How to use Leave-in Conditioner for Type 4 Hair

Curlies with Type 4 hair have tight curls that are especially prone to dryness, frizz, and tangles that are difficult to remove. Using the right leave-in conditioner for Type 4 hair can help, though you need to use the right method for applying it to get the best results. In this article, we’ll tell you exactly how to use leave-in conditioner for type 4 hair. Let’s get right into it. 

How to Use Leave-in Conditioner for Type 4 Hair

Leave-in conditioner should be applied in a way that allows you to hydrate your hair without causing unnecessary strain. Follow these steps to give your hair the moisture it needs.

Step 1: Choose a Leave-in

Before you can apply a leave-in conditioner, you need to choose the right one for your hair type. A water-based leave-in spray is a good option, though a few other ingredients are a must for proper hydration. Look for natural oils and other moisturizing additives to reduce dryness and frizz.

You can also try a cream-based leave-in conditioner to help repair any damage and reduce split ends. These can be found as a spray or in a tub, requiring you to apply it with your hands. 

Step 2: Dampen Your Hair

Before you apply your leave-in conditioner, you should dampen your hair. You don’t need to shampoo it if it isn’t your usual shampoo day, though conditioning it will help with detangling before you add the leave-in. You can also apply the leave-in to dry hair, but the cuticle opens when the hair is wet, allowing more of the product to penetrate the hair shaft.

Step 3: Apply the Leave-in

Separate your hair into 4 to 6 sections, depending on the thickness and length of your hair. Then begin applying your leave-in conditioner section by section. For the spray, spritz it on as directed on the bottle. Focus mainly on the ends, but you can also use it on the middle and upper areas of your hair as needed, though it’s best to avoid the scalp.

For a creamy leave-in conditioner, take a small amount in your hand and smooth it into your curls. Again, start at the ends and work your way up as high as needed to combat dryness and frizz.

Step 4: Add More if Needed

Once your chosen leave-in conditioner is applied, take a look at the results. If you notice your hair is still feeling too dry, add a bit more leave-in conditioner. Be careful not to overdo it, though, since too much will lead to a greasy look and feel. If you’re happy with the results, you’re ready to style as usual.

Type 4 hair needs hydration above all else to keep it healthy and reduce breakage. Using the right leave-in conditioner to moisturize thirsty strands is a step in the right direction. Now that you know how to apply your leave-in, your hair will look great, feel softer, and be easier to manage. 

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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