Does 2-In-1 Shampoo & Conditioner Actually Work? An Expert Weighs In

In theory, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is the best invention ever. Cutting an entire step out of your morning? Sounds like a dream. But does 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner actually work? Sadly, like seemingly all things that could potentially help us get out of the house faster in the a.m., it's too good to be true, a hair expert tells me.

Shampoo and conditioner, in general, serve two different and specific purposes. Shampoo works to clean dirt and grime out of your scalp, while conditioner helps smooth your strands and preserve their shine. Because of this, grouping them together into one product won't give you the same kind of results.

"2-in-1 shampoos/conditioners do not really give the hair much conditioner," says Temur from Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger. "This is why the process has always remained 'shampoo then condition.' When they are done at the same time, it strips away the shine and healthy look that you get when done separately." Temur himself is not a fan of the double-whammy product, and finds that clients who don't condition well have a harder time getting a brush through their hair.

With that in mind, here are three shampoo and conditioner options that will help your hair feel clean, shiny, and smooth — even though they may not get you out the door on time.

1. Function Of Beauty

Function of Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner, $32, Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty lets you personalize your shampoo and conditioner to fit your exact haircare needs. You fill out a survey about what kind of hair you have and what you want out of your products, and they'll put together a special formula just for you. Plus, they come in personalized bottles with your name on them, which makes for a really good Instagram photo.

2. Pantene

Pantene Dual Pack Repair and Protect Shampoo + Conditioner, $7, Target

Just as affordable as if it were one product, this protectant formula is perfect for the cold, dry weather that's wreaking havoc on your hair this time of year.

3. Gloss Moderne

Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Shampoo & Conditioner Duo, $84, Sephora

Looking for a luxury set that will give you shampoo and conditioner in one easy purchase? Gloss Moderne's set will leave you with super shiny, well-nourished strands. Plus, it smells like coconut.

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