You’ve probably heard about how helpful leave-in conditioners can be for every hair type, but it’s time to actually pick one up—and use it routinely—if you’ve been putting off the extra work. “It’s much easier to keep your hair in good condition than to repair it once the damage is already done,” says celebrity hairstylist Rob Talty, who works with Christina Aguilera. And that’s exactly what leave-in conditioner does: By regularly adding moisture to your hair, it doesn’t have a chance to dry out, snap, and fray. “But you have to use the right formula,” he says. “Otherwise you’re just weighing the hair down.” Read on for 20 of the best leave-in conditioner formulas, no matter your hair type or concern.
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Best Leave-In Conditioner for Natural Hair
PATTERN Leave-In Conditioner
Ideal for curly and coily hair, this leave-in conditioner locks in moisture without weighing down spirals, so all your left with is shiny, supple, and bouncy hair. Plus, it just smells so delicious.
Best Leave-In Conditioner With Vitamin C
Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner
Vitamin C for your hair because why not? In this leave-in conditioner, vitamin C works to help protect hair from harmful UV rays and environmental aggressors. It is also made with hyaluronic acid to help lock in moisture and coconut oil to smooth out strands.
Monoi Milk Leave-in Conditioner
We love a multi-faceted product and this one does not disappoint. It’s a primer, leave-in-conditioner, and heat protectant styler all in one. Made with Tahitian monoi oil and coconut milk, it will give your hair a nourishing condition treatment while protecting it from further damage.
MISTRESS Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner Hair Balm
For when the weather gets more humid, we turn to this. It has nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and argan oil to keep hair soft and moisturized, but it also helps reduce frizz and protect hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Curls
Bounce Curl Moisture Balance Leave-In Conditioner
Make sure your curls are in its healthiest state with this creamy leave-in conditioner. It has a mix of hydrating oils (such as Egyptian neroli oil, jojoba, olive, and argan) and is super lightweight so it won’t weigh hair down. A win-win all around.
Best Leave-In Conditioner With Keratin
Dream Cocktail Coconut-Infused Hydrating Leave In Treatment
Thanks to the coconut oil, your hair will get much needed moisture as well as any repair to damage and breakage you might have. It also contains keratin to help strengthen strands and protect it from heat.
Miracle Moisture Leave-In Conditioner
This light spray actually does a lot of work for our stressed-out strands. One spritz (or more if you prefer) and your hair will instantly feel softer and smoother. A little dose of a hair miracle indeed.
Odele Leave-in Detangling Tonic
This milky spray will help make hair stronger thanks to the amino acids and plant proteins win its formula to help fortify each strand. As an added bonus, it also doubles as a heat protectant spray and boosts your hair’s natural shine.
Baomint Leave In Conditioning Styler
Working in this luxe leave-in is like taking a daily multivitamin. It reinforces hair health and growth by way of lavender oil, rosemary leaf oil, and nettle extract.
This do-it-all spray works on all hair types to leave strands smooth and shiny (and smelling extra amazing).
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Frizz
White Peony Leave-In Conditioner
A good leave-in makes sure your hair is properly moisturized, but a great one can be used as a styler, too. This spray offers rich hydration on top of frizz and flyaway smoothing.
Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner
Sensitive scalps, rejoice: This nutrient-rich spray is packed with ingredients like honey extract to soothe irritation while it softens and hydrates hair.
Miracle Leave-In Product
Leave-ins are this brand’s bread and butter. Devoted fans of this little blue bottle rely on it for detangling, defrizzing, preventing breakage, and more.
Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier
The added benefit of UV protection (courtesy of morete fruit oil) makes this formula ideal for color-treated hair.
No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner
When applied to frizz-prone strands, this leave-in creates an invisible coating on hair that holds in moisture so your locks won’t pouf out. It also blocks dirt and oil buildup, which means you can shampoo less. So go ahead and enjoy that second, third, and even fourth-day fresh smoothness.
Best Leave-In Conditioner With UV Protection
Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
“Color and chemicals deplete the hair’s nutrients and damage its structure,” says Talty. “It’s super important to find a leave-in that blocks UV-rays, or else your color fades and your hair dries out.” This citrus-scented version uses wintergreen and cinnamon bark oil to shield UV damage; shea butter, palm, and coconut oils quench parched strands.
Leave-In Conditioning Mist
A quick spray of this vegan frizz fighter can help reactivate curls and wake up your style. Or use it as a pre-styling prep to help lock in the shape of your dreams.
Conditioners packed with oil are ultra-hydrating, but they can leave fine hair limp. This oil-free version relies on red algae extract and silicone instead to moisturize dry strands without leaving them pancake-flat.
Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Rich in coconut and argan oils and shea butter, this 96% natural leave-in brings major moisturizing power to protect against heat damage, dry weather, and even UV rays. The convenient spray formula makes touching up curls between washes incredibly easy.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Shine
Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Leave-In Conditioner
Silicones can leave noticeable buildup on curls and coils, making luscious locks seem dull. That’s why this shine-enhancing conditioner spray uses all natural wheat proteins and B vitamins to add shine and help hair stand up to detangling.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I use leave-in conditioner?
You use in-shower conditioner every time you wash your hair, right? Leave-in is no different. Use it post-shower to detangle and condition your hair, keeping it healthy and soft as it dries.
When should I use leave-in conditioner?
Leave-in conditioners are typically used after you shower. Gently towel-dry your hair, then spray or smooth the product through your hair and brush it through with a wide-tooth comb or a brush specifically made for wet hair (like a Wet Brush). Once your hair feels smooth and detangled, style as usual.
Can I use leave-in conditioner before heat styling?
yes. You should absolutely use leave-in conditioner or a heat protectant before styling your hair with any hot tools. They add a layer of protection between your hair and the high temperatures, helping to prevent added damage to your strands.
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