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Knowing when and how to utilize a moisturizer or a leave-in conditioner can be quite difficult to determine no matter what level of curly hair experience you have. You are in good company if you’ve been wondering if you should replace your leave-in conditioner with the newest water or cream-based moisturizer on the market. Today, we analyze two Carol’s Daughters best sellers, Hair Milk Original Moisturizer Leave-in Moisturizer and Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Spray to distinguish the differences between a formulated moisturizer and a formulated leave-in conditioner.

Prior to the recent widespread acceptance of textured hair, leave-in conditioners were traditionally popular for women with straight hair while moisturizers marketed toward straight hair was uncommon. Many women with textured hair used grease and cream-based moisturizers quite frequently, but rarely used a leave-in conditioner. Today, products that women previously expressed no interest in are now being assessed for usability, regardless of ethnicity. This has left us with many questions and a thirst for understanding, no pun intended.

Purpose of a Leave-in Conditioner

A typical leave-in conditioning formulation was created to fortify the hair with strength and/or moisture, aid in detangling, and provide ease of styling without weighing down the hair or creating a buildup. These concoctions were made to allow the freedom of frequent, daily usage without unwanted side effects. This is usually a third step after cleansing and conditioning, but it can also be used as a daily refresher. The leave-in concoction is the lightest form of conditioning compared to the rinse out or deep conditioner and serves best as a quick, light means for elasticity, hydration, and manageability.

Example: Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Spray

Top 5 Fab Ingredients Breakdown

  1. Water- ultimate hydrating agent
  2. Cyclopentasiloxane- a silicone based detangler and solvent that provides slip and protection
  3. Cyclohexasiloxane- a silicone based carrying and wetting agent, emollient, and polymer
  4. Isododecane- enhances the ability to spread product and prevents moisture depletion
  5. Pentylene glycol- a moisture binding humectant that can be used as a solvent and preservative
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