How Does Leave In Conditioner Help Your Hair?

Leave-in conditioner helps your hair by keeping your hair looking and feeling great between wash days. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, you can apply your leave-in conditioner to reintroduce helpful nutrients to your hair. You may apply leave-in conditioner multiples times in between your wash days.

Leave-in conditioner helps your hair in the following ways:

  1. It keeps your hair from getting dry and brittle between washes. 
  2. It helps to protect your hair from environmental damage, like exposure to the sun, wind, and debris. 
  3. It provides slip to make detangling your hair much easier. 
  4. Depending on the specific leave-in conditioner, it could help to stimulate hair growth. 
  5. It helps you to retain hair length by actively nourishing the hair that is currently on your head.

Each of these benefits listed are general. Some leave-in conditioners are better at providing these benefits than others. For instance, some leave-in conditioners do not help to stimulate hair growth, while others do. Always take a look at your leave-in conditioner (or the one that you are considering) and read the packaging. The packaging information will tell you exactly what the leave-in conditioner will do to help your hair. 

Also, leave-in conditioners are helpful in indirect ways. Leave in conditioners give you the option to give your hair an extra dose of moisture and nutrients without having to put your hair through another shampooing and conditioning session. This helps you to avoid mechanical damage you would have incurred during your shampoo session. 

Lastly, leave-in conditioners save you time with everyday styling (depending on the style, of course). Instead of having to wet your hair down and add several products, you can use your leave-in conditioner instead to refresh your style.

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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