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How Should Men Use Leave-In Conditioner?

Looking after your hair as a modern man requires more than just a rinse and repeat.

Along with a high-quality shampoo and conditioner, leave-in conditioner for men is now a gamechanger in the haircare industry.

Formulated to be left in the hair, it moisturizes, protects and rescues flyaway strands. Discover how and when to use leave-in conditioner for men in this blog.

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What is a leave-in conditioner for men? 

Leave-in conditioners moisturize the hair and make it easier to manage, in much the same way as traditional conditioners. The major difference is that leave-in conditioners stay on the hair and provide all-day nourishment, with more time to penetrate the hair than rinse-out conditioners. 

If you’re a guy who tends to skip the conditioner in your shower routine, leave-in conditioners are a convenient replacement. Additionally, if you’re someone with longer or curlier hair, leave-in conditioners will help to detangle, de-frizz, and moisturize, all with just a few spritzes!

Leave-in conditioners also work to keep your scalp moisturized, making them ideal for anyone with a dry, irritable scalp. They can even take the place of many styling products, allowing your hair to be molded into any style that tickles your fancy!

Should you use a leave-in conditioner?

Everyone can reap the rewards of a leave-in conditioner. However, if you’re battling dry hair, leave-in conditioner offers the most benefits. This is because it provides all-day nourishment, helping to prevent damage, frizziness, and breakage.

For guys that tend to use hair products most days, this can often result in dry or damaged hair. By adding a leave-in conditioner to your mane a few times a week, this will help to replenish your hair’s moisture and prevent a dry scalp. 

Is leave-in conditioner good for men's hair?

When it comes to leave-in conditioner, think of it as a turbocharged version of regular conditioner. As we’ve mentioned already, it stays on your hair all day, providing your hair with moisture and helping to repair any dry or damaged strands. 

Let’s take a look at three of the major benefits of using a leave-in conditioner for men:

It’s a real time-saver

If you’re like most guys, you want to keep your hair care routine as simple and fuss-free as possible. And that’s where leave-in conditioners really stand apart. With just a few spritzes after your morning shower, it’s a quick way to add all-day moisture and volume to your hair. 

With all the time you save in the morning, you can get around to more important things - like eating breakfast or hitting snooze a few more times! 

It repairs and protects your dry or damaged hair 

Leave-in conditioners provide intense moisture and nourishment to your hair. They typically contain ingredients called humectants, that work to hydrate and soften hair strands, making them stronger and more elastic. 

Even if you’re someone with naturally healthy hair that’s not prone to breakage, external factors can easily damage your hair. These factors can include extreme cold weather, UV rays, and pollution. Leave-in conditioners penetrate the hair strands and provide a protective barrier for both your hair and scalp - thus reducing the damage caused by external factors.

It gives your hair more volume and a fuller appearance

Leave-in conditioners come with essential fats, keratin derivatives, and vitamins that reduce breakage, which helps to make hair look fuller. While they’re not the answer to a receding hairline, they can quickly and easily add volume to hair that may be dull and brittle.

How and when to use a leave-in conditioner?

Now that you’ve learned just how effective leave-in conditioner can be, it’s onto the ‘how’ and ‘when’. How often should you use a leave-in conditioner? When is the best time to apply it? And how should you use it? Read on to find out:

When should you put leave-in conditioner in your hair?

Leave-in conditioner is applied to your hair after it’s been shampooed and rinsed. It can be used to replace your normal conditioner, or you can use both. For guys with dry or damaged hair, it’s a great idea to use both your regular conditioner and a leave-in conditioner.

For best results, you should apply leave-in conditioner to your hair while it’s still damp. Also check out our blog "How often should men wash their hair?"

How do you use leave-in conditioner?

  1. After washing your hair in the shower with shampoo, rinse thoroughly.
  2. You can use a regular conditioner in the shower if you want, but make sure that your hair is completely rinsed afterward.
  3. Once you’ve finished your shower, gently pat your hair dry with a towel to remove excess water.
  4. Spritz a few sprays to the hair at mid-length (if your hair is long enough) and at the ends, taking care to avoid the roots.
  5. For longer hair, you can use a brush to comb or detangle it.
  6. Leave your hair to dry or style it as you please. 


No matter what type of hair you have, the process is generally the same. However, if you have thicker hair, you will probably need to use more leave-in conditioner than someone with fine hair.

If you have curly or thick hair, using a wide-tooth comb can help to distribute the leave-in conditioner more evenly. For guys with very fine hair, you can choose to only apply the leave-in conditioner to the ends of your hair.

When it comes to how often you should use a leave-in conditioner, this depends on how your hair is responding. If you’re using a leave-in conditioner daily and your hair looks and feels healthy, then you’re good to continue using it as-is. But if you notice your hair becoming oily or limp, it’s probably a sign that you’re over-using your leave-in conditioner. 

The perfect solution?

VITAMAN Leave-In Hair Conditioner is the perfect solution to revitalize your dry or damaged hair. Containing Australian botanicals like Cinnamon Leaf Oil, it conditions, hydrates, and restores your hair’s natural body and shine. If you’re ready to bring the moisture and softness back to your hair - and enjoy a boost of confidence - choose the natural goodness of VITAMAN Leave-In Hair Moisturizer 

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