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What does leave-in conditioner do? Understanding your new fave hair product

Ever wondered what does leave-in conditioner do? Wonder no more, as we have all there is to know about the unsung hero in hair care.   

Are you constantly questioning ‘what does leave-in conditioner do?’ Not for much longer, as we’ve got all your hair questions covered with an extensive guide on leave-in conditioners and, more importantly, why you need one in your hair routine.

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

What does leave-in conditioner do?

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No matter your hair type, there is a leave-in conditioner for you. Credit:

Okay, let’s get right down to business. A leave-in conditioner (as the name suggests) is a conditioning treatment that is left on the hair after applying and doesn’t need to be washed out. Why, you ask? Well 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, because no matter your hair type or hair length, a leave-in conditioner can do wonders for your mane…

4 reasons why you need to add a leave-in conditioner to your routine

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Give your strands the TLC they deserve with a leave-in conditioner. Credit:

Many of you may have been under the impression that a leave-in conditioner only has a single purpose — to conditioner the hair. But in reality, these wondrous products have a wealth of advantages for your mane, so take a look below at the 4 ways your strands could benefit!

1. It adds extra moisture

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. Detangles

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. Helps the look and feel of damaged locks

For those of us 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. Preps hair for styling

If you use heated styling tools regularly, you can rest assured that not only will your leave-in conditioner condition your hair, but since it also acts as a primer, it will help add a layer of protection to strands, too.

However, for blow-drying, straightening or curling wand addicts, we would suggest doubling up with a good heat protectant as an extra safeguarding measure!

The best leave-in conditioner for your hair type

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From frizzy to fine, find your perfect leave-in conditioner here. Credit:

Now that you know all the ways you could benefit from using a leave-in conditioner, it’s time you found the right one for you and your hair needs. But don’t worry, because we’ve taken the guesswork out of the task and broken it down for you via hair type!

Thin/fine hair: TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist

This lightweight formula will be the perfect addition to your hair care routine, especially if you have fine hair. As a mist, the TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist leaves hair feeling luxuriously soft and with a healthy-looking shine.

Curly/afro hair: TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist

If it’s curly tresses that you want to treat, we suggest trying the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating MistSpray it liberally on damp hair to help remove any tangles and nourish your mane. It’s time to say hello to bouncy curls!

Dry hair: VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist

This miracle mist is the perfect way to refresh dry hair. If you want your mane looking smooth, soft and with a healthy-looking sheen, look no further than VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist

Apply on damp hair (or dry hair if your locks are in need of a bigger hydration boost) then simply style! Easy-peasy, right?

Frizzy hair: TONI&GUY Leave In Conditioner

No matter your hair type, we all experience frizz at some stage, so why not try taming your tresses with TONI&GUY Leave In Conditioner? 

Helping to guard against humidity as well as frizz, simply squeeze a small amount on fingertips then spread evenly through damp hair to help manage unruly, frizzy locks throughout the day.

Coloured hair: TRESemmé Platinum Strength Stay Soft Leave-in Treatment

If you have dyed or chemically straightened hair, the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Stay Soft Leave-in Treatment can help to strengthen your locks and reinforce your hair’s natural protective layer to guard against future damage.

For best results, just apply a few pumps to damp hair and then style as normal.




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