Should Conditioner Be Rinsed Throughly Or Is It Ok To Leave A Little In Your Hair

Black woman with wet natural hair splashing waterI have been seriously considering the resolutions for my hair journey this year. There are things that I learned last year that I will definitely take with me and then there are others I'm on the fence about.

We all have come to the realization that conditioning is a vital part of a hair care regimen. I have always heard about leaving in a little bit of your rinse out conditioner in your hair for a smoother finish since it keeps the cuticles laid.

Yet my thinking was that leave-in conditioners, actually formulated for that purpose, were the obvious options.

Still I found out that many ladies are opting to use rinse out conditioners as daily moisturizers and there are also those who may not moisturize daily, but opt not to rinse it out entirely on their wash day.


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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Markisha Walmack

I leave it in if I’m rocking curls but if I’m straightening then no!

Alx Edg

Leaving conditioner other than a leave-in, is begging for trouble. Doing this will over soften hair and it will simply pop/snap/just fall out the scalp/pores. My experience!

Yvonne Bender

over soften? hhhhm after a protein treatment thats what it seems to need…

Alx Edg

Yvonne Bender,first I didn’t bother to read the article because common sense tells me that if conditioner was meant to stay in the hair they would be no need for ‘Leave-ins’. 2/ Protein conditioners are not the only conditioners there are.3/”My experience”

Angela DaRocha-Neto

I agree Alx!

Jay Noel-Palmer

If the instructions say wash it out then i wash it all out. The only thing i leave in is the leave in conditioner itself

Kyramel Shea Souffle

I barely ever rinse my conditioner completely out and I haven’t had any issues. Been doing that since ’99. But everyone’s hair is different.

Dabney Ross Jones

For me it depends on the conditioner. If it is a cheap brand I will rinse it completely out. However, I will leave in Trader Joes Nourish and Shine Conditioner, it works well with oil rinsing. No snapping or breaking.

Sherry Miles

Great post!
I never do but I know others who do. I want to see the responses and possibly learn a little more.

Josephine Mcmillian

I rinse it all out, if not it makes my hair heavy.

Yvonne Bender

I use my conditioner as a leave in! Hello Hydration otherwise getting my hair done would take hours

Raye Peoples

I use hello hydration as a co-wash and water it down for my leave in

Tameicka Y
Tameicka Y

I wash everything out because I don’t want the residue on my scalp, but then I use a little of my Hello Hydration as leave-in after a protein deep condition. It balances the protein nicely.

Ruth Guzman

I don’t rinse mine completely out. Never bothered my hair at all. My hair is soft, strong and very healthy. Plus i have LOTS of hair so the whole, it will break off statement just isn’t true for myself.

Valerie Jolly

Sometime I leave it in if I don’t have a leave in conditioner..

Shari Powell

I too use Helli Hydration as a leave in. It works really well for me.

Shari Powell

Hello*

Stacy-Ann Shreeves

No I wash it out thoroughly! My hair cannot handle too much protein.. I already had the experience with my hair literally snapping off! But it may be ok with other people hair

Stacy-Ann Shreeves

Your hair shouldn’t be too soft.. That’s a sign of too much protein

Parys Gardener

Che Mickaela Henderson this article is the answer to all our questions :O

Imani Malika

Leaving conditioner in my head leaves it feeling filmy and sticky. Plus the rest of my mositurizing products will leave residue if the conditioner isn’t rinsed out. Just my experience.

Semendablessed Howard

I use only one product for mositurizing ( pink lotion) great product keep my hair soft and healthy.

Renee MizMonroe Harding-Thomas

I wash all the conditioner out unless it’s a leave in.

Laucresha Alexander

I don’t rinse out my conditioner I leave it in. It doesnt bother my hair I guess I depends on Wat type of hair u got.Ijs

Katrina Stoutmire

completely wash out conditioners that does NOT state “LEAVE IN” it weighs and dries out your hair

MrsRacquel Blackwell

Yes everyone’s hair is totally different but why leave in a rinse conditioner when they sell leave in conditioners.
Don’t assume conditioners don’t have toxic chemicals that can harm u if not used properly also be careful of creating allergies later as well*.

Mimi Reid-Hughes

That was soooo helpful!!!

Antasia Moi

It is ok to leave a lil conditioner in the hair

Prince Maxwell Ansong

what a joy

Alice Caldwell

Leave a little in, different outcomes for different hair

Savalle Boston

Always leave my conditioner n. Makes my curls pop and it keeps my hair moisturized.

Mary Coleman

I’ve read where egg yolk n olive oil mixed together and saturate in hair before washing helps your hair to grow. Is that true?

Tiffany Bumpus

Yes rinse out well and use a leave in

April King

I have use a regular conditioner as a leave in for myself and my daughter and no nothing happened. I like the Leave in by Giovanni personally…and that’s what I use on the daily basis for myself and my daughter

Lashanda Hankins

I leave a little in. All hair is different. MY experience is different from Anothers.

rdyson
rdyson

Years ago, my sister who is a beautician told me that I could leave the rinse out conditioner in because it stops working after a certain length of time anyway. She never explained it the way it’s done in this article. Thank you for the clarification and that explains part of why my hair was always “straw-like”.

Sonja Robinson
Sonja Robinson

Hi my name is Sonja, I have natural curly hair. I would like to color my hair because of the grays. What’s a good name brand to use for natural hair.

Carla
Carla

In the winter time, I usually leave the conditioner in and still add Leave-in for styling (like youtuber JewJew Bee with her tailbone length hair). During Summer months, I rinse out the rinse-out conditioner for a “lighter” feel. But during the week, I use my rinse-out conditioner (diluted with water) as a moisturiser until my next wash. I too use, Hello Hydration. I’ve experienced no build-up from it although it has dimethicone. I think the occassional sulfate wash (once a month) may have kept the build-up at bay.

Dollie Page

Only leave-in conditioners I meant to be left in your hair. I think all others should be washed out.

Bola Olaosebikan- Makinde

Little should be left in

Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner

Most conditioners eg tresemme naturals are used as a leave in although that is not th er purpose so I don’t see the harm in leaving a little but in during a co wash or a wash.

Tammalah Matlock

If it says rinse thoroughly I rinse it all out. If it can be used as a leave-in I leave in a bit.

Murielle Coomee

It should be rinse thoroughly.

Hollidae LadyDae Muhammad

I say whatever works for your hair. There are some light rinse out conditioners I can use as leave ins and when im on a tight budget and can’t afford Giovanni leave in, that’s what i do. Now would i tell someone else to do that if it doesn’t work for them? No. And would I tell a person who it does work for to stop? No. Works for some and others it doesn’t. I don’t think this issue is anything to go back and forth on. Everyone has different preferences and needs.

Kenya White

I leave some in. Been doing it for years and never had a problem. I also use regular conditioner to make my own leave in.

Courtney Price Ajoke

I leave some in

Adhana Lahab Guggino

It depends on the conditioner. I’ve used leave-ins that have left my hair full of flakes and some I can mix with water in a spray bottle and use every so often. Everyone’s hair is unique. Guess and test

Candi Ballard-Zolicoffer

I always rinse out all conditioner now occasionally I will deep condition may hair with a regular conditioner along with my regular deep conditioner but wash it all out please

Hannah Okorafor

On the hair strands/body? Okay, yeah it’s down to you.
On the scalp nope, I’d suggest washing it out. 🙂

Angie Anjanette Lateise

I have been leaving conditioner in for years. Hasn’t harmed my scalp or hair. I co-wash and leave in between washing.

Dee-Lila Sharp

It all depends on the hair type and texture/curl pattern, hair’s moisture, type of conditioner that is needed for the hair and the kind of products used on the hair

Yez Marie Beaulieu

I leave in most of my deep conditioner. After I let it sit for an hour (or more if I fall asleep or get wrapped up in a movie) I stick my head under running water for a few seconds, rub my scalp then gently squeeze out some of the excess water and conditioner so it’s not running down my back then immediately seal with my oil mix. I don’t have to remoisturize all week.

Sherry Miles

I rinse it out and use my favorite leave-in conditioner. I’ll be layering product anyway so if it’s light, it doesn’t hinder anything.

Asha Jamia

The organic conditioners I leave a little in, but conditioners like my pantene deep conditioner I don’t.