Best 6 Leave In Conditioners For Natural And Relaxed Hair

Back in the day Infusium 23 was my leave in of choice, there was always a bottle in my moms product cabinet and my hairdresser who I visited every Saturday always had it on her workstation as a permanent fixture for her clients.

These days leave in conditioners are still popular and why not, they form the basis of your after-wash regimen. There is so much variety it is hard to sort through which are the best ones especially when you are just starting out on a healthy hair journey.

With that said a little guidance, never hurt anybody, so here are our picks for the 6 best leave in conditioners for Natural and Relaxed hair.

Best 6 leave in conditioners

Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner.1. At under $10 you cant go wrong with Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner. If you have relaxed or natural hair Giovanni will not disappoint, the texture of the product is silky smooth and just a little goes a long way. Giovanni is liquid heaven for most and a permanent part of any healthy hair regimen. Apply the Giovanni leave in on freshly washed and conditioned hair and leave the product in your hair for added moisture throughout the day.

Kinky Curly Knot Today2. Kinky Curly Knot Today cannot be left off of the list for the greatest leave in conditioners ever made, if we did that then we would not be doing this post any justice. The divine smell is a drop in the bucket in comparison to its super moisturizing ingredients. Oddly, this one does not have water as the first ingredients but it is made with care with extracts ranging from mango to marshmallow root and is free of parabens, silicones, sulfates and cruelty. With confidence we recommend picking up a bottle to reward your hair for being a good girl all year long. Use it straight after a wash when your hair already has good moisture balance or use it as a basis for the Kimmaytube leave in formula.

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in 3. I’m sorry did you say this was the best leave in conditioner list? Well if it is then Cantu Shea Butter Leave in comes in at number three without hesitation  Cantu Shea Butter has had mixed reviews in the relaxed and natural hair world, some women say it doesn’t ‘work’ for them and that might be true but for the women who love it, it’s a must have for their product stash. The product has a shot of protein in it which could be the reason it works so well on some heads but not on others. But regardless of what the miracle ingredient is, those who love Cantu Shea Butter, really love it and it would be remiss if we left it off the list.

4. If you google ‘best leave in conditioners for fine, dry damaged hair’ Nuetrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave in Cream is always there, if yNuetrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave in Creamou don’t believe me, try it! the formula is very light weight which makes it ideal for fine hair that doesn’t like to be weighed down. It also makes it perfect for relaxed hair because anything that doesn’t add stress to your relaxed hair but adds moisture is a great choice. The label claims that it mends damaged ends which might be a little iffy but it could help with prevention if you are looking for a more realistic perspective.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap leave in conditioner5. This is an oldie but goodie, a great leave in for relaxed and natural hair Redken Extreme Anti-Snap leave in conditioner is awesome. Everybody has had a snap or two while styling their hair, and once it happens you do tend to get a little sad even if its just one strand (or maybe that’s just me). This conditioner adds strength to the strands, prevents friction and guards against breakage. It is pretty much magic in a bottle and it doesn’t hurt to have a little magic in your life.

Infusium 23 Leave in Treatment

6. Yea baby, she is still here and still going strong, Infusium 23 Leave in Treatment is not going anywhere when it comes to the best leave in conditioners of all time. The product is expertly made with emulsifiers and moisturizers that keeps the conditioner in hair cabinets religiously. If you have relaxed hair, this will be liquid gold for your strands, if you have natural hair especially fine hair, you will not go wrong if you use a splash of this product in your regular regimen.

There you have it, the 6 best leave in conditioner picks for natural and relaxed hair, what are your favorite leave in conditioners?


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  • kai

    AMAZING DETANGLING LEAVE INS ARE: kids organics shea butter detangling moisturizing lotion, texture my way easy comb, and beautiful textures tangle taming leave in

  • Demiera

    L’oreal’s Evercurl Hydracharge leave-in is one of the best leave-ins I’ve ever used… And I’ve been through a few of the ones on your list! One pump does it all. I can either pair it with gel for a wash and go or use it before blow drying for a super soft blowout. I’m actually going to the store for more today!

  • surVIVEr28

    As I am leave -in or shea moisture’s transitional milk work well for me. Seal that with some olive oil and finish with the Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and Viola! Soft, moisturized, detangled curls til next wash day.

  • S.

    I love Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner! It is definitely one of my “hg” products. I have natural, 4b/c hair; it keeps my coils moist, and easy to maintain.

  • Melissa Angela Pierre

    #3 is really good, I use it for my daughter

  • Jessica Flanigan

    #3! :-)

  • Kathy Jackson

    Yep… I got #1 & #3….


  • Shonese Patrice

    yes 5

  • Teronica Guyton

    #3 smells so good♡

  • Terry Norman

    Number 3!

  • LaVern Browne

    I only use #6, I love it.

  • See Jay

    I hate Cantu

  • Sherr Jmf

    See Jay why?

    • See Jay

      I have fine hair strands that stuff is to heavy for my head. It will leave a white residue on my strands

  • Nikki Christian

    Based on these comments i Guess I’m going to go buy #3

  • Dominique Higgins

    How did ppl use #6 my experience was not great, it made my hair feel sticky

  • Nonie Oboli

    I don’t like Cantu…leaves my hair feeling like straw and I don’t like the smell. Number 6 and 4 are good….haven’t tried 2. Sorry, TMIlol!

  • Bonita Mae Hamann

    I like the number 3 and the pudding for hair

  • Mieshel Jett

    Tried 1, 3, hair didn’t like it..

  • Jaycelyn Tipps Ketchum

    I love #1, interested in #5 or #6. I don’t care for #3 at all.

  • Brittny Roberts WorknProgress

    I like 3…. use it on my daughters hair. Not sure if it works on relaxed hair tho

    • Carmella McCoy

      It does. I even saw a relaxed girl use it for a twist out.

  • Stacy Joyner

    Number 2 it leaves me moisturize for days

  • Gigi McDaniel

    Number 1 added with virgin olive oil… I swear by it!!!!

    • Shanice Candice Morales

      what is the name of #1 i can’t see the name ?

  • IAm Nykita

    I use none of those..the leave in I use is from Shea moisture(smoothie nd milk)…I love their line. It leaves my hair smelling good, soft, nd doesn’t fizz up…I also use carols daughter

    • See Jay

      I use that too only thing that works for me so far

  • Carmella McCoy

    1&3 are definitely my staples

  • Maurita Donaldson

    Infusium 23 is the bomb

  • Cecinia St.juste

    3 is the best one

  • Melika Jackson

    #3 ♥it

  • D’Angela Webb

    I use number 3

  • Jackie Kadziyanike

    I use 3

  • Larissa Collier

    Cantu all the way

  • Michelle Williams

    Cantu Shea Butter..And Cream Of Nuture Leave In Is The Best..

  • Akilah Smith

    I use none of these at all. I use Eden Bodyworks coconut leave in. The best ever OMG!! I used to use cantu when I first big chopped but as my hair grew longer it didn’t work for me anymore. I always wanted to try Infusium 23 though

    • See Jay

      i need to try that i only like plant based products but im allergic to most unless its coconut based

  • Lacy Wacy

    I love the smell of #3 but I find that it leaves residue on the hair which I hates!!!!!

  • Gigi McDaniel

    Shanice Candice Morales it is giovanni…iy makes your hair super soft.. my boyfriend loves it… apply that with olive oil and let it set for 20 to 30 mins… I wait longer but.. it works…

  • Michelle Williams

    Mix Chicks Is Good Also..

  • Princess Meka

    #3 the only products that works on my hair and my biracial kids hair

  • Gigi McDaniel

    Shanice Candice Morales dont forget to use a bag to cover your hair after you apply it to your hair.. it cost 6 or 7 bucks… I got mine at the beauty supply store.

  • Gloria Lashun Abercrombie

    Number 3 leaves white cream in ur head an doesn’t come out

  • Sarah Jennings

    I use 3 and love it

  • Lourdes Brown


  • Laurie Deloach

    I have number 3, and it is realy good.

  • Michelle Moses

    I use #3 :)

  • Neosha Larmonie

    4 dries your hair out

  • Nysha Newland

    i use 3. i cant say anything else about the other products but they are probably pretty good too. 3 is in my price range i know that.

  • Antoinette Walker

    #4 makes the hair soft and silky

  • Codou Biram

    Cantu ALL THE WAY!! The white residue ALWAYS disappears when the hair dries- in my case at least…

  • Olamide Fagbeyiro Olabode

    Cantu cantu cantu!

  • Suzie Brooks-Calvaire


  • Wykeema Stanley

    Cantu leaves my hair feeling weird. But that Giovanni Direct Leave In though <3

  • Katrina Crockett

    Number 1 and 3 are awesome conditioners. Love them

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