If you're blessed with naturally curly hair and aren't already using a leave-in conditioner you need to start immediately. Here's why leave-in conditioner is so essential for curly hair.
Curly hair needs lots of moisture, using a conditioner in the shower and a hair mask once or twice a week isn't enough.
Leave-in conditioners are used on dry hair which I know sounds crazy but there's a good reason.
Curly hair can't take in all of the nourishment from conditioner when it's wet as the water takes up a lot of the space.
Leave-in conditioners or deep conditioning masks are used to provide the hair with that all-important hydration.
When to use a leave-in conditioner
They're best used in between washes on second or third-day hair.
Leave-in conditioners can be used to refresh your curls when your hair is getting a bit frizzy, flat and dry.
It's important not to use them every day, however, as this will cause a build-up of product in your hair which no one wants.
Let your hair breathe and only use it once in between washes.
What product should I use?
You may have heard that a cheap alternative to buying a leave-in conditioner is to mix your normal conditioner with water and add the mixture to a spray bottle, however, this is very wrong.
I learned recently that you should never try this DIY method with a normal conditioner as they are made thicker than a leave-in conditioner and not designed to be left in the hair.
There are lots of leave-in conditioners on the market and Boots have a great selection of them to choose from in their shops.
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My personal favourite is the Umberto Giannini Banana Butter Leave-In Conditioner.
Not only does it smell amazing and work wonders for my hair but it's also vegan and cruelty-free.
I mix it with water in a spray bottle, shake the bottle before use and apply it directly to damp hair, for the best results.
What's your favourite leave-in conditioner?