The Best Leave-In Conditioner For Every Hair Type In 2018

The 15 Best Leave In Conditioner For Every Hair Type

Jelani Addams Rosa
03 October 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

03 October 2018

Leave-in conditioners are having a bit of a moment. After years of being considered a product only necessary for ladies with textured hair, it has become clear that anyone and everyone should invest in a good leave-in conditioner. Not sure which leave-in conditioner or treatment is right for you? We’ve rounded up nine of the best leave-in conditioners for every hair type from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands.

If you have fine hair:

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator

If you have fine hair, you need a lightweight leave-in treatment that will nourish and moisturize your locks. A leave-in mist like Matrix’s Miracle Creator Hair Multi-Tasking Treatment has 20 beautifying benefits for your hair including boosting shine, adding moisture, conditioning lightly, and priming hair for styling.

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator, $17.00 MSRP

If you have thick hair:

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream

When you have thick hair, you need a rich leave-in conditioner that can help tame the appearance of your plentiful locks. Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream is formulated with Camellia oil, which moisturizes and tames unruly or very dry hair.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream, $46.00 MSRP

If you have dry hair:

Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt

Leave-in conditioner is a crucial product for anyone with parched locks. However, not all leave-in conditioners provide the level of softness your locks need. Redken’s All Soft Mega Hydramelt provides all day nourishment for severely dry hair.

Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt, $19.00 MSRP

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Daily Leave-In Cream 

For strands that are dry and brittle, we found a leave-in conditioner that’s basically like a glass of water for your locks. Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Daily Leave-In Cream helps optimize moisture balance leaving your hair shiny, soft, and under control. 

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Daily Leave-In Cream, $18.00 MSRP 

If you’re dealing with breakage:

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Cream

If it feels like your hair just won’t grow longer no matter what you do, chances are you’re dealing with breakage. L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Cream leave-in is infused with vitamin B6 and biotin for instant reduced breakage action. The formula aids in instant detangling for stronger hair that is easier to brush.

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Cream, $27.00 MSRP

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment 

We often compare heat styling our hair to eating a bowl of cookie dough--we absolutely love doing it, but hate the effects. If you find your hair is suffering from breakage due to excess heat styling, Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment is sure to protect your hair from heat damage. The formula provides fortifying care for distressed hair by protecting against breakage and split ends while leaving behind strength and shine. 

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Treatment, $19.00 MSRP

If you have curly hair:

Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl

If you choose the right one, a leave-in conditioner may be the only styling product some curly girls need to make sure their ringlets look and feel healthy. Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl’s smoothing and anti-frizz formula provides definition, smoothness and suppleness for unruly, curly hair.

Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl, $42.00 MSRP

Redken Curvaceous Conditioner

If you’re in need of a leave-in that tames your curls, grab a bottle of Redken Curvaceous Conditioner. The formula acts double duty as a leave in and rinse out conditioner that provides extra control and manageability.

Redken Curvaceous Conditioner, $20.00 MSRP 

If you have colored hair:

Pureology Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier

It can often take several sessions and lots of money to achieve the color of your dreams. Protect your investment with a leave-in conditioner that will not only make your hair look and feel good, but also help protect your color. Pureology’s Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier is a lightweight mist that primes, protects, and perfects while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair. The formula features Pureology’s exclusive anti-fade complex which protects against color fade.

Pureology Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier, $26.00 MSRP

Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Miracle Filler 

We’ve all heard the infamous saying, blondes have more fun. If you recently decided to test the theory out for yourself, chances are good you’re doing everything in your power to maintain your new golden strands. If you’re looking for a leave-in conditioner that will protect your new color, try the Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Miracle Filler. The leave in formula keeps your blonde locks soft and shiny while also filling in any gaps in fragile, porous hair

Pureology Strength Cure Best Blond Miracle Filler, $26.00 MSRP

If you’re dealing with frizz:

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Double Serum

Like love, frizz is blind. It can strike anyone at any time—and there is often nothing you can do about it. If you have a special day coming up and want to ensure your hair looks less frizzy, pick up L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Double Serum. The smoothing double serum provides rebellious hair up to 4 days protection from frizz and fly-always.

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Double Serum, $26.00 MSRP

Matrix Biolage 3 Butter Control System Day Cream 

There’s nothing worse than a good hair day ruined by unruly frizz. However, a bit of the Matrix Biolage 3 Butter Control System Day Cream will keep your mane in place all day long. The formula blended with cupuaçu, shea, and murumuru butter locks in nourishment while providing long-lasting frizz control and humidity resistance. For the best results, apply to your hair after washing and conditioning your hair with the 3 Butter Control System shampoo and conditioner.

Matrix Biolage 3 Butter Control System Day Cream, $23.00 MSRP 

If your hair is damaged:

Kérastase Résistance Ciment Thermique

It’s easy to take your healthy hair for granted. Heat styling or chemically treating your hair may make it look great, but it can sometimes lead to major damage. If your locks are suffering, pick up a leave-in conditioner to help your weakened strands. Kérastase’s Résistance Ciment Thermique strengthens the feel of damaged, brittle hair.

Kérastase Résistance Ciment Thermique, $43.00 MSRP

Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duo Serum 

While having damaged hair can sometimes make you feel a bit defeated, don’t lose hope just yet. If you want to restore your hair to its natural, healthy state, grab a bottle of Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duo Serum. The lotus infused formula was made to restore ultra-damaged hair without sacrificing your mane’s flexible touch.  

Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duo Serum, $38.00 MSRP 

For all hair types:

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk

Every once in a while a product comes along that helps every head of hair. That product is Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk. The leave-in treatments works for all hair types: fine, thick, textured, straight, and anything in between. The formula boasts 25 benefits including reducing dryness, aiding in restoring softness, helping prevent split ends, and priming hair for styling.

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, $20.00 MSRP

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