Carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders may be our burden but not everyone wants the weight of a product on their curls. Some curlies have fine or thin hair and heavier products just sit on their curls. This is a common problem since long curly hair tends to be weighed down, so when you add a heavy product it makes the problem even worse. While cutting the hair is one solution Curlysophie inquired about another solution in Curly Q&A


What leave-in do you think would be good for me? I’ve been using Kinky-Curly Knot Today for a couple years now. I like it, but sometimes it’s too heavy for my hair. Could anyone recommend a similar alternative that’s just a little thinner?


Leave-in conditioners tend to be thinner than daily conditioners. Rinse-out conditioners will coat the hair because its primary use is to combat the stresses of the shampoo, moisturize, and detangle. Leave-in conditioners are created for daily use for hydration and reduced friction. There are differences in leave-in conditioners just like there are differences in all conditioners, and while they are lighter than regular conditioners, some are just not light enough.

1. Your conditioner, but lighter

One quick and easy way to solve the problem is to just add water to your current leave-in to thin it out and that may be all you need. If you are just in the market for something new, then we’ve listed five that are lightweight and may fare better for your hair.

2. TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Leave-In Moisturizer

This leave-in conditioner is a lightweight favorite among a lot of curlies because not only is it lightweight, but also it is also extra moisturizing. It detangles and defines without a lot of fuss.

3. John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler

Another favorite of the lightweight lovers, John Mater’s Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler uses the power of aloe vera juice, water, fatty alcohols, panthenol, and jojoba seed oil. This is a leave-in conditioner or a rinse-out conditioner with natural oils and proteins to replenish lipid content while being safe for color-treated hair.

4. Camille Rose Naturals Fresh Curl

Creamy, yet lightweight, this refreshing leave-in conditioner blends avocado oil and castor seed oil to quench tangled and moisture deprived curls. Used daily it will transfer dull, lifeless strands into shiny, detangled curls.

5. Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner 

Detangle, hydrate, and protect with Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner. It seals hair with panthenol and humectants and will protect hair from the damaging sun, heat styling while rejuvenating tired and stressed curls, waves, and coils. This leave-in conditioner is a lightweight mist with the power to protect.

6. AG Hair Cosmetics Fast Food 

This ultra-light formula is a favorite among curly girls and rightfully so since it is a truly moisturizing leave-in conditioner. It nourishes and detangles while breathing life back into your dry and stressed curls.

7. Create a DIY leave-in conditioner

An easy way to use what you love but make it work better for you is to alter your regular or leave-in conditioner a tad. Get a clean and empty spray bottle, add a small amount of your favorite conditioner, a few drops of olive oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil, a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and fill the rest with spring or distilled water. Shake it up and give it a try. Tweak to your liking and you may have created the best and lightest leave-in conditioner for your hair.

Sabrina Perkins


Sabrina, founder of and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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