January 05, 2024

The 10 Best Leave-In Conditioners To Keep Your Hair Healthy

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Minimal effort for maximum reward.

Sometimes we all need a little extra boost. Whether it’s an additional cappuccino on a particularly dreary Thursday morning or adding a red lip to make you feel more alive, sometimes a boost is just the thing we need to help us go from bleh to beautiful. And it’s the same with haircare. 

The boost in question? Adding a leave-in conditioner into your routine. Boosting hydration levels, moisture, environmental protection and the strength and resilience of your hair, these hair care secret weapons are heavily underrated (in our humble opinions). So, allow us to introduce you to 10 of our favourites…

Ouai Leave-In Conditioner

Hailing from the brand created by Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber’s hair stylist, Jen Atkin, the Ouai Leave-In Conditioner is a hair styling staple. A hydrating, leave-in formula with thermal protection, this product works to reduce frizz and flyaways for perfectly smooth, silky and hydrated hair. 

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Vegamour HYDR-8 Leave-In Conditioner

Would you believe us if we told you that this Vegamour HYDR-8 Leave-In Conditioner delivers 14 times more hydration than regular leave-ins? Well, you should. A lightweight spray, formulated without silicones, to detangle, reduce frizz and strengthen the hair with Karamatin (vegan keratin), this formula is a real multitasker of note.

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Virtue Labs Curl Leave-In Butter

For our curly girls, the Virtue Labs Curl Leave-In Butter is your new best friend. Rich in reparative proteins and emollients to infuse your curls with necessary hydration and help guard against heat and humidity, this formula is rich without weighing the hair down. It also contains the strengthening, repairing protein, Alpha Keratin 60ku to keep your strands strong.

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Amika Hydro Rush Intense Moisture Leave-In Conditioner

For hair that is drenched in hydration, the Amika Hydro Rush Intense Moisture Leave-In Conditioner is hard to go past. Formulated with squalane to help prevent moisture loss and restore suppleness, hyaluronic acid to plump by maintaining moisture and bio-fermented coconut water to add natural hydration, this product will infuse the hair with 72-hour hydration while detangling and reducing frizz.

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Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler

Designed specifically for curly and coily hair, the Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler is the prep step you need in your routine. Working to detangle the hair, improve manageability, add hydration and protect against dryness and breakage, this product will have your curls looking and feeling their best with minimal effort.

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R+Co Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner

The perfect leave-in for the summer months, R+Co’s Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner is a nourishing and protective leave-in formula that helps soften, seal, detangle and fight frizz. The inclusion of vitamin C in the formula helps to protect the hair from environmental aggressors and UV damage while coconut oil penetrates the hair to soften and moisturise. Like a tropical vacay for your hair!

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Sachajuan Intensive Leave-In Conditioner

We go nuts for the Sachajuan Intensive Leave-In Conditioner! Formulated with macadamia oil, this formula reduces frizz, repairs and creates a protective shield over the hair to ensure it remains soft, shiny and manageable. Perfect for use pre-styling, this will also help to keep your blow dry intact for days on end. 

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Living Proof Restore Repair Leave-In

If split ends are getting you down, then the Living Proof Restore Repair Leave-In is for you. Working to smooth the hair cuticle to prevent up to 93 per cent of split ends caused by styling and make the hair 15 times stronger after the first use, this hard working hair companion is ideal for dry, damaged hair (and bringing it back from the brink).

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Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Leave-In Treatment

A leave-in conditioner that not only makes your hair look healthier but also works to make positive change from the inside (of the strand) out, the Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Leave-In Treatment gets a gold star from us. Suitable for all hair types and textures and safe for colour treated and chemically processed hair, this formula is, well, simply divine.

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Ceremonia Guava Leave-In Conditioner

More of a repair cream than a typical leave-in conditioner, the Ceremonia Guava Leave-In Conditioner provides antioxidants and protects the hair from UV and free radical damage. Containing avocado oil to help reduce hair breakage and repair split ends and tamarind to nourish for total hair wellness, this one is a new-to-Australia goodie.

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