Hair Care Must-have: How to Use Leave-in Conditioner

Ever wondered what a leave-in conditioner does to your hair? We're listing all there is to know about this unsung hero in hair care.

Ever wondered how to use leave-in conditioners? How do they help your hair? We’ve got you covered as we’re breaking down one of our must-have hair products explaining to you the benefits of leave-in conditioners.

From time to time we all fall victim to less than perfect hair, especially with the hot, humid weather here in the Philippines. Whether it’s dryness or damage from heated styling tools, frizz caused by changes in climate or just strands that are looking lackluster, a leave-in conditioner can help tackle these major hair woes.

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian woman with long dark hair wearing a white long-sleeved top
Keep hair nourished and shiny by applying leave-on cream.

What exactly is a leave-in conditioner or leave-on cream? As the name suggests, it is a conditioning treatment that is left on the hair after applying and doesn’t need to be washed out. The reason behind the leave-in formula of these conditioners is that it continues to provide conditioning benefits throughout the day.

But don’t go thinking that just because your hair doesn’t need extra hydration that a leave-in conditioner isn’t for you. No matter your hair type or hair length, a leave-in conditioner can do wonders for your mane.

It’s best to apply leave-in conditioners right after your shower while your hair is still damp. First, towel dry your hair. Then, squeeze a coin-sized amount of the product on your palms and rub your hands together to warm up the product. This will help the product sink better into your hair. Apply it to the ends of your hair, slowly working your way up. Avoid placing any of the product on your scalp. Then, blow dry or style as usual.

It’s easy to be under the impression that a leave-in conditioner only has a single purpose — to condition the hair. But in reality, these wondrous products have a wealth of advantages for your mane. Here are some of them:

1. It adds extra moisture

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian woman with black medium-length hair with bangs wearing a white polo and jeans
No more dry, lifeless hair when you apply leave-on cream.

If your hair is feeling especially dry, give it the TLC it deserves by using a leave-in conditioner. Not only will it give your mane the extra moisture it needs, but will also leave your hair feeling incredibly soft (win!).

2. It helps get rid of tangles

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian woman combing her shoulder-length dark curly hair and wearing a pink blouse
Apply leave-on cream then use a wide-toothed comb to get rid of tangles.

Do you face a daily battle of detangling your hair in the morning? If you find that your tresses become knotty and unmanageable after washing, using a leave-in conditioner can make the world of difference, reducing the amount of breakages produced by brushing.

3. It adds a healthy glow to your hair

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian woman with long black straight hair wearing a black dress outdoors
Get effortlessly beautiful hair, whether you have straight or wavy locks.

For those who struggle with brittle locks, leave-in conditioners are a real game changer as they can help to smooth damaged hair to improve the look and feel of your mane!

4. It preps your hair for styling

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian woman applying product to her shoulder-length brown hair
Leave-on creams can also double as a styling tool.

If you use heated styling tools regularly, you can rest assured that not only will your leave-in conditioner moisturize your hair, but it will also help add a layer of protection to strands, as it can act as a primer, too. However, for blow-drying, straightening or curling wand addicts, we suggest doubling up with a good heat protectant as an extra safeguarding measure!

5. It adds luster to your colored hair

How to use leave-in conditioner: Girl with multi-colored hair is in a twirling motion
Leave-in conditioner brings luster to your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Coloring your hair can cause it to dry, especially if you have dark mane and use blonde hues. Applying a leave-in conditioner can give your hair the luster it needs, so that your color becomes more vibrant. After all, we want to see lustrous and smooth hair, right?

6. It combats frizzy hair

How to use leave-in conditioner: Girl is untangling her hair
Frizzy hair is a major no-no. Credit: Hariono Halim

Sometimes, using a conditioner after shampooing isn’t enough to keep the frizz away. Leave-in conditioners are designed to really work after you style your hair. It softens the strands so they don’t stick out of your head.

7. Protects from the sun

How to use leave-in conditioner: Girl is wearing a hat and sunglasses as she looks up to the sky
Protect your hair from the sun to keep it alive and full of body. Credit: Shutterstock

You know how harmful the sun’s rays are to your skin, right? Well, guess what? It’s as harmful on your hair as it is on your skin! So, if your routine involves heading out in the sun, then, you have more reason to use a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from dullness, dryness, and brittleness.

8. It strengthens your hair

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian girl is stretching her braided hair
Give your hair strength to avoid hair fall. Credit: Hariono Halim

Different brands of leave-in conditioner have different added ingredients. But one common property they have is they strengthen hair. It keeps your hair from falling and breaking due to stress caused by frequent styling.

And there you have it, all the essential need-to-know info about leave-in conditioners! For more hair care advice, head over to our Hair Care page for tips and tricks on everything from how to wash your hair correctly and a list of our editors’ favorite hair products.

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