Why Using a Leave-In Conditioner for Natural Hair is Important

A hair care staple that you've got to have!

Caring for natural hair sometimes includes using several key products to achieve consistently gorgeous and manageable hair. One such product is leave-in conditioner for natural hair. Not only can it add shine and make your hair look healthy, it can smooth out frizz and make your natural hair smooth. Ideally, the best leave in conditioner for natural hair should be used each and every time you wash your hair. That way you’ll be sure to leave your natural hair hydrated and springy. Read on to learn why leave-in conditioner for natural hair is so important.

Best Leave in Conditioners for Natural Hair

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A great leave-in conditioner can do wonders for those with natural hair. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

1. Moisturizes your hair.

Natural hair tends to run on the drier side, which generally affects the ends of the hair. First and foremost, leave-in conditioner for natural hair works as an effective moisturizer. We love leave-in conditioner for natural hair because, unlike your in-shower conditioner, you don’t rinse it out. That means all the goodness of the conditioner can stick with your hair throughout the day.

A great moisturizing option that won’t weigh your hair down (and will leave it smelling like a tropical vacation) is the S Factor By TIGI Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray. This is a spay-in conditioner, so it is lighter than your average cream. It also makes it super easy to spread over all of your hair.

2. Detangles your hair.

Tangles in naturally curly hair can be a (literal) pain. By using a leave-in conditioner for natural hair you get the moisturizing boost along with the slip of a detangler. Having a slippy leave-in conditioner helps to ease out any knots or tangles without needing to use multiple products. We like the Dove Absolute Curls Leave-in Detangler because it does double duty. Not only does it work to help you detangle your hair for knot-free days, but it’s also super moisturizing. This leave-in spray adds moisture, then seals the cuticle to lock it in. And sealing the cuticle also helps to make detangling a breeze.

3. Prevents frizz.

Natural hair tends to get frizzy when it isn’t adequately moisturized. This means that keeping your hair hydrated is more likely to give you better hair days without frizz. Best thing is, any moisturizing leave-in conditioner for natural hair is going to give you this benefit! Just be sure to apply your leave-in conditioner every time you wash your hair.

4. Tames split ends.

Split ends can be a problem on every hair type. It has more to do with damage, and your hair’s natural resilience. Split ends can be a bummer especially if you are trying to grow out your hair. It’s why we suggest using a product like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Split End Binding Leave-In Crème. It works to add some much needed moisture to your hair while sealing your split ends.

Sealing your split ends gives your hair a healthy look while helping to prevent some of the breakage caused by split ends. By using this you’ll help moisturize with the infused flax seed oil, and your curls will have that bouncy, freshly cut look.

Need more information on leave in conditioners for natural hair? Check out our editor’s pick of conditioners for natural hair.