Leaving conditioner in?

I've heard the good and the bad about leaving "wash out" conditioners in. In the past, this has not worked well for me because the conditioners like suave and garnier and dove, were too light and the ingredients were too drying it seemed. REcently I tried the Yes to Carrots conditioner as a co-wash and it turned out to leave my hair clean and moisturized and all so I decided to see how it would work if I left a litle bit of it in. At first I didn't notice a really big difference except that it defined my little springy coils nicely and made it soft.
BUT I mixed a sample of it with some pure olive oil and started using it on my hair daily with some glyerin and I must say this works well as a leave in conditioner for me.
My hair is thick, shrinky and coarse with little springy coils/afro hair (type 4, if thats how you want to define it)
I'm not sure if it's just this specific conditioner (because the ingredients are more natural) but my hair is soft and moisturized and air dries pretty defined.
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I'm a big fan of Yes to Carrots C is for Conditioner. It was the first condish I started cowashing with after the BC. I never knew how much my hair really liked it until this past month. Had a bit of extra cash and experimented with a few other products. This week my hair started really rebelling against me, so returned to YTC and so far, my hair seems to be happy about that decision.

Have been toying with the idea of using it as a leave-in also. May have to give that a try soon.
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This is one I moved to the back shelf. It has a cone in it (but that's not why I moved it to the back). It didn't make a difference in my final hair.
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Ooh. Me no likey leaving in conditioner. Makes my hair feel like crispy bacon when it dries.
I dont like it either, it makes my scalp itchy


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I've just started using my regular rinse out condtioner as a leave-in to refresh my hair after a twist out. I like it alot.

I used Trader Joe's Tea Tree conditioner mixed with their Nurishing Spa conditioner and then spritzed on some water. I did a braid out the next day.
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Yeah, I've been leaving conditioner in since I began detangling post TWA period. I like it a lot and it's such a part of my routine that i don't even think about it. I first did it with Tigi Bedhead MM, but since that's expensive, moved to Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. Anytime I wet my hair in the morning shower to revive curls, I detangle with a little conditioner, seal it, and rinse with cold water. I never got crunchies or white res with it after it dried. And I get second and third day hair pretty easily.
I don't mind the cones.
4a, fine coils. low/med porosity. "It's springy. Like a slinky."--My Lil' Cousin

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Wash: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castille Soap.
Conditioner: Tigi Bedhead Moisture Maniac/Suave Humectants
Moisturizers: Long Aid
Styler: Ecostyler Clear/ Vitamin E Oil
Ooh. Me no likey leaving in conditioner. Makes my hair feel like crispy bacon when it dries.
Originally Posted by Hakim Nuraldin
^^^ what she said. even my most moisturizing conditioner makes my hair stiff when it dries. tbe only thing it does it make my curls a little mmore defined, not so defined that i will begin leaving in conditioner.
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Since leaving conditioner in my hair, it stays moisturized for longer periods of time. The leave-in acts as a gentle base of moisture and the heavy butters, creams, and oils I use seal in that moisture. As far as the feel in your hair, I think it depends on the conditioner. When I first went natural I was using Suave Humectant, Suave Healthy Curls, Pantene Hydrating Curls, HE Hello Hydration etc. to leave in my hair because they made great detanglers. Yet, they would leave my hair feeling like plastic. I soon found out that like moisturizers, you have to be particular about which conditioners you leave in your hair. I now choose my conditioners based on what ingredients I favor in my moisturizers. If you tend to like moisturizers with certain oils or extra ingredients (glycerin, rosemary oil, yarrow extract) then look for that in the conditioner you leave-in. All the conditioners that I mentioned above left my hair coated and crispy because they contained lots of proteins and high oil content, which my hair can't tolerate in basic moisturizers. The plasticky feeling was due to the silicones.

I now use Giovanni 50/50 and there's no stiffness, stickiness, buildup, or residue when it dries. It feels like there is a moisturizer on my hair, not hard conditioner. Some people also use the Direct-leave in (basically a conditioner marketed as a leave-in) and DevaCurl One C. Check out the haircare guide at the top of this forum for good conditioners to leave-in. A lot of them aren't even marketed as 'leave-ins', but they work well. Definitely pay attention to the ingredients, choose what you like in your hair, and don't be afraid to splurge since you won't be rinsing it out and it will essentially be a moisturizer in your hair underneath your other products.
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For the first three days of the conditioner only method, I loved it. I had little spring coils all over my head as if I used Kinky Curly Curling Custard. However, without using glycerin and water my hair would be dry by the end of the day. Pantene Relaxed and Natural has a lot of alchol in it which is very drying.

I absolutely love VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioner for cowashing. If I really rub my scalp with the pads of my fingers, it feels clean. I have not used shampoo in about two weeks and my scalp does not itch.

But, and there is a big BUT, I have crazy buildup from the Pantene. I will have to shampoo just to clarify. My hair started loosing its ability to curl on the 4th day.
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with trial and error u have to find the right condish that u can leave in. usu one wo cones, as natural as possible. dont use a lot and apply to wet wet hair. i like trader joes nourish spa mixed with shea butter in my hand applied to wet hair after wash and damp, spritzed hair on a daily basis. hth
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I soon found out that like moisturizers, you have to be particular about which conditioners you leave in your hair. I now choose my conditioners based on what ingredients I favor in my moisturizers. If you tend to like moisturizers with certain oils or extra ingredients (glycerin, rosemary oil, yarrow extract) then look for that in the conditioner you leave-in.
Originally Posted by Paraty
Exactly! It depends on the condish and what your hair needs/likes. Great advice.

I can get away with leaving in a condish that has one light protein like soy but can't rock ones with cones, propylene gycol, fragrance/parfum, castor oil, steralkonium cholride. Must be as close to natural as possible. That knowledge came from trial and error and a few bouts with contact dermatitis on scalp and neck.
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Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 04-06-2009 at 03:48 PM.
I agree with Paraty and Madhuri. You have to pay attention to the ingredients. I use rinse out conditioners as a leave-in, but they are natural conditioners and I also add water for extra moisture.
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My Routine.
Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective.

Henndigo occasionally.

Last edited by aricurl; 04-06-2009 at 07:44 PM.
Right on Paraty, Madhuri and aricurl! Right on!! You gals are so right.
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I've almost always had a problem with leave-in conditioners. I don't know why but one of two things always happen:

1) They do not disappear or absorb into my hair (i.e. Paul Mitchell The Conditioner - It just sits there until many many hours have passed. If I dilute with water, it gets frothy like soap in my hair.)

2) They froth up like shampoo when I apply thus disabling me to actually leave it in my hair. Thus, I have to wash it out. (i.e. Suave Coconut Conditioner)

I usually don't use anything as a leave-in except for Cantu Shea Butter Leave In on dry styles. This is okay but it's a cream and I am hesitant to use it on wash and go hair (gel & water shingled "out" styles).

Any thoughts?
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My hair could not handle leaving in conditioner. I recently left in my Body conditioner in my hair as a moisturizer, and my hair felt DRY and my scalp felt ITCHY. No beuno.

As for Yes to Carrots, did your like it 'cause you sealed the moisture with the oils? Did you do that previously with other conditioners?

Semi off topic, but I love Yes to Carrots leave in conditioner.

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