Can any conditioner be used as a leave in?

OK, so I think I've finally figured out that my hair is ULTRA sensitive to cones.

And of course, I've been using lots of stuff with cones - not the horrible ones, but dimethicone & the a-cone (G & F curl & shine leave in & Deva products).

So, I've just clarified my hair to try & get it all off & start over & I bought some b2b pomegranate condish, but I couldn't find a leave-in locally that doesn't have some sort of cone in it.

So, can I use any conditioner as a leave in, or is there some reason that they have to be rinsed out?
The only condishes I would use caution using as a leave-in are those that are oil-rich. If there's a few fatty alcohols (cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, etc)and then some oils, that would be fine, but if it were primarily oils (citrus oils in particular), I'd fear the heat/sun of summer would fry your hair like sun oils in the 1970s did to those who baked in the sun.
Also, sometimes regular rinse out condishes can be too heavy and leave a gunky feeling if you use too much as a leave in. I usually mix a tiny bit w/ water in the palm of my hand and use that for a leave in.
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I use my regular conditioner as a leave-in. When I scrunch the water out with the mf towel, of course some of the conditioner comes off on the towel, but it leaves a pretty good residue in my hair, which works better than a conditioner that's MEANT to be a leave-in, for me at least. It just doesn't seem that regular leave-ins do much.
I've always used my regular conditioner as a leave-in as well. Some work better than others, which I just determine by trial and error.

If you do want a specific leave-in that you can buy locally, I'm pretty sure Giovanni Direct Leave-In is cone-free and you should be able to find it in a health food store or in the health food section of a good grocery store.
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I've always gotten the slight flaking experience from leaving in regular conditioner, so I leave in coconut oil.
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just plain old coconut oil? do you poo or can you use that while on strict CG?do you think coconut oil and recoil would work good together? does the oil weigh your hair down?
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The only condishes I would use caution using as a leave-in are those that are oil-rich. If there's a few fatty alcohols (cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, etc)and then some oils, that would be fine, but if it were primarily oils (citrus oils in particular), I'd fear the heat/sun of summer would fry your hair like sun oils in the 1970s did to those who baked in the sun.
Originally Posted by laurabeth33

so does that mean coconut oil shouldnt be used as a leave in with recoil?
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The only condishes I would use caution using as a leave-in are those that are oil-rich. If there's a few fatty alcohols (cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, etc)and then some oils, that would be fine, but if it were primarily oils (citrus oils in particular), I'd fear the heat/sun of summer would fry your hair like sun oils in the 1970s did to those who baked in the sun.
Originally Posted by laurabeth33

so does that mean coconut oil shouldnt be used as a leave in with recoil?
Originally Posted by egyptiancurls89
You could probably use coconut oil as a leave in with re:coil just fine. It depends on how naturally oily your scalp is to begin with though. My scalp is dry tp normal and I use it frequently as a leave in under Aura Hypo gel. I had no luck with re:coil no matter how I used it so I have no info regarding the 2 together. Juicytube is right, I use a regular V05 Tea Therapy con and find that I get a slight flakiness with it. I find that the gel reacts with something in the V05 to make flakes. Not great big yucky flakes but enough that you can see up close in the mirror. I am currently trying to find the right combo of some whipped shea butter/coconut oil that I made for a leave in. My hair really loves both of these so I thought it'd work good whipped together.
I say go for it. if it doesn't work out then you'll just have to co wash it out and start over. No big deal. My piece of advise is to go really easy on the coconut oil. It can get outta hand fast. Try using a small amount like a pea or dime size first and work it through the ends first to the roots.
If the coconut oil is too heavy then try jojoba oil, it's lighter and just as good for your hair.
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Where do you buy jojoba oil? Are products that contain a lot of mineral oil good or bad? I thought that I had read that mineral is not a good thing. I tried to do a search but couldn't find anything.
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Where do you buy jojoba oil? Are products that contain a lot of mineral oil good or bad? I thought that I had read that mineral is not a good thing. I tried to do a search but couldn't find anything.
Originally Posted by mem53
Products with mineral oil very high up in the ingredients can make your hair feel very greasy, whilst blocking out a lot of moisture which means your hair is actually very dry under all that oiliness.

As for leaving in regular conditioner, I have never had any luck with it. My hair always gains a rough feeling, and each strand feels swollen. I also get dullness with flaking sometimes. I don't tend to have a lot of luck with actual leave in conditioners, either, the one exception being Paul Mitchell The Conditioner. It's cone-free and not very expensive-plus it seems to always be on sale somewhere.
just plain old coconut oil? do you poo or can you use that while on strict CG?do you think coconut oil and recoil would work good together? does the oil weigh your hair down?
Originally Posted by egyptiancurls89
Well, I use gel but if I were to use a cream I wouldn't use any leave in. That would seem to be too much for me.
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If the label says to rinse out, I do. I won't force a rinse-out conditioner to be a leave-in.

There are too many products that can legitimately be left in, w/out trying to force ones that are meant to be rinsed out.
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If the label says to rinse out, I do. I won't force a rinse-out conditioner to be a leave-in.

There are too many products that can legitimately be left in, w/out trying to force ones that are meant to be rinsed out.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
My thoughts exactly!
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The only condishes I would use caution using as a leave-in are those that are oil-rich. If there's a few fatty alcohols (cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl, etc)and then some oils, that would be fine, but if it were primarily oils (citrus oils in particular), I'd fear the heat/sun of summer would fry your hair like sun oils in the 1970s did to those who baked in the sun.
Originally Posted by laurabeth33
Agree. Also some conditioners may dull the hair if left as a leave-in. I've seen photos where a curly said I used so and so as a leave in and the next photo used something else and you could see the difference.
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