Don’t Sleep on The Power of Leave-in Conditioners


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Hair is likely the most overworked, yet under-appreciated part of our body. You put your hair through a lot to achieve your desired look: constant heat, protective styles, various products. But how much TLC are you giving your hair in return? Enter: leave-in conditioners.

After cleansing and conditioning your hair, leave-in is the next product in the lineup that serves many purposes, from detangling hair with ease to adding an extra burst of hydration after constant manipulation. When used with other styling agents like gels or butters, leave-in works hand-in-hand with the other products to deliver beautiful results. Many people sleep on the power of leave-in conditioners, but here are 16 reasons why you shouldn't. From celebrity hairstylist-approved picks to drugstore holy grails, scroll down to match with your perfect leave-in conditioner.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray Briogeo $9.00 SHOP NOW

Briogeo's Farewell Frizz stands out from the rest thanks to its spray bottle applicator. No more messy wash-days, just spray the product throughout your hair and watch your hair flourish.

No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner Living Proof $26.00 SHOP NOW

"This lightweight conditioner is perfect for all hair types and is great to keep hair bouncy and moving even on the most humid days," says Tracee Ellis Ross' hairdresser Yene Dametew.

Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner Kurlee Belle $11.99 SHOP NOW

The Kurlee Belle Leave-In Conditioner gives your hair the same relief drinking water on a sweltering hot summer day gives. Because it has such great slip, your thirsty coils will be more manageable to manipulate and softer than ever.

Leave in Conditioner/Detangler Sunny in Denbigh $35.00 SHOP NOW

This miracle product transforms limp, dull hair with medicinal African herbs and essential oils to strengthen and hydrate your hair.

Pomegranate Honey Leave-In Conditioner Mielle Organics $12.99 SHOP NOW

Mielle Organic's cult-favorite leave-in conditioner is the reliable product your hair can always count on. Dry ends? Frizzy hair? Shapeless curls? Babassu oil, honey, and a slew of other natural ingredients work together to fight damage.

Karinga Hydrating Styling Cream Rene Furterer $32.00 SHOP NOW

For a do-it-all leave-in conditioner look no further than Rene Karinga's KARINGA Hydrating Styling Leave-In Cream. Hairstylist Rob Talty says, "it's soft, hydrating and offers amazing shine while being lightweight. It's great for blowouts or for natural drying." Best of all, this leave-in can be used on all hair textures from kinky, curly, and even fine hair.

Garnier Whole Blends Leave-In Conditioner Legendary Olive, For Dry Hair, 10.2 fl. oz. Garnier $9.99 SHOP NOW

Who says you can't find amazing hair products at the drugstore? Hairstylist Tommy Buckett favorite leave-in conditioner is Garnier's Whole Blends Replenishing Legendary Olive Conditioner. "I love Garnier's Whole Blends Replenishing Legendary Olive Conditioner because it's lightweight and can be used as a style product, plus it adds major shine."

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product it's a 10 $37.99 SHOP NOW

A staple in every hair stylist's bag, the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In does exactly what the name suggests—works miracles. The multipurpose products moisturizes and protects the hair, especially before heat styling. The spray also adds sheen without weighing the hair down.

25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner Mizani $34.00 SHOP NOW

Need some serious hair TLC? Then Mizani's 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Treatment is a must. According to celebrity hairstylist Mann Nance this product is nothing short of a miracle. "Not only does it condition hair but it also provides 25 useful benefits such as improved moisture, strength, and overall hair health. It's also a wonderful primer that preps hair for various styles."

Leave-In Conditioner OUAI $26.00 SHOP NOW

This leave-in is infused with thermal protection to fight frizz and tame flyaways. But it's the smell that really pulls you in, leaving your hair smelling like a bed of roses.

Leave-In Conditioner Vernon Francois $18.00 SHOP NOW

Don't you just love a product that makes detangling easier? Formulated with African tulip tree extracts and amino acids, Vernon Francois' leave-in defines curls, tames frizz, and nourishes strands with just a few spritz.

Ease Leave-in Conditioner Bask & Bloom Essentials $22.99 SHOP NOW

Bask and Bloom Essentials' leave-in melts into your hair like butter. Get the best results when you apply the product to damp hair, which leaves your hair soft, bouncy, and full of life.

Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic Color Wow $25.00 SHOP NOW

As if we needed another reason to obsess over coconut oil, here's Color Wow's Coconut Cocktail. This leave-in conditioner is celebrity hairstylist Joseph Maine's favorite. " It's a leave in supplement you put in the hair after you shampoo and it conditions while the hair is wet." The coconut oil provides instant moisture and shine, and "really replenishes the hair, so it gets better with every time you use it."

Daily Leave-In Hair Cream with Sandalwood Christophe Robin $43.00 SHOP NOW

For a leave-in conditioner that creates volume and shine reach for Christophe Robin's Moisturizing Hair Cream. Celeb hair stylist Claudio Belizario can't live without it, since "it creates the best natural texture."

High Spirited Leave-in Conditioner, 9.5 fl oz Orlando Pita Play $20.00 SHOP NOW

Orlando Pita's Play High Spirited Leave in Conditioner is a leave-in conditioner that pretty much everyone is guaranteed to love. "It's a super light formula that won't weigh hair down and can be used on all types of hair," according to Anna Kendrick's stylist. "Trust me, your hair with thank you for it!"

Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil $56.00 SHOP NOW

If you need a leave-in conditioner that's insanely nourishing and really treats damaged hair try Oribe's Gold Lust Nourishing Oil. "This is a treatment for dry or damaged hair," says celebrity stylist Charles McNair. "It can be used as an overnight treatment, applied before a blowdry or even after to add some shine to the hair."

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