Why Leave-in Conditioner is Essential to Your Routine?

Alyssa François | 25 April 2016

You won’t leave this step out of your hair care routine again.

We’ve all been raised to wash and condition our hair, and that’s it. But what if we told you there’s one more step that’s beneficial, and you really should consider adding it to your regimen? Bet your Mom didn’t tell you about using a leave-in conditioner! This wonder product is really powerful where it can provide moisture to your locks, smooth out any frizz and help treat dry and damaged locks. Read on to find out why this product is essential to your hair care routine.

How Leave-in Conditioner Benefits Your Hair

Leave-in conditioner seems pretty self-explanatory, right? Essentially, it is a conditioner that you leave in your hair and don’t rinse out. And you can probably already assume that it’s meant to be used after cleansing the hair; however, you should also know more about its benefits and why you’re actually leaving it in in the first place:

Leave-in Conditioner for Dry and Extra Dry Hair

Sure you can treat your damaged hair with a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask, but a moisture-based, leave-in conditioner has added benefits since it also prolongs the moisturizing and conditioning process. After you apply the conditioner, your hair will continue to be soft and manageable, which is especially beneficial for textured hair types since the sebum from your scalp isn’t sufficient. This is where a moisture based leave-in product comes in to save the day as it replenishes and treats your locks.    

leave-in conditioner to condition colored hair
Color-treated hair is often dry and parched. Using a leave-in conditioner can revitalize hair post wash.

Treat Hair Post Coloring and Chemical Treatments

After coloring your hair, you’ll really need to rejuvenate and strengthen your locks. If you use bleach, hair dye, relaxers, texturizers or any chemicals to create a perm, you’ll find that your hair will feel and look incredibly damaged and weak, which ultimately leads to breakage. However, many leave-in conditioners are formulated with proteins like hydrolyzed wheat protein that are easily soluble into the hair shaft. The protein helps rebuild the hair follicle and creates a protective barrier around your strands. Don’t be overzealous with the use of a leave-in formulated with protein, though. Avoid protein overload by only using leave-in conditioners during post or pre-chemical treatments.

Time- Saving

The time you would normally spend on detangling can easily be used towards styling your hair instead. Leave-in conditioners contain ingredients like dimethicone, which creates slip in the hair, making it easier to detangle your locks. A game-changer for those with gnarly strands, you might just find that you won’t have to deal with knots and tangles after continued use.

leave-in conditioner that protects against heat styling tools
Apply a leave-in conditioner that also guards against heat damage before carrying out your heat styling routine.

Heat-Styling Before and After-Care

Leave-in conditioners are great for prepping your strands before using heat styling tools. Along with the use of a heat protectant, a leave-in conditioner can help protect against and prevent damage caused by heat styling. Some leave-in conditioners like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner are formulated to help you nix your go-to heat protectant altogether. With silicone ingredients such as dimethicone and cyclomethicone, the leave-in product provides a barrier around the hair shaft by sealing the hair cuticles by making the hair resistant to the negative effects of your heat styling tools. On the other hand, if you’re trying to treat your hair that’s been damaged by heat, leave-in conditioners can help to treat and nourish any dryness and brittleness.  

Which of these hair concerns will you be solving or preventing with a leave-in conditioner?


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