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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Geneva J Mask

I use #3 and I love it

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.

Sheila Wiggins

i love number (3). I’ve been using it for years…………

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

Jordan Banks
Jordan Banks

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


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 ! 🙂


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


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 ?

Deadra Rahaman
Deadra Rahaman

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


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.


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.


I prefer Pro Naturals!

Nicole L. Mack
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.

Terri Norman

That cantu Shea butter is the truth

Dee Threatt


LaToya Wells


Spence-johnson Bev

#3 is our life

Lakrysha Mcfarlin

#3 my fav

Christine B. Culler

#3 #Staple

Eilyon Dye

I only use #1

Aiesha TrulyBlessed Tashawn

Cantu is the best

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

Kimberly Sanders-Johnson

I use #1 for my kimmaytube. But I, too, love #3!

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.

Lenora John

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

Jazmine Turman

where do you buy the castor oil from?.. =)

Vanessa Hinds

What’s the brand of the castor oil?

Nikki Smith

Yes I love the Jamaican oil…got it outta Sally’s n fell n love with it

Lenora John

It’s Shea Moisture

Stacy-ann Thompson

I have them both n i use them n they does wonders for my hair

Jenice Mckenzie

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

Piano Queen

That’s true – that’s why I didn’t buy that product!

Theresa Loscocco

Well you did your research apparently. What’s the name of this “carcinogen”??

Tiffany Harris Randle

#3 was my favorite until I tried Shea Moisture’s JBCO Strengthen, Grow, & Restore Leave-In Conditioner. I love it!

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!

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.

Cristen Moore

Love #3

Cheryl Hughie

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

Elyna Walker

#3 for me!!

Melanie Castillo

I hate the way Cantu products smell.

Cheryl Bagley

Me too. But it does wonder

Laura Rose Stephens-Sentell

Slip in a couple drops of your favorite smelling oil. I dilute it with water a little anyway since its so thick and my babies hair just loves it!

Akhimaa Bryant


Cb Sampson

shea butter by cantu

LaVern Browne

#6 is the only one that works for me. I love the smell too.

Annette Caines


ShiShi Maze

1,2 & 3 depending on how I style my hair.

LaShawn Strachan-Brown

3…is everything

Veronica Patrick

Koils by Nature needs to be added to this list!

Jazmine Turman

yes “Cantu” is amazing!!

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

Shynisha Jay

#4 is everything!! The whole Triple Moisture line is amazing!

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.

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.

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

Felicia Foster

Shea Moisture JBCO Leave In

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

Cheryl Bagley

Cantu is the bomb. And almost everyone on here agrees

Turoneda Thompson

Number 3

Teoka McGriff

3 for life