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Save Time In The Shower? Yes Please! 10 Of The Best Cleansing Conditioners

Cleansing conditioners, co-cleansers, un-shampoos – take note of the new breed of 2-in-1 hybrids. At first, the idea of rubbing a creamy, non-foaming ‘conditioner’ into your scalp to cleanse away oil (let alone hydrate the ends properly) seems insane, but these really work. Just apply from root to tip, leave for at least a couple of minutes, then rinse out and you’re done. Free from sulphates and detergents (which some believe strip the oils from hair) these products are gentle, so perfect after pregnancy and ultimately, there’s one less step in the shower. Here are 10 of the best to try for shiny, bouncy hair.
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Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner (£18.50,

This hardly lathers at all – it feels like you’re massaging a regular conditioner into your hair – but after leaving on for one to two minutes, it rinses out easily and leaves hair soft, shiny, bouncy and volumised. It doesn’t leave a residue on hair over time either.
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Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner (£17.99,

We loved the smell of this product and how easy it was to apply and rinse out. Sulphate and detergent free, this no-foam cleanser would it be great post-pregnancy when you want to treat hair with kid gloves.
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Purely Perfect Cleansing Crème (£35,

Created by Bumble & Bumble’s founder, Michael Gordon, Purely Perfect is taking the beauty world by storm. According to Michael, many regular shampoos cleanse your hair by stripping with detergents, then compensate for the damage with conditioner. This peppermint oil scented crème leaves thick hair shiny and manageable, and fine hair bouncy and healthy. A double win.
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Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner (£26.95,

One of the original cleansing conditioners, this is one of our favourites. In a time-saving pump bottle, this conditioner smells good and leaves all hair types soft and manageable. You do need a fair amount of product to massage through hair though.
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Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner (£5.39,

Budget-friendly and slightly heavier in consistency, a little goes a long way. We found it’s more suited to very dry, course or unruly hair, but left curls defined and heavy hair silky.
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Julien Farel Hydrate Restore (£28,

Apply to dry hair before you jump in the shower, emulsify a little with water, then rinse off. Brilliant for fine or thinning hair (perfect for post-pregnancy hair loss) as it leaves hair volumised but shiny and conditioned. Contains a cocktail of hair loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, resveratrol and fortifying minerals to help extend your hair’s life cycle and boost health.
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Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioning Curl Wash (£10.25,

Created for curly hair, but we found works equally well on over-processed hair or dry scalps, this low foam wash leaves hair feeling very smooth and silky. Use in between regular shampoos if you have very fine hair.
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Ouidad Curl Co Wash Low Foam Cleansing Conditioner (£18.80,

Formulated for curly hair, this slightly foaming, coconut-based cleanser leaves your scalp clean, but curls bouncy and de-frizzed.
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Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless (£25.75,

Dispenses like a shaving foam and the texture feels slightly odd at first, but left our hair feeling very clean, yet cared for. Take a large ball of product, massage from root to tip and leave on for up to five minutes (but works just as well in a couple of minutes if you’re in a rush) and rinse thoroughly. It cleverly cleanses, whilst leaving ends soft, volumised and bouncy.
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Richard Ward Pure All-In-One Botanical Cleanse & Condition (£26,

Paraben and sulphate free, this left our hair feeling volumised and healthy. You can also apply a little to towel-dried hair as a leave-in conditioner (great for curly or very unruly hair) or leave in overnight for an intense treat.
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