Here’s my list of top leave-in conditioners for relaxed hair. Many of these are ones that I’ve used and liked. A few are ones that I’ve seen other relaxed hair bloggers give high marks to.

TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-in Conditioner1. TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-in Conditioner

While this list isn’t necessarily ranked I did want to start it with my current favorite leave-in conditioner. This is a protein-free leave-in conditioner that my hair really likes. If my relaxed hair and/or new growth are feeling dry I can apply this to my hair and it comes back to life.

I’d seen TGIN in the store for a couple of years before I decided to try it. Typically it was on the shelf right next to SheaMoisture and I had deemed it a SheaMoisture knock-off because the packaging looked so similar. So I wrote it off and didn’t give a try.

I can’t recall what made me change my mind. It may have been some review that I read or watched. The first time I applied the TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-in Conditioner to my hair I was like “Wow! Is this for real?” My hair felt great soon after and the next morning. Before I realized that I had protein overload my hair was feeling really dry and this was the only thing keeping my hair from going off of the deep end.

2. Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream

This is one of the least expensive leave-in conditioners on this list and probably the most accessible because you find it in stores like Target and Walmart.

I first started using the original Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner Repair Cream and my hair responded well to it. So when I saw there was a version that had argan oil in it I had to try it.

I like that it’s thick and creamy and sinks into my hair which is a good indication that it’s going to moisturize my hair. With this leave-in conditioner if I forgot to moisturize my hair during the week I could apply it to my hair at night, cover my hair with satin wrap or cap, and in the morning my hair would feel hydrated and manageable again.

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3. True By Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner

This leave-in conditioner has been a bit of a wild card for me. The first few times I tried it my hair did not like it! This leave-in made my hair feel dry and stiff. So I ended up putting in the cabinet in my guest bathroom and forgot about it. One day I decided to give it another try and to my surprise my hair liked it.

The True By Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner isn’t as thick as some of the other cream leave-ins on this list but that makes it great for a summer hair regimen.

I like that it’s paraben free, it has great slip, and a really nice smell that lingers. This is a scent that I don’t mind lingering because I get compliments on how great my hair smells. Additionally, it gives my hair some great shine.


4. Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

This is one of the only liquid leave-in conditioners that I like to use on my hair. I’ve tried a few others and they did nothing for my hair. Before I tried the Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner I was not a fan of liquid leave-ins because I felt they were messy, hard to apply, and not at all moisturizing,

A few of my favorite things about the Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner is the first ingredient is deionized water and water is the best moisturizer. It also has some aloe vera extract, chamomile, rosemary, and many other non-chemical sounding ingredients. That’s probably why it smells so good.

Because this is a lighter leave-in conditioner it’s perfect for the summer. In fact, I used it daily during summer vacation to keep my hair hydrated throughout the week and my hair never felt weighed down.

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5. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner

This was one of the first leave-in conditioners I used when I started my healthy hair journey. While I haven’t used it in a while I remember that it worked so well for my hair. The Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner has a thick but not too thick consistency which my high porosity and thick hair liked. I could use this leave-in conditioner on my hair every day and not get any product build-up.

I love that within the first few ingredients are listed aloe vera, coconut oil, jojoba, safflower seed oil, and avocado oil. All ingredients my hair likes and responds well to.

6. Scurl No Drip Curl Activator

I’ve never tried this hair moisturizer but I’ve seen several relaxed hair bloggers and relaxed hair ladies who swear by this for their hair. The common reasons I’ve read for why these ladies make Scurl No Drip Curl Activator a key part of their hair regimen is it helps to soften their new growth and their hair to retain moisture for long periods of time.

One of the things that interested me as I was doing research is that argan oil and olive oil are listed within the first 10 ingredients. This means they’re some of the more concentrated ingredients in the product.


7. TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer  
TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer | A Relaxed Gal

The reason I decided to give this moisturizer a try is that I liked the TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-in Conditioner so much. Plus, I got a really good deal as I bought it during a sale. What I like about this moisturizer is how thick it is. My hair responds really well to thick products. But don't worry, it doesn't weigh the hair down if your hair also likes thick hair creams.

This moisturizer does have some protein in it but it's further down the ingredient list and I've been using it every day for weeks and haven't noticed any issues or a reoccurrence of protein overload. 

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