Even to this day, the word "frizz" almost gives me an anxiety attack. It brings me back to the days before I knew how to take care of my curls, when I would–forgive me, curly gods!–brush my curls, which naturally gave me a head of frizzy, brittle hair. Now that I've learned a few tricks, I know that frizz is actually the result of damaged or dehydrated strands. Add in some humidity, and it's a full on Bad Hair Day. Whether your hair texture is straight, wavy, curly, or kinky, all of us are susceptible to dehydrated. Hot tools, chemicals, and even changes in weather all can suck moisturize from our hair. The solution? Give your hair some extra hydration. A standard conditioner that you use in the shower can only help so much. A leave-in conditioner should be used on wet or towel-dried hair to help protect your hair from heat or humidity, while also nourishing and hydrating each individual strand so you're left with healthy, shiny hair. Whether you're looking for something specifically designed for curls, or you have fine hair and you're worried about weighing it down, there is a leave-in conditioner that will work for you. Below, 17 of the best leave-in conditioners for every texture, budget, and hair goal.
The Moisture Boost
1. OUAI Leave-In Conditioner
Celebrity stylist Jen Atkin created this product to help everyday people get model-esque hair in their homes. Not only does this leave-in conditioner give hair a boost of moisture, but it also protects your hair from heat damage pre-styling.
The Strengthening Spray
2. Leonor Greyl Paris Tonique Hydratant Leave-In Treatment Mist
Anyone with dry hair knows the struggle of split-ends, and brittle strands that keeps breaking. This mist gives hair the moisture its craving, while also strengthening damaged areas. Strong hair grows faster and healthier–now that's an investment!
The Coconut Spray
3. SheaMoisture Coconut Oil Leave-in Conditioner Treatment
Dreaming of a tropical beach vacation, sans the drying salt water? This coconut-oil infused leave-in conditioner helps detangle hair post-wash, while also smoothing frizz and giving your hair a boost of shine.
The Curl Hydrator
4. Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner
Curly girls know that every wash day is a roll of dice. Will your curls look bouncy and gorgeous, or limp and sad? Take the questions out of the equation with this leave-in conditioner. This product revives limp curls and makes them extra soft and touchable.
The Nourishing Conditioner
5. Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner
If frizz is your worst enemy, then you need this product in your life. There's nothing worse than taking time to do your hair, only to see a million flyaways. This hydrating leave-in conditioner helps nourish the hair and protects your hair from frizz-causing humidity.
The Natural Renewer
6. Together Beauty Whatever Wherever Leave-In Conditioner
This clean hair product removes everything that could damage your hair, and includes nourishing and hydrating ingredients that will gives you good hair days, every day.
The Hair Anti-Ager
7. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Leave-In Conditioner
People with fine, dry hair know the struggle of brittle strands and breakage. This anti-aging product nourishes hair so it becomes stronger and dries more beautifully. Spritz it on while it's wet and when it dries, your hair will be nourished but never weighed down.
The Curl Cure
8. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave In Moisturizer
Because curls are easily dehydrated, give your natural texture some love with this boost of moisture. When your curls dry, they'll be soft and hydrated, and never crunchy.
The Frizz Defeater
9. Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Want some extra moisture, but no grease? This conditioning spray keeps frizz at bay by nourishing each strand, but never weighs the hair down or introduces harmful ingredients.
The Conditioning Detangler
10. The Honest Company Sweet Orange Vanilla Conditioning Detangler Spray
For anyone who's obsessed with keeping their beauty product clean, this conditioning spray is gentle enough for even the most sensitive people. This product helps detangle hair and gives it the hydration it craves.
The Smoothing Cream
11. Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream
Good hair on a budget? Sign us up! This leave-in cream adds shine and moisture that makes hair stronger over time. It keeps humidity and frizz at bay, for results that last days.
The Split End Repairer
12. Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme
Anyone with chemically treated hair knows the drill: dry ends, straw-like texture, and overall lackluster hair. Olaplex created this product to help repair damaged hair–whether it's been dyed or not–so frizz and dehydrated strands are no longer part of the equation.
The Softening Lotion
13. AVEDA Cherry Almond Softening Leave-In Conditioner
With almond oil and Moringa oil, this leave-in conditioner hydrates hair so it's super soft and luscious. Static? No more. Frizz? No thanks. This product works for all hair types and textures, so everyone can benefit from its smoothing results.
The Daily Moisturizer
14. John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner
Frizzy hair is dehydrated hair, which is why this leave-in conditioner is packed with hydrating ingredients. Glossy, healthy-looking hair? Don't mind if I do.
The Ultimate Smoother
15. Moroccanoil All In One Leave In Conditioner
If you're in a relationship with your heat tools, you know the struggle of wanting a gorgeous blowout while still maintaining healthy, soft hair. A few spritzes of this product will help protect and nourish your hair pre-styling.
The Extra Shine
16. Verb Leave-In Conditioning Mist
When hair is dehydrated and damaged, the beautiful shine and luster of healthy hair can seem like a faraway dream. With this product, it adds moisture to improve the hair's overall health, while also giving it a beautiful shine.
The Aromatherapy Reset
17. Tea Tree Lavender Mint Leave-In Conditioner Spray
Is there anyone more stressful than not achieving your daily hair goals? With this lavender and mint-infused product, this mist not only adds moisture, but smells like the best spa day.
Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Writer, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends. She's a fan of vodka tonics and creepy Wikipedia pages.
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