I am a complete leave in conditioner snob! I love testing out new leave ins. It is my favorite product to test out! I feel like this is the MOST important product in your whole hair routine being that it is the base of your routine and all styles. It is the end all and be all product for me! All I need is a good leave in conditioner. My key requirements are:
- Has to provide moisture
- Help give style longevity
- Water must be the first ingredient
- Should help detangle hair
- Must be able to double as a styler!
Here are my faves currently!
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream $5.99
This leave in conditioner is a staple for many naturals. I used this religiously when I first started getting into products specifically designed to cater to natural hair. At an affordable price of $5.99, it does what is says and can be easily found anywhere natural hair products are sold. This is great for beginners and transitioning naturals.
- Mielle Organics Organic White Peony Ultra Moisturizing Leave‑In Conditioner $12.99
This bottle has a spray nozzle which makes the application process easy. It holds up in moisture and styling. I bought this at Target, they have an abundance of the Mielle Organics products. It’s a relatively small bottle for how much it costs, but organic products are always worth it.
- Jane Carter “Curls To Go” Untangle Me Weightless Leave In Conditioner $8
This brand recently came out with a curly hairline that I was interested in. Upon seeing the leave in conditioner for myself, I thought it was all wrong. The consistency looked too lightweight for my hair and the word “weightless” was even in the name. I thought “here goes another product trying to reduce a leave in conditioner to just detangler”. It was $8 for a decent sized bottle, and I know this brand to be quality so I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Although it looks watery, this leave in is like a thick serum in texture and goes on your hair like actual conditioner. A small amount goes a long way, meaning it lasts forever. I love this leave-in conditioner, it checks of all requirements on my list and smells great. I found this at my local beauty supply store.
- Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk $9.99
This is another product that is not meant to be a leave in conditioner but works as one. It’s a small bottle but it lasts a very long time as a little goes a long way. It is milky in texture and has a nice subtle smell that’s not overbearing. I also love the deep conditioner from this line which I will be talking about soon!
- Lottabody Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk $4.99
This product is not really a leave in conditioner but can be used as one. If you follow me on Instagram, this is hands down one of my favorite products. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or a styler. Why I love it as a leave in conditioner is because it melts your hair, helping to detangle after your hair is freshly washed. Of course this is also helpful when you need to restyle your hair mid week. It’s super moisturizing, affordable, and who doesn’t love a bottle with a pump?
- Kinky Curly Leave In/Detangler, Natural, Knot Today$11.99
I typically wouldn’t think this product wouldn’t work for my texture of hair, but it pleasantly surprised me. It was gifted to me buy a friend, and although I haven’t purchased it for myself I recommended it to my brother for his afro and he likes it a lot as well. This can also be easily found at Target. I finished my bottle quickly because I needed to use quite a bit for my hair to feel as moisturized as I wanted it to be!
Comment below and let me know if youve tried these products!
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