Leave In Conditioner for Fine Natural Hair (My #1 Staple)

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. Leave in conditioners for fine hair should have enough slip to adequately work through your hair with your fingers.

leave in conditioners for fine hair

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.

Salerm 21 used to be my go to leave in conditioner. However, it wasn’t curly girl friendly. 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 Leave in Conditioner for Fine Hair

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. My preference is 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 not failed me.


While Kinky Curly Knot Today’s leave in conditioner is a staple, I’m currently 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 leave in conditioners for fine hair.

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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Fine Hair and Faith

Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area. She shares tips for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. Her writings are mainly centered around herbal hair care and sharing easy hairstyles. It's her joy to inspire others using faith for living while caring for your "crown."

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