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BENEFITS OF LEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS

Although I do not use leave-in conditioners regularly, I do have a few in the stash just in case I wear a wash and go that I don't feel like re-wetting. Instead I will wet the already outdated wash-n-go, then apply the leave-on conditioner. It keeps the old wash-n-go manageable, soft, and moisturized. It also gives my curls a more defined look.

 Leave-in conditioners are exactly that – conditioners that are left in and are NOT washed out of the hair. Most of the leave-in conditioners are designed to be absorbed by the hair and are formulated as lightweight creams or lotions, or as liquids which can be sprayed onto the hair. I personally have not tried the liquid leave-in but have experience with the lotions and creams. I love both of those because it feels as if it is coating my strands better. These spray-on conditioners offer the benefit of being able to target the portions of the hair that need the most extra conditioning/protection – (example: the ends of the hair, the top of the head only are just a few targeted areas.

Leave in conditioners smooth the hair cuticle and strands making it shiny and bouncy without heavy oils. Regular conditioners have heavier oils and waxes in them so if you don't rinse them away they make the hair look stringy or greasy. Leave in conditioner, helps in the winter when dry indoor air makes the hair dry and lifeless. It can also  be used on natural hair to help prevent tangles when combing. 

There is such a thing as too much conditioner, and you'll know when the hair looks limp, lifeless and kind of oily. Nothing bad happens to the hair, it just looks stringy, dark and lifeless. If this happens just wash your hair with a clarifying or deep cleansing shampoo.

According to Total Beauty, the top 8 leave-in conditioners are:


NO. 8: BUMBLE AND BUMBLE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER, $23

NO. 7: HERBAL ESSENCES NONE OF YOUR FRIZZNESS SMOOTHING LEAVE-IN CREME, $3.99