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Best Leave In Conditioner for Curly, Dry Damaged or Natural Black Hair

Updated on December 24, 2014

Leave In Detanglers & Moisturizers: Which Is Good For Your Hair Type?

A top quality leave-in conditioner is a must-have for any haircare routine, whether you have fine, thick, relaxed, curly, damaged, or natural black hair.


This type of product is applied to damp hair and not rinsed out, providing the all-important moisture that prevents frizz, flyaways, and tangles. For curly hair a leave in detangler can work a miracle, restoring shine and making curls defined and manageable. If your hair is damaged from color treatments, heat styling, or relaxing, a high performance leave in can help restore and repair the hair shaft; and if your hair is thin and fine, it will give you a boost of lustre and shine.

Depending on your hair’s natural texture, thickness, and health, there is definitely a leave-in conditioner that’s best for you. Some will coat the hair shaft and make it slippery by using silicone-type ingredients; others are formulated with natural ingredients only. If you wear your hair natural, you want natural ingredients wherever possible.

Thicker, coarser, and curlier hair can handle a heavier cream, oil, or spray product; but for thin or fine hair, opt for a spray. I’ve compiled the very best here - your softer, silkier, healthier, more manageable hair is right around the corner!

How Best To Apply Leave In Conditioner?

Shampoo and condition hair as usual, and towel dry; then apply the product to the middle and ends of your hair, working in well.


Leave-in conditioner is also marketed as ‘hair detangler’, ‘hair moisturizer’, and ‘leave in treatment’ - just so you know, these all basically refer to the same type of product!

The product has its best effect from mid-shaft outward, where split ends and dryness can be an issue; so applying close to the scalp isn’t necessarily as important. Experiment with how much product feels right. Start with a small amount; you can always add more if you feel like it.

Just Natural Leave In Conditioner Review: Top Option For Curly, Black African American Hair:

If you wear your locks natural, you want a natural product as well.


The Just Natural line is made specifically for African American hair and uses amazing ingredients, from Aloe Vera to Babassu Oil to Rice Protein - all real, all pronounceable . The creamy formula is the perfect weight for curly, kinky hair - and one tub should last you quite awhile.

Just Natural is ideal for moisturizing dry, coarse hair, eliminating frizz and making curls soft and manageable. It also creates a humidity shield so you’ll avoid frizz for longer.

This product has earned dozens of five-star reviews from women with African American hair; it is definitely one of the best leave-in conditioners for natural black hair.

But hey, any woman with curly, thick, coarse, dry hair will get great results from this product - so if you’re Caucasian, give it a try also.


Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Babassu Oil, Horsetail Extract, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Silk Protein, Sandalwood Extract, Fenugreek Extract, Rose Hip Fruit Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Rice Protein, Calendula Flower Extract, Essential Oils of Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Moringa Oil, Vegetable Emulsifier, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Vanilla Fruit Extract, Vitamin E.


Redken Extreme Anti-Snap: A Healing Leave-In Detangler: Good For Colored, Relaxed Or Damaged Hair

Relaxing, color treatments, chlorine exposure… these are just a few of the things that can wreak havoc on our tresses.

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If you have damaged hair, your best bet is a leave-in conditioner with repairing agents, like this one by Redken. This product offers Redken’s ‘3D Repair Complex’ using proteins, lipids, and ceramides to actually rebuild the strength of your hair.

Ceramides are a natural component of the hair cuticle (the thin, outermost layer of the hair shaft) and, in layman’s terms, they hold everything together and make your hair smooth and shiny. But in damaged hair, the ceramides have been stripped away, and thus your hair becomes dull, difficult, and prone to breakage. Applying ceramides to the hair shaft has been studied and shown to begin working right away - as in, the first time you use this product, it will begin rebuilding your hair.

Extreme Anti-Snap will be particularly effective on relaxed and bleach-treated hair, and it’s definitely the top choice for a leave-in conditioner if your hair is prone to damage and breakage.

Reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with many women noticing an immediate effect. Try it!


"The View" Reviews It's A 10

Its A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin Review: Top Choice For Fine, Curly Hair

First of all, you should know that It’s A 10’s original product is legendary as one of the best leave-in detanglers for any hair type; however this is an even better version.

This particular product contains natural Keratin to help strengthen the hair shaft as it moisturizes; and, it doesn’t contain the heavy load of synthetic chemicals that the original does.

Keratin is the main protein human hair is made of; daily wear and tear, heat styling, and color can all alter the keratin structure in the hair shaft. Infusing keratin with a product like this will help restore shine and bounce to your locks.

It’s A 10 Plus Keratin is a light spray leave in conditioner, perfect for fine hair, be it curly or straight; best of all, it won’t weigh your hair down and will prevent those wispy flyaways.

Of course, if you read the reviews you’ll see that women from pretty much any hair type have sworn by this product; so overall, if you’re not sure which leave-in conditioner to choose, this is definitely a great choice.


Arvazallia Argan Oil Treatment - A Miracle In A Bottle: The Best Moisturizer & Detangler For Dry Hair

If your hair is exceedingly dry, nothing repairs so well as a pure oil treatment - oil being an incredible natural moisturizer that penetrates the hair shaft.

Using this, you will see amazing results on dry, brittle hair - perfect for taming frizz and flyaways. It also restores shine and elasticity to your hair.

This is an all-natural product, so suitable for natural curls and any hair type. It is similar to HSI’s argan oil product, which is also very popular, but I prefer Arvazallia because it comes with a pump for easier and tidier dispensing.

As a bonus, it’s a great moisturizer for your skin, nails, and scalp, as well - so everyone gets a little treat when you apply it!


Alba Botanica: A Good Inexpensive, Natural Leave In Conditioner - Gorgeous Hair On A Drugstore Budget

Alba’s Botanica line is so inexpensive, considering all the natural goodness in it.

This product is one you can easily find on the shelves of most drugstores - yet still does a good job as a leave-in conditioner, without the use of parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It’s also fragrance-free, which is a nice bonus if you’re sensitive to perfumes - and a hard thing to find in a hair product.

Reviews are consistently good and claim that this leave-in conditioner performs as well as any of the top professional salon products, yet at a drugstore price.

Women of all hair types rave that it leaves hair soft, touchable, and manageable. Given Alba’s commitment to earth-friendly practices, the gorgeous natural ingredient list, and the low cost, this is a great leave-in conditioner and a sure bet for anyone looking to stretch their dollar.


Whatever Your Hair Type, One Of These Will Be Your Hair’s New Bestie

I hope this article has helped you weed through the world of leave-in detanglers, and pointed you towards the right one for your hair. When you have the right product, believe me, you will be impressed with the results, and you’ll never go back.

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Oh, and one more thing - I should warn you that using any of these options is likely to result in gorgeous, soft, touchable hair - which may result in everyone - from your mother to your co-worker to the stranger in the grocery store lineup - wanting to touch your hair. It’s a good problem to have, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I’d love to hear from you - please check in and let me know if one of these products becomes your dream hair regime! Or perhaps you have another favorite that isn’t listed here? Let’s hear it - and you’re welcome, soft happy hair.


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