Does anyone use leave-in condtitioner and nothing else?

PortaePortae Posts: 337Registered Users
Hi ladies,
My hair has been a bit dry lately, and I'm thinking about spending the next few months babying it. Do any of you use only a leave-in and nothing else to define your curls? Paul Mitchell's the Conditioner only does this if I use TONS, which leaves my hair feeling coated and filmy. Aveda's Elixer works perfectly for the first hour or two, but then my curls become very fuzzy as the day goes on. I'm thinking of purchasing Elucence. I really just want something that will define my curls and hold them a bit. Any ideas?
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  • pizazzpizazz Posts: 239Registered Users
    I have, but there's only a chosen few that will do it....As you mentioned: PM the Conditioner(but I agree about the filmm if used too much.) I had the same issue w/ the Aveda Elixir that you had.

    My favorites that give great def. are MOP leave-in, Bumble and Bumble leave-in, and Elucence.
  • jazzijenni81jazzijenni81 Posts: 529Registered Users
    pm the conditioner is very concentrated, you only need a little bit...rub your hands together before expands. cactus leave in and elucence are other great options. these are the only 3 i use.
    loose 4a, silky meets cottony
    routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
    staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
  • AjidahkAjidahk Posts: 1,212Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I absolutely love Garnier Fructis Sleek n' Shine leave-in conditioner. It's so great. It keeps my hair defined and not so much frizz. This product is awesome! The only thing is that I'm not sure what all these ingredients do. Has anyone one used this product? How has it worked for you? Do you know of any natural alternatives?
    Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
  • lalapixielalapixie Posts: 242Registered Users
    this is my new approach too cause i find if my hair is truly moisturized it defines itself and i dont like how styling products feel in my hair, at the moment i am just using aloe vera gel with glycerine and jojoba oil and my hair looks and feels great, i am trying to use up all the gels i have stashed by adding a lil to this mixture, but i think the only gel i will purchase will be more like a curl activator than something for hold cause my hair doesnt really need hold
    violently happy
  • ConchShellsConchShells Posts: 67Registered Users
    This works when I use Bumble & Bumble leave in. It is really thick and creamy.
    Currently kinky but relaxed with Phytospecific Index 1
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The l-in conditioner that is my HG product is Botanical Boost (Ouidad). It's wonderful stuff and works best on clean, wet hair. Does not work at all with products containing oil. It's not the only thing I use, I also use a gel (like Control II) or a curly cream (anything, really; I'm currently into my healthclub's body moisterizer) to hold the curl pattern. You can also spray in next day to re-animate the curl pattern. I'm a 3c/4a- bushy/nappy to coils.
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  • keepitmovin2.0keepitmovin2.0 Posts: 653Registered Users
    Abba Nourishing or (thanks to jazzijenni) Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner work very well for me in this manner.
    Currently using:

    Poo: CON Sulfate Free poo
    Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave-in: CJAOO Daily Cond
    Styler: KCCC sparingly and Ampro Olive Oil Gel where needed
    DT: KBB Lucious Locks Mask + EVOO/Avocado
  • nubianqt86nubianqt86 Posts: 70Registered Users
    I used the Cantu leave in and loved it! I can see myself using tis alone most days.

    Edit: Potion #9 is better than this product. But, I'll finish my bottle. Potion dry defined, but a little hard. Not as moisturizing as Cantu, but I dont get the white drippies.
  • wilykatwilykat Posts: 108Registered Users
    ever since i came back from deva chan i have been using devacare 1c alone and i get pretty good curls. my hair is soooooooo soft that i keep touching it to make sure i'm not tripping or it's just not completely dry yet.

    i put some [buylink=]kccc[/buylink] over it today and my scalp is a mess. i'm thinking about just continuing with the leave-in for a while.

    who knows :?

    4a with some 3c around the edges
  • Curly1908Curly1908 Posts: 192Registered Users
    ABBA Nourishing or Mixed Chicks
    Yay for Kinky-Curly Custard!
    mostly 3c with patches of 2b, 3b, and 4a
    Nappy...and oh-so happy :)
  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    i do this with Elucence, especially in the summer. its very thick and makes my hair soft and defined.
    3c/4a - Relaxer Free since Feburary 2004 and Obsessed with my hair.

    I have pictures now! password: curlygirl
  • ms.gms.g Posts: 173Registered Users
    no. im still searching for the leave-in that will do that. :(

    i cant seem to find cantu to try it out.
    all natural.

    my head is full of naps, coils, kinks and thickness. :)
  • CurlilocsCurlilocs Posts: 821Registered Users
    I have been using a leave in exclusively for the past three months. I used to rotate with products from time to time, but I've discovered a leave in is all I really need. My favs are MOP and Giovanni Direct. I haven't used the Cantu in a while but used to be an HG!
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  • gryantmarch2stepgryantmarch2step Posts: 454Registered Users
    Let me get this straight...So you don't use any other products except your leave in??
    3B~Botticelli/3C~ Corkicelli~Blonde
    Faves: B&A Gel, BRHG, ReCoil, KC Knot Today, Curl Junkie CCCC

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  • spiral-ncspiral-nc Posts: 716Registered Users
    Sometimes I only use Elucence conditioner and nothing else. It works just fine.
    spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

    H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
    Use only the PURE STUFF
  • shawnanitashawnanita Posts: 26Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    I have been doing this rececntly using eleunce conditioner. I was curious as to how the One C would work. I actually like my hair better now only using conditioner.
  • spiral-ncspiral-nc Posts: 716Registered Users
    I plan on trying it with Curls Ecstacy Asian Hair Tea too (I love that stuff).
    spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

    H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
    Use only the PURE STUFF
  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    I'm starting to think my hair looks better with just leave in. Its much softer and more moisturized. Sometimes styling products make it look DRY.
    I also started adding some oil to my wet hair before I apply the leave in and it works great. :lol:
    3c/4a - Relaxer Free since Feburary 2004 and Obsessed with my hair.

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  • bubbles76bubbles76 Posts: 288Registered Users
    I used [buylink=]Elucence MBC[/buylink] as a leave in this weekend. It kept my curls for 4 days straight, and I didn't have to reapply the Elucence. At night, I spritzed my hair with water, put a thin conditioning cap on it, then a silk bonnet, and my hair was great in the morning! It was a little dry by the fourth day, but I think I may try a little oil on my spritzed hair, like curlycovergirl suggested.

    Of course, I didn't work out this weekend, being that I ate a ton of barbecue and take out (bad bad bad) so if you work out heavy, this might not work for you. I always have to shampoo or rinse after a work out.
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  • ILuvCurlzILuvCurlz Posts: 169Registered Users
    The Cantu Shea butter leave in works good for this.
    "Eventually I knew what my hair wanted. It wanted to be itself. To be left alone by anyone, including me, who did not love it as it was."
    ~Alice Walker
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  • curly kydcurly kyd Posts: 1Registered Users
    i like sebastian potion 9. sometimes when i don't feel like shelling out the big bucks for the real stuff, i use the non-branded kind from sally, which seems to work just as well.
  • lashon20lashon20 Posts: 1,150Registered Users
    Sometimes I just use a leave-in which is either redken ringlet, mixed chicks mixed wit [buylink=]jessicurl confident coils[/buylink], or regis line curl lock leave-in.

    Shampoos: Ion Hard Water Shampoo
    Conditioners: Curl Junkie
    Stylers: As I Am Smoothing Gel, Jane Carter Incredible Curls, Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Hairveda Whipped Gelly
    Moisturizers: Camille Rose Moisture Milk, Camille Rose Fresh Curl
    Leave-Ins: KBB Sweet Ambrosia
    Pomades: Hairveda Almond Glaze

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