Haircare is often a neglected aspect, yes you wash your hair and condition it. But do you provide it with what it needs? A Leave-in conditioner is one such hair care product. It is applied to freshly washed or soaking hair before proceeding to style. As the name implies, you leave the condition in your hair without rinsing it out. Not until it’s time for your next wash.
Leave-in conditioners come in various forms: liquids, thick creams, or sprays. They can also be applied directly to dry hair in between washes to act as a pick me up for hair, increasing their manageability.
A DIY leave-in conditioner is used on all hair types. People with curly, dry, frizzy, or unruly hair tend to gravitate towards it the most as they condition each strand and hydrate it. It also softens hair and makes it easy to style.
Can a DIY Leave-in Conditioner Be Used Every day?
Suppose you have dry curly hair. It will help in keeping your hair manageable throughout the day. If your scalp is oily, use it on the ends only.
Weather also plays a part in its use daily, and humid weather will amount to being used regularly.
Moreover, it also depends on your lifestyle; if you swim on the daily, the chlorine can dry out your hair and scalp and will require extra nourishment and protection.
In general, a DIY leave-in conditioner is a good investment for your hair. Having smooth and easy to style hair is appreciable!
Difference between a Leave-In Conditioner and a Rinse out Conditioner
Before we start on the differences, know that both conditioners have the same purpose: to help stop moisture loss and soften hair texture for manageability and comfortable styling of hair.
Regardless, there are still differences in application, consistency, benefits, and formulation.
A regular conditioner has to be rinsed out after sitting in your hair for 10 minutes at best. If not washed, it will weigh hair down and need to unnecessary product build-up. On the other hand, a leave-in conditioner can stay in your hair till it’s time for the next wash. It’s applied to damp or towel-dried hair and sometimes dry hair as well, as opposed to wet hair. It’s used in smaller quantities than a regular conditioner.
Leave-in conditioners hydrate hair, making it smoother, softer, shinier, and easy to style. It aloes acts as a detangler and as a protection from heat. Regular conditioners, on the other hand, repair chemical damage done to hair and by replacing the vital oils lost in our hair due to sulfate shampoos.
Leave-in hair conditioners are lightweight in comparison to regular conditioner. In contrast, they are thicker and adhere to hair until rinsed out.
Regular conditioners contain a lot of fatty acids and alcohols. They are also rich in proteins and plant-based oils. Leave-in conditioners, contrastingly, contain glycerin, which lubricates the hair giving it a smooth look.
DIY Leave-In Conditioner Recipe
Coconut milk is a chief ingredient in this recipe. It softens and conditions without weighing hair down; furthermore, it is easy to fashion into a conditioner spray. The whole process takes a mere 10 minutes!
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Full Fat Coconut Milk
Crack the can of coconut milk, measure and add the essential oil(s) of your choice. Use a whisk to mix them.
Add distilled water and whisk the mixture again.
Pour into your desired spray bottle and spray away.
How To Use ❓
Shake the bottle before using it. Spray evenly through damp hair.Make sure the hair is washed to prevent product build-up. Use small amounts and focus on the dry areas. Use a comb, brush, or even your fingers to distribute the product along the length of your hair. You can apply to this to dry hair directly as well to give it a little pick me up. If you have thick, curly hair, scrunch the product into your curls. Fortunately, if your hair is beautiful, apply to the ends only. Style your hair as usual.
As this recipe does not have preservatives, store in the refrigerator. It is advisable to make this in small batches and to use each one within a week.
On chilling, the coconut milk tends to separate from the water. Do not worry, though. Please give it a vigorous shake before using it and your good to go.
To save the rest of the canned milk, pour into an ice cube tray. Pour a tablespoon each to make it easy to recreate the recipe.
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