The 5 Best Leave-In Conditioners For Natural Hair
(And you’ve probably never heard of them)
By: Ashley Renee
Ashley Renee is a natural hair enthusiast and writer from Chicago, living in Los Angeles. Ashley has hosted numerous natural hair forums educating women on the importance of natural hair care. Ashley is also a staff writer for Thank God I’m Natural, natural hair company.
We’ve talked about the best leave-in conditioners before, but now it’s time to talk about the best leave-in conditioners specifically for natural hair!
Just five years ago you would be lucky if the word “natural” was even included in a hair product, let alone if you were able to find one that actually worked with your natural hair! Fast forward to right now and there are so many different natural hair products to choose from that many of us have become closeted product junkies who frequently scour the streets, internet, and local Target for a fix. It’s easy to spot the popular brands, sitting in their glorious displays, on the lips of every natural hair guru and on every billboard, taunting you to buy more. What about the underdog? The products that you have never seen at your local Walmart, the products that even Naturalista herself has never even heard of, the products that you suspect some voodoo priestess has been cooking for years, marinating it with nuts, berries and coconut oil to perfection. I know your palms are sweating and scalp is itching at the thought of magical conditioners that have the power to transform you from Celie to superstar, so without further ado, here is our list of the best leave-in conditioners for natural hair (that you probably have never heard of). Plus, you will be able to order them right from your computer.
One of the things that we love about Alaffia Beautiful Curls is that it works for all curly types. Loose curls, waves, tight, kinky you name it! Beautiful curls by Alaffia was created by Olowo-n’djo Tchala in 2004. Tchala saw it as not only a way to assist women with curly hair types but also to empower projects in the country of Togo where he was born. Tchala also set up a Women’s fair trade shea butter cooperative to ensure that top quality shea butter was being used. Proceeds from the products go towards the women’s shea butter cooperative as well as empowering projects in his home country. Not only are these products helping the development of other countries but it actually works! This rich and creamy conditioner is infused with shea butter and coconut oil as well as different herbs that strengthen the hair all day long. It works best for tightly curly hair and leaves it feeling moisturized long after you apply.
Why You Need It
Tightly curled and kinky hair stays moisturized all day and frizz is eliminated with just a few pumps.
Created by Harvard graduate, Chris-Tia Donaldson, Thank God it’s Natural hair products were started following her #1 best selling book, Thank God I’m Natural. Donaldson then went on to be featured in Ebony, Essence, Heart and Soul and a wide array of other magazines. Thank God I’m Natural is currently sold to women across the country. TGIN products consist of various essential oils, shea butter straight from Ghana, olive oil, and much more. The Daily Butter Cream specifically works at drawing moisture to dry, brittle, color treated, and damaged hair, while detangling the hair and leaving hair soft, manageable and detangled. This product is great for all hair textures and smells amazing!
Why You Need It
Daily Butter Cream not only conditions the hair, it also works well for styling and defining curls, without leaving any residue. Daily butter cream smell amazing and works for the loosest to tightest of curls.
Atlas, we have found the true voodoo priestess with her tonics and juices and berries and what not! Jamyla Bennu founded this company in 2001. Bennu was tired of constantly finding harsh products in her favorite hair and skin care products and decided to try her hand at mixing her own products. It turns out she was a “natural,” (pun intended), constantly mixing and trying different concoctions until she found the perfect blend that is now know as Oyin Handmade. Bennu’s products can be found on proud women across the U.S. Her Juice and Berry Leave-In conditioner is truly one of the best and is mixed to perfection with pure water and a variety of herbs.
Why You Need It
It is as important to have a liquid leave in conditioner as it is a cream. This product is convenient, smells amazing, and detangles while adding moisture. It also works extraordinarily well at refreshing braids, and styles.
Licensed cosmetologist Krkia Bradsher, created My Honey Child, when she saw the lack of natural hair products for African Americans and tightly curly and coiled women of all races. She wanted to incorporate her love for natural hair and styling hair with her passion for natural products, thus was born, My Honey Child. Bradsher uses an array of natural products including honey, coconut oil, and essential oils. Her Aloe Vera Leave In Treatment works wonders at alleviating dry itchy scalps, restoring lost moisture and reducing flakes.
Why You Need It
All you have to do is simply comb the product through your hair for it to work it’s magic, or sticking with theme here, it’s freaky voodoo magic! Aloe vera, grape seed oils and vitamin e, work together to promote a healthy scalp and well nourished, moisturized and manageable hair.
This never happens. Normally we would never do this but it is impossible to talk about one without the other. Earlier we told you about Curl Enhancing Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner by Alaffia Beautiful Curls, well now it’s time to tell you about her sister! Curl Enhancing Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner For Wavy Hair. While the first one listed is for thick, tight curls, The wavy to curly conditioner does the exact same thing for looser curl types! This leave in cream smells amazing and runs through the hair like butter,voodoo magic butter that is! This stuff is awesome at keeping even the thinnest of textures conditioned without weighing the hair down. Fresh Chamomille and yarrow oil help to calm the scalp and natural mineral sooth the cuticle will eliminating frizz.
Why You Need It
It’s creamy but not too thick, soft and conditions hair without weighing down the hair.
How to Apply Leave-In Conditioner for Natural Hair
Every product will work differently with your hair. Feel free to experiment and try different brands and products! In fact, the weather and time of year can change the way your hair feels, behaves, and looks. You may need to use a different leave-in conditioner in the summer than you do in the winter, for example. Here are some more tips on how to get the most out of your leave-in conditioner for natural hair.
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