Can I Replace Conditioner with Leave In Conditioner?

Theoretically, you can replace conditioner with leave-in conditioner, but here’s why you should think twice before doing it. 

Rinse-out conditioners provide much needed internal conditioning benefits for your hair. If you skip the rinse-out conditioner and only use a leave-in conditioner, your hair could suffer from inadequate conditioning. Rinse-out conditioners help to give your hair strength, enhanced elasticity, moisture, and more on an internal level. 

Leave-in conditioners are not designed to condition the hair on the level that a rinse-out conditioner does. So, use a rinse-out conditioner after you shampoo your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner whenever your hair needs an overall boost. It’s totally fine to use both types of conditioners.


Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.


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Thanks for the help. I have reached the age of 68 and stopped colouring my hair which seems to have changed the structure and I’ve gone curly!! Doing lots of research and asking lots of questions to learn how to get the best out of new look. Great adventure.

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