Healthy Hair Journey part IV – Leave in!

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Hey guys,

This is the fourth part of my Healthy Hair Journey series, catch on part I, part II and part III here.

Leave-in conditioners are applied after cleansing and conditioning to replenish hair moisture levels for smoother, softer and stronger hair!

Leave-in conditioners should not be confused with daily conditioners, the former typically contain ingredients that attract moisture (humectants) to make hair more flexible and manageable, as a result, leave-ins assist in the detangling process.

If you’re like me who hates detangling, a good moisturizing leave-in is what you need.

Leave-ins are not restricted to any particular form, they come in:

  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Liquid sprays

I have very thick and coarse hair so a cream based leave-in works best for my hair type though I end up mixing liquids, lotions and creams cause I can but I ensure the predominant leave-in is cream-based.

For fellow thick/coarse hair, leave-in creams are recommended so the hair can absorb moisture and nutrients.

For fine hair, leave-in lotions/liquid sprays are recommended.

Like conditioners, leave-ins are either protein based and moisture based.

Recommended Leave-in Conditioners

  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner (Moisture)– I love this liquid moisturizing leave-in because it makes my hair soft and strong. It also smells yummy oh and it gives me hair a silky feeling!
  • Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer (Protein)- This alcohol free liquid spray conditioner prevents breakage, adds body, strengthens and protects hair from chemical processes. It contains Keratin so it is not recommended for daily use.
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Leave-in Conditioner (Moisture)- I’ve been a John Frieda for over a decade so when I saw this at Boots, I jumped at it. Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued as they were clearing stock 🙁 🙁 I read the ingredient list and I loved it, so I picked it up! Think I bought the last 2 or so!
  • Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-in Conditioner (Protein)- *DETANGLER OF LIFE* My love for this creamy leave-in knows no bounds! Two years ago, strolled into my fave store on this planet -Paks Cosmetics (make me your ambassador please) at this time, I was sold out to Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in but I knew my hair needed something but I didn’t know what it was so yea I was shopping for a new leave-in, anyho I stumbled on this product on the aisle- smelt it and read the ingredient list and I took it home. LOVE I tell you LOVE! I used it that night and I have never looked back- let me tell you, I can use this leave-in forever, my hair loves it so much- it makes it yummy, silky, buttery oh the list goes on! And it’s anti-breakage so please what else do I need in this life?


  • Keracare Leave-in Conditioner (Moisture)- Amazing for all hair types- natural, relaxed, texlaxed and others! I became a Keracare lover this year and I am sold out!


  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream (PROTEIN)- Used this for a while and it was alright till I switched to my beloved Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter.


  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner (Protein) – Started using this recently and I have no complaints. For me, this is a splurge item, I believe it costs N5,400 naira/£11.50 GBP/$15 USD, hair likes it but let’s see how the pocket feels about it when this one finishes hehe.


  • Luster’sS Curl No Drip Curl Activator Moisturizer (MOISTURE) – Lovage! My savior when my hair is in braids/twists! Love it, my cousin with hair like mine introduced this to me years ago and my hair fell in love! Price is right too, got this 710 ml/ 24 fl.oz bottle for £4.99 ayyyyy! It also has yummy properties- paraben and mineral oil free! Say ayyyyyy!


Signs you need a Protein Leave-in Conditioner (Strengthen)

  • Hair feels limp
  • Hair feels too soft

Signs you need a Moisture Leave-in Conditioner (Soften)

  • Hair feels hard
  • Err you have Afro-textured hair!

ZL Tips

  • Water based leave-ins are always the best!
  • Always read ingredient lists to know whether your leave-in is protein based or moisture based, you need to know what you’re putting in your hair
  • Apply leave-in conditioner to damp not wet hair for all the nutrients to be absorbed and it helps in conserve your product
  • Like your deep conditioner, leave-ins are best applied in sections– from root to tip, this allows for even distribution
  • Pay attention to your hair so you know what type of leave-in your hair needs
  • If all fails, use a moisture based leave-in, Afro-textured hair tends to be dry and moisture never hurts anybody (no one ever complains about hair being too soft and silky).
  • PLEASE Limit use of your protein leave-in conditioners to once a week or every other week, anything in excess is never a good thing- too much protein disrupts the protein/moisture balance making hair more prone to breakage!
  • Aloe Vera Gel is an awesome leave-in! Try it!!

What are your fave leave-in conditioners?

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Tea, Love and Kisses,







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