What’s In My Hair Today: Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner

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Leave-in conditioners are optimized to give great conditioning.

About two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to try out a new hairstyle for Fashion Week. But, that said hairstyle required the use of a blowdryer. I ended up loving it so much that I plan on wearing it all season long (eek!). Since I don’t want to ultimately “blowfry” my hair, I knew that I needed a product that moisturizes and protects my strands from the damaging effects of heat. No, desert dry hair, thank you!  When I got my hair blowdried at the DreamDry Salon with Suave this past summer, the hairstylist used Suave Professionals Keratin Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner to prep my hair and I loved the results.

Being the product junkie that I am, I’ve tried my fair share of leave-in conditioners–some of which left my coarse hair stiff and hard to detangle. So when I gave this heat defense leave-in conditioner another go on my own…again, I was pleased! Read on to learn more about how a heat defense leave-in conditioner worked on my hair.

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It’s instructed to use this product on wet or dry hair which tells me that I can probably also use it as a moisturizer during the week (music to my ears). According to Unilever’s Leon-Van Gorkom, “Leave-in conditioners are optimized to give great conditioning, and for my natural hair I could use a lot of great conditioning every single day. But not only does this product condition and moisturize, it also infuses keratin inside the hair fiber. To wit: Overtime the natural keratin in hair is depleted from daily styling, heat styling, and coloring. So it’s vital to use hair care systems that are formulated to infuse the keratin back into your hair.

After washing and conditioning my hair, I apply a dime-sized amount to my damp hair and comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. I love how soft it makes my hair feel, kind of  like I dipped my hands into a jar of whipped butter! Once I’ve worked the product through it’s time to blow-dry. I don’t need to add anything else to my hair as the leave-in leaves my hair detangled and manageable. I blow-dry my hair in sections then twist into two-strand flat twist and allow my fluffy waves to set overnight.

heat defense leave-in conditioner
Favorite fall hairstyle! Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

My hair texture needs to be re-moisturized frequently, so I try to moisturize every other night. To do this, I simply apply a dollop of the leave-in onto my dry hair, work it through with my fingers, coat a hair oil on top, then re-twist to maintain my hairstyle. I am super obsessed with this heat defense leave-in conditioner, so much that I may need a new bottle by the end of the week!

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