help finding a leave-in for easily weighed down hair

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I swear I cannot use leave in! But since it's been cold my hair is soooo flyaway and won't hold style. I need your help. Every leave in I try seems to make my hair feel coated and gross no matter how little I use. Can Anyone recommend something to me? I stay away from silicones and polyquats.

Thanks!
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF
silicone and polyquat free leave ins:

giovanni direct leave in
yes to carrots leave in - does have a wax in the ingredients
kinky curly knot today leave in (may be too heavy)

You can also just use a light conditioner that you use as a rinse out.

3a/b low to normal porosity curls
CG method since 2006 @:-)
fotki pw: whim updated 06.05.14
CO wash: suave naturals coconut
rinse out CO: GVP conditioning balm & honey <3
stylers: As I Am leave in, original moxie hold up serum
@waterlily716 on YouTube, FB, & Twitter
Blog: Curls and Blossoms

Thanks, Waterlily!

I would love it if there is someone else like me out there who could never find a leave in light enough and then found their HG. Maybe that would work for me
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF
My hair isn't fine, but it is wavy/curly and gets weighed down pretty easily. Kinky-Curly Knot Today is very, very light, though, and you could probably use a ton without it weighing you down I like that it's like and yet provides some moisture without grease. Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-in is one I'm trying, and so far, I'd say it doesn't weigh me down, but I'm going to test it longer. Maybe it's one of your stylers? Thick gels, creams, and jellies sometimes give my hair weight.
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
I third Kinky Curly Knot Today. My hair is very fine. KCKT is the lightest leave-in I've found so far.
I third Kinky Curly Knot Today. My hair is very fine. KCKT is the lightest leave-in I've found so far.
Originally Posted by Calendula
I take back what I said about KCKT being heavy lol. It's also my HG leave in btw
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3a/b low to normal porosity curls
CG method since 2006 @:-)
fotki pw: whim updated 06.05.14
CO wash: suave naturals coconut
rinse out CO: GVP conditioning balm & honey <3
stylers: As I Am leave in, original moxie hold up serum
@waterlily716 on YouTube, FB, & Twitter
Blog: Curls and Blossoms

I'm like you, leave ins just don't work for me. Too heavy.
I tried a brand called "curls" the product is curl curlada and my hair is pretty good today. I just try to use very very little amounts and I don't put it on the top layer/canopy section.
Before that I was using tresseme as my cowash and I would put that in a thin layer after my RO.
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
Thanks for your responses. Unfortunately, I've tried KCKT, and it didn't work either. I've been doing some detective work, and I think this might be a porosity issue. When I got my hair analysis, it came back normal porosity, but I've never trusted it. I really feel like my hair is low porosity. I've noticed that when I use leave-in without diffusing, my hair feels greasy, but when I diffuse, it feels fine. I think the heat from the diffusing helps the moisture get into my hair rather than sitting on top.
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF
I use KCKT as a rinse out with great results it was too heavy as a LI
Lots of Fine easily weighed down 3A curls
PJ currently loving Devacare one c, CEHT,& Durahold but still searching for HGs
Finally grew out my bad layers!!!
Have you tried spray-on leave-ins, such as EO's French Lavendar Detangler Spray or Beautiful Curls Curl Reviving Tonic? They're lighter than lotions or creams by definition while still delivering the ingredients you want.
*3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.
Thanks for your responses. Unfortunately, I've tried KCKT, and it didn't work either. I've been doing some detective work, and I think this might be a porosity issue. When I got my hair analysis, it came back normal porosity, but I've never trusted it. I really feel like my hair is low porosity. I've noticed that when I use leave-in without diffusing, my hair feels greasy, but when I diffuse, it feels fine. I think the heat from the diffusing helps the moisture get into my hair rather than sitting on top.
Originally Posted by elizard
I've been testing out the Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-in, and it's actually really great! It might even replace KCKT for me. It's similar in the slip and texture, but I feel like KCKT kind of elongates curls and pulls them down while the DB keeps them more bouncy. If that makes sense, haha. Also, I find it more moisturizing, but not in a greasy way.

I second Calendula's suggestion of the Beautiful Curls Reviving Tonic! I use it sometimes on dry hair in the morning to get my style back. Darcy's Botanicals Herbal Leave-in Conditioning Spritz is also becoming one of my favorites. It has really great herbs for healthy hair and is hydrating without being heavy
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
great idea, ladies. i will have to give a spray leave-in a try!
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF
Hi my hair twin!!! I like to use good conditioners for the moisture aspect. And I use just a small pea size of CJ BCLI..Just enough to coat the hair and provide slip/detangle. I really dont use it to moisturize b/c it dose weigh my hair down. I can only use KCKT in low dews, which in FL is not very often. And I always deffuse my hair, which like you said opens the shaft and allows the hair to absorb the product. Soory I didnt help much, but maybe different conditioners may help. I really like the ones listed in my signature. Also check out live curly live free's pinterest site, has good ideas for products.
2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews
I saw the Beauticurls in your signature, and I think I'm gonna give it a try. Or maybe KCKT will work better at these dew points (I'm in VA.) I gotta figure this out for the sake of my poor hair!
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF

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