Best leave-in conditioner for 4c hair

Another summer, another opportunity to try out products that work on my 4c hair type. 

After reviewing the best deep conditioners for 4c hair for my blog, I decided to start testing and rating leave-in conditioners. Funny enough, they are oftentimes not given as much credit, even though we use them much more frequently. 

Of course, every natural hair journey is different, and depending on your hair porosity, deep conditioning might be more effective. However, I believe that the right leave-in conditioner will stimulate healthy hair growth just the same. 

So, stay tuned because in this post I’m sharing the best leave-in conditioners for 4c hair

Can you use leave-in conditioners on 4c hair every day? 

Yes, you can use a leave-in conditioner on 4c hair every day, if needed. However, in a lot of cases, you won’t have to. Even though 4c hair dries out faster, because of its dense curl pattern, you don’t want to put a product on it every day.

A lot of times a few spritzes of water will do. 

However, if you are wondering how to moisturize your 4c hair daily, you can always use a refresher spray if you have dry hair. What is a refresher spray? It’s simply a mix of a good leave-in conditioner and water in a spray water bottle

Use it to mist your hair strands whenever necessary. This hack, combined with the loc method will keep your natural hair moisturized until you wash your 4c hair again. 

Should you use a leave-in conditioner for 4c hair?

Yes, you should absolutely use a leave-in conditioner on your 4c hair. All hair textures, but especially women with dry 4c hair benefit from the extra moisture it adds to the hair. 

In addition, leave-in conditioner coats the hair which better protects it from hair breakage due to a hot or humid climate and ever heat damage from hot tools. 

Lastly, when properly applied to your natural 4c hair, a leave-in conditioner helps you control frizz. 

Which leave-in conditioner is best for African hair

Of course, I know that not every Naturalista is African, but I have to represent my people.

The best leave-in conditioner for African hair is the Cantu Leave-In Conditioner. By now y’all know that I am very biased toward Cantu. The brand has saved my edges and grown my hair faithfully over the last 2 years and I still enjoy it. 

While my main reasoning for using Cantu is that I am allergic to castor oil, which is one of the main ingredients in most black hair products, I also find that Cantu oftentimes is the most easily available product and affordable.

Reliable, affordable, and easy to get. Win-win win!

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Best leave-in conditioners for 4c hair

  1. Cantu Leave-In Conditioner
  2. Shea Moisture Leave In Conditioner
  3. Kinky Curly Knot Today Conditioner
  4. tgin Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner – low porosity
  5. Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner – low 
  6. Camille Rose Curl Love – high
  7. Smooth Naturals LIC – high

How to use leave-in conditioner on 4c hair

Now that you have a variety of different products you can choose from, here is how to get the best results. 

Leave-in conditioner is usually used after washing or co-washing your 4c curls. However, if you are applying it in between wash days, then you want to apply it to wet hair by dampening it with warm water. 

Once your hair is towel dry, part your hair in sections to make the detangling process and distributing the product easier. Depending on your curl pattern, you want to use a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb

At this point, you can opt to continue your hair regime by applying the LOC method, which is the best way to guarantee moisture retention, or you can stop and simply style your hair to your liking. 

However, if you do choose the former, then you would add natural oils, such as coconut oil or olive oil, and cream like shea butter to it. And that’s already it. Simple. 

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