Battle Of The Leave-in-Conditioners

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

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.

My hair strands are pretty fine, however I have a lot of hair, giving the impression that my hair is thicker than it actually is. I also have high porosity, meaning my hair needs a lot of moisture and it means water is my best friend. I tend to go for thinner consistency products, as thicker products are too heavy for my hair and cause excess shedding and it just sits, creating too much buildup. 


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 ed how soft it made my hair feel. Since then it was on my wishlist. I saw the My Luxe Beauty stand at Curly Treats Festival and after spending more than enough on hair products, I had to decide if I should buy the Almond & Avocado Leave-in-Conditioner or Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse. After a chat with Kim I purchased the leave in and received another sample of the Curl Enhancing Mousse. My next purchase will be the Mousse - See my results from the Curl Enhancing Mousse here.

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 as my hair strands are pretty fine it doesn't take much to get my curls poppin'. It has a nice light hold as well so 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 ingredents; 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 the water in this leave in means I do not need to spray my hair especially as it's way too cold to be air drying. I have to seal the moisture in with an oil, otherwise my hair does feel slightly dry. I can feel and see the difference in my hair when i do not seal with an oil. The water also means I can get banging results without having to add any extra water to my hair. 

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 before. 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. Again I have only used this on dry hair, so I am interested to see how it works with water. It's really hydrating and softening, making detangling easier. 

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 an 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 Conditoner

Price: £10.99 @Myluxebeauty - £10.19 @Byooti

Details: Helps support natural hair growth, Boosts shine, Contains an organic strengthing 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 is 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. I want to try some of their other products as well. Let me now if you have tired As I Am before?

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 only applied it to my hair so I am not sure how it protects my hair from within. I probably wouldn't work this into my scalp because I wouldn't want to irrate my scalp.

I also have Bourn Beautiful Naturals - Leave Me Be Leave In Conditioner & Cantu's Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream in my collection of leave ins.

I haven't used the Leave Me Be leave in conditioner recently so I'm not sure if I can give a proper review. However I can say that does a good job at softening my hair. However my hair doesn't stay moisturised for long when I use this leave in, I used it more in the warmer months so I was able to use water as well. I will say that the definition is good if you want a softer definition. It is a light product so it didn’t weigh my hair down.

I used to use the Cantu Leave in all of the time, but I have gone off of it. The hold it has is really good, I think that is due to the thick consistency. I actually used this to create my faux braided bun look ⬇

I only just realised that It can be used as a hair treatment. I am a little sceptical when products claim to do more than one task. Big fan of the smell because it reminds me of bakewell tarts 😂.  Great shine, but because the product is so heavy it just weighed my hair down and didn't give me much definition, it just clumped my curls together.

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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