What Is A Leave In Conditioner And How to Use It?

Leave-in conditioner is a product that is applied to freshly cleansed hair and left in until the next wash. They contain a high level of humectants that attract moisture into the hair. They often have glycerin which keeps your hair hydrated and lubricated.


It is used to add extra conditioning and to provide your locks with much-needed moisture and softness.
This product comes in different forms, like liquids, thick creams, and sprays. A few pumps will leave your hair nourished and silky, with a luminous glow.

The lightweight formulas can also be used on dry hair between washes to restore lost moisture and give manageability to hair.

Why Use It?

  • Leave-in conditioners provide further moisture and keep hair hydrated through the day
  • These products are used for those with kinkier hair types which require more moisture
  • A leave-in conditioner contains humectants that hydrate strands and make them more elastic
  • It makes unruly hair more manageable and releases knots as well. It detangles hair, thus making it easier to brush and resistant to breakage
  • Leave-in conditioners make your hair more responsive to styling
  • It protects hair from heat damage, chlorine and salt water damage
  • Helps color last longer and adds lustre to colored hair
  • Combats frizz caused by static and environmental factors

What is the Difference between Leave-In and Rinse-out Hair Conditioners?

  • Rinse-out conditioners need to be left for a few minutes then washed off. Leaving on rinse-out conditioners weigh down your hair and cause product build-up. Leave-in conditioners are designed to be left in for longer periods to add moisture and manageability
  • Leave-in conditioners are used in small amounts. A drop or pea size quantities
  • Leave-in conditioners primarily work as detanglers, stylers and heat protectors. Rinse-out conditioners replace the lost oils in your hair and tame frizz
  • Rinse-out conditioners are heavier and thicker. Leave-in conditioners are light and absorb quickly

Check Out: Best Conditioners For Curly Hair 

How to Use A Leave-In Conditioner

  • Towel dry your hair after thoroughly
  • Use a pea-sized amount (one pump or less depending on your hairs length)
  • Apply the product on the ends and drier parts of your hair

Pro Tip

  • If you use a spray on leave-in conditioner, spray with your hair against the towel to avoid spoiling your clothes
  • Use very little product
  • Do not leave in conditioner on your scalp
  • Finger comb through your hair to detangle

Also Read: Hair Conditioner For Men

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