What Happens if You Don't Rinse Out Conditioner?

If you don't rinse out conditioner, there are several things that can happen:

It is important to note that, since traditional conditioner has been designed to be rinsed out, it is formulated with ingredients that shouldn’t necessarily be left on the hair for longer than a few minutes. 

The following things can happen if you don’t rinse out your conditioner: 

  1. Build-Up: Your hair could begin to feel coated, heavy, and sticky as a result of the ingredients not being washed out. Since most conditioners are formulated with heavier ingredients, if left on the hair, they have the potential to cause buildup on both the scalp and hair.

Ingredients like these, in particular, are tough to get out of the hair: 

  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Behenoxy dimethicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Simethicone
  • Trimethicone
  • Polydimethysiloxane

*If your conditioner has any of these ingredients, or other heavy oils or moisturizers, you may find that your hair is weighed down with buildup. 

  1. Scalp Itchiness: According to BGLH, referenced below, if you use a protein-laden conditioner, you could suffer from scalp irritation and itchiness. Many people can attest to the scalp itchiness and irritation that can occur when using a rinse-out conditioner as a leave-in. 

*These effects won’t happen with a leave-in conditioner, so if you want lasting moisture and nourishment for your hair in between washes, it is best to use a leave-in conditioner vs. a rinse-out conditioner. This will also prevent the discomfort from any irritation, itchiness, or buildup.

  • Dusty Residue: When the rinse-out conditioner dries, sometimes there is a dusty residue left behind. The residue comes from ingredients in the conditioner that should have been rinsed out. A variety of ingredients could cause this residue, including proteins and silicones. 

  • Sources: https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/can-you-use-daily-conditioner-as-a-leave-in



    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 NaturallyTextured.com, 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.



    Tanya Pandey

    That was a really quick, precise and clear information . THANKS !

    Priya Malik

    Enjoyed reading the article above , really explains everything in detail, the article is very interesting and effective. Thank you and good luck for the upcoming articles

    Troy Sledge

    What leave in conditioner is best for natural hair.

    Joanna shaw

    I recently went natural but I haven’t had relaxed in it for well over 5 years but I coloured it and it seemed fine. But I started to put conditioner in it and leave it in, I recently left it in for 4-5 days – it wasn’t a leave in one and now the back of my hair has broken. Is this because I left the conditioner in?

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