Deep Conditioners VS. Leave-In Conditioners

I recently asked someone if they had purchased their deep conditioning treatment product and they responded with “I have my leave-in”.


A lot of people get these two confused and it is very important to have a clear understanding on how deep conditioning differs from leave-in conditioning.

These are both essential to your natural hair journey but work differently and at different times of your hair care process.

What is Deep Conditioning (or a deep conditioning treatment/masque)?

A deep conditioning treatment helps with restoring weak, dry and damaged hair.

It also helps with preventing breakage and split (or dead) ends.

There are tons of deep conditioning products out there, for different types of hair.

When selecting your deep conditioning product, you want to pick one that will help tackle some of the hair issues you are currently dealing with.

For example, a few months back, I noticed that my hair was very dry and acting out of character (LOL). I did some research and found out that protein-packed products help with beating dry hair.

So, I purchased Palmers’ Coconut Oil Formula, Deep Conditioning Protein Pack at Walmart and I’ve been using it since September ’16.


It leaves my strands moisturized and gives them the strength needed to promote growth and healthy hair.

It is also essential as some of my strands are color-treated and I do my deep conditioning treatment once a week after shampooing my hair.

This product contains:

Coconut Oil: restores essential moisture / Monoi Oil: hydrates and improves manageability / Keratin Protein: strengthens and repairs / Silk Protein: restore high-gloss shine / Coconut Milk: detangles and combats frizz.

The use directions vary from product to product.

Some can only be left in your hair for a few minutes and others can be left in overnight.

When do you apply it? After you’ve shampoo’d your hair.

Make sure you read the directions thoroughly and follow accordingly.

What is Leave-In Conditioning (or leave-in conditioner)?

A leave-in conditioner is mainly for detangling your strands and help with reducing frizz and flyaways.

Just like the deep conditioning treatment, there are tons of varieties/brands out there.

I can recommend one that I’ve recently fallen in love with, The Mane Choice 3-n-1 Revitalize & Refresh Conditioner (Co-Wash, Detangler and Leave-In), purchased at Sally’s Beauty.

With the combination of the Detangling Hydration Shampoo, these products leave my hair feeling super smooth.

When I take my twists down the next day, my hair feels really soft, moisturized with lots of shine and smells so good.

This product promotes growth and retention, leaving your hair feeling revitalized and refreshed, with lots of moisture and hydration.

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When do you apply this product? After you’ve rinsed out your deep conditioning treatment as you prepare to set your style for the week.

I hope you find this information helpful!

What are your current Deep Conditioning and Leave-In Conditioning products?

I’d love to hear from you and see what you’re currently using.

Comment below ⤵

4 thoughts on “Deep Conditioners VS. Leave-In Conditioners

  1. Mary Norton says:

    This is a great article. I’m a 50+ woman and I have noticed my hair thinning. I did some research and started using She a Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Jamaica black castor oil. I’m wondering if this is the right one for me. Do you recommend the deep conditioner for someone of my age? Thanks so much for your input and information.
    Have a great day. Take care.

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    • iziKurls says:

      Hi Mary,
      I am glad to hear that this article was helpful to you. The JBCO line by Shea Moisture is a great start. I did use it for a year and a half. You can try the deep conditioner I have listed here to see if it makes a difference to your strands. But remember, you’ll have to be patient and use it consistently and over a period of time, to really see if there is a change or not.


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