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How To Find The Best Natural Hair Leave In Conditioner

For many people with natural hair, a leave in conditioner is a necessary part of their haircare routine. If not, it probably should be. #ThankMeLater

Natural hair leave in conditioner can provide your hair with long-lasting moisture and help your hair become healthier and more manageable.

Personally, I like to put some leave in conditioner in my hair after I wash it. I let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and then comb my hair. It makes things a lot easier.

But there are lots of natural hair leave in conditioner options on the market, and because of that, it can be hard to decide which one you should purchase.

I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent looking through the shelves of a store trying to figure out which leave in conditioner I should buy.

So if anyone else out there is struggling like me, I’ve decided to put together a little list that can help you find the best natural hair leave in conditioner for you.

Ready?

Let’s Go!

Know Your Hair Type

type of different hair types
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I know this may seem like a basic piece of advice, but it’s very important.

Natural hair textures range from fine strands to super kinky locks. Does humidity make your hair fall flat? Does twisting your hair take hours?

To find out your natural texture, wash your hair and examine your strands without any styling products. Your head could have a mix of two or three different textures!

There are 12 different hair types and most African-American women’s hair falls between Type 3 and Type 4 hair textures. Those types get broken down into levels A, B, and C (A being wavier and C being curliest). 3B hair textures might handle frizz better than 4B textures. Someone with 4C kinkiness might have fuller hair than the finer texture of 4A hair.

Additionally, you should focus on how your hair balances moisture and protein. Some hair types are like protein advocates while others are protein-sensitive.

Hair with low porosity have tightly closed strands. This makes them stubborn towards receiving moisture, no matter how strong the hair is. Stick with natural hair leave in conditioners that contain hydrolyzed soy protein.

A lightweight and moisturizing leave-in is Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It will also add balance to the protein that is already in your hair.

Those who have high porosity hair have their issues too. Their hair cuticles are open or raised which means that the cuticles receive moisture well but struggle to hold onto it.

Cuticle-sealing ingredients in leave-ins can keep moisture locked into the holes or gaps. Camille Rose Curl Love, Moisture Milk is a great choice as it contains aloe leaf juice as well as other milks, oils, and butters.

Have I Lost You?

OK. So if your hair is coarse but doesn’t seem to receive moisture well (lower porosity strands) then you want leave in conditioners that are light but hydrating.

A water-based or “slippery” leave-in that has a lot of moisturizing ingredients is key. Glycerin is great for this in the summertime but will draw moisture out of your hair in the winter months. In the winter, aim for leave-ins with ingredients like jojoba oil and shea butter.

A water-based or “slippery” leave-in that has a lot of moisturizing ingredients is key. Glycerin is great for this in the summertime but will draw moisture out of your hair in the winter months. In the winter, aim for leave-ins with ingredients like jojoba oil and shea butter.

If you have fine hair that easily loses its moisture (high porosity) then you need heavier, hydrating products. That includes natural hair leave in conditioners with thicker consistencies and water as a main ingredient. Products with Aloe Vera juice and oils are great for this hair texture all year-long.

In the end, you will have a lot of trial and error with your natural hair. My tips should be a good start but you will come across many different options.

Take your time to fully assess which natural hair leave in conditioners work for your hair. Finding the right one could be your ultimate hair-savior.

Good luck finding the best natural hair leave in conditioner for you!

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