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What Is Cleansing Conditioner?

All Hair Types

Ever wondered what the hype surrounding cleansing conditioner is all about? This hair care product has been taking the beauty world by storm recently—and when you learn all about how cleansing conditioner works, you’ll understand why it’s so popular these days.

Let’s back up a minute, though: You’ve probably been told your whole life that you need to use shampoo to clean your hair, then use conditioner to hydrate your hair, then use additional hair products to detangle, add shine, or address whatever other needs you might have. In fact, your regular hair care routine probably requires a whole cocktail of products as part of a step-by-step process. All those steps add up to you spending a whole lot of time caring for your hair.

But cleansing conditioner basically turns that notion on its head—it cleanses, conditions, and more when you use it in the shower. Say what? We know—it sounds too good to be true, but it turns out cleansing conditioner is worth the hype. Keep reading to find out more about what cleansing conditioner is, how to use it, and how to find the best cleansing conditioner for your strands.


Consider cleansing conditioner a serious hair care workhorse. What that means: It’s a one-step product that can help provide all the benefits of your hair care regimen, from cleansing to conditioning to detangling to adding shine. Whoa, baby! Like shampoo and conditioner, you’d apply a cleansing conditioner to wet hair in the shower, but then you’d be good to go after rinsing it out—no other additional products necessary. Cleansing conditioner takes the place of shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and more so that you can cut down on the number of steps in your hair care routine.


When it comes to choosing the best cleansing conditioner for your hair, look for one that’s formulated for your specific hair type, whether that’s thin or fine haircurly hair, or colored hair. Different hair types have different needs—what works for one hair type might not necessarily be the best option for another hair type.

If you have color-treated hair, consider the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Cleansing Balm, which has six uses in one. This six-in-one hair care multitasker provides the essential benefits of a full hair care regimen in one step. It cleanses, conditions, treats, detangles, softens, and adds shine. Phew—that’s a lot!

Here are more details on our cleansing conditioner: It's sulfate-free, meaning it isn’t formulated with sulfates, which many people are going without as a way to clean up their routine. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one of the most common ingredients that shampoos are formulated with is sulfates. Sulfates are detergents that produce a lathering effect that can help get rid of dirt and debris from hair. (For more on sulfate-free hair care products, read What Is Sulfate-Free Shampoo?)


To use our cleansing conditioner, all you have to do is apply six to eight pumps to wet hair in the shower (you may need additional pumps for long hair). Gently massage the cleansing conditioner and distribute it evenly throughout your hair until fully saturated. Leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. There’s no need to use a separate conditioner—you’re all set and ready to go on your way! Of course, if you want hair styling tips and tricks, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 Step-by-Step Hairstyle Tutorials for Cute, Easy Hairdos.

To recap, cleansing conditioner can be a useful product to add to your hair care routine, as it has multiple uses in one, from cleansing to conditioning to detangling. Look for a cleansing conditioner that’s formulated for your hair type and see if it can be a good addition to your hair care routine.

Want more hair care product recommendations? Check out our articles, Our Best Curly Hair Products and Our Best Shampoo for Colored Hair.