Leave-in conditioners got me excited in the Nineties and Noughties because they seem to provide a potential extra layer of frizz-beating moisture – a blessing in the days when conditioning formulas weren’t as hi-tech.
But nowadays, I’m using a styling product to blow dry, and my in-wash conditioner is doing the job – so what’s the point in more layers? I’ll tell you. The latest formulas of leave-in conditioner are multi-taskers, which boost hydration but also detangle, prep for styling and protect from heat. I’m going back in. Are you with me?
First up is from Joico, one of my haircare brand stalwarts, and it’s called Moisture Recovery Leave-in Moisturiser (£10.95). Although I don’t advocate a ‘z’ in moisturiser, I do however find myself fully in favour of this light-as-air mist, which is a great leave-in when you hair is feeling parched, but also works well as a reviver between washes. And get this, you can even use it as a hydrating facial spritz.
Next up is Osmo Effects Wonder 10 (£12), which delivers 10 effects (hence the name). It’s my choice of leave-in when I’m heat styling as it contains keratin, a bit like when you get a Brazilian blow dry. It makes your blow dry last longer and really blitzes the frizz, but also protects colour, nourishes and adds shine. A game-changer.
Keeping it natural is Dr Bronner’s Organic Lavender Leave-In Hair Conditioner & Style Creme (£7.99). I love anything that smells of lavender and this is no exception. Organic virgin coconut oil and jojoba oil make hair glossy, while hemp oil moisturises and softens hair. Who says leave-ins had to be a spray?
From hair gurus Aveda, I am loving Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair (£23). It’s a leave-in treatment that contains quinoa and is my go-to when I feel like I’ve been over-doing the blow-drying. It helps protect from heat styling and detangles to prevent further damage.
Finally, something a little oilier: Taya Buriti Nut Intensive Repair Oil (£27.52 from QVC). This is a spray, but what that means is that it delivers a really small amount of the dry oil, just enough to add sleekness to wet hair or shine to dry. It’s a real hardworker, with extracts of parsley and Brazil nut oil. Smells lush and I defy you not to have glossy locks after a spritz. Rinsing: who needs it?