As promised this is the second instalment in my conditioner series. There’s only one more left which will be on rinse out conditioners then we can move onto a cleansing series and I will talk you through the different ways of cleansing your tresses. But that’s another day! If you haven’t already check out the 1st instalment on deep conditioning by clicking here >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-xW
LEAVE IN CONDITIONERS
So what are leave in conditioners? You frequently hear naturals talk about applying their ‘leave ins’ after conditioning or just before styling. And are they important and any different from the regular conditioners? Let’s find out shall we
Leave in conditioners are different from regular conditioners in that they are lighter and formulated to stay in your hair, not to be washed out. You would apply a leave in after washing and conditioning to wet hair and leave it in! It’s important because it adds extra moisture and benefits to your hair without weighing it down and it also suitable for daily use. Regular conditioners aka rinse out ones are heavier and tend to coat the hair hence when used daily or without washing out they tend to contribute to product build up.
As with deep conditioners, there are two types, protein and moisture based but I never look for that when I am purchasing mine. I tend to stick to ones that will add moisture to my hair because that is what I would like on a daily basis (but if you prefer a protein based one by all means go for it).
I also buy mine in two forms: a lotion/cream form and a spray/liquid form. And I use them differently too. For instance, when my hair is out I tend to use the cream/lotion form. When I have my protective styling e.g. cornrows, wigs etc, it is then easier to use the spray form. Try this if you don’t and let me know how it goes!
Of course no post on my blog would be complete without product recommendations so here a few leave ins I have used and my thoughts on them
Cantu shea butter leave in/Cantu shea butter leave in for natural hair- this is no doubt one of the more famous leave in conditioners among the black girl community. (I said one of just in case you absolutely hate this too lol) some naturals swear by it and other swear from it (lool). I like it, it leaves my hair softer and more manageable however I am not too keen on the ingredients. Cantu SheaButter has released a version for naturals and I be loving that! It works just as well without the harsh chemicals and I own both too! Well I was running out of the normal version hence I got a new one. It’s usually £3.99 for the normal version in the BSS. You can purchase online on Amazon by clicking> Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream – 453g
Beautiful textures tangle taming leave in- I love this conditioner as well. I especially love it because it provides a lot of slip to the hair. I love the smell too. It leaves my hair feeling soft. I can use this for a semi twist out especially if I want to pull my hair into a puff the next day. Its best applied to wet hair and twisted out of the way. It’s usually £3.99 in stores. If you can’t make it to the store, you can always get one on Amazon by clicking> Beautiful Textures Leave-In Conditioner 355 ml
African pride shea butter leave in conditioner- I got this as a trial before the Cantu Shea butter and I must say I did not enjoy it at all. I felt like it made no difference to my hair. I think its £2.99 or 3.99 in stores. Purchase on Amazon > African Pride Shea Butter Moisture Intense Miracle Leave in Conditioner 425 g
Giovanni direct leave in – I love this so much! It was the very first leave in I got from British Curlies when I became fully natural. It helped detangle my hair and provided much needed moisture. I am not sure if you can get these in store but you can get online on Amazon> Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Weightless Moisture, 8.5-Ounce Containers
ApHogee ProVitamin leave in conditioner- I am currently using this now as I wanted to try something new. I am not too keen on the smell however it does what it’s supposed to do. Moisturise! Get on Amazon by clicking on this APHOGEE Pro Vitamin Leave-in Conditioner 16oz/473ml
Crème Of Nature Argan oil strength and shine leave in conditioner- this is my go to, staple leave in! I love this so much and have repurchased so many times! Everything about this product is on fleek lol. Smell ü Price ü Effectivenessü. I use this on my virgin hair, infact I really love this on it and my hair as well. Amazon sells it for £2.50, purchase by clicking on this Creme of Nature Argan Oil Conditioner Leave-In 250 ml
Elasta QP Olive oil and mango butter leave in H2 conditioner- I enjoyed the smell of this but not so much the effectiveness. You can try it and let me know the results! Purchase on Amazon by clicking Elasta QP Olive & Mango Leave-In H2 Conditioner 235 ml
FOR MY DIY LOVERS, you can always mix a bit of oils, water and your moisturiser and use that as a spray leave in.
Of course there are other great ones like Mixed Chicks, Kinky Curly Knot today and Shea Moisture that I haven’t listed. I stuck to the ones I have personally used as I can personally vouch for these.
So that’s all folks, leave in conditioners are really simple and straight forward. Let me know what you think and recommend. What are your go to ones? Most of these can be purchased on Amazon if you haven’t got time to go in store for them. I have provided links for all of them. Alternatively you can check BritishCurlies or BeautyByZara for them.
The 3rd and final instalment in this series will be about regular conditioners, check out for those soon. Remember to like my Facebook page and connect with me on all my social media. I would love to hear from you. I will also be bringing you a post about a new vendor I am working with now so stay tuned for that. It should be up soon before the final instalment of this series.
Until next time,