Best 6 Leave In Conditioners For Natural And Relaxed Hair

Back in the day Infusium 23 was my leave in of choice, there was always a bottle in my moms product cabinet and my hairdresser who I visited every Saturday always had it on her workstation as a permanent fixture for her clients.

These days leave in conditioners are still popular and why not, they form the basis of your after-wash regimen. There is so much variety it is hard to sort through which are the best ones especially when you are just starting out on a healthy hair journey.

With that said a little guidance, never hurt anybody, so here are our picks for the 6 best leave in conditioners for Natural and Relaxed hair.

1. At under $10 you can’t go wrong with Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner. If you have relaxed or natural hair Giovanni will not disappoint, the texture of the product is silky smooth and just a little goes a long way.

Giovanni is liquid heaven for most and a permanent part of any healthy hair regimen. Apply the Giovanni leave in on freshly washed and conditioned hair and leave the product in your hair for added moisture throughout the day.

Originally posted 2013-05-08 15:00:13.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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  1. kai

    AMAZING DETANGLING LEAVE INS ARE: kids organics shea butter detangling moisturizing lotion, texture my way easy comb, and beautiful textures tangle taming leave in

  2. Demiera

    L’oreal’s Evercurl Hydracharge leave-in is one of the best leave-ins I’ve ever used… And I’ve been through a few of the ones on your list! One pump does it all. I can either pair it with gel for a wash and go or use it before blow drying for a super soft blowout. I’m actually going to the store for more today!

  3. surVIVEr28

    As I am leave -in or shea moisture’s transitional milk work well for me. Seal that with some olive oil and finish with the Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and Viola! Soft, moisturized, detangled curls til next wash day.

  4. S.

    I love Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner! It is definitely one of my “hg” products. I have natural, 4b/c hair; it keeps my coils moist, and easy to maintain.

    1. See Jay

      I have fine hair strands that stuff is to heavy for my head. It will leave a white residue on my strands

  5. Nonie Oboli

    I don’t like Cantu…leaves my hair feeling like straw and I don’t like the smell. Number 6 and 4 are good….haven’t tried 2. Sorry, TMI…lol!

  6. IAm Nykita

    I use none of those..the leave in I use is from Shea moisture(smoothie nd milk)…I love their line. It leaves my hair smelling good, soft, nd doesn’t fizz up…I also use carols daughter

  7. Akilah Smith

    I use none of these at all. I use Eden Bodyworks coconut leave in. The best ever OMG!! I used to use cantu when I first big chopped but as my hair grew longer it didn’t work for me anymore. I always wanted to try Infusium 23 though

    1. See Jay

      i need to try that i only like plant based products but im allergic to most unless its coconut based

  8. Lacy Wacy

    I love the smell of #3 but I find that it leaves residue on the hair which I hates!!!!!

  9. Gigi McDaniel

    Shanice Candice Morales it is giovanni…iy makes your hair super soft.. my boyfriend loves it… apply that with olive oil and let it set for 20 to 30 mins… I wait longer but.. it works…

  10. Gigi McDaniel

    Shanice Candice Morales dont forget to use a bag to cover your hair after you apply it to your hair.. it cost 6 or 7 bucks… I got mine at the beauty supply store.

  11. Nysha Newland

    i use 3. i cant say anything else about the other products but they are probably pretty good too. 3 is in my price range i know that.

  12. Codou Biram

    Cantu ALL THE WAY!! The white residue ALWAYS disappears when the hair dries- in my case at least…

  13. Wendy Jean-Louis

    I love cantu. Found it after sheamoisture had bad reaction on my hair. Hair was shedding and left painful boils. And my hair started falling apart. Am thinking maybe am allergic reaction to something in sheamoisture. But cantu came to the rescue. I want to try Giovanni but to afraid to stray away from my cantu.

    1. See Jay

      i use sheamoistre im allergic to most of there product but thats because im allergic to most fruits and vegetables i can only use the curly line. I dont no what your allergic tooo in there!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Devera Smith Robinson

    I didn’t like the residue from the Cantu and it didn’t go away when dry, just flakes everywhere. I’m currently using Creme Of Nature and I like it.

  15. Eleanor Kendrick

    I’m in love Miss Jessie’s. Haven’t tried a leave in (don’t know if there is one) but the shampoos and wah out conditioners are wonderful

  16. Joycelyn Lanae

    Number 2 Been using it since Kimmaytube recommended it with her homemade conditioner. Also 1 is good as well

  17. Lynette Lynch

    I haven’t tried any I have been natural for almost two years , although I’m not mixed race I have been using mixed chicks my hair is fine it doesn’t way it down . Could anyone suggest another leave in that work wonders on fine hair? Mixed chicks is a bit expensive.

  18. Treva Peace Hicks

    I wonder what type of hair everyone has 4a,4b,4c? I need a leave-in but I don’t want something that leaves a residue.

  19. Mire Turner

    I use #3 cantu shea butter. I put it in a night then wrap my hair it makes my hair a little damp. But it seems to work just fine.

  20. Klarkak Gocha

    it really depends on the texture ad well as if you have color treated hair. I have blonde in my hair. I also have medium to course hair. Wella professional products has done my hair justice.:-) 🙂 🙂 🙂 #3 was a”no go” on my hair but when I used it on my client hair with the same texture but not color treatment it did wonders 🙂 🙂 🙂

  21. Sabe Morgan

    3 is definitely the best for your money that’s why people are staying by it. It’s the number one selling product. Number 2 and 1 Givonnai, are very good. I love them both. I never Went back to 1 though because it’s so pricey. I get good coverage and curls with Kinky curly

  22. Cherrice Arnold

    I use # 6 on my hair and my 3 daughters hair and it is wonderful… Each of us has a different grade of hair but this doesn’t leave a film on our like Cantu #3… I use it on wet and dry hair with no problem.

  23. Ladonna Greenidge

    i love cantu when using ensure you use it on freshly washed hair or else it can lead to residue from product build up and try not to use too much

  24. Jordan Banks

    Number 1 and 3… works amazing wonders in my hair 1 week in a half braid out styles… #3 smells wonderful

  25. Rashonda

    I like Cantu. But it weighs my hair down. Another product I would recommend is Nutress Hair leave-in conditioner. It is the bomb! Its spray on so there is not a lot of product build up. This should have made the list . You ladies should check it out ! 🙂

  26. Nessa

    My fave leave in conditioner is the Alikay Natural Lemongrass Leave In. I love the smell and the fact that its so lightweight.

  27. Sharon

    I have been told by my braid stylist leave-ins make your scalp dry and not to use them what is everyone’s opinion on this ?

  28. Deadra Rahaman

    Karen’s Body Beautiful sweet ambrosia leave-in is excellent and is a staple for my thick, course hair!

  29. Deitra

    Karen’s Body Beautiful is awesome and smells amazing! I started out using Giovanni, and also tried Shea Moisture Curly Milk but Karen’s is the best for my hair.

  30. Alister Jacob

    Giovanni Direct leave in dries my hair. Instead of adding moisture to my hair it sucks the moisture out. I have tried it numerous times and just ended up giving the bottles to my daughter. Cantu and kinky Curly knot today are okay. I have tried numerous formulas from Shea Moisture. I am still on a quest for a good leave in conditioner for MY hair.

  31. Nicole L. Mack

    I’ve never had any success with a leave-in, so I figured they don’t work on my hair. Yet as I study healthy hair habits almost every article, book, blogger, YouTube guru mentions them. I’ll have to give it 1 more shot.

  32. Denise Williams

    I fell in love with 1 but now can’t find it in st Petersburg, so I use Shea moisture leave in, with black castor oil

  33. Tasha CamilleHbic Drake

    For some reason, when I went to the hair store the other day, I brought #3. Glad I did cause I’m trying to go natural without cutting my hair.

  34. Lenora John

    I have #3 but I love the Jamaican-Black-Castor-Oil-Strengthen-Grow-Restore-Leave-In-Conditioner. My hair loves it!

  35. Jenice Mckenzie

    Number 3 is good but it contains a carcinogen. Read the ingredients and do your research if you do not believe.

  36. Brittany Richardson

    #3 should be replaced with the cantu argan oil leave in instead. Now that stuff is heaven. And #6 i would recommend it on relax hair, works like a charm but dont use on natural hair because it will dry it out. I will try the others!

  37. Sharon Yvette Scranton

    I can’t use any of those things in my hair or even put in any leaving conditioner I don’t know what it is the different products I think it might be there my hair course is totally different is not thick is silky and all I can do is just wash it sprayed with oil sheen beautiful after I air dry.

  38. Cheryl Hughie

    Cantu Shea Butter. …… I’ve been using this since I’ve been natural. A little over 3 yrs now. Love it………

  39. Vedejah Scroggins

    I like its a ten literally one bottle has lasted me a year it’s crazy and that’s with me washing every week I may have missed a few times but my hair noticed it only takes a few squirts like 3 for your whole head to be covered

  40. Tiara S Evans

    Idk why but every client that sits in my seat that uses cantu has very dry, brittle hair. Just a 2 year long observation.

    1. Tonya Jones

      It’s the protein. When I was newly natural I loved Cantu as well, but I had to get away from it, my hair was dry. I think it would be better for permed hair.

  41. Katrina Davis

    I’ve used a lot of stuff for my natural hair Cantu has always been the best and now the only product that I use

  42. Trice Marie

    I’m currently wearing a relaxer and cantu seems kinda thick to me. But good for natural hair. Personally I like Keracare leave in mixed with a little gloss serum by cream of nature argan oil brand. Always comes out silky

  43. Yoli

    KJ Naturals Marshmallow Detangler & Leave-in, hands down the best leave-in for my hair! It’s lightweight but very moisturizing. I seal in moisture with one of her whipped butters or pomade. I stocked up on the leave-in so I am never without.

  44. rosadonaldson

    Karmin makes the best in my opinion :p

  45. leahneumann

    Best I have ever
    used is the Karmin Hair Repair System <3

  46. Felicia Cameron

    My hair is naturally thin and soft. Is there a leave-in conditioner someone would recommend or should I even use one?


    An amazing detailing for people who are confused to buy conditioners for their hair. Personally, I liked the Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner which I will buy much sooner.

    Thanks, Petra once again.

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