Great Leave-In Conditioners for Black Hair

As a self confessed product junkie, I have tried numerous products and treatments on my hair.  Since I am constantly doing something to my hair, you would not think that it ever has time to go through dry spells.  Well, it does.  Being a natural, my hair needs extra moisture, but there are certain times throughout the year that my hair gets very dry, and those times are mainly in the winter.  I’m about to show you some leave in conditioners that should help your hair stay hydrated all day long.

Giovanni Direct Leave-In

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Cetyl Alcohol (plant derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid (corn), Phenoxyethanol, Grapefruit Seed (citrus derived), Natural Fragrance.

Even though Giovanni Direct can be used on natural, texlaxed or relaxed, I know that it is exceptional for permed hair.  This was a staple for me back in my permed days.  It probably felt so good on my hair because aloe vera is one of the ingredients.  It was very light on my tresses and did not cause product build up.  My hair held its moisture and had major bounce.  I wore a lot of wraps and roller sets when I was relaxed and I would interchange between this leave-in and another one on this list.  Giovanni Direct gave me the best results when I used it with a roller set.  It really brought out my hair texture and kept my curls looking fresh.


Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14 in 1

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, PEG-75 Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Strealknium Chloride Polysobate-60, Triethanoolmaine and others

I do not have a long love affair with Hawaiian Silky, but the times that it was used made it so memorable that I had to put it on the list.  I started getting my hair done at age 5.  Back then I only got a wash and set or my hair braided.  But I say that to tell you this, out of my entire life, I have only had 3 beauticians.  I lived in Georgia for a couple of years and the stylist that I had there used Hawaiian Silky 14 and 1 on every clients head, including mine.  She practiced healthy hair care, instead of sending you out the door with the latest style.  She took the time to give hot oil treatments, deep conditioners and use leave-ins after shampooing.  She really took care of my hair and that was truly the best my hair has ever looked.  I am very picky about the products that are used on my hair by me or my stylist.  It was the added touch that she put on my hair to really prepare it for styling.  It was evident that it made a difference in my hair.


Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment

Ingredients:  Water, Amodimethicone, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium 11, Citric Acid, Betaine (Sugar Beet), Glycerin, Sorbitol, Trideceth 12, PPG 2, PPG 2 Methyl Ether, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine (L Arginine Hydrochloride), Threonine, Lysine, Alanine, Proline, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG 8/SMDI Copolymer, Behenic Acid, Palmitoyl Myristyl Serinate, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Arachidic Acid, PEG 8, Polysorbate 80, Amino Methyl Propanol, Fragrance, Sodium PCA, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA

Out of the other leave-in conditioners on this list, I must say that I use Infusium 23 more frequently.  It has seen me through every kind of hair problem imaginable. I used this leave in when I was relaxed, now that I am natural, when I dyed my hair, when my hair was broken off and countless other problems and it has always been part of my hair savior regimen.  I love the smell and the way it makes my hair feel. You have to be careful not to put too much on because it can make your hair feel sticky if you go overboard.  You are really supposed to use a leave in on wet hair but when my hair is extra dry I use it on my hair when it is dry.  I have naturally curly hair, and curly hair is a drier texture as it is, and this just works very well for my hair.  When I was relaxed, I only put it on when my hair was wet, or right before I wrapped my hair at night.  When I took my hair down the next morning, it would be so shiny and soft.  I can’t say enough about it.  There are different formulas and you will notice that some of the labels look different.  I use the original formula, which is the white bottle with brown writing.  If you feel that your hair requires another formula in the Infusium 23 collection, then by all means do what is right for your hair.  Their products are quality, so you cannot go wrong.


  1. Do not go overboard and add too much leave-in.  You will end up with sticky hair that is limp with no body.  Residue will pile up if you apply too much.
  1. Apply a very small amount on wet hair.  When I would do rollersets and wraps, I would mix a serum in my hand with my leave in and it would come out very silky and beautiful.  Use both your serum and leave-in sparingly.  You don’t want too much product in your hair; this will stop your hair from having natural bounce.
  1. The trick is to apply just enough to coat your strands.  Don’t forget to apply to your roots also.  Dry roots with moisturized length can lead to breakage.


Author: Miandria Powell

Miandria Powell is currently a student at Purdue University, majoring in Information Technology. She is a web enthusiast with interests in writing, internet marketing, film making, metaphysics and all things beauty. Miandria has a love for healthy living and believes in taking care of the body inside and out. Living life consciously with a constant mind-body-spirit awareness is one of the most important things to her. Feel free to friend request her on facebook @

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    Have you used one called Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask? I’ve been using it and it’s like a miracle worker. Even took care of my scary hair loss problem, which was surprising. I just think argan oil leave ins are the best for hair, especially black hair which is so fragile.

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