Here Are The Best Leave-In Conditioners And Treatments For Your Hair
You cleansed with your favorite shampoo, applied your favorite conditioner, rinsed and towel-dried. Do you really need a leave-in conditioner also? Yes, says Matrix Artistic Director Michelle O’Connor. Leave-ins are like guardian angels for any type of dry or damaged hair, because once your hair dries, they keep watch over your strands—healing and moisturizing until your next shampoo.
Nowadays there are many highly effective leave-in conditioning and treatment formulas, designed for a myriad of hair types, textures and needs. For best results, apply leave-ins to towel-dried hair and distribute with a wide-tooth comb.
Here are the best leave-in conditioners for every hair type.
Best for: Dry and porous hair
What it does: This leave-in uses the power of lightweight micro-oil particles to help transform porous, moisture-deprived strands. You’ll see porosity diminished after just one application, and your hair will feel softer and more supple, without being weighed down.
Best for: Cool blondes and brunettes who need smoothing and strength.
What it does: Prevents breakage, leaves hair feeling smooth and soft and neutralizes cool blonde and brunette tones to prevent unwanted warmth and brassiness. Your blonde highlights will sparkle!
Best for: Curly hair
What it does: This lightweight, frizz-defying leave-in locks out humidity and prevents curls from becoming too puffy. It also protects from heat up to 450 degrees.
Best for: Color treated hair that needs tender treatment.
What it does: This soothing spray revives color-treated hair 12 ways. Among its benefits are protecting hair color from fading and damage, detangling, adding silkiness and shine and providing moisture.
Best for: Excess frizz and flyaways
What it does: This luxurious cream envelops frizz-prone hair with a humidity-proof shield that prevent moisture from penetrating and swelling strands. Frizzy hair remains smooth, controlled and manageable.
Best for: Hair that needs a moisture boost.
What it does: This fast-acting treatment instantly revitalizes hair fibers for long-lasting moisture and nourishment. The lightweight formula has a hair-compatible, low pH that smooths the cuticle, leaving hair soft, and shiny.
Best for: Ultra fragile hair
What it does: This advanced strength leave-in uses the power of Intra-Cylane, bamboo and ceramide to repair extremely damaged, fragile hair. Use it with its companions--FiberStrong Shampoo and FiberStrong Conditioner—and your hair will be 12 times stronger after just one application.
Best for: Any hair that needs long-lasting care.
What it does: A better question is what doesn’t this treatment do? Among its 20 beautifying benefits—it nourishes, boosts shine, smooths the hair cuticle, prevents breakage and heat damage, detangles, moisturizes and so much more!
Best for: Fine hair
What it does: This advanced treatment works on the surface of existing strands to expand hair to give a thicker feel and reduce breakage.
Best for: Hair that’s dry and dull
What it does: If you struggle with frizz and flyaways, here’s a solution. Inspired by the aloe plant that never seems to dry, this leave-in for dry hair helps optimize moisture balance for healthy looking hair. With just one application, your hair is 15 times more moisturized.
Best for: Brittle hair that’s prone to breaking
What it does: This leave-in lotion actually goes to work on the hair fiber to repair and strengthen strands and prevent breakage. Your hair will be recharged.
Best for: Blondes who want to stay that way
What it does: This micro-fine spray fills in nicks and chinks in the surface of the hair that can cause blonde hair color to appear dull and drab. It seals the surface cuticle to produce massive shine, and it also protects color from the appearance-altering effect of UV light.
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