Ultimate 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner Guide

By Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor

With our 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioners guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including does 2-in-1 shampoo actually work and are 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners good for your hair. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner page.

Top 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner Brands

  • Susanne Kaufmann
  • Bulldog
  • American Crew
  • House 99
  • Joico
  • Nanogen

2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner FAQs

hand squeezing shampoo out of bottle

Does 2-in-1 shampoo actually work?

2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners are the wonderful and convenient product that help to cut out a step in your hair care routine.

However, when it comes to the efficiency of 2-in-1 formulas, they're typically better at shampooing than they are conditioning. This is because they're technically a shampoo formula that deposits 'hidden' conditioning agents on the hair when rinsing.

Two ingredients are added to the shampoo to make them double up as a conditioning product; dimethicone and a suspending agent to keep the conditioner from separating in the bottle. As you massage the 2-in-1 formula into hair and mix it with water, the suspending agent no longer works and the conditioner can separate and cling to strands. As a result, 2-in-1s can effectively cleanse hair and remove the dirt, oil and dead skin cell build-up, but you may find it harder to achieve the shine and manageability that a regular conditioner provides.

2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners work well if you already have healthy hair and carry out a deep condition on a regular basis.

Are 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners good for your hair?

There are many myths surrounding 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners, so allow us set the record straight on the combo product.

2-in-1 formulas often have a bad rep and are said to coat strands with wax or plastic. However, experts suggest that this is totally not true. Using 2-in-1 shampoos will not cause any damage to your hair. Sometimes, the silicone used in the formula can feel heavy and create a small amount of build-up, however this can easily be rectified by occasionally washing hair with a silicone-free or clarifying shampoo. Otherwise, silicone is a superstar ingredient that provides moisture and shine.

2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners are a great option if you have really dry hair, as the formula isn't as stripping as regular shampoos. However, as the conditioning agents within the formula aren't as prominent, thick, coarse and curly hair types may encounter more knots and tangles than usual.

man shampooing his hair

Should men use 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner?

If we are keeping it real, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners are mostly marketed towards men. This is because, typically, most men aren't willing to spend hours on end perfecting their hair care routine.

Men can use 2-in-1 products, including shampoo and body wash combos, a few times throughout the week. Again, finer hair types may find some 2-in-1 shampoos can weigh down locks, whilst thick and curly hair types may find the formula isn't as conditioning.

It's also important to note that the technology used in 2-in-1 formulas is now packaged in other men's products and labelled as 'moisturising shampoo', 'conditioning shampoo' and 'shampoo for dry and damaged hair'.

What is the best 2-in-1 shampoo?

It's always important to keep in mind your individual hair type and concern when looking for the best 2-in-1 shampoo. However, there are some 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners that top the lists of beauty lovers and hair care fanatics. If you're new to the scene, the L'Oreal Elvive range is a great place to start. You can also check out cult-favourite products from the likes of Biolage, Cowshed and Nanogen.

As for the boys, some of the best 2-in-1 shampoos come from David Beckham's House 99, Kiehl's and Bulldog.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.