7 pros and cons of leave-in conditioners (hint: the cons aren’t so bad)

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Pros of leave-in conditioners:

  • It’s easy to use
  • You’ll notice your hair nourished and frizz-free from the first application
  • Great for styling rebellious hair
  • Can protect against damage from flat irons and blow-dryers


Cons of leave-in conditioners:

  • If you have oily hair, you could worsen the situation by not using it the right way
  • If you apply too much, it could lead to dandruff or leave your hair dull and coarse
  • A leave-in conditioner can make your beauty routine take longer


If you’re reading these lines, it’s for a reason.

You urgently need to take control of your life, which is the same as saying, take control of your hair.

For women, hair means almost 70% of their beauty routine. The reason is clear: hair is the frame of the face.


You can get the lipstick color wrong, and the world won’t look at you as if you had monkeys on your face.

 But if you show up at the office with your hair looking like you’ve stuck your fingers in the socket, I can guarantee that all your colleagues will look at you as if you were King Kong. 


That’s why I understand you.

  • You’re sick of frizz. You’ve used several products and none of them worked for you.
  • Maybe, as your hair is oily, you stay away from creamy intensive hair nourishing treatments.
  • Or for a hundred other reasons,  you’ve come to the conclusion that a leave-in conditioner is your last resort,  and maybe it is.


But to know if it’s the correct lifesaver, you need to know the pros and cons of a leave-in conditioner.

You won’t have to go far. I’ll tell you about it right now.

Let’s start with the pros. Why?


Because there’s time for bad news and because the cons are pretty easy to cope with.

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4 pros of leave-in conditioners

First pro: If you’re one of those who don’t have a lot of patience with hair products, a leave-in conditioner is for you because it’s very easy to apply.

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Leave-in conditioners are versatile products that can be used on either wet or dry hair, and that’s an awesome pro.


Imagine this situation: you get out of the shower and get ready for dinner. Then, go to bed.


After three hours, and in the best scene of your favorite series, you remember that you had to apply the nourishing treatment to your hair.

Don’t worry!


If you use a leave-in conditioner, you’ll be ok. Many of them can be used on wet or dry hair, and you don’t have to rinse them out. Therefore, you don’t have to wait for it to work and then rinse it out.

Apply it and continue watching your favorite series. Then, after a few minutes, start counting sheep.


 Just pay attention to the label. If you’re very clueless, choose a leave-in conditioner that can be applied to both wet and dry hair. 

If you aren’t clueless and prefer to select one, remember that the creamy conditioner is applied to wet hair. Instead, on dry hair, you should apply the ones with a liquid consistency.

However, they all have one thing in common: apply them from length to end combing your hair as usual.


Second pro: If you urgently need to repair your hair damage or eliminate frizz, you’ll notice the improvement in the first few applications of leave-in conditioners.

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Is your hair too damaged every time you color it?

Has it lost movement since you bleached it?


The bad news is that it’s dehydrated. On the other hand, the good news is that you can restore shine and nourishment with a leave-in conditioner. 

Most leave-in conditioners are formulated with ingredients such as coconut, argan, and almond oil and are sulfate-free. So, they won’t be harsh on your color.

Whether you choose the creamy or liquid consistency, you’ll start noticing changes from the first application.


And it’ll do the trick if you want to control frizz, too. Don’t you believe me?

Start using it today and let me know.  If you apply it to dry hair, it’s even better.


Third pro: If your hair is rebellious and you’re tired of struggling for hours in front of the mirror to get a decent style, the leave-in conditioner will help you shape your hair. It’ll also help if you like to wear a different hairstyle every day.

You can apply it as soon as you get out of the shower and start styling your hair. Also, apply it directly to your dry hair, and mimic those hairstyles that make you sigh as you scroll through your Instagram.


If your hair is difficult to manage and tangles easily,  the leave-in conditioner will give it flexibility making it easier to style. 

But the wonders don’t end there.


Fourth pro: If you use your hairdryer or flat iron too often, the leave-in conditioner will protect your hair.

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Many leave-in conditioners have thermal protection. Therefore, you can apply it to your wet hair and blow-dry it. Alternatively, you can use it on your dry hair and flat iron or curl your hair.


Having said that,  before using the leave-in conditioner as a heat protectant, check the product label or the manufacturer’s website to make sure it can do the job. 


Now I’ll tell you about the cons. As I told you before, these cons are simple to control if you want to use a leave-in conditioner.

3 cons of leave-in conditioners

First con: If your hair is oily, you should choose the right type of leave-in conditioner. Otherwise, if you choose a creamy one, your hair will look greasier and heavier.

If you have oily hair, you should use spray conditioners because they’re lighter and will keep your hair’s movement.


 Another important tip is not to apply it on the roots or scalp. 

Don’t forget that greasy hair is caused by excess natural oils being expelled from the pores of the skin on your head.


So if you use a creamy leave-in conditioner, the first 3 to 5 centimeters of your mane will be heavy, dull, and limp.

Therefore, apply a spray conditioner at 3 to 5 centimeters from the roots.


Second con: If you overdo it, your hair will be stiff and limp. Even worse, dandruff will appear.

It sounds like a big risk but think about it. You can be in complete control because you only need to make sure that the amount of leave-in conditioner you use is the amount you need.


And let’s not forget that we’re talking about leave-in conditioner.

When you wash your hair and use too much conditioner, you don’t notice it because you just rinse it out afterwards.

 But if you overdo it with the amount of leave-in conditioner every time, your hair will end up dull and without its natural movement. 

Have you ever used hairspray?


After applying it, you won’t be able to style your hair because it’ll be stiff.

The same goes for a leave-in conditioner because it has several similar ingredients that help to achieve a neat and defined style.


You should also be careful with excess, as  too much conditioner can lead to dandruff. 

To avoid this, you should apply a leave-in conditioner only once a day and never on the roots.


If you use it two or three times a day, you’ll need to get a dandruff shampoo at the end of the week to solve the situation.

But don’t panic. I told you that you can control the situation simply by using the right amount according to your hair’s length:

  • If your hair is long, spray 6 or 7 times.
  • If your hair is medium, spray 3 or 5 times.
  • If your hair is short, spray 1 to 3 times.


Third con: You may need more time to use the leave-in conditioner, but only if you use the wrong type.

I’m going to make a confession: I don’t think there are women who jump out of bed and are ready in seconds to start their day.

All of us spend a few minutes getting ready to go out into the world.

If you spend five minutes brushing your teeth, why should your hair deserve any less?

Don’t panic.   It’s not like you’ll need half an hour to use leave-in conditioner either. 

You just need to make a smart purchase and opt for the spray conditioner, easy, fast, and effective when it comes to taming your hair.



I think by now you’ve come to the same conclusion I did. The disadvantages of leave-in conditioners will disappear if you choose the right one and use just the right amount according to your hair length and type.

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