Tips for Using Leave-In Conditioner for Men

Alyssa François | 23 April 2016

Yep. Just another step for your routine that you’ll never skip again.

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 seals them back down. If you’re skipping this step it can make styling a tad harder since the surface of your hair isn’t smooth, causing it to become unmanageable, especially if you have curly or wavy-textured hair. It only takes about a minute or less to use a leave-in conditioner in your hair. Here’s what it is and how to use it when styling your hair.

Using Leave-in Conditioner for Men to Style Hair

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

What is Leave-in Conditioner?

Just like a traditional conditioner, leave-in conditioners moisturize hair and make it much easier to manage. Wouldn’t you want manageable hair for your classic quiff or your dapper high and tight hairstyle, or for your handsome set of braids? The only thing though, leave-in conditioners are meant to stay on the hair (you probably already got that from the name). We know you may be skipping the conditioner step 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.

Conditioner helps restore moisture in your hair after the shampoo process, and then 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. And 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.

Who Should Use a Leave-in Conditioner?

Anyone can and should reap the benefits of using a leave-in conditioner as 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 hair 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.  

Steps to Using Leave-in Conditioner

Step 1: Apply after washing hair

Whether you skipped the conditioning step or not, apply leave-in conditioner throughout your hair.

Step 2: Air-dry or Blow-dry

Whichever way you plan to dry your hair is up to you. In a hurry? Blow-dry! Dry your hair in the direction you wish to have your hair styled. Left? Right? Front and center? Your pick. Style your hair and you’re done!

How to Use for Daily Styling

Most guys prefer not to use gels or pomades for styling as they rather do without the waxy feeling or shiny finish from these products. Or maybe you’re all out of your staple hair wax or cream. No worries: Apply a dab of leave-in conditioner into your hair for a slight hold and a little texture to your hairstyle without that sticky or tight feeling that other products tend to provide. After applying the product you can comb or brush your hair the way you want it to be styled or blow dry to keep your finished look in place. There you have it!

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