Beauty The Best Cleansing Conditioner At The Drugstore, Period

The Best Cleansing Conditioner At The Drugstore, Period

Washing your hair with conditioner sounds totally wrong, but it's totally right

(Note: Herbal Essences has since discontinued this product. If you’re interested in alternatives, please visit this post.)

Just like you at the end of a long week, sometimes your hair needs a bit of TLC. I’ve tried so many different types of cleansing conditioners and honestly, I hated them all. They weighed my hair down. They were seriously overpriced. Maybe cleansing conditioners just weren’t for me?

But for some reason, I was open to the new Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner that was released as part of the Naked collection. I’m really glad that I gave it chance because I absolutely love it. Like, use it twice a week kind of love it. When I’ve gone beauty shopping with friends, I basically bullied them into trying it. I can’t help it – it’s just that good.

If you haven’t tried a cleansing conditioner before, it basically feels like you’re rubbing conditioner all over your hair. Cleansing conditioners also generally don’t lather (some do slightly) because they are sulfate free, and Herbal Essences’ formula definitely doesn’t. After rubbing it all over, including deep down into your roots, you’re supposed to let it sit on your hair for a few minutes. This whole process feels generally counter-intuitive and strange but just go with it.

Afterwards, your hair feels super soft, detangles easily, and is generally lovely. I would say that if you have fine hair, it’s probably not the best idea to expect mountains of volume after using this formula, but it does weigh my hair down significantly less than the other formulas that I’ve tried. It’s a great way to give your hair a rest or a boost of moisture when you still need your hair to look clean & shiny.

If you’re late on the cleansing conditioner bandwagon, give this one a try. It’s one of the most economical (anywhere from $4 – $7, depending on the retailer), and if you don’t love it you can always return it thanks to generous drugstore return policies. Give your heart hair a break!

Sarah Conley
Sarah Conley is a veteran content creator and marketing consultant from Fayetteville, Arkansas. After publishing her first blog, Style It, for over 10 years, she launched Rascal Honey in early 2018 to offer a fresh perspective on style. Her writing has appeared on CNN, Time, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, Glamour, and Lucky. She's also appeared in tv interviews on CNBC, Fox News, Great Day Washington, The Huffington Post Live, and People Now. She's worked as a social media consultant for the past nine years, helping fashion & beauty brands like MAC Cosmetics, NARS, Prescriptives, Origins, David Yurman, ELOQUII, ellos, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more create meaningful communities online. When she's not writing about style or shopping for makeup at Sephora, she's cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks and perfecting her guacamole recipe.


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