Over the years of my hair journey, I have tried many a leave-in conditioner. I have never found just one or two staple products – there are so many good ones out there! But I have realized my preference is often a liquid, mainly due to my reliance on rollersets to style my hair. However, I have used and loved quite a few creamy products as well. Is one superior? Is there any major difference between liquid versus cream leave-in conditioners?
Liquid Leave-In Conditioner: Best for low-to-normal porosity hair (See What is Hair Porosity for more info) and straightened hairstyles. Are usually light weight, non-greasy formulas that won’t weigh down hair; We usually want our straight hair to be bouncy and full of movement. Also great for moisturizing our hair while wearing protective styles.
Cream Leave-In Conditioner: Best for normal-to-high porosity hair to help it retain moisture. Works best for curly and textured hairstyles such as wash n’ gos, twist/braid outs, and puffs. Can help define curls and waves as well as prevent tangles to which these styles are prone.
- Liquid: Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In, Giovanni Vita Pro Fusion Leave In Treatment, ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea
- Cream: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner, Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Of course, there are no rules that work for everyone. You have to figure out what works best for you and your hair.