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How To Use Leave-In Conditioner: The Right Way for Every Hair Type

October 13, 2020

1 Min read

Leave-in conditioner is one of the most underrated hair care products out there. Everyone talks about hair repair and damage control, but not enough people are talking about prevention.

We all want hair that is healthy, hydrated, and 100% manageable, and there’s one product that will change the game for you.

Leave-in conditioner.

What Is Leave-In Conditioner?

Leave-in conditioner is a spray typically used after a shower when hair is still damp, prior to any styling. It can be used before hair washing too, but hair is most absorbent while it’s wet, so it’s the perfect time to give it an extra hit of some good stuff to soak up as it dries.

Leave-in conditioner is a product that adds and locks-in moisture to help hair stay hydrated for longer than it would if you were just using a rinse-out conditioner. It also works with your hair to help detangle and smooth flyaways, which makes any further styling more manageable.

The cherry on top? It’s full of all the best ingredients to promote soft, polished, and 100% loveable hair. So yes, it’s the one-in-a-million product that adds moisture and shine, detangles, and is ready to serve all hair types.

Who Should Use a Leave-In Conditioner?

We know no two heads of hair are alike, and that’s why we created Prose Leave-In Conditioner to be custom-formulated for every individual hair type. It’s a unique blend of active and natural ingredients that will treat all hair types in all the right ways.

Whether your hair is curly, straight, frizzy, dry, or anything in between, leave-in conditioner is one easy step that can (and should) be added to every hair care routine.

Leave-In Conditioner for Curly Hair?

Curly hair in particular can especially benefit from a leave-in conditioner because it’s more vulnerable to becoming dry.

With curly and wavy hair, the strands’ outer layer is constantly moving, which can create tiny splits that let moisture leak out. Cue leave-in conditioner! Leave-in conditioner adds extra deep hydration and helps lock in moisture under a protective barrier. It also adds shine and strength to your hair to keep your curls looking (and feeling) their absolute best.

Hydration is a key element to having healthy hair on the inside, but hydration also helps curls on the outside. Curls need moisture to help them keep their strength, bounce, and to stay frizz-free. A dry curl is a sad curl, and while washing hair every day may not be reasonable, a quick spray of leave-in conditioner totally is. Help your curls stay bouncy and playful by giving them the deep conditioning they need, both in the shower and afterward.

Leave-In conditioner for Straight Hair?

Straight hair looks better with a little shine. The tricky part is achieving that perfect sheen without hair developing a greasy look. It can be a balancing act, we know. You shouldn’t have to make the trade-off between shiny and soft, and now you don’t have to.

We put in hard work to create this leave-in conditioner that provides the polished look without a too-polished feeling. Prose Leave-In Conditioner is here for you to help get your long straight strands looking glossy and glamorous.

What’s the biggest buzzkill for straight hair? Hint: it’s frizz. The good news is that frizz, flyaways, and split ends are no match for leave-in conditioner. It all comes back to the extra hydration and the formula that’s made for you. Leave-in conditioner smooths flyaways, deters frizz, and helps prevent the all too common look of brittle and dry straight hair.

You’re probably catching on by now. Leave-in conditioner really is one of the most versatile and multi-functional products out there. For something that does so much, it’s also incredibly easy to use.

How Do You Use a Leave-In Conditioner?

Leave-in conditioner can be spritzed onto dry hair to help with detangling or to refresh a day-old style, or it can be applied after a shower.

Giving it a try post-shower? Here’s how.

Step 1: Start With Clean, Wet Hair.
Hop in the shower and give your hair a good wash. Grab your favorite shampoo and conditioner and wash the way you normally would.

Step 2: (Half) Dry Your Hair.
Towel-dried hair is what you’re aiming for. Hair is more porous when it’s wet, so we want it to be damp, just not dripping. Remember that wet hair is also more fragile and prone to breakage, so be gentle with it as you dry.

Step 3: Apply Leave-In Conditioner
Now that hair is freshly cleaned, add in your leave-in conditioner. From about an arm’s length away, focus the spray on the middle and ends of your hair. You can also opt to spray your palms and then comb it into your hair with your fingers. Just avoid spraying your roots; this hair is new and isn’t in need of hydration the way older hair near the ends is.

If you have long or thick hair (or both) you may want to be a little more generous and give it an extra few sprays to layer into your hair.

Remember it’s a leave-in conditioner, no need to wash it out or pat dry. Simply move on to step four.

Step 4: Comb It Out
The keyword here is comb, not brush. A wide-tooth comb will work best. Always start with the ends and work your way up; this will deter tangles from gathering at the bottom and turning into a behemoth of a knot. Giving your hair a good (and gentle!) comb through will help distribute the product making sure no strand goes untreated – you want to be sure it’s distributed all the way through before drying.

When finished, hair should appear shiny, non-greasy, and moisturized. Leave-in conditioner hydrates while the hair follicles are still open, which allows the moisture to run deep and really stick to the core of our hair. It then locks in the hydration with a protective layer to keep hair smooth and shiny until the next wash.

That’s it, no rinse! Our formula is meant to nourish your hair until your next wash day. The only thing left to do is style as you normally would.

Leave-in conditioner is as simple as that. Talk about a small but mighty product.

Will It Leave Behind Any Residue?

Of course not! It’s specifically crafted with the intent of being left in – no need to worry about it leaving behind residue or any signs of product.

Also, don’t think that hydration equals heavy. Our non-greasy formula keeps strands hydrated and soft without feeling weighed down. It is possible to have hair deeply moisturized and still be soft and light to the touch.

Adding a leave-in conditioner can easily be the last step in your routine. That’s right, you can shower, towel-dry, apply leave-in conditioner, and be done! Leave-in conditioner prevents frizziness which means you can skip the heat and let it air dry. It leaves behind no dusty or oily feeling and is completely invisible. Your hair will be perfectly done no matter what you do next. Manageable? Check. Now on with the rest of your day.

Is It Safe to Use on Colored Hair?

Just like all our other products, Prose Leave-In Conditioner is color-safe. Indicate any color treatments you’ve had during your consultation and our team will create your leave-in conditioner with additional ingredients that will protect your color.

This is probably a good time to mention the heat-protection properties of a leave-in conditioner. No matter what type of hair you have, we’re all guilty of heat styling from time to time. Straightening, curling, and even blow-drying is a serious stressor on our hair. It not only removes the surface level of moisture but deeply dehydrates the core of our hair, resulting in dry and brittle strands. Let us know if you’re a regular user of heat and we’ll create your conditioner with heat-protecting ingredients too.

What Goes Into Leave-In Conditioner?

We’re so glad you asked. We believe that beauty is personal but great hair is for everyone. That’s why our leave-in conditioner contains ingredients like sweet almond oil and grape seed extract that work to hydrate and protect. We’ll also add ingredients specific to your individual hair needs and goals. During your consultation, we’ll ask you some questions to better understand your unique hair needs, lifestyle, and environment. This allows us to formulate your custom product and helps us suggest a recommended routine that will serve you the way you need it to.

For now, we can tell you what isn’t in any of our products. We use only natural ingredients that are backed by science. Everything that goes into our products is meticulously sourced and tested by our in-house chemists to ensure safety, quality, and efficiency.

Our leave-in conditioners (as well as all of our other products) are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, and GMOs. Our products are also 100% cruelty-free and based on your preferences, can be made vegan, silicone-free, dye-free or fragrance-free too.

What does that leave you with? It leaves you with nothing but the good stuff.


What goes into your Prose is just as good as what you get out of it.

Is Leave-In Conditioner Really Necessary?

This is a bit of a trick question. Is any hair product really necessary? (That was another trick question, the answer is yes.)

The thing is, leave-in conditioner is so much more than “just” a conditioner. It’s a detangler, can protect from heat damage, provides and locks-in moisture, aids styling, and does just about everything else other hair-care products do too. It’s not an absolute mandatory, but neither is any other product, if you think about it like that.

Leave-in conditioner makes hair more manageable. There are a lot of things we can’t control, but little inconveniences like fly-aways and dry, tangled hair are things we can control. Leave-in conditioner takes 30 seconds to use and serves you all day long. It works wonders for every type of hair and is the easiest, biggest change you’ll ever make to your hair care routine.

Hydrate, repair, smooth, soften, and shine. Leave-in conditioner is just what every hair type needs.

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  1. Hi. In the article you suggested to shampoo and condition before using the leave in conditioner. When I took my quiz the results sent back only use the leave in conditioner. Curious if I should add conditioner to my routine. Please advise. Thank you!!

  2. I use your curl cream after shampooing, about twice a week. Every morning I mist my hair with distilled water to get the waves & curls back (I get flyaway & lose curliness overnight). Is it ok to use leave in conditioner daily between shampoos? Should I use it after shampooing before curl conditioner?

    1. Hi Madeline, Leave-in Conditioner should be applied after your regular Conditioner before any other styling products. While you can use Leave-In Conditioner on damp hair in between wash days, we recommend only using a little bit otherwise your hair strands may feel heavy from the moisture 🙂

      -Keely, Prose Community Manager

  3. What is the difference between a cream leaving conditioner a wet liquid leaving conditioner can you mix them both together or can you Spritz and then put the cream or put the cream and then Spritz

    1. Hi! That’s a great question. Typically, cream Leave-In Conditioners are formulated for coarser hair that is in need of more moisture and spray Leave-Ins provide lightweight moisture. You can mix them together before applying but we don’t recommend layering them as the hair can get weighed down by too much moisture.

      -Keely, Prose SEO & Community Manager