Leave-In conditioners are one of the best things you can have in your hair arsenal. Post wash they provide the hair with long lasting moisture, they can be used as moisturizers on a day to day basis and are meant to be left on the hair specifically for moisture balance. However, there are some things to keep in mind when applying for optimal results.
1. Post wash, apply to soaking wet hair
Believe it or not, most leave-in conditioners are best applied to the hair when soaking wet, before you even step out of the shower. They aid in bringing the ph of the hair back in to balance. The leave-in is formulated to help smooth the cuticle, and is seen by companies as the final step to bringing the hair into balance for proper moisture retention.
2. Coat every strand
Apply a leave-in conditioner as you would a DC or rinse out conditioner, making sure to reach every strand with the product. Every strand needs that last bit of moisture and balance to thrive, to prevent tangles and allow for optimal molding. Be generous! Do not skimp on product when applying to wet hair!
3. When used on dry hair, seal it in!
Leave-In conditioners can be used on a day to day basis to add moisture to dry hair. When used on dry hair, it must be followed by a sealant (oil, butter or cream) to be most effective. There is no wealth of water for the leave-in to soak into on dry hair, so that sealant is used to smooth the product into the hair shaft.
Spray vs cream really depends on what your hair likes, both can be great no matter you hair texture. I have a mix of both in my hair care arsenal and I find either works well. Want soft hair for days? Give these tips a try!
What leave-in’s are you currently using? How do you apply your leave-in conditioner?