The 15 Best Leave-In Conditioners for 2021

Your hair care secret weapon? A high-quality leave-in conditioner. It’s the step between your normal conditioner and your styling products. They’re made to nourish, detangle and keep protein and moisture levels balanced. The challenge is finding the best leave in conditioner that fits the bill: it works for your hair type, fits the budget, and is easily accessible.

Before we introduce our top picks for the best leave-in conditioners, let’s chat about how they benefit your mane. First up, one of the biggest misconceptions about leave-in conditioner is that you can use them in place of traditional hair conditioners or deep treatment masks. Leave-in conditioners are the only types of conditioners that are not rinsed out to help your hair thriving until your next wash. 

How does leave-in conditioner work? Leave-in conditioners can help tame frizz, detangle knots, add shine and protect hair from environmental damage. No matter your hair type, leave in conditioners can seriously upgrade your routine. As we said, it’s a secret weapon.

If you’re in the market to try out a new leave in conditioner (or two), we’re sharing our best picks for women. And pssst: If you’re looking for the best leave-in conditioners for men, we’ve got you covered, too.

TRESemmé Curl Refresher Leave-In Conditioner  

Calling all curly girls! Meet the TRESemmé Curl Refresher Leave-In Conditioner. This lightweight leave-in conditioner was made to rehydrate and tame frizzy curls. This leave in conditioner spray is made with coconut oil and avocado oil to nourish strands for soft, flawless curls.

 

Rehydrate and define frizzy curls on non-wash days. Or use as a leave-in conditioner on wash days for all-day hydration. Spritz Curl Refresher throughout the hair, combing it through with a wide-toothed comb or fingers.

Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner 

This 10-in-1 honey leave-in conditioner cream is infused with pure honey, creating a rich formula that wraps each hair strand in a protective layer to restore its strength. Looking for the best leave in conditioner for fine hair? This is it.

This amazing formula provides your hair with 10 unique benefits! It delivers 10x stronger hair in just one use, reduces frizz, helps repair rough hair; makes hair soft; detangles; visibly smooths hair; moisturizes; boosts shine; helps protect from heat, and tames flyaways. Apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair. Distribute throughout hair. Do not rinse.

Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner 

This leave in conditioner won’t let you down or leave you with dry hair by the end of the day. Formulated with coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba leaf extract it’s perfect for thirsty curls needing some TLC. 

Infused with jojoba oil, this rich and creamy leave-in conditioner provides long-lasting moisture that leaves hair defined, shiny, and protected from daily styling damage. For moisturized and nourished hair, apply Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner from the mid-length to the ends of your strands after shampooing.

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner 

No more fearing heat damage! Use all the heating tools you want without damaging your hair with this dual-action keratin smoothing treatment, designed to protect against damage and provide lasting frizz control.

Apply a dime-sized amount to damp or dry hair from mid-shaft to ends. Comb through to distribute evenly, then style.

Emerge My Mane BFF Leave-In Conditioner 

One of the best qualities of a good leave in conditioner? Slip. This allows you to easily distribute the product. Emerge My Mane BFF Leave-In Conditioner has an unforgettable slip great for detangling curls.

Meet the leave-in you won’t want to live without. Made with pequi oil and fair-trade shea butter, it provides rich moisture and slip, ensuring your curls are primed for definition. Fresh out of the shower, apply to wet or damp hair, and work through from root to tip. Do not rinse out. As a refresher, apply to dry or damp hair and scrunch it in. Style as you like it.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner 

This reparative leave-in conditioner softens and detangles hair while controlling frizz. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, relax, or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly, or wavy natural styles.

Formulated with Jamaican black castor oil and certified organic shea butter to nourish, moisturize and support elasticity so hair resists breakage when detangling. Conditioners provide a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Peppermint stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience. Women with 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, and 4C curls will love this leave-in conditioner.

Suave Professionals Nourish & Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner 

This deep treatment is ideal for curly-haired girls in need of some major moisture. 

 

It will also give you some insurance before you style your strands! Your hair will feel soft, deeply nourished, and be super shiny to boot. Apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair and comb through to evenly distribute.

TRESemmé Pro Pure Detangle and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner 

This paraben-free and dye-free lightweight after-shower solution is great for dry and dull hair. It helps you detangle your hair, leaving you with smooth strands!

Shake before spraying. Start with 3-4 pumps, spread on your hands, and work through. Massage into lengths using fingertips for a few minutes. Next, comb through to detangle, and make sure to avoid the roots.

Nexxus Scalp Inergy Paraben Free Leave-In Conditioner

This paraben-free formula is great for every hair type: Dry hair, curly hair, fine hair, and more. Made to care for your hair and scalp it’s enriched with wheat protein, vitamin B, and ginger root to keep your hair healthy.

Suave Professionals Avocado + Olive Oil Smoothing Leave-In Conditioner 

Frizz, be gone! This Avocado + Olive Oil Leave-in Conditioner smooths as it conditions, leaving dry frizzy hair soft and smooth. Avocado oil is loaded with omega fatty acids for hair growth. You’ll find the olive oil is lightweight and easily penetrates the hair shaft to provide antioxidants and vitamin E. 

This product can also be applied to dry hair, but wet your hands first for even distribution. Apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair. Distribute throughout hair. Do not rinse.

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Leave-In Hydrating Mist 

Think of this hydrating mist and leave in conditioner spray as a spa day for your strands! This unique blend of coconut milk and aloe vera will replenish and moisturize hair that’s in need of a pick-me-up.

Spritz this hydrating mist onto towel-dried freshly washed strands for best results.

Nexxus Weightless Style Preserve & Protect Leave-In Spray 

Scientifically formulated to lightly condition hair, this Nexxus Prep & Protect Leave-In Spray is the first step before styling to lock in hair’s natural proteins. This unique blend of elastin protein and hyaluronic acid weightlessly moisturizes, detangles, boosts shine, and adds softness.

Suave Professionals Castor Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Styling Butter 

This leave in conditioner and styling butter is perfect for those with natural hair who want to achieve healthy, nourished, and defined curls. Castor Oil helps nourish hair while mango butter helps moisturize and strengthen strands.

Apply on hair from roots to ends. Evenly distribute style butter through the hair for nourished, defined curls. There’s no need to rinse!

Dove Hair Therapy Dry Scalp Care Leave-On Scalp Treatment

Discover Dove Hair Therapy, expert care that goes to hair’s cellular level. For beautiful, healthy-looking strands and refreshed scalp from 1st use.

SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment 

Soften hair and improve styling manageability with this lightweight, milk leave-in conditioner spray. 100% Extra Virgin Coconut and Shea Oils, Coconut Milk, and Acacia Senegal combine in this restorative formula that re-hydrates hair detangles, and acts as a barrier against heat while reducing frizz. Leaves hair wrapped in a light coastal coconut breeze. This product is perfect for all curl types.

The Bottom Line When It Comes to the Best Leave-in Conditioners

When it comes to choosing the best leave in conditioner, no matter your hair type, know there is one perfect for you. A good leave in conditioner can upgrade your tresses and leave you with smooth, shiny, and manageable hair.

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