My #1 Staple Leave In Conditioner for Fine Natural Hair

leave in conditioners for fine natural hair

Leave in conditioner should be used under every styling product on wash day. If you don’t use a styling product, you should still use a leave in. The leave in protects your hair, especially when used in the LOC (or LCO/LCOC) method. A leave in conditioner should have enough slip to adequately work through your hair with your fingers.

There are many leave-ins on the market and you can also use a rinse out conditioner as a leave in. I only opt to use my rinsing conditioner as a leave in when it’s actually doubling as my wash and go styler.

I used to use a leave in conditioner that wasn’t curly girl friendly (Salem 21). I love that it allowed my hair to stretch when damp but for the sake of making all my products Curly Girl friendly, I put it down and started using Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in.

Initially, I used the the KC leave in as part of Kimmaytube’s leave in conditioner recipe (my modified version below). However, I find that the KCKT leave in is sufficient all by itself.

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Additionally, for those with fine natural hair, the added oils in the Kimmaytube conditioner recipe can weigh down the hair. A modified version of the Kimmaytube recipe that I found works well for my fine natural hair is as follows:

  • 1 ounce of Kinky Curly Knot Today
  • 2 tablespoons of Lily of the desert Aloe Vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba Oil

I omitted the Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBO) from my recipe as it’s a bit heavy for my fine hair. I prefer to use JBCO on my ends for sealing only. I also don’t pH test my recipe. I go more by how my hair feels and this recipe has never failed me.


While Kinky Curly Knot Today’s leave in conditioner is a staple, I’m now rotating it with Shea Moisture’s Strengthen Grow and Restore Leave in. Their properties are very different but they work differently with different stylers. Plus, it’s good to rotate your products. That includes your leave in conditioners.

This post is a part of the series, “Sorting out a Fine Haired Natural’s Wash Day Step by Step.” Here are previous posts:

Why & How to Pre-Poo Fine Natural Hair

Cleansing Fine Natural Hair for Length Retention

Deep Conditioning Fine Natural Hair

Why Fine Hair Needs Protein and How to Strengthen It

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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