Good Leave-In Conditioners for Relaxed Hair

Leave-in conditioners help relaxed hair retain moisture.

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The goal of getting a relaxer is to keep unruly, curly hair straight and under control. You want a silky head of hair with beautiful shine and movement that floats in the breeze like line-dried laundry. The chemical process that helps you achieve that look can be very harsh on your hair, so keep your relaxed hair beautiful, strong and moisturized with a good leave-in conditioner.

Infusium 23 Leave-in Conditioner

Chemical relaxers straighten out kinky and curly textures to create bone-straight hair, but they have to break down the hair's bonds to do it. Then your hair is susceptible to breakage and split ends. To repair fragile tresses, try Infusium 23 Leave-in Conditioner. Essence Magazine recommends it for repairing hair damaged by processing or heat styling.

VO5 Leave-In Conditioner

A relaxer can dry out your hair severely. You might be tempted to bury your parched strands under your in-case-of-emergency baseball cap. To keep your hair hydrated, apply VO5 Detangle & Shine Daily Leave-In Conditioner after every wash. It will help hair soft and flexible. Good Housekeeping Magazine suggests it as an affordable moisturizing leave-in. It keeps your hair from breaking and keeps you from breaking the bank.

Profound Beauty Leave-in Conditioner

Even though a relaxer straightens your hair, you can still get the frizzies. Whether it's dryness, static electricity or too much humidity, your hair may begin to look scraggly and wild. Real Simple Magazine says that using Profound Beauty Hush Time-Out Treatment leave-in conditioner helps combat wiry, stringy, stuck-out-to-there strands.

Pureology Leave-in Conditioner

The unpleasant thing about dry relaxed hair is that it gets stiff. Wearing the hair down when it's parched can make you look like you've got scarecrow hair. It sticks out but not down. It's about as pliable as hay. Lucky Magazine's beauty editor approves of Pureology Essential Repair Instant Repair Leave-in Hair Conditioner because it softens hair, making it more bendable and movable.

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