What is a Leave-In Conditioner?
Curly, coily and kinky hair tends towards dryness. Using a leave-in conditioner means that you apply a conditioner on your hair after shampooing or daily that remains on the hair and doesn’t get rinsed out. Leave-in conditioners can help you see the growth in your hair, as it lubricates the hair strand, moisturizes dry ends and scalp, and prevents breakage.
A moisturizing leave-in conditioner can help make dry, natural black hair more manageable and easier to style with a noticeable difference in SSKs and tangles, and make your curls and crimps more defined.
Why Use a Leave-In Conditioner?
Curly, kinky hair may look sturdy, but it’s actually quite delicate and requires gentle handling and daily care to lock in moisture. The sun, indoor heat, harsh winds, icy winter temperatures and overhandling of the hair can all damage black hair, making it frizzy, dry and prone to damage.
The conditioners below are easy to make at home, and regular use will improve hair texture, and keep your hair strong and in top condition. These conditioners contain oils and nourishing ingredients that keep your dry natural hair moisturized. Leave-in conditioners are excellent conditioners for curly, coily, or kinky hair that tends to be dry and/or damaged.
Sealing Hair After Using Daily Leave-In Conditioner
To prevent the moisture from escaping the hair as soon as you apply the leave-in moisturizer, be sure to seal your hair ends with Shea butter, mango butter, castor oil or jojoba oil.
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
- 2 cups purified water
- 1/2 cup moisturizing conditioner (whatever your favorite is)
- 4 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix in large container then pour small amount into spritz bottle. Store the rest in the refrigerator.
Glycerin and Aloe Leave-in Conditioner Recipe for Moisture
- 2-4 oz vegetable glycerin
- 3-4 oz Aloe Vera gel
- 8 oz distilled water
- 2 heaping tablespoon MSM powder
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 16 oz sprayer bottle
Mix MSM powder with water. Make sure the MSM powder is completely dissolved then add the Aloe Vera. Shake well to mix, then add vegetable glycerin. Shake some more, add the essential oils and mix. Pour into sprayer bottle and spritz on hair and scalp daily or as needed to keep hair moisturized.
This leave-in conditioner is a bit heavier and has a creamy consistency so it won’t spray very easily. The silk peptide powder makes coarse Type 4 hair extra soft. Silk peptide powder contains 18 amino acids, and is water soluble so it doesn’t build up on the hair. The protein powder is absorbed into skin and hair leaving it moisturized, shiny and manageable. You may find the peptide powder at beauty or health stores. To make it you will need:
- 2 oz. of commercial conditioner (whatever your favorite is)
- 1.5 oz. distilled water
- 1/8 cup of olive or coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp Silk Peptide powder
Mix ingredients together until smooth. Apply small amount to hair regularly, concentrating on the ends of your hair which are usually the driest and most prone to breakage.
Into a 10 oz. sprayer bottle, combine the following ingredients:
- 8 oz. filtered or distilled water (hot)
- 2 tsps. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsps. sunflower oil
- 2 oz. of your favorite commercial conditioner
Shake well then spray on hair 1-2x daily to keep hair moisturized.
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