Summer is here! As I reluctantly bear the unbearable heat outside, I can feel my curls tightening up from the humidity but they are holding strong against frizz. My secret? Using a great leave in conditioner and knowing that some of the best ways to have and keep beautiful hair this summer is keeping the best leave in conditioner on deck all summer long.
Summer is all about being carefree and one of the best ways to keep your hair on that path is by using a great leave in that’s not too heavy to weight down your curls but not too light that does nothing for curl definition or fighting frizz. We’ve got the top leave in conditioners that naturals love and while some may be familiar, quite a few on new to you and me. What I love most about this list is that every one is black owned and top notch! First, let’s see what a leave in conditioner is and why our natural strands need them.
What is a Leave In conditioner?
Leave in conditioners are light, water-based conditioners that have been specially formulated to allow frequent use. Rinse-out and deep conditioners contain ingredients that are designed to bind to the hair after rinsing. This can lead to product build-up if regular conditioners are used often and without rinsing.
Leave in conditioners don’t require rinsing and can be used daily without excessive build-up. Many leave in conditioners contain humectants, which draw water into the hair. This makes them perfect for moisturizing and preventing dryness.
Why do we need a leave in conditioner?
Because the leave in serves a real purpose. This lightweight product acts as a protective barrier around our hair shaft for when it is being manipulated during the styling process, affected due to the environmental conditions and rubbing against our cotton clothes.
In addition, it adds a bit of moisture for the days after styling. Ladies, please don’t even consider just using leave in conditioners (instead of the rinse out) because it’s simply isn’t moisturizing enough as they are have a higher water content, lighter than a rinse out are will not work longer than a day or so. They can be used daily because they are lighter and they make for better daily styling.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave in Detangler
The Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave in Detangler (conditioner) is one of my favorite! I’ve been using this for years and is designed to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls and tangles from wavy, curly and kinky-textured hair. Can be used as a regular rinse out conditioner for wavy hair or as a leave-in for thicker curlier hair types. An excellent product to use after removing braids and extensions.
Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner
This daily conditioning treatment formulated with one of nature’s best moisturizers, Coconut Oil, to penetrate and revitalize tresses. Blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture. Sulfate free formula is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair.
Miss Jessie’s Leave In Condish
This popular leave-in conditioner and detangler acts as the ultimate frizz fighter and moisturizer for wavy, curly, tight curly or transitioner’s hair. It leaves your curls super soft and uber shiny without any oily buildup. Leave-In Condish coats your curls and locks in an extra layer of moisture protection between your curls and styler. Formulated with Soybean and Aloe for its moisturizing properties Leave-In Condish is a moisture lock.
PATTERN Beauty Leave In Conditioner for Curlies, Coilies & Tight Textures
This Leave-In Conditioner treats your curls with a refreshing & restorative hair pick-me-up. When you’re done washing and want to seal in moisture or do further detangling, our lightweight formula is perfect to caress curls & add extra hydration while giving soft curl pattern definition.
Camille Rose Honey Hydrate Leave-In Hair Conditioner
My sister and mom LOVE this stuff! Droplets of pure honey, olive fruit and castor oils are blended into a sweet, hydrating hair conditioning base. Fresh bilberry and citrusy orange extract are layered with pure sugar maple in this confectionary hair treat crafted to provide maximum hair hydration benefits.
This popular leave in replenishes moisture to your natural waves and coils that are often lost from everyday styling routines, harsh weather, or environmental factors like humidity and hard water. Strategically created with nourishing botanicals and Vitamin E, expect this essential leave-in conditioner to soften your mane while hydrating and smoothing the cuticle for healthier natural hair.
Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner
This lightweight leave-in conditioner allows you to show off your beautiful coils and curls with added shine, extra moisture and a formula that prevents frizz. Specifically formulated for Type 4 hair, our Pomegranate and Honey collection provides moisture and strength with natural ingredients like pomegranate extract, honey and babassu oil to give hair the extra love it needs.
This list is just a short list of amazing leave in conditioners to use this summer, but we like them because they are reasonably priced and popular items under the Texture & Hues section of Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get free 2 day shipping!
What’s your favorite leave-in for summer Naturals?