Understanding Leave-In Conditioners

What’s The Truth About Leave-In Conditioners?

Leave-in hair conditioners are an option for a badly damaged hair, but actually anyone can use such a product to have that smooth, glossy hair throughout the day. Leave-in conditioners are of a creamy consistency, massaged into hair and left in to protect and smooth the hair.

They coat the hair shafts with various chemicals that act as a protective barrier against the outside elements. Commonly used conditioning ingredient is D-panthenol, found in most conditioners.

D-panthenol is Pro Vitamin B5, the alcohol form of vitamin B5. And did you know that vitamin B5 (also called pantothenic acid) has natural broad abilities to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin? This also includes hair. The vitamin has a water-binding ability that attracts and retains water.

Apart from moisturizing dry hair and protecting hair from damaging elements like sunlight, leave-in conditioners make hair manageable and ready for styling, adds shine to color-dyed hair, combats frizz and detangles knots.

Unlike a regular conditioner that you rinse out after a shampoo, a leave-in conditioner stays on hair until the next washing. There are other forms of it other than thick creams, like liquids and sprays, and lightweight formulas to use in between shampoos just to restore moisture. Though both a leave-in and a rinse-out conditioner retain moisture and soften hair, they are formulated differently and should be used in a different way.

Leave-in formulas stay in the hair for a significant period of time without rinsing. They are applied to towel-dried hair, not wet, and in smaller amounts than rinse-out conditioners. More watery and much lighter in consistency than regular conditioners, they don’t weigh down hair even as they serve as detanglers, stylers, and heat protectants.

And compared to regular conditioners, leave-in formulas contain high levels of vitamin B5, that which attracts and retains water in the hair. They also contain more glycerin that keeps hair hydrated and lubricated, and volatile silicones, which provide hair shine and smoothness.

The choice of a good leave-in conditioner brand and form for you is important. So ask your stylist about it.

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