The Best Leave-In Conditioners, Hands Down
If your everyday facial moisturizer had a hair-care equivalent, it would be a leave-in conditioner. Although it might feel like a product only meant for pampering, and there are quite a few people out there who don't give leave-in conditioner a second thought, the fact is, your hair could use just as much extra hydration as your skin. While utilizing a good conditioner during your shower routine goes a long way, sometimes, a leave-in product takes it up a notch. Whether you're someone who heat-styles their hair daily, or if you just need a little something extra to help combat dry ends, the right product can change your hair-care game.
Because we know sifting through the endless number of options can often be time-consuming and downright boring, we did all of the hard work for you. Whether you're looking for the best option for curly hair, straight hair, or a product that has an added layer of heat protection, we've got you covered. Sprayed, spritzed, or combed through damp (or dry) hair, these souped-up formulas give your hair the daily boost and refresh it deserves. Ahead, we've rounded up the absolute best options, so go ahead, spoil your overworked strands with one of these indulgent, hair-smoothing, leave-in conditioners.
— Additional reporting by Lindsay Colameo
Best Overall Leave-In Conditioner
The perfect pick for any hair type, this POPSUGAR Beauty Award winner is always a re-purchase for our editors. It's packed with good-for-your-hair ingredients like squalane (to detangle) and snow mushroom extract (for hydration). It'll smooth hair and leave it looking silky without any grease or left-over residue.
Best Leave-In Conditioner With Heat Protection
This product is editor-loved for good reason. It's a detangler, a leave-in conditioner, and a heat protectant all in one, so you've got your hair health covered from every angle. Spritz it on, wait seven seconds, and prepare to watch your tangles melt away.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Fine Hair
The superfine mist has a barely-there sweet scent thanks to coconut milk, which makes it instantly addicting. The secret sauce in the IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner is a patented hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid which offers immediate (and long-term) conditioning benefits that leave your hair feeling softer, looking smoother, and appearing less frizzy.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Thick Hair
The Ouai Leave In Conditioner is a lazy person's dream. It simplifies the whole postshower hair prep into one bottle combining the defrizzifying and detangling benefits of a leave-in conditioner with the smoothing and heat-protecting benefits of a thermal styling spray. The delicate floral scent with notes of bergamot, lemon, and lily just add to the obsession.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Curly Hair
This decadent Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream feels luxurious even before you squeeze it from the chic navy tube. The silky cream is formulated with watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts that help preserve your hair's natural keratin and protect it from the drying and dulling effects of the environment. One look at the glossy shine that results post-application and it's not hard to see why this will stake a permanent spot in your starting lineup.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Wavy Hair
If the name is any indication, this Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wonder Worker Air Dry / Blow Dry Multi-Tasking Primer is an overachieving formula that promises all the conditioning and detangling benefits that a quality leave-in treatment should. It also promises the smoothing benefits of a defrizzer, the protection of a heat styler, and the soft results of a finishing serum, and yes, we can vouch, this pretty little bottle (packed with superhero ingredient Moringa extract) does it all with a few spritzes.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Frizzy Hair
The Amika Supernova Moisture & Shine Cream is one of the lightest, frizz-defying leave-in conditioning products we have ever used. Spiked with the brand's coveted Sea Buckthorn Berry, this weightless formula melts into damp (or dry) strands smoothing the hair cuticle for a polished, glossy, frizz-free result all while maintaining the body and softness of a salon blowout.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Damaged Hair
Here's one for those who deal with a particularly unruly mane. R+Co Pinstripe Intense Detangling Spray will gently detangle and hydrate the most unmanageable heads of hair with ease. Abyssinica seed oil, rich in fatty acids, melts into hair strands, sealing in moisture and making it instantly easier to comb through knots and kinks, while ginger root extract tightens the hair cuticle and gives you that commercial-worthy shine.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Dry Hair
Rahua Leave-In Treatment ($46)
If you were a fan of the brand's Finishing Treatment, meet its upgraded, more sophisticated rendition, Rahua Leave-In Treatment. The enhanced formula sticks to its roots (pun intended) with regenerating rahua oil at its base promoting a healthy scalp and strong, smooth strands. The rich cream is best used before heat styling, as the oil in the formula is activated by the heat of the dryer to protect and impart that salon-worthy gloss.
Best Leave-In Conditioner For Oily Hair
If you're someone who puts your hair through the ringer of regular colorings and daily heat styling, Living Proof Restore Repair Leave-Inwill be the TLC your overworked strands very much need and deserve. This powerfully restorative silicone-free formula will give your hair the shine and softness of virgin hair and provide serious strengthening and protection for the inevitable color and heat to come.