Slathering on your leave-in conditioner might make your hair feel amazing - if you choose the right leave-in, you’ll enjoy sleeker, shinier, more manageable hair. But did you know that there are other products you can use with your leave-in conditioner to boost your hair’s overall health, appearance, and texture? This article will reveal several of the best products to use with a leave-in conditioner.
Clarifying shampoo is like a normal shampoo but amped up. It’s got a very high concentration of cleansers that work to get your hair super clean. If you have buildup, we recommend using a clarifying shampoo on your wash day to give your hair a clean slate before applying your leave-in and other hair products. Doing so will ensure that your hair is receptive to the leave-in nutrients, vitamins, and emollients. The cleaner your hair is, the better it may be at absorbing the leave-in’s ingredients, as there’s nothing to coat your strands and repel other products.
Just because leave-in and rinse-out conditioners are both conditioners doesn’t mean that you don’t need both of them. Leave-ins don’t usually condition the hair to the extent that rinse-out conditioners can. So, you should always apply your rinse-out conditioner right before applying your leave-in. It’ll help ensure that your hair is adequately nourished in-between wash days.
Deep conditioners are to conditioners as clarifying shampoos are to shampoos; these high-powered conditioners give your hair deeper moisture and more nourishing ingredients. They can also significantly boost the health of your hair. If your hair is super dry or feels more unmanageable than usual, you can use a deep conditioner before your leave-in conditioner. Doing so will give your hair the pick-me-up it needs until your next wash day.
If you wish your current leave-in conditioner was more hydrating, you can add some hair oil to the formulation. This won’t always work for spray leave-in conditioners but could help with other types. A few great oils to add to your leave-in conditioner include coconut and olive oil. Start by adding a tablespoon and see how your hair reacts. You can always add more later.
One of the most common things you’ll see wavy and curly-haired folk do after applying their leave-in is apply a defining product. Some leave-ins, like this versatile leave-in by Daily Dose, can define and condition your curls simultaneously. If yours doesn’t have that effect on your hair, you’ll need to take an extra step and smooth or rake a curl definer through your hair after applying your leave-in.
Do you normally heat style your hair? If so, don’t use your heat tools without a heat protectant. It’s a product specifically designed to limit the effects of heat application on your strands. Some leave-ins, like this one, have thermal protection capabilities. But that’s not the case for most leave-ins you’ll come across. Do your hair a favor and apply a heat protectant before using flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, and other heat-styling tools.
So, there you have it - several of the best products to use along with a leave-in conditioner. We hope you found the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair.
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.