As a hair maven, you probably already know that using leave-in conditioner is one of the best hairstyling tips ever invented. No, really! It’s great to give your hair a styling or shampoo break, but we swear by regular conditioning days. It’s amazing how this simple tip can help you create long, soft and healthy hair in no time. Not sure how to use leave in conditioner? Worry not! We’ll give you a rundown below.
1. Ask Your Hair What It Wants
Okay, so you might not actually be able to ask your hair what it wants in a leave in conditioner. But, hopefully you’ve spent enough time with your beautiful locks that you know what they love and what they don’t. In other words, is your hair fine and easily breakable? Or, is it long and thick but really dry? Figuring out what your specific hair type is the first step to the perfect leave in conditioner. Some conditioners are made specifically for colored hair, damaged hair, heat protection, and more, so you need to get the one that will treat your hair just right!
2. Choose Your Products Wisely
If you’ve already figured out what your specific hair type is, woohoo! Now you are armed with the info you need to go on the hunt for a leave in conditioner. Before you do though, here’s another one of our many hairstyling tips – knowing what conditioner works for your hair type is important, but you also need to know what type of conditioner will work for you. Essentially, if you have fine hair, you aren’t going to want to bog it down with loads of product. A light leave-in spray will be ideal for you. For medium to thick hair, a cream or gel would be better suited to handle all your volume.
3. Don’t Use Leave In Conditioner Everyday
Once you try deep conditioning for the first time, you’ll never go back. But here’s the thing, beauty lovers – you need to make sure you aren’t using your leave in or deep conditioner every day. Your hair needs a break from regular shampooing, and it also needs a break from regular conditioning! It may seem like daily conditioning would be great for your hair, but the truth is that it can leave behind loads of product, can create nasty buildup, and can actually do more harm than good. To stay safe, try only using conditioner once or twice a week.
4. Use It Wisely
Still not sure about using leave-in conditioner? It’s easy! If you are using a spray, simply spritz onto slightly damp hair and comb through. If you’re using a thicker product like a gel or a cream, grab a small dime to quarter sized amount in your hands (depending on the length and volume of your hair), and run it your fingers through your hair. Make sure you focus on giving your scalp a little rub down, and be sure not to neglect your ends!
Using Leave-in Conditioner: Work With Your Hair, Not Against It
The best hairstyling tip we can give when it comes to using leave-in conditioner is this: work with your hair, not against it! If you’ve been following these rules to the tee but have a week where your hair seems to not be happy with the conditioner – listen to it. Trust us, you’ll know if your hair starts hating your leave in conditioner, or if your scalp thinks you need a break. At the end of the day, perfect beauty is all about listening to your body! If you have any other tips for leave in conditioner that we may have forgotten, be sure to leave them in the comments below! P.S. – If you’ve got your conditioner situation under control but are looking for an awesome way to style your newly soft hair, check out these easy styles!
Preeti Sareen is a freelance writer and blogger who identifies as a twenty-something girl trying to find herself one piece at a time. She is a lover of beauty, wellness, and all things fitness and loves sharing those passions in her articles on LiveGlam. View all the posts by Preeti Sareen