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Instead of using leave-in conditioners sold in stores, I just dab a bit of my regular conditioner on my ends as a leave-in. I use ones that are too watery to use as a rinse-out conditioner. I've been thinking though that it may be better to use something that is designed to leave in. I'm trying to take extra steps to keep my hair in good shape since I decided to grow it out again. To those who've used real leave-ins and used your regular condish as a leave-in, which do you prefer? Do leave-ins have different ingredients than rinse outs that make them better to leave on hair for an extended amount of time?

If you prefer a leave-in, what do you use? I generally stay away from cream leave-ins because they're probably too heavy for my fine/normal hair. I used a HE spray leave-in a few years ago - left much to be desired. I'd like to try oiling, but I got blah results using jojoba oil on my ends. That's got me skeptical of oils and oiling.
I have used regular conditioner as a leave-in with decent results, but I began to worry because I thought, "Maybe there's a reason I'm supposed to rinse them out." So, now I just use things that are formulated to be left on the hair.

I know you said you don't like creams, but I have fine (and thin) hair also and sprays have never done much for me. Oils tend to make my hair crunchy, so I can't use those either. My favorite leave-ins are Abba Nourishing and Giovanni Direct Leave-in. If you're thinking of using oils, I would recommend Giovanni because it has so many oils in it, yet doesn't give the same strange results that oils tend to (at least in my hair anyway). Plus, a little goes a long way, so one can be light-handed with it and still get great results. HTH!
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Aries, I've heard good things about those brands, but where do you find them? I think Drug Emporium carried Abba, but they've closed, and I haven't seen it since. Do you order your's? I order Nature's Gate shampoo because I can't find it anywhere and love that shampoo, but would prefer to use products that I can easily find in stores. I live in a small town, but have a couple larger areas not more than an hour away - there's a beauty store in Minneapolis called Style something. They may have those brands since they carry Kenra (another one I had a hard time finding). If I can ever remember the name, I'll look it up. Giovanni sounds good - thanks!
Beauty without cruelty makes a nice leave in too. My hair gets easily weighed down but my hair still needs the protection of a leave in.
I just make sure my hair is really really wet when I put it on, I scrunch it in really well, squirting on more water if needed.

Leave ins leave my hair less gunky and weighed down than just leaving in some of my rinse out. I get less frizz using a leave in too.
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I'm a fan of the Giavanni leave in as well! I get mine at Whole Foods.
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I get the Abba at my local Trade Secret. I never noticed if any other salons carry it, though. The Giovanni I get at my local health food store--Sun Harvest. It's like a Trader Joe's. I'm sure you would be able to get both online, but I don't know about any place you could get them locally. Sorry I can't be more help with that.
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The only 'regular' conditioners that work for me as leave-ins are Devacurl One C and Elucence. For actual leave-ins, I do like the Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana leave-in and am still experimenting with the Fructis C&S leave-in.
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Beauty without cruelty makes a nice leave in too. My hair gets easily weighed down but my hair still needs the protection of a leave in.
Originally Posted by medusahair
GNC carries this, don't they? I like the sound of BWC because I try to buy products from companies that don't do animal testing or use animal products. This can be difficult becauase I also like inexpensive hair products (these tend to be more lightweight than salon/beauty store products) that can be found at stores like Kroger. I work in retail so I want to limit my shopping as much as possible so I can get away from the mall sometimes, lol. I try to buy everything at a couple of stores. Don't mind online shopping if I trust the site, but it can be hit or miss with hair products.

Anyone know if V05 has a leave-in conditioner? I like their conditioners - inexpensive and they don't test them on animals. I've been checking their website on and off, but they don't update it very often.

Lushaholic - do you think the Curl Junkie leave-in would work on fine-ish wavy hair? Does it smell like fruit and flowers? Mmm, the sound of it makes me hungry!
Well, my hair is fine-ish and is a 2c/3a mix, so I bet it would work for you. It smells like banana cream pie though, so be prepared to get cravings once you smell it.
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I believe someone said GNC does carry BWC. I ordered mine from http://www.drugstore.com I order various things from them often.

That CJ hibiscus and banana leave in for fine hair smells like bananas mmmmmmm
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IU'm a huge fan right now of the A/G Fastfood leave-in. It's creamy, but very light and doesn't weigh my hair down. I've never been a big fan of leaving in regular conditioners.
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Beauty without cruelty makes a nice leave in too. My hair gets easily weighed down but my hair still needs the protection of a leave in.
Originally Posted by medusahair
GNC carries this, don't they? I like the sound of BWC because I try to buy products from companies that don't do animal testing or use animal products. This can be difficult becauase I also like inexpensive hair products (these tend to be more lightweight than salon/beauty store products) that can be found at stores like Kroger. I work in retail so I want to limit my shopping as much as possible so I can get away from the mall sometimes, lol. I try to buy everything at a couple of stores. Don't mind online shopping if I trust the site, but it can be hit or miss with hair products.

Anyone know if V05 has a leave-in conditioner? I like their conditioners - inexpensive and they don't test them on animals. I've been checking their website on and off, but they don't update it very often.

Lushaholic - do you think the Curl Junkie leave-in would work on fine-ish wavy hair? Does it smell like fruit and flowers? Mmm, the sound of it makes me hungry!
Originally Posted by CurlyMireya
Yes, they have a leave-in detangler combo that is in the form of a spray. I have it but I haven't decided what I thought about it yet.


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ETA: I wanted to add that I really like the Garnier Leave-ins but they are probably creamier than you like.
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I've been using Aussie's Dual Personality Leave-In/Volumizer. I find it works well, gives a little extra moisture and isn't goopy, sticky, or too much. And it's inexpensive!
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I ended up buying GF Sleek and Shine leave-in. Smallfry, I looked for that at Walmart, but they didn't have it. I use a detangler spray from Suave now, but it doesn't condition enough for me. I think I need a cream, even though I worry about heaviness.

I was so po'ed that the only leave-in I saw that had "no animal testing" on it was Nexxus Headdress, $10 for a small tube. I used Headdress back in the day and remember not liking it, or else I would've gotten it. It disgusts me that not one low to moderately priced leave-in is animal-friendly. When I get more $$$, I plan to try more of Nature's Gate's products, and Burt's Bees for skin care. I thought for sure Aussie doesn't do animal testing, but I checked a bottle, and no mention of it anywhere. It has those cute kangaroos on the front - how hypocritical is that? So, I ended up with Sleek and Shine. Didn't know whether to get that one or the Curl and Shine - my hair is wavy, but I wear it straight most of the time.
I absolutely love Ouidad's Botanical Boost. It's a leave in conditioner that you spray in. It really helps the frizzies at the top of my hair that pop out later in the day. I also use it on the days when I wake up in the morning and don't have the time to rinse my hair to get rid of my bed head.
My leave in suggestion is My HG Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, I get the generic version from Sally's it is $5.99 for 16oz. It has aloe which I believe is curl enhancing, and many other nice ingredients. GF C&S has glycerin in it which is good for curly hair, it gives nice spirals and clumping, I don't know if GF S&S has glycerin. I have also noticed that if I use a thick condish as a leave in it pulls my curls straight, I think they are too heavy for my hair as a leave in.
Until I found Robert Craig Conditioner I would have said Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana fine. I use the RC as a conditioner and a leave-in.
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