Anyone who tells you that leave-in conditioners are an unnecessary hair product, please send them the link to this article! As a girl who lives with curls on her head, I can tell you that a leave-in conditioner is such a blessing to own. The moment my hair loses moisture, it starts to become frizzy and awfully dry. It took me a long time to tame my mane and understand its natural texture. In case you're wondering what my curly hair type is, it's a 2b!
I can tell you from experience that the usual shampoo and conditioner routine is not enough. You need a product that adds shine, bounce, nourishment and moisture to your hair. That's where a leave-in conditioner comes into the picture. I swear by this product and my curls haven't looked better. When using a leave-in conditioner, make sure it's applied to towel-dried hair. Focus only on your mid-lengths and ends. Try not to apply the product to your scalp as it could get too greasy and lead to a nasty product build-up. Also, remember you don't have to use the product every time you wash your hair. Once or max twice a week should be fine.
Given below is the 3-step hair wash routine that you should follow to get nourished, bouncy and shiny hair. I hope you're taking notes!
If your mane has started to feel greasy and look oily, then it's in a desperate need for a hair wash. You need a hair product that will put the moisture back into your dry, brittle and damaged hair.
After washing your hair, you need to find a product that will help add lustre and shine to your mane. A conditioner like this one should get the job done. Squeeze out the excess water from your hair after you've shampooed it. Then, take a coin-sized amount of product on the palm of your hands and apply it to the ends of your mane. Using a wide-tooth comb will help the product spread evenly. Keep the conditioner on for about 3-5 minutes before you wash it off.
We're not done yet! Towel-dry your hair after washing it and later apply a leave-in conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends. Wondering which product should you use? No worries! I'm giving you 15 options below.
It all boils down to which leave-in conditioner you want to invest in. Consider your hair type before spending your bucks and your hair will surely thank you for it.
I like that the beauty industry is evolving today. It's being more conscious of the ingredients they put into their skincare products. This leave-in conditioner is a product of that principle. It's a vegan conditioner spray that is packed with wonderful ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and essential oils. Consider it as food for your hair!
Pros: vegan product, smells good, adds instant shine to dull hair.
Cons: expensive, not easily available at local markets.
This leave-in conditioner is one of the best hair products for thick AF hair. Enriched with cocoa and soy, it does a great job at detangling your hair. Most reviews also read about how amazing this conditioner smells!
Pros: great product for thick hair, contains shea and cocoa, makes hair super soft.
Cons: expensive, available at selected salons.
Such a fun looking product, right? This leave-in conditioner is designed to treat split-ends and damaged hair. It's a silicone-free conditioner that leaves your curls feeling super soft, smooth and bouncy after use.
Pros: protects damaged hair, repairs split ends.
Cons: using too much product can make hair sticky.
I've used this leave-in conditioner thrice before and honestly, there's no turning back. It does what it says and is perfect for frizz-prone hair. Plus, it has no sulfates and is loaded with Jamaican black castor olive oil. Also, brownie points for cutesy packaging.
Pros: easy to apply, provides a good shine, makes hair manageable.
Cons: may weigh hair down if it's too dry.
Just FYI, this product has vitamin B, aloe gel, comfrey and Ginkgo Biloba. It's a great quality product for the price and does a fine job of adding moisture and shine to your hair. You've got to spray the product when your hair is damp. Focus more on tangled areas.
Pros: helps to detangle hair, has no harsh chemicals.
Cons: difficult to find at local stores.
Love the sleek packaging and purple colouring of the product! In fact, this leave-in conditioner is formulated with a complex blend of Australian fruit extracts like dessert lime, Australian round lime, Illawarra plum, Kakadu plum, Burdekin plum, Australian finger lime and bamboo extracts! All these power ingredients help nourish and protect hair from the harsh weather conditions.
Pros: nourishes hair and improves texture.
Cons: expensive and mostly available online.
Another leave-in conditioner which I recommend for curly hair is this one! Free from sulphates, the L'Oreal Paris Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Smoothing Cream has a unique formula of kukui nut oil and pro-keratin. This leave-in will add moisture to your locks and keep the frizz away.
Pros: strengthens hair and improves texture.
Cons: may not suit everyone
Everyone knows that shiny hair is a sign of healthy hair. A natural leave-in conditioner that is enriched with shea butter and other natural oils such as soybean, the Cantu leave-in conditioner is great if you like fluffy hair more than defined strands.
Pros: holds curls well, reduces frizz and improves texture.
Cons: extra product can dry out your hair.
Suitable for all hair types, the Paul Mitchell Leave-In Moisturizer can be applied on both damp and dry hair. In fact, it even doubles up as a body moisturiser! A lot of women rave about how soft their hair feels after using this product. Also, the refreshing aqua fragrance is to-die-for!
Pros: great to use on damaged hair.
Cons: expensive, packaging needs improvement.
For women who don't want to shell out a lot of money on leave-in conditioners, this one is perfect for the price. Although the packaging needs improvement, the product makes up for it. It has a mild scent to it and it does not leave your hair feeling oily.
Pros: doesn't leave hair feeling sticky or greasy.
Cons: packaging needs improvement.
This leave-in conditioner is fairly affordable and worth every penny for the results that it leaves you with. Before combing your damp hair, spray this conditioner and you're ready to own the day! Not only does it tame the frizz, but also reduces hair fall.
Pros: reduces hair fall and adds moisture.
Cons: Not available in stores.
If you could gift yourself a hair product, let it be this one, please! I think you will love it because it is silicone-free, paraben-free and enriched with a natural blend of olive oil and olive leaf extracts. This ingredient by itself helps to intensify, nurture and soften damaged strands.
Pros: silicone-free, paraben-free, contains olive oil.
Cons: expensive product.
As far as all my skincare problems are considered, I trust Neutrogena! The same goes for this fab hair product. It has a UV filter that protects your strands from sun damage. As is the case with most Neutrogena products, this one too delivers desired results.
Pros: protects hair from UV lights, improves the texture of hair.
Cons: not available at local stores.
This conditioner is not a spray or a cream, it's actually foam! How cool is that, right? Enriched with deep-sea minerals, it helps to protect your hair from the humid weather outside. Use your fingertips to apply the leave-in foam and later use a detangling comb to spread out the product evenly.
Pros: has deep-sea minerals, foam-based, prevents hair from drying out
Cons: expensive, not easily available.
My next beauty buy will be this leave-conditioner. It's one of those few hair products which are designed to treat curly hair. The product is made from avocado, almond oil and coconut oil. It claims to provide maximum hydration to the driest locks and going by the reviews, it does what it promises!
Pros: designed to treat curly hair.