leave-in conditioner cream on sleek ponytails

Want Rainy Day-Resistant Hair? Try a Leave-In Conditioner Cream

Smooth things out once and for all.

It’s been a weird winter; we’ll give you that. What we’ve been gaining in warmer-than-usual temps we’re making up for in sporadic rainstorms, which is a whole other issue in itself. That jumble of hair problems that comes part and parcel with rain and humidity—frizz, flyaways, updos that go from hero to zero in minutes—are now on our plate, on top of the usual winter hair concerns of dryness and static. What’s a gal to do? Reach for the leave-in conditioner cream, of course.

Leave-in Conditioner Cream: Your Unsung Hero

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Smooth looks are a cinch with the right application of leave-in conditioner. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We all know leave-in conditioner as that perfect post-blowout product that, depending on your hair type and process, actually goes beyond the call of duty. Typically used as an after-wash hair care product, a lot of people also use it as a thermal protectant before heat-styling, a mid-day refresher or as an extra moisture boost for strands that need just a bit more slip after conditioner.

Leave-in conditioner cream in particular is efficient in straddling the two responsibilities. It deftly covers that sweet spot between haircare and hair styling, and depending on how it’s packaged can also be handy for on-the-go touchups.

The rainy-day solution

If you’ve ever had your hairstyle (and #mood) dampened by a sudden drizzle, applying a few swipes of leave-in conditioner cream can turn things around rather quickly. Most formulas coat the hair in a type of moisture cocoon, effectively preventing hair from needing to absorb moisture in the air—an action that leads the cuticle to splay and, yes, frizz out. The denser formula of a cream also feels more silky and nourishing, benefits we can totally get behind during the drying winter months.

Best practices

To ensure a good hair day on rainy days and other times when the weather is out of whack, it’s best to start by first washing hair with a moisturizing system. Then, follow this up with a leave-in conditioner cream from lengths to ends. For the morning mad-rushers, a multi-purpose product, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, which also serves as a heat protect agent, can shave off some precious minutes without sacrificing payoff. Finally, dry hair with a well-meaning blast of your blowdryer on medium and you’re good to go, rain or shine… or snow, hail, sleet, and if this year is any indication, anything and everything in between.

Want more winter haircare tips? Check out how to beat winter static.

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