Can You Put Leave-in Conditioner on Your Roots?

Whether you've got curly, kinky, wavy, or straight hair, leave-in conditioner is a must-have for keeping your locks looking and feeling their best. But how you use your leave-in can make a big difference in how helpful it is to your hair. Most know that you shouldn't rinse a leave-in out of your hair like you would a rinse-out conditioner. But can you put it on your roots? That's the question of the day! In this article, we will explore the answer to that question and give you some tips on how to use leave-in conditioner for optimal results.

You Can Put Leave-in Conditioner on Your Roots

If you have oily roots, experts recommend that you apply leave-in conditioner only on your mid-lengths and ends – avoiding the roots. Putting leave-in conditioner on already-oily hair will only exacerbate the problem, leaving you with greasy roots.

But if all of your hair tends to be dry (including your roots), you can apply your leave-in all over. Most people with type 3 and 4 hair (curly and kinky hair) don't have a greasy roots issue - that problem is most common among people with straight or slightly wavy hair. So, if you have curly or kinky hair, feel free to put your leave-in all over, from roots to ends!

Other Tips to Keep in Mind While Using Leave-in Conditioner

In addition to the above, there are a few other things to keep in mind while using leave-in conditioner. Let's get into it!

  • A little goes a long way: With leave-in conditioner creams, a little product goes a long way. Start with less than you think you need and add more if needed. It's much easier to add more product than it is to try to remove excess leave-in from your hair. Spray leave-ins are a bit more forgiving, so if you're using one of those, you can be more liberal with your application.

  • Focus on the ends: No matter your hair type, focus the leave-in conditioner on your ends. That's where your hair is the driest and can benefit most from the extra hydration.

  • Don't forget to seal: After you've applied your leave-in, finish with a light oil or cream to help seal in the moisture. This step is especially important for people with type four hair (or anyone who struggles with retaining moisture), as it helps to slow moisture loss.

  • Don't forget to read your leave-in's packaging: Every leave-in conditioner is different, so be sure to read the packaging and follow the directions. The manufacturer knows best! Once you get the hang of using leave-in conditioner, you'll be able to experiment and figure out what works best for your hair. But when in doubt, always follow the directions on the packaging and go from there.

  • Choose the right leave-in for your hair issues: Not all leave-in conditioners are created equal. If you have protein-sensitive hair, look for a leave-in that is low in protein or doesn't contain any protein at all. And if you're struggling with dryness, look for a leave-in that contains moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera and fatty alcohols. For color-treated hair, pick a leave-in with silicones - they'll help to extend the life of your color. A slippery leave-in will aid in detangling. Luckily, you don’t need 5 different leave-ins to address all of your hair issues - Daily Dose Leave-in Conditioner covers all of these bases and more, making it a great option for all your hair troubles, no matter your hair type.

There you have it! Only use leave-in conditioner on your roots if they're not prone to oiliness. With that understood, we hope you'll use the above tips to maximize the results of any leave-in. Good luck with your hair!




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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