Can you use leave in conditioner everyday? Or is it better to use it a couple of times a week?

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  • Yes, you can use a leave-in conditioner every day. However, the ideal frequency of use will depend on your hair type and your goals.

Also, there are many types of leave-in conditioners on the market.

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  • So, the first thing to ask yourself is, what do I want to use a leave-in conditioner for?

Once you know why you want to use a leave-in conditioner, the right product will be much easier to choose. Then, its most suitable frequency of use.

Too much information at once?

 

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 Don’t worry, in just three minutes, I’ll help you figure out exactly what type of leave-in conditioner your hair needs. 

Also, whether you should use it every day, every other day, or just a couple of times a week.

 

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Although a leave-in conditioner’s label reads “frequent use,” it doesn’t mean you should use it every day.

What do I mean?

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Your hair won’t fall out in clumps if you use it every day, but you may not get the effect you’re looking for when you apply it.

So, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • What type of leave-in conditioner will you use?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What characteristics does your hair have?

 

 Ideally, you want to find a frequency of use of a leave-in conditioner that allows you to reduce frizz or define your curls. Alternatively, to moisturize your hair so it doesn’t break when you detangle it. 

As you can see, those goals are completely different. You may want to tame the frizz in your hair without flattening it or making it too oily.

 

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 So, the ideal frequency of use will depend on your hair type and goals  as long as you want to keep your hair from looking dull.

So, I can tell you that:

  • If you want to repair damage from chemical treatments or heat tools, you can choose a liquid or creamy leave-in conditioner and apply it daily.
  • If you want to control frizz and shape your hair, I recommend choosing smooth textures like spray/liquid for daily use.
  • If you want to define your curls, creamy leave-in conditioners are best and should be used every 48 hours.
  • If you want to control volume and frizz, you should choose light textures like spray for daily use.

 

Of course, this is just a summary because the frequency of leave-in conditioner use will also depend on your hair type. And that’s what I talk to you about next.

 

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How often to use leave-in conditioner according to your hair type

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Leave-in conditioners help solve some of your hair’s most hated problems.

They nourish, moisturize dry hair, thicken and add volume, control frizz, help you shape it, and add softness and shine. It’s almost the perfect product.

Why do I say almost?

 

Because for them to work 100%, you must have a strict beauty routine and  apply them with the right frequency according to your hair type. 

 

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If your hair is dry, brittle, or frizzy, you should use a leave-in conditioner daily because the goal is to repair your hair.

In this case, the secret is to alternate a creamy leave-in conditioner with a liquid consistency.

An example?

  • Monday: wash your hair and towel-drying it. Apply the creamy conditioner.
  • Tuesday: on dry hair, apply the spray conditioner combing to distribute the product evenly.
  • Wednesday: repeat the routine on damp hair.
  • Thursday: repeat the routine on dry hair.

 

When you notice that your hair is moisturized and recovering, which should be around three weeks after you start using the leave-in conditioner, you can implement a maintenance routine.

You should apply the cream conditioner only twice a week, or the spray conditioner three times a week.

This way, your hair will be repaired, frizz-free, and you can continue to apply hair color or heat tools minimizing damage.

 

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If your hair is very frizzy or you want to control volume, the frequency of use should be every two to three days. Also, you should opt for a liquid consistency conditioner.

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Why a liquid consistency?

Because you should spritz your dry hair to help control both frizz and volume.

 

If you want to define your curls, it’s best to use a creamy leave-in conditioner daily.

Why daily?

Because curly hair loses body quickly. So, a conditioner can restore it by shaping it with your fingers.

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To do this, you should use it after washing your hair and on damp hair. Apply a small amount of product on your waves.

 

  • If your hair is straight and you want to give it more body, use a liquid leave-in conditioner every day.

Yes, you can use it every day. However, you should alternate applying it on dry and on damp hair.

Why?

 

Because straight and fine hair tends to get greasy easily. Therefore, if you apply a cream conditioner and saturate the hair, it’ll be heavy and dull.

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In that case, the best products to use are light for the hair to fully absorb their properties.

 

In that case, your routine should be organized as follows:

  • Day 1: wash your hair and apply the spray while it’s still wet. Let it dry air dry.
  • Day 2: on your dry hair, apply the leave-in conditioner and style as usual.

The next step is to repeat the routine alternating application on dry and wet hair.

 

Now you know how often you can use a leave-in conditioner. I think it’s also important to explain how and why the consistency of the product influences the frequency of use.

 

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Types of leave-in conditioner according to frequency of application

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There are two types of leave-in conditioner:

  • Creamy
  • Spray/ liquid

And the frequency of application will have a lot to do with the consistency you choose.

 

Creamy consistency

Creamy leave-in conditioners are heavy. If you use too much, you can saturate your hair and leave it stiff, dull, and greasy.

Therefore, I recommend applying it to damp hair when you get out of the shower and use it every 48 hours.

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Some of the most popular are Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine and Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge.

 

Spray/liquid consistency

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These conditioners have a light and volatile texture. You can use them daily on both wet and dry hair.

They’re ideal for styling ponytails or loose hair such as layered hair.

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Some of the most commonly used are Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. Its atomizer doesn’t spray large volumes of product. This makes it ideal for use on dry hair.

If you prefer to use the conditioner on wet hair, I recommend 7 Seconds Detangler from Unite.

 

Conclusions

Although you can use a leave-in conditioner every day, it’s best to consider your hair type and your goals.

Identify the characteristics of your hair and what you want to improve. Then, choose the right conditioner consistency and frequency of application.

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