3 leave-in conditioners that’ll take your natural hair from flat to full in seconds

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The key to taking natural hair from flat to full is a great leave-in conditioner. Photo: Beauty for Breakfast

Picture this: You cover your natural hair with a silk or satin bonnet/scarf before going to bed. The next morning when you wake up and remove your head covering, your kinky, curly strands are misshapen into a Gumby-like ‘do.

This isn’t the result you expected, and you’re probably short on time when it comes to styling your hair. But there is no need to panic. I’ve actually seen countless mornings like the aforementioned and managed to salvage my strands into a look that made me feel confident. How? I use leave-in conditioner sprays.

Leave-in conditioners that are formulated with hydrating butters, emollient oils and strengthening ingredients are key to taking your locks from limp to lush.

Read on to learn about and shop three leave-in conditioner sprays that I swear by for refreshing my natural hair.

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Detangling Leave-in Hair Conditioner

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Detangling Leave-in Hair Conditioner

When it comes to celebrity-fronted haircare lines, I tend to go in with no expectations whatsoever. However, I had the opportunity to interview Gabrielle Union and Larry Sims, the star’s hairstylist and long-time friend, about the relaunch of her namesake collection. I was beyond impressed by their authenticity and dedication to creating products that do exactly what they promise.

The Detangling Leave-In Conditioner has been an integral part of my at-home natural hair regimen. Its combination of coconut oil, shea butter and Brazilian bacuri butter make my curls super soft and shiny. Plus, the biotin aids in stimulating hair growth. My 4c curls don’t shrink when used in conjunction with the Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and 3-Minute Restoring Hair Conditioner.

Shop it: $9.99, Amazon

Innersense Organic Beauty Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner

Innersense Organic Beauty Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner

Looking for a certified organic leave-in conditioner made with natural ingredients that the entire family can use? I highly recommend Innersense Organic Beauty Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner.

My hairstylist Tori introduced me to this product when I was inquiring about a product to help me with detangling my son’s thick and curly hair. I wanted something that was gentle, yet effective and made without harsh parabens and sulfates. I found that and more with this leave-in conditioner. It emits an herbal-scented formula that imparts much-needed moisture and locks in moisture that lasts the entire day. Simply spritz and fluff curls into desired volume. It’s also great for reviving days-old hair in-between shampoos.

Shop it: $29, Amazon

Vernon François Leave-In Conditioner

VERNON FRANÇOIS Leave In Conditioner

As the mane man behind natural hairstyles seen on Lupita Nyong’o, Serena Williams and Amandla Stenberg, you can trust that Vernon François knows more than a thing or two about hair. The products within his namesake line have been with me throughout my natural hair journey as an adult.

The Vernon François Leave-In Conditioner is poured into a sleek gray bottle with a fabulous spray cap that is simply incomparable. You get a non-sticky, lightweight product containing castor and macadamia oils for softening, lavendar oil to boost shine and keratin to stave off or repair breakage. It’s my fool-proof haircare staple to fluffing my ‘fro with ease.

Shop it: $17.99, Amazon

Hey Beauties: What are your go-to leave-in conditioners? Tell me in the comments section below.


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