Leave-in Conditioner for Men: Our Top Picks

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We get it: Shampooing and rinsing are the only steps you think you need when you wash your hair. Who needs another step, right? Hair is clean and ready for styling. But what if we told you using a leave-in conditioner for men can actually help with styling your hair? Yes, it’s true. Hair cuticles open when you wash your hair and the use of a conditioner and leave-in conditioner helps seal them back down. 

Here’s everything you need to know about this miracle product:

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Use a leave-in conditioner for men to maintain healthy hair and for long lasting conditioning effects. Photo credit: Dvora

Just like a traditional conditioner, leave-in conditioners moisturize hair and make it much easier to manage. The only difference though, leave-in conditioners are meant to stay on the hair and are not rinsed off. We know you may be skipping the conditioner in the shower, but we love the idea of using a conditioner and a leave-in conditioner, especially if you have a head full of hair longer than an inch or so, or your hair is on the curlier and/or drier side.

Conditioner helps restore moisture after shampooing, and a leave-in conditioner adds even more of that good stuff! If you suffer from a dry scalp, it can also help with keeping your scalp moisturized, preventing that tight and dry feeling. Your leave-in conditioner can also take the place of your styling products, which is great for days when you run out of your precious pomade.

Anyone can and should reap the benefits of using a leave-in conditioner. It seals in moisture, enhances hair’s elasticity and detangles—great problem-solvers for any hair type. However, if you’re concerned about the overall health of your hair, definitely add it to your hair care routine. Activities like swimming can wreak havoc on your hair as the chlorine can dry your hair out, which makes styling a struggle. And not to mention that some of your hairstyles can be drying too: Slathering on massive amounts of hair gel to get a smooth man bun dries out your hair strands. Replenishing hair with a leave-in conditioner after washing is recommended.

When picking a leave-in conditioner, there isn’t really a specific one that’s better for men vs. women. All leave-in conditioners help to moisturize your hair, but there are some targeted for more specific issues, like dull hair, split ends and extreme hydration.

1. Emerge My Mane BFF Leave-in Conditioner

Emerge My Mane BFF Leave-in Conditioner is our go-to for guys who are looking to give their curls some added definition. Made with pequi oil and fair-trade shea butter, your curls will soak up this leave-in conditioner and love you for making such good hair choices.

2. Suave Professionals Nourish & Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner

Ideal for dry hair that’s in need of a strong shot of moisture, Suave Professionals Nourish & Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner is great for giving you both nourishment and shine.

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

If you are looking for a solution to knotted hair that’s prone to tangles no matter how long you spend combing it after the shower, this is the leave-in product for you. SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner will give your hair shine and elasticity!

4. TRESemmé Pro Pure Detangle and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner

Looking for a product that’s quick, easy, and gets the job done? TRESemmé Pro Pure Detangle and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner is a lightweight leave-in product that adds shine as it detangles strands.

5. Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner

Calling all guys with curly hair! Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner uses jojoba oil to provide long-lasting moisture to your curls.

6. Nexxus Scalp Inergy Paraben Free Leave-In Conditioner

Focus on your scalp and your strands with Nexxus Scalp Inergy Paraben Free Leave-In Conditioner. Spritz this product through your strands scalp for an invigorating dose of moisture.

Step 1: Apply after washing hair.

Whether you skipped the conditioning step or not, apply leave-in conditioner throughout your hair after washing with a shampoo like Suave Men Daily Clean Ocean Charge Shampoo. Apply a dime-sized amount of leave-in conditioner throughout your hair, and then comb through the distribute evenly. 

Step 2: Air-dry or blow-dry.

Whichever way you plan to dry your hair is up to you. In a hurry? Blow-dry! Make sure to dry your hair in the direction you wish to have your hair styled. Left? Right? Front and center? Your pick. Next, style your hair and then you’re all set!

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