Battle Of The Leave-in-Conditioners

mFavourite UK Black Owned Hair Products post went so well. Although not all of these products mentioned in this post are not black owned, I knew I had to do more black owned hair care posts.

A friend suggested I do a post on the leave in conditioners that I have tried. So I did just that, here are the leave in conditioners I have tired and my thoughts.

*I’m always open to blog post suggestions, feel free to let me know what you want to see more or less of. 

I have tried to make it easier for you to find these products so I have stuck to two sites: My Luxe Beauty & Byooti. I have also directly linked to some of the products as they are independent black owned brands. These are all UK based sites so no horrible over the seas shipping costs.

Just to note that my hair is low porosity and I have fine hair strands so they may not be the best for you depending on your hair type. 

Favourites

Being a product junkie has paid off, I now have a few favourite leave in conditioners. These are my go-to’s, when I don’t want any fuss and want instant results I reach for one of these.
Design Essentials (Naturals) – Almond & Avocado Detaningling Leave-in-Conditioner

Price: £9.99

Details: Is easy to detangle with, non-sticky, lightweight,  softening and smoothing.  Contains Vitamin E, Jojoba, Tea Tree Leaf Oil and Rosemary Leaf Oil.

Thoughts: I got the rinse out conditioner in a goodie bag and loved how it made my hair feel. I saw the My Luxe Beauty stand at Curly Treats Festival and after spending more than enough on hair products, I had to decide to buy the Almond & Avocado Leave-in-Conditioner 

I don’t know how else to describe the scent other than using the word ‘sweet‘. This leave in conditioner really moisturises my hair and helps to retain moisture. I tend to plait or twist my hair during the week and using this leave in means I can take those plaits or twists out after a few days and my hair will still feel really soft and moisturised, plus the definition is amazing. This product isn’t super thick, but It has a nice light hold as well, and it does help to reduce frizz and keeps those tricky little hairs under control.

Jim + Henry – Eight

Price: £18.00 180ml – £22.00 500ml

Details: Has eight key ingredients; Organic Ghanaian Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Corsican Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Mandarin, Water, Emulsifier and Green Preservative. Organic and Vegan friendly. Smoothing, lightweight and Softening.

Thoughts: I tried this at work and instantly fell in love with the results. Again this is a light leave in, slightly lighter than Design Essentials so it’s perfect for my fine hair. Big fan of the therapeutic rosemary scent running through this leave in. It’s a really nice gentle scent that doesn’t just sit and linger, it actually settles into your hair nicely. The texture works really well to smooth and moisturise my hair. I will add that I do have to seal the moisture in with an oil, otherwise my hair does feel slightly dry. 


Price: £11.99

Details: Helps to detangle hair, Aloe Vera element promotes hair growth and Avocado Oil minimises hair loss & shedding. Soufflé like texture provides little to no residue.

Thoughts: I received this along with a few other MourMour Creme products as I signed up to test their products out. I have been following them for a while so
I was familiar with their brand, up until recently I had never tried their hair products. They also do skincare and beard creams. 

I first tried this for my blow out for the Black Girl Festival. This conditioner combined with their Rosemary & Apricot Scalp Oil literally made my hair glisten. This conditioner is a soufflé like texture, it is super light and creamy. The scent is very natural and subtle, I can pick up on the smell of the Avocado oil and Shea Butter. 

Even though it is light and whipped really well, the Shea butter is heavy so it goes cause a slight build up. The buildup isn’t visible, I just know to avoid mixing this with other products, it seems to work best with an oil. 

First Impressions

This post has given me a good excuse to finally try out some of the leave ins I haven’t used yet. As this is my first impressions I am only speaking on my initial results.

As I Am – Leave In Conditioner

Price: £10.99 @Myluxebeauty – £10.19 @Byooti

Details: Helps support natural hair growth, Boosts shine, Contains an organic strengthening complex and has extracts of; coconut, green tea, apple & sugar cane.

Thoughts: One of the samples I got in my Curly Treats Festival goodie bag. I have not used any of As I Am’s products before, however I have heard good things about their co-wash. 

Love, love, love the smell! It smells amazing! It left my hair feeling really soft and gave me some great definition on dry hair. It felt great applying it to my hair, there was no sticky feel to it and it had some hold as well so minimal frizzing. I would actually purchase the full size product after using the sample. 
GroHealthy – Shea & Coconut Leave In Conditioner

Price: £4.49

Details: Seals hair cuticles, Keeps strands smooth. The coconut adds shine and moisture. The Shea helps to soothe the scalp and nourishes roots. Omega 3 helps rebuild, strengthen & protect hair from within.

Thoughts: This leave in smells like a pina colda, really tropical and fruity. I was worried that this scent would linger and get sickly after a while, but it does settle into the hair well. 

This leave in did a good job softening my as I was applying it to my hair. I liked how it smoothed down the ends of my hair. I probably wouldn’t purchase it as t didn’t really do much for me.

The founders of Jim + Henry and Bourn Beautiful Naturals were featured in my Black History Month series. I interviewed them and a few other inspirational, creative and all round amazing women who have created their own thriving businesses – read part one here and part two here.

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