I don't use a leave in at all. I wash with a shampoo that has a conditioner in it, grease my scalp, seal my ends, then style. I do a deep condition 2 times a month. But I haven't mastered the 2nd & 3rd day hair. So I wet/style every night. Take down next day if I go out. I love the Shea moisture curl milk & smoothie. They absorbs in my hair & don't weigh it done.