Can You Blow-Dry Your Hair With Leave-in conditioner? Yes, but choose the right product

using heat protectant spray

Yes, you can blow dry your hair with a leave-in conditioner as long as the product has heat protectant properties.

This should be clearly stated on the product label.

Some leave-in conditioners that have heat protection at the same time are:


Let’s see. When faced with this type of question, I like to appeal to common sense.

If you’re using a leave-in conditioner, it’s because you were somehow unhappy with the appearance of your hair.

Maybe it was frizzy, or you couldn’t control it when you tried to innovate with a new hairstyle. Or, you simply wanted to improve your hair nourishment routine.


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So, along the lines of common sense,  you already know that if you abuse heat tools, no conditioner will help. 

The hair’s worst enemy is excessive heat, whether it’s prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays without any protection, the heat radiated by blow dryers or flat irons.


Continuing with common sense, since you need to dry your hair and do it with maximum protection,   you should use a particular type of leave-in conditioner. It should also be a heat protectant. 

Too wonderful to be true?


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Not at all. To prove it, I’ll even tell you what the best leave-in conditioners are so you can even use your blow dryer.

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What makes all the difference when it comes to drying your hair is that the leave-in conditioner is also a heat protectant

woman brush her hair with an electric brush

Leave-in conditioners are designed to repair hair, but they have a limit.

If you bleach your hair three times in one week, you’re likely to end up picking strands up off the floor regardless of the amount of conditioner you apply.


If you color your hair and apply conditioner looking for a miracle, but use any type of shampoo, the color will fade faster.

Although leave-in conditioners are excellent,  if you want to nourish your hair and protect it from the blow dryer, you should use a conditioner with heat protectant properties. 


Yes, I know it’s extra work. There’s nothing more boring than reading product labels carefully.

But I can assure you that the extra work is worth it. The health of your hair is at stake.


You’re probably determined to improve it if you’ve opted to introduce a leave-in conditioner into your hair beauty routine.

As I don’t want you to give up on the first try, I’ve done the work for you. Here are the leave-in conditioners you can apply to your hair to blow dry it after.

I knew you’d breathe a sigh of relief. But before I give you names, let me give you a pro tip.


 I recommend you use your hairdryer on medium heat for best results. As the cuticles open up with heat, they’ll absorb the conditioner faster.  

Now let’s take a look at those products that will make for a perfect trio of wet hair, leave-in conditioner and blow dryer.


4 leave-in conditioners that are also heat protectants

Pureology Color Fanatic

leave-in conditioner with thermal protection

This spray conditioner is vegan, sulfate-free, and contains a heat protectant.

If you color your hair and are concerned about its health after washing,  you can use the blow dryer. It’ll protect your hair from heat   and take care of your color to prevent fading.


Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In

Leave-in conditioner with 25 benefits

Do you want to blow-dry your curls after shaping them with conditioner?

Then, here’s the answer to your prayers. This conditioner with a heat protectant is specially designed to blow-dry your curls.


Sun Bum Revitalizante 3 in 1 Leave-in

Are you one of the lucky ones who live in some of those wonderful beach spots, flooding social media with photos during vacations?


Besides making me terribly envious, I’m human. I’ll give you a tip.

The best thing to do if you want to use the blow dryer after applying the leave-in conditioner is to use this product.


It contains a sun protection factor (SPF) and will protect your color from the high temperatures of the sun. You can apply it on your straight or curly hair as it works wonders on all hair types.

It’s also valid for those who only enjoy the beach a few days a year.


Redken One United All-In-One

leave in for all hair textures

This brand offers a leave-in spray that is for all hair types and textures. It protects your hair from external factors by creating a shield. It’s great for managing frizz, and heat protectant if you want to use the blow dryer.

Now that we’ve clarified how the leave-in conditioner and curling iron get along, let’s move on to that question I’m sure is on your mind.


Can I use a flat iron or curling iron if I applied a leave-in conditioner?

protect hair with leave in to curl hair

Yes, of course, you can. However, you’ll need to blow dry your hair first, as both the flat iron and blow dryer are used on dry hair.

Of course, this is if you don’t have a straightener or curling iron for wet hair. Yes, times have changed, and some straighteners and curling irons are for wet hair.

That was unthinkable in the old days unless we wanted to start a fire in our clients’ hair. But everything is moving forward.


 Now, if your flat iron or curling iron isn’t designed with this latest technology, don’t even think about using it on wet hair,  Otherwise, you run the risk of having an accident or burning your hair.

Straighteners and curling irons should always be used on dry hair, except for those that are designed for wet hair.


Now that you know this, the routine would have three steps:

  • Apply conditioner to damp hair
  • Blow-dry your hair with a hairdryer
  • Style your hair with a flat iron or curling iron


A leave-in conditioner with a heat protectant will come in handy if you want to protect your hair from excessive heat damage.

What if you apply this product to your dry hair?


In that case,  my advice is to wait a few minutes for your hair to fully absorb the conditioner. Then, you can start styling your hair. 

Remember that the leave-in spray conditioner is absorbed much faster than the creamy one. So, you only have to wait a few moments.



Some leave-in conditioners also work as heat protectants. So, you can use the blow dryer after applying the product to your hair.

Remember that wet hair, straighteners, and curling irons never go hand in hand unless your tools are specifically designed for wet hair.

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