The leave-in conditioners to use for a sleek style that strengthens your strands

The leave-in conditioners to use for a sleek style that strengthens your strands

Hit us with the ‘which hair product would you take to a desert island if you could only have one?’ question and we’ll have three primary thoughts.

Firstly, thank you for this opportunity to travel freely; we have missed visiting places other than our own homes. Secondly, how rude of you, we’re beauty product junkies for a reason, okay?! And thirdly, TBH it would totally be leave-in conditioner.

Why, you ask? Its versatility, of course. Few others achieve such impressive care/styling slashie status, and so lush leave-ins have served as our all-star strand saviours while social distancing.

We’ll be honest: our go-to hairstyle throughout quarantine has definitely been one of the sleek variety; and by sleek, we do mean completely slick to our heads where you can no longer tell what the hell we’re dealing with under all that product.

It works on clean, straight, curly or dirty (that’s us!) hair, so it’s practically magic. Is our hair oily? Coated in product build-up? Splitting off from the chin down? You’ll never know.

Our trick? Condition and comb. Basically, we whack in a decent dollop of our favourite leave-in, brush it back into a sleek low pony or bun, seal the deal with a tie or scrunchie, and hope that we look like a Hadid.

And while the style is of course completely born out of laziness, it also totally ticks both the ‘nourishing our hair’ and ‘looking like we’ve made an attempt to appear polished’ boxes – and for that, (we’re talking to you, Kardashian and Knowles sisters, AKA the celebs that made sleek chic) we are eternally grateful – we owe our hair condition to you.

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Glow Lab

Glow Lab Leave-in Conditioner

If your hair is curly, frizzy or extra parched, give this nourishing shea butter, macadamia and jojoba-powered leave-in a whirl. It’ll work wonders in the detangling department, too.


KMS MOISTREPAIR Leave-in Conditioner

This formula is fancy – in fact, it features an AHA structure complex that helps to support hair’s internal reconstruction. What does that really mean for you? An obnoxiously glossy, manageable and moisturised mane.

Living Proof

Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($42,

Dealing with damage? This frizz-fighting formula works to repair breakage while also strengthening and smoothing each individual strand.


SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Conditioner 

If dry hair is the issue, coconut oil is the answer. This hydrating leave-in is loaded with the stuff, so it offers a hefty hit of hydration while also smelling like a tropical holiday (ah, remember those?)


TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender & Leave In Conditioner

Split ends are a friend to no-one, and this mane-mending mix is here to help. It enhances shine, conditions the hair (hello, it’s in the name), and aids in the breakage-sealing arena.


IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner ($44,

If gloss is the name of your sleek-style game, this formula delivers a dose of coconut milk and hyaluronic acid bound to boost shine.

Main image credit: @bellahadid Which products have you been relying on during isolation? Do you love leave-in conditioner as much as we do?

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