straight, thick, and color-treated with greasy scalp)

Head and Shoulders Cool Menthol Conditioner will always be my favorite, mostly because of the cooling sensation! It makes hair-conditioning-waiting-time less of a drag. In this heat, if I could keep it on my hair for as long as possible, I would! It’s also not too heavy for my oily scalp.

Stacie (Naturally straight and thick)

Although my holy grail is Pantene's 3 minute miracle--which converted me to become a conditioner user - I'm currently enjoying Kerasys Perfumed Rinse in Pure and Charming. It smells so good and it’s a decent conditioner. What I really like about it is that the scent stays on my hair for the whole day even if I commute!

VB (Naturally curly/wavy and fine)
I've found that Human Nature's Salon Care Conditioner (P199.75/200 mL from Human Nature website and branches) works so much better than their other variants in making my limp, wavy, and somewhat unruly hair much softer, and receptive to being styled. My mom swears by it, and how it helps lessen the dreaded fading between coloring. It smells like a summer dream too! 

Is there a conditioner that changed your life? Please share in the comments!