15 Leave-In Conditioners For Natural Hair
by Summer Arlexis

If there ever was a do-it-all concoction for natural hair that fights dryness, prevents breakage, and supports healthy growth, it's a good leave-in product. There's an option for every kind of struggle, giving the best leave-in conditioners for natural hair a spot on the list of must-have products for Afro-textured manes.

There's never a bad time to break out a holy grail leave-in product. Reach for it to perfect a wash-and-go, spritz it on thirsty curls throughout the day, or sleep it in overnight for maximum hydration. They even make for some of the best curl enhancers to define natural coils. Simply put, there's truly no going wrong with the right conditioner on your side. With help from a good formula, you can achieve the ultimate curliscious trifecta: detangled strands, tamed frizzies, and curls that are oh so smooth.

Considering type 4 hair craves moisture, a water-based leave-in is always the way to go. Naturalistas with fine, delicate strands can turn to liquid, spray versions to add lightweight moisture to any 'do. For thick, coarse hair, creamy moisturizers will surely do the trick. Just pick your poison, and let these 15 highly-approved, budget-friendly leave-in conditioners quench your curls.


Camille Rose Naturals Curl Moisture Milk

Curl Moisture Milk, $18, Amazon

All-star ingredients make this leave-in hair milk a dream for softening curls. Rice milk gives your mane doses of essential vitamins, macadamia seed oil seals strands to prevent breakage, and slippery elm bark smooths the hair shaft for easy detangling.


Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner

Direct Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioner, $10, Amazon

Coming in under $10, this lightweight leave-in is easy on the wallet, and even easier on kinky coils. Its protein-enriched formula ensures your mane gets exactly what it needs to bounce back from damage and thrive.


Miss Jessie's Leave In Condish

Leave In Condish, $10, Amazon

This moisture-locking leave-in ensures your hair remains super soft and shiny. Soybean and aloe vera leaf juice are the star players that help it keep strands hydrated.


Kinky-Curly Knot Today

Knot Today, $12, Amazon

Kinky-Curly's moisturizer is a conditioner and detangler all in one. Apply it to freshly washed hair, comb through, and fall in love with how well it melts kinks away.


Creme Of Nature Argan Buttermilk Leave-In Hair Milk

Argan Buttermilk Leave-In Hair Milk, $9, Amazon

I will forever vouch for the wonderful powers of Creme of Nature's leave-in hair milk. Its thick argan oil infused formula may require turning the bottle upside down and shaking vigorously, but the driest strands will be no match for the heavy moisture it provides.


As I Am CocoShea Spray

CocoShea Spray, $11, Amazon

Coconut oil and shea butter join forces to make this nourishing spritz. With a nozzle application, it's easy to concentrate it onto the scalp and dry patches for a hydrating boost.


Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk, $10, Amazon

Thank the hair gods for Shea Moisture's Curl & Style Milk. A blend of coconut oil and hibiscus flower extract give it a heavenly scent, not to mention certified organic shea butter, silk protein, and neem seed oil deeply nourish hair.


Thank God It's Natural Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer

Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer, $16, Amazon

There's nothing the Daily Butter Cream can't do. Ingredients like shea butter, Vitamin E oil, and cocoa butter combine to make a conditioner that promotes hair growth, improves shine, and reduces frizz.


Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries Herbal Leave-In Hair Tonic

Juices & Berries Herbal Leave-In Hair Tonic, $15, Amazon

Pure water infused with a variety of herbs is the secret behind this moisturizing tonic. Use it as a pick-me-up on protective braided and twisted styles, or stimulate a dry scalp with its blend of essential oils.


Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream

Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, $5, Amazon

If soft, shiny, and manageable hair is what you desire, you can't go wrong with Cantu's Repair Cream. The price-point is beyond amazing, plus, its benefits are incredible. Made with pure shea butter and other natural oils, it repairs split ends, mends breakage, and reduces frizz.


Curls Lavish CURLS Moisturizer

Lavish CURLS Moisturizer, $14, Amazon

A second day refresher that my hair absolutely adores, this leave-in spritz smells just as good as it works to revive curls. Use it to replace the water you typically spritz to reactivate curls in the morning. With shea butter, aloe leaf juice, and jojoba seed oil worked into its formula, it does a much better job of nourishing strands.


ApHogee Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In

Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In, $9, Amazon

Banish tangles and snags once and for all with this leave-in for textured hair. It refreshes strands that are prone to dryness while also making it easier to style any 'do..


My Honey Child Aloe Vera Leave-In Treatment

Aloe Vera Leave-In Treatment, $13, My Honey Child

Also dubbed the "Cuticle Smoother", this hydrating treatment helps nourish from the roots, so hair is more manageable than ever. Natural oils make it a moisture sealant for the driest, frizzy locks.


Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner, $8, Amazon

A fragile mane can sure use a boost from Jane Carter Solution's Revitalizing Leave-In. It refreshes day-two hair, adds a protective barrier against damage, and eases the detangling process. What more could a naturalista want?


Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner

Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner, $22, Amazon

You'll be well on your way to silky, smooth curls with the Moisture-Lock Conditioner incorporated into your regimen. Botanical extracts like arnica and prickly pear hydrate while green tea and vitamin B5 antioxidants add protection.


The luxuriously silky curls of your dreams are just a leave-in conditioning treatment away. Just waiting to bring life to your mane, that perfect product for your texture will transform your mane completely.