How to use a leave-in?

OK, I'm slightly confused by the whole premise behind leave-in conditioners and how to use them. Currently, I'm co-washing, applying a rinse-out, and after combing/rinsing, applying a teeny amount of leave-in, but only to my ends. My question is:

1) When putting in a leave-in, do you always keep it in or should you rinse it out?
2) How often is it necessary to put a leave-in in your hair?
3) How much should you put in your hair and should you target other areas besides just the ends?
Fine, porous 3a with some 3b...
Co-wash: Suave Tropicals Coconut Conditioner (with shampoo bars 2x a month) Rinse-out: L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Leave-in: Lustrasilk Styling: CK, Pink Boots, KCCC, AOMM, HESMU, BRHG, CJ Aloe Fix Gel Post-Styling: Apply product to wet hair, scrunch out water with Curls Like Us, diffuse for 5-7 minutes Treatments: Vatika coconut oil, Kama Brahmi oil
I think this is really going to depend on your hair and what works for it.

I use the same conditioner for rinse out and leave in. Usually, after I have rinsed my hair, I scrunch it upside down while it is still dripping wet to squeeze out some of the extra water. Then I apply a small amount of conditioner (dime size) by scrunching it into my curls while my head is still upside down. I tend to have a lot of frizz on the crown of my head, so I have to add some extra leave-in to that area. I flip my head up, shake my hair out a little bit, then I smooth another dime size amount of condish over the crown of my hair and then I sort of tilt my head back and scruch it into the hair on my crown. I don't rinse it out and I do this everyday.
I tend to agree - trial and error.

I use a LOT of leave-in due to the dry conditions around here. After my rinse-out, I leave my hair soaking wet. I then rake in four or so blobs of my Lustrasilk while upside down. I then rake in my other products before scrunching it all in to better distribute.

Leave-ins are meant to be left in (hence the name! ), so no rinsing! I use a leave-in every time I wash, and I actually use just Lustrasilk to revive my second-day hair.

HTH!



Hair is best when wabi-sabi.
2b/2c at this length, more 3a when shorter
M/C ii

Mod CG: Sept 08
Using: Suave co-wash, GVP Conditioning Balm, Lustrasilk OOC, MGA, BRHG
Humectants: @ dew point 40+
My blog for dry climate curlies and growing out a pixie: Colorado Curly
I have short hair, but decpetively it looks thick, so I use about a quarter sized amount of leave-in on my hair, the bottom half of my length. I use a leave-in after every time that I low poo, which is about 1-2 times a week. The days in between that I just lightly mist hair with some distilled water + aloe, put tiny amount of coconut oil on the ends only, and call it a day because that usually re-activates the leave-in or a gel if I've used one (not often). For my daughters who have MBL and beyond hair and my son who has thick SL corkscrew curls, I use about a half dollar sized amount of conditioner, on the length neck down for my daughters (a super tiny amount on canopy, but not near roots) and bottom half for my son, and again only on the days of low poos. Like mlle_carrie, I use my rinse out as a leave-in.
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Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC
After I shower, while my hair is still wet, I put a creamy leave-in (little less than a quarter size) all in my hair, avoiding the roots (maybe 1/2 to 1 inch from the root), making sure with my hands to distribute it fairly evenly. If I missed certain areas or if my hair is unusually dry, then I'll add more.

What a leave-in does for me is it helps reduce frizz and I also use it as my curl cream. After I put it in my hair, I start styling with my hands to encourage more curl.
And I don't rinse out the leave-in; hence the word "leave in."
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3a/3b
Thanks for the tips! Yeah, it should seem obvious that since it's called a "leave-in," you leave it in, but I seem to recall reading posts where people talk about leaving it in for 15 minutes before washing out.

About how often do most of you use a leave-in? I guess I'm trying to figure out what my hair needs. I have been co-washing 2x a week, using a rinse-out conditioner every day, and using a leave-in every day, but wondering if this is excessive...
Fine, porous 3a with some 3b...
Co-wash: Suave Tropicals Coconut Conditioner (with shampoo bars 2x a month) Rinse-out: L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Leave-in: Lustrasilk Styling: CK, Pink Boots, KCCC, AOMM, HESMU, BRHG, CJ Aloe Fix Gel Post-Styling: Apply product to wet hair, scrunch out water with Curls Like Us, diffuse for 5-7 minutes Treatments: Vatika coconut oil, Kama Brahmi oil
I use a leave-in every time I wash my hair. After I rinse out my conditioner, putting in a leave-in ensures that I'm reintroducing moisture into my hair that might've been lost with the rinse. It is also essential to use of leave-in under my styling products, and I wash my hair every 2-3 days, so I wouldn't consider it excessive.
I figured out that l/in really helps with clumping; so I use it every time I wash my hair. I scrunch it into dripping wet hair, before KCCC or other styling product.

Regular conditioner diluted with water works just fine, by the way. I don't think I'm going to repurchase a "real" leave-in.
Brunette, almost BSL length, growing out.
CG since Feb 2008, modified CG since September 2008.

I now know my texture/porosity!! (TY, Tiffany!) Medium texture; ends on a porous side; new growth - normal porosity.

Wash: Suave; EO Sweet Orange shampoo

Conditioner: GVP Balm, Mango Lustrasilk

Styling: KCCC, BRHG and LA Looks

Want to try: CJ
I use a leave in every time I wash.



Hair is best when wabi-sabi.
2b/2c at this length, more 3a when shorter
M/C ii

Mod CG: Sept 08
Using: Suave co-wash, GVP Conditioning Balm, Lustrasilk OOC, MGA, BRHG
Humectants: @ dew point 40+
My blog for dry climate curlies and growing out a pixie: Colorado Curly

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