Leave-in conditioners can be effective on any hair type, whether you have straight or curly hair. A good-quality leave-in conditioner will help detangle hair while moisturizing as well as protecting it from damaging styling or even harsh weather conditions. It allows you to lock in essential nutrients and infuse your hair with a host of healthy ingredients. Used as a part of your regular hair regimen, it will keep locks looking shiny and luscious. Check out some of the best leave-in conditioners of 2022. —Jennifer Cox
sweet scents. The Leave-In Conditioner from OUAI ($26) will not only help relieve your locks from tangles, but it will also hydrate and fight frizz, no matter what hair type you are. Plus, you’ll love the fresh smell of this conditioner: a mix of white musk, Italian lemon, violet and more.
the multi-tasker. Pureology’s Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-In Spray ($29) can do it all: it primes hair for styling, protects it from the elements, and perfects your ‘do, plus it can be used on all hair types. Omega-3-rich camelina oil nourishes strand after strand, and pure olive oil, with its fatty acids, helps promote healthy shine and softness. And this leave-in conditioner is vegan, too!
curl control. PATTERN by Tracee Ellis Ross has a unique product for “curlies, coilies, and tight textures”—their Leave-In Conditioner ($25) prevents dry, frizzy hair and helps to repair hair that’s dry and damaged. Its lightweight formula is perfect to caress curls and add a boost of hydration while giving soft curl pattern definition. It’s also great for sealing in moisture before putting styling hair.
handy helper. Amika has a product called the wizard detangling primer ($26), which is an all-in-one hair detangling spray for straight, curly and coily hair (so, basically, just about anyone!). This lightweight hair priming spray has a multitude of benefits and will leave your tresses shiny and silky-smooth. It even helps cuts down on blow-drying time, so your get-ready regimen is quick and easy.
mother nature to the rescue. Moroccanoil’s classic formula is engrained in their Leave-In Conditioner ($28), which is rich in tocopherols (vitamin E), essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Naturally-derived sugars prevent hair fibres from getting dehydrated, and a unique blend of superfoods like quinoa and barley extracts provide nutrients for the healthiest of hair.