Leave-in conditioners can be misunderstood by curlies, coilies, or wavies. A lot of curlies do not know the difference between a moisturizer and a leave-in conditioner. Understanding its place in your hair care routine is not the issue but rather if it is even needed at all or what it is. Do you really need a leave-in conditioner? A leave-in conditioner is not the same as a daily conditioner, also known as a rinse-out conditioner. They are formulated differently. Leave-in conditioners are light and more watery than the daily conditioners because rinse-out conditioners are designed to have specific ingredients that stick to your tresses after rinsing it out. This can lead to buildup if left in.
Leave-in conditioners typically contain humectants that attract moisture into your strands to make them more flexible and stronger. Its main objective is to keep your tresses moisturized, so a water-based leave-in is essential for it to work properly.
I listed this one first for two reasons. 1) It is loved by many curlies and was 2013 Best of the Best and 2012 Editor’s Choice. 2) It does not have water listed but does have mango extract, slippery elm, marshmallow root, lemongrass, and a fatty alcohol. It dissolves tangles, smooths the cuticle, and does not flake up.
Deionized water, PVP/VA (holding agent), propylene glycol (humectant), hydroxyethylcellulose (water-soluble polymer, thickening agent), and laureth 23 (detangler) make up this 2013 Best of the Best and 2014 Editor’s Choice for good reason. It is a unique styler that combats frizz while enhancing curl formation.
Water, fatty acids, behentrimonium chloride (conditioning agent), glycerin, and glycol distearate (increases thickness or viscosity) come together to make up this 2013 Best of the Best. An ultra-creamy daily leave-in that will provide maximum hydration to your strands with its super-rich consistency.
This moisture balancing leave-in has panax ginseng root extract, Irish moss extract, brewer’s yeast extract, gingko biloba extract, and anise fruit extract to give it its dual-purpose formulation. It provides continuous moisturizing suppleness to your dry strands.
Distilled water, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, behentrimonium methosulfate (mild hair detangler), and fatty acids are in this daily or weekly leave-in to moisturize, defrizz, and soften your tresses. This can be used as a styler for your curls, twists, and braids and will help all hair types.
You get purified water, jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and vegetable wax in this leave-in conditioner. This will detangle and define your tresses within minutes.
This leave-in is chock-full with castor seed oil, olive oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, and fatty alcohols that make this creamy, conditioning leave-in bring life to your hair. Perfect for second day hair as it wakes your strands up with moisture.
This product is packed with water, hydroethylcellulose, agave nectar, propylene glycol (humectant), and polysorbate 20 (emulsifier). A lightweight solution that controls frizz, adds shine, and is great for all hair types. Your curls, coils, and waves will pop!
Restore your hair’s health with deionized water, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil and behentrimonium chloride (conditioning agent) that are all ready for your dry, damaged strands. You get pampered by the right ingredients in this mix that are mineral-rich to feed your tresses and smooth the hair cuticle.
Purified water, extracts from aloe vera, watercress, myrrh, and panthenol make up a revitalizing leave-in that will protect your strands from heat styling and sun damage. It can be used daily as a hydrator, so just mist in the morning and evening. Great for roller setting too.
Distilled water, fatty alcohols, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, and vegetable glycerin come together to create a superior moisturizing leave-in with the hold of a light styling gel. Add weight to your curls without flaking and buildup.
Water, behentrimonium methosulfate (mild detangler), fatty alcohols, amodimethicone (silicone) and cetrimonium chloride (emulsifying or conditioning agents) create a nourishing moisturizing leave-in conditioner to restore your dull, lifeless strands. Ultra-light formula helps prevent split ends and adds shine and vitality.
This lightweight curl refresher is made from deionized water, castor seed oil, dl panthenol, glycerin, and avocado oil. Wake up your curls with this mist of rejuvenation that will detangle and moisturize dry frizz tresses.
Slippery elm juice, fragaria vesca distillate (strawberry fruit essence), behentrimonium methosulfate (detangler), fatty alcohol, and slippery elm extract bring love to your tresses by releasing knots, tangles, and shed hairs. It is pH balanced to help cuticles lay flat while sealing in moisture and adding shine.
Water, emulsifying wax NF, polyfluoroester, ethoxydiglycol oleate (emollient), and behentrimonium methosulfate (detangler) make up revolutionary hydrating treatment that has new anti-frizz technology. Here is an intensively moisturizing formula that restores your thirsty curls and creates an invisible shield onto your hair to lock in moisture-proof smoothness.
With water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, rosemary oil, nettle, and thyme extract, this leave-in will restore the strength and luster back into your tresses. Gain nourishment and moisture, as this builds body back into your hair and works wonders for tangles.
Water, cyclopentasiloxane (provides slip), dimethicone (silicone), behenyl alcohol (fatty alcohol), and glycerin bring softness to your tresses in this silk touch leave-in. Gain exceptional manageability with UV filters.
Gain moisture in this little jar with the water, fatty alcohol, coconut oil, cyclopentasiloxane (provides slip), and cetyl esters (lubricant). It helps to restore your hair’s natural moisture and balance.
Water, behentrimonium methosulfate (detangler), fatty acids, glycerin, and phenoxyethanol (preservative that inhibits the growth of bacteria) make up this lightweight leave-in conditioner that detangles and fight frizz like a champ. Gain moisture protection and softness in this bottle.
Water, glycerin, fatty alcohols, and dimethoicone (silicone) are the first five ingredients in this lightweight hydrating leave-in. Awesome as a daily conditioner (if you like cones) and perfect for a styling product.