Take a peek at your shower RN—it’s probably stocked with so many random hair products that, let’s be honest, you rarely ever use. Well, I’m going to make your life a little bit easier by telling you to get rid of basically everything—because all you really need is a leave-in conditioner. I know, it might sound a bit ~extra~ if you already use a deep conditioner, but this product multitasks like no other: A good leave-in will not only moisturize your hair, but also detangle it, protect it from heat damage, and add shine and strength. Plus, if you’re in between washes and your hair is looking meh, it’s a great refresher.
See? I gotchu. There’s no need to use a billion hair products—just opt for one of these 20 best leave-in conditioners (there’s one for every hair type and concern) that’ll do it all, and that way you can go back to mindlessly scrolling through Instagram.
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Best Leave-In Conditioner for Heat Styling
Dae Cactus Flower Leave-In Conditioner
This leave-in conditioner is a must for anyone who heat styles on the reg. It uses plant-based ingredients to protect hair from up to 450 degrees of heat, so you can use your blow dryer, flat iron, and curling iron without destroying your strands.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Blondes
Bumble and Bumble Bb.Illuminated Blonde Leave In Spray
Formulated specifically for blonde hair, this leave-in conditioner is infused with purple pigments to help neutralize brassiness and unwanted yellow tones (just like a purple shampoo does) to keep your hair color—whether it’s platinum or honey blonde—looking fresh.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Fine Hair
Gisou Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-in conditioner might seem scary to those of you with fine hair, but this one is ultra lightweight, so your hair won’t fall flat or get greasy by lunch. It uses honey, argan oil, and baobab extract to smooth, soften, and nourish. The result? Hair that’s healthy, not heavy.
Best Protective Leave-In Conditioner
R+Co Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner
The hero ingredient in this leave-in conditioner? Antioxidant-rich vitamin C. Mist it on clean, damp hair to help protect from UV damage, color-fading, and environmental aggressors (like pollution) throughout the day.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Dry Hair
Color Wow Dream Cocktail Coconut-Infused Hydrating Leave In Treatment
Dryness can manifest itself in a ton of ways—split ends, breakage, tangles, you name it. But you can fight the good fight with this intensive leave-in conditioner designed for the driest of hair types. It uses coconut oil, lipids, and keratin to deeply hydrate and moisturize hair and turn straw-like strands into silk.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Detangling
Melanin Haircare Multi-Use Softening Leave In Conditioner
With an ingredient list that includes wheat amino acids, vitamin B5, jojoba oil, and argan oil, this leave-in conditioner makes it way easier to smooth out knots and tangles, while also boosting hydration levels and strengthening your hair over time.
Best Lightweight Leave-In Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Shoutout to the mix of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils—together, these three are able to hydrate, condition, and seal in moisture. Oh, and the formula isn’t greasy (#blessed) or heavy (thank you, hair gods), so you can layer it on without worrying about oily residue.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Frizz/Flyaways
Kérastase Discipline Anti Frizz Smoothing Spray
If you spend hours in the morning trying to get that one piece of hair to lay flat, this leave-in conditioner is for you. With lipid and softening agents in the formula, this mist is able to smooth TF out of your hair and keep any frizz or flyaways at bay.
Best Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner
Leonor Greyl Tonique Hydratant Leave-In Treatment Mist
Not only will a few spritzes of this leave-in conditioner leave your hair feeling uber soft, but it’ll also leave it feeling stronger, too. Thanks to the combo of amino acids and collagen, this mist is able to repair your damage and split ends and leave your hair looking (and feeling) healthier.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Shiny Hair
Davines Oi All One Milk Leave-In
Thanks to the roucou oil swimming around in the formula, this lightweight leave-in conditioner hydrates your hair, while also giving it a mirror-like shine. Bonus: It leaves behind a citrus scent that isn’t overpowering at all.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Leave in Treatment Spray
When your color-treated or bleached hair needs a little TLC, this is the leave-in conditioner you should reach for. It’s sulfate-free, so it won’t strip your expensive dye job, and it’s also filled with camelina, coconut, and olive oils to protect and strengthen hair.
Best Drugstore Leave-In Conditioner
Pantene Miracle Rescue 10-in-1 Multitasking Leave-In Conditioner Spray
This drugstore leave-in conditioner from Pantene is literally a dream—it smooths, softens, strengthens, boosts shine, protects from UV damage, and detangles hair too. Oh, and did I mention that it’s under $10? Seriously, it’s a win-win.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Dry, Brittle Hair
Virtue Purifying Leave-In Conditioner
I get it—science, when it comes to hair, can be a bit confusing, but bear with me because this is pretty cool. This technology-first leave-in conditioner uses something called alpha keratin 60ku (aka keratin harvested directly from human hair) to help repair weakened follicles and cracks within individual strands. Other pros? It increases manageability, promotes minimal flyaways, and offers protection against environmental damage, like pollution.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Thick, Curly Hair
Cake The Mane Manage’r 3-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner
Made with a combo of coconut oil, biotin, soy, and rice proteins, this triple-action formula can be used as either a leave-in conditioner, a daily moisturizer, or a style refresher. Use it before you blow-dry to help detangle your curls or to add extra moisture afterwards. Plus, it smells delightful—like fresh cake frosting.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Type 4 Hair
Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner
Naturalistas across the board swear by this super–hydrating leave-in conditioner that deeply penetrates the hair shaft using a blend of babassu oil and buriti oil. Hair bloggers like Miss Coily Hair and Noire Tropical Beauty also love it for its detangling and moisturizing properties, making it perfect to include during your next LOC-method twist-out.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Wavy Hair
Ouai Leave-In Conditioner
New name, who dis? Once upon a time, this cult-favorite was once called the “Smooth Spray,” but hair guru (and Kardashian hair-tamer) Jen Atkin had something else in mind. Now reimagined as a proper leave-in conditioner, her new formula works best on damp hair to assist with detangling, dryness, and frizz fighting. Plus, its North Bondi scent—think: notes of bergamot, rose de mai, magnolia, and sandalwood—leaves your hair smelling pretty ah-mazing.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Coily Hair
Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
This leave-in conditioner will give coils and 4C curls the hydration they desperately need, thanks to the formula’s dose of Jamaican black castor oil and organic shea butter—both of which strengthen your hair’s elasticity to minimize breakage. It’s also perfect for anyone who regularly colors, heat styles, or perms their hair, since it’s so freaking moisturizing (and sulfate free!).
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Thick Hair
Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner
Conditioning is a non-negotiable when you have thick, coarse hair—your texture needs it! This spray leave-in conditioner uses soy and wheat proteins to soften and detangle your hair along with mimosa oil to moisturize and add shine.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Damaged Hair
Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream
This leave-in conditioner gives your damaged hair new life. It contains pure caviar, which is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids—all of which work together to restore damage and reduce breakage, while also making your hair look amazing.
Best Leave-In Conditioner for Curly Hair
Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Treatment
The most important goal of a leave-in conditioner: be incredibly moisturizing while also lightweight. This Mizani spray achieves that and so much more (it has 25 benefits, like adding shine, controlling flyaways, and detangling hair, if you want to get specific). Plus, the formula contains fennel seed and coconut oil, which help to combat dryness, making long, curly hair both softer and easier to style.
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