Winter winds are about to wreak havoc on our luscious post-summer locks, meaning it’s time to start planning ahead. Leave-in conditioner is a great defence against dry, split ends or the harsh effects that colouring and styling can do to our hair. However, not all leave-in conditioners are created the same and it can be tricky to try and navigate all those products out there. So, we did the leg (er, hair) work for you; these are five tried-and-true leave-in conditioners that are effective in protecting your hair and that will give you the best bang for your buck. —Jennifer Cox
Gisou’s Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner, available exclusively at Sephora ($42), is a multitasking leave-in conditioner with Mirsalehi honey, baobab extract, and argan oil to hydrate, smooth, and protect for silkier, stronger, healthier-looking hair. And the best part is: you only need to use a small amount so the bottle will last for weeks!
The Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray from Briogeo ($31) will rescue frizzy, dry, and damaged hair. This leave-in conditioner tames frizz, detangles, and restores hair’s softness, strength, manageability, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against humidity. It’s 98% naturally derived too. Pro tip: You’ll get samples with your order!
Pattern’s Leave-In Conditioner ($42) is ideal for those with curly or very textured hair. Its lightweight formula is perfect to caress curls and add extra hydration while giving soft curl pattern definition. It features a blend of heavenly natural oils and honey that are perfect to seal in moisture before styling your hair.
Feeling knotty? Then get your hands on Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner ($26). The spray makes it easy to apply effortlessly and evenly, and the superhero powers of this product include detangling hair, protecting it against heat and damage, and reducing frizz and flyaways. You’ll love its scent too.
The Leave-In Mist from Verb ($20) is a multitasking leave-in conditioner that moisturizes, detangles, nourishes, smoothes, tames frizz, repairs ends, adds shine, prevents breakage, enhances elasticity, and preps for styling. In other words: it does it all! And FYI moms: It’s perfect for kids with truly unruly hair – no more tears over tangles.