You’ve probably heard about how helpful leave-in conditioners can be for every hair type, but it’s time to actually pick one up—and use it routinely—if you’ve been putting off the extra work. “It’s much easier to keep your hair in good condition than to repair it once the damage is already done,” says celebrity hairstylist Rob Talty, who works with Christina Aguilera. And that’s exactly what leave-in conditioner does: By regularly adding moisture to your hair, it doesn’t have a chance to dry out, snap, and fray. “But you have to use the right formula,” he says. “Otherwise you’re just weighing the hair down.” Read on for 20 of the best leave-in conditioner formulas, no matter your hair type or concern.
Leave-In Conditioning Mist
A quick spray of this vegan frizz fighter can help reactivate curls and wake up your style. Or use it as a pre-styling prep to help lock in the shape of your dreams.
Mr. Incredible The Ultimate Leave-In Conditioner
No wonder it’s named after a superhero; this can disperses an ultra-fine spray of conditioners onto hair to coat every strand. It’s just what the doctor ordered for putting some softness and shine back into locks.
Leave In Conditioner
Conditioners packed with oil are ultra-hydrating, but they can leave fine hair limp. This oil-free version relies on red algae extract and silicone instead to moisturize dry strands without leaving them pancake-flat.
Baomint Leave In Conditioning Styler
Working in this luxe leave-in is like taking a daily multivitamin. It reinforces hair health and growth by way of lavender oil, rosemary leaf oil, and nettle extract.
Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Rich in coconut and argan oils and shea butter, this 96% natural leave-in brings major moisturizing power to protect against heat damage, dry weather, and even UV rays. The convenient spray formula makes touching up curls between washes incredibly easy.
Un.tangled Leave In Conditioner
The Outback climate is rough, which is why, theoretically, the extracts in Australian flora and fauna know how to fight back. This light mist contains six Aussie fruits to absorb moisture into the hair, while also leaving it shiny, smooth, and protected against UV damage. Good onya, mate.
Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Leave-In Conditioner
Silicones can leave noticeable buildup on curls and coils, making luscious locks seem dull. That’s why this shine-enhancing conditioner spray uses all natural wheat proteins and B vitamins to add shine and help hair stand up to detangling.
This do-it-all spray works on all hair types to leave strands smooth and shiny (and smelling extra amazing).
Pinstripe Intense Detangling Spray
Like its namesake suit, this detangling spray is all about the details, helping knots and snarls slip free of even the thickest hair with ease thanks to vitamin B5 and Abyssinica seed oil.
White Peony Leave-In Conditioner
A good leave-in makes sure your hair is properly moisturized, but a great one can be used as a styler, too. This spray offers rich hydration on top of frizz and flyaway smoothing.
No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner
When applied to frizz-prone strands, this leave-in creates an invisible coating on hair that holds in moisture so your locks won’t pouf out. It also blocks dirt and oil buildup, which means you can shampoo less. So go ahead and enjoy that second, third, and even fourth-day fresh smoothness.
Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner
Sensitive scalps, rejoice: This nutrient-rich spray is packed with ingredients like honey extract to soothe irritation while it softens and hydrates hair.
CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream
Loaded with marine botanicals, caviar extract, and vitamin C, this souped-up gloss-inducing formula gets strands gleaming fast. Plus, color brightening technology will keep your hue vibrant in between visits to your colorist.
Miracle Leave-In Product
Leave-ins are this brand’s bread and butter. Devoted fans of this little blue bottle rely on it for detangling, defrizzing, preventing breakage, and more.
Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
“Color and chemicals deplete the hair’s nutrients and damage its structure,” says Talty. “It’s super important to find a leave-in that blocks UV-rays, or else your color fades and your hair dries out.” This citrus-scented version uses wintergreen and cinnamon bark oil to shield UV damage; shea butter, palm, and coconut oils quench parched strands.
Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner
This hyaluronic-acid-infused spray formula is applied when hair is nearly dry to lock in major hydration.
Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-In Concentrate
The argan and babassu oils in this paraben-free formula will leave even the most dehydrated, breakage-prone spirals strong and shiny. The soft, woodsy scent is just a bonus.
Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler
Amazing for curly hair, this luxe lotion is massaged into wet hair to add tons of shine and protect against against heat damage.
Tonique Hydratant Leave-In Treatment Mist
All hair types can benefit from a few spritzes of this amino acid-rich conditioner. It utilizes seaweed and plant collagen to fight back against rough cuticles that lead to dullness and breakage. Just spray a few pumps on towel dried hair and then resist the urge to make everyone feel how soft your strands are.
Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier
The added benefit of UV protection (courtesy of morete fruit oil) makes this formula ideal for color-treated hair.