Best buys: Leave-in conditioners

Leave-in conditioners can help to make your hair look and feel healthy and smooth. This is especially true if you have dry or damaged hair that can be more difficult to manage. Here are some of our favorite leave-ins.

Five favorite leave-in conditioning treatments


Bumble and bumble Leave-in Conditioner

Bumble and Bumble Leave-In Conditioner

Bumble and bumble makes a solid line of stylist-inspired products, so it’s no surprise that their leave-in conditioner is at the top of the list. This conditioner is extremely versatile — it can even be used as a detangler and rinsed out in the shower. As a leave-in, it works well to moisturize hair and fight frizz, and it can serve as your only styling aid, which is perfect for a more natural look.


Infusium Repair and Renew Leave-in Treatment

IInfusium Repair and Renew Leave-In Treatmentnfusium is a brand that has been around and making leave-in conditioning treatments for a long time. Their Repair & Renew line of products are made to strengthen against damage and prevent breakage and split ends. This leave-in treatment is perfect for anyone looking for an inexpensive, effective and restorative hair care product.


Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-in Cream

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream

Salon-approved and available in drugstores everywhere, this product relies on three natural extracts to combat dry and frizzy hair. The extracts contained are olive, meadowfoam seed and almond, and as an added bonus, the cream contains UV filters to help protect against damage throughout the day.


Nexxus Weightless
Leave-in Conditioner

Nexxus Weightless Leave-In Conditioner

The Nexxus Weightless Leave-in Conditioner detangles hair and helps with styling. This product works well for most hair-types, and offers salon-quality results at a reasonable price.


Tigi Rockaholic Born to Rock Leave-in Detangler

Tigi Rockaholic Born to Rock Leave-In Detangler

You don’t have to be a rock star to appreciate the benefits of this leave-in. Not only does it detangle hair, but it also defrizzes locks and is light enough to reapply during the day if you need to freshen up while on the go. Tigi’s leave-in conditioner works by balancing your hair’s texture and protecting it from damage throughout the day. Like Nexxus, it’s light enough that it works well for most hair types.

General guidelines

Before you decide to use a leave-in conditioner, consider whether this type of treatment is right for you. If your hair is soft or fine, you may want to avoid anything too heavy. A foam leave-in may be your best bet if your conditioner in the shower just isn’t doing the trick. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to avoid leave-in conditioners with chemicals that may irritate your scalp. Many of them come with chemicals, but there are natural options that contain jojoba oil, olive oil, mineral oil and almond oil.

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