I want to know how optional leave-in conditioners are. Sometimes it seems like my leave-in does the same thing for my natural hair that my moisturizing hair creams do. Do you have to use a leave in conditioner to have healthy hair?
To leave-in or not to leave-in, what an excellent question! The short answer is no. A leave-in conditioner has never meant the difference between life and lifeless-ness or measurable improved hair condition in my book.
A great question to ask yourself when deciding on whether or not a leave-in conditioner is for you is: What ingredients am I after in this product and how are they going to benefit my hair? Another is: Are these same ingredients in my other conditioners or “leave-in” styling products? If yes, your regimen is a bit redundant and you can feel free to leave the leave-in conditioner on the shelf. You get the maximum benefit (or destruction) from your conditioners (rinse out or deep) and stylers in your regimen, as some stylers are also technically “leave-ins” as well.
A leave in may be for you if…
Your stylers are low in emollient rich, hair fortifying and protecting ingredients such as coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil and aloe vera juice.
Your conditioners are low on emollient rich, hair fortifying and protecting ingredients and contain synthetics such as silicones and drying alcohols.
Your rinse out conditioner can double as a leave-in and will be used in place of or in conjunction with a styler.
You like the idea of using a leave-in and going the extra hair mile to win the product junkie race is you all day.
A leave-in may not be for you if…
Your stylers are high in emollient rich, hair fortifying and protecting ingredients such as coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil and aloe vera juice.
Your conditioners are high in emollient rich, hair fortifying and protecting ingredients and do not contain synthetics such as silicones and drying alcohols.
You are a hair product minimalist that takes the most effective route to hair care and styling.
You do not like the idea of using extra products and you have no energy for the product junkie race.
I haven’t used a leave-in conditioner in more than two years and my hair and wallet are both in excellent condition because of it. So leave-in if you like and do love your hair!