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10 Best Protein Free Leave-In Conditioners For 4c Natural Hair

(Last Updated On: December 17, 2020)

Our hair is made up of 90% protein, so you may be wondering why I will be writing this post about protein-free leave-in conditioners to use in your hair. You see, since our hair already has enough protein, we really don’t need to overload it with too much protein because too much of a good thing can actually be bad.

This is why in this blog post, I want to recommend ten protein-free leave-in conditioners you can incorporate into your hair regimen. 

This post is perfect for naturalistas who might have protein sensitive hair or a bit of protein overload due to all the proteins in the various hair products that are applied on the hair. 

How can I tell if I have protein sensitive hair?

As someone who used to have protein sensitive hair, I can tell you that it’s not a good feeling. You would know if you have protein sensitive hair if you find your hair feeling stiff and hard after applying products on it.

If you find your hair feeling this way, you should inspect the ingredients list on your product to see if it has ingredients such as soy protein, keratin, vegetable protein, collagen, silk, just to name a few.

How do I know If I have protein overload hair?

Your hair will feel weighed down, dry and stiff if you have too much protein in your hair. You see, proteins strengthen the hair so it’s stronger to withstand breakage and damage.

Therefore, if you have too much protein in your hair, your hair will feel too strong and with less elasticity. This means that if you pull your hair, it won’t bounce back and it can even break. While strong hair is good, hair that is too strong is not healthy.

What should I do If I have protein overload?

You can temporarily switch to protein-free hair products or products with fewer proteins in it while your hair regains its protein-moisture balance. And should you have protein sensitive hair, you can hold off on hard protein treatments for a few months while your hair restores its balance.

Also, if you have protein sensitive hair, you don’t need to do a bi-weekly protein treatment. You can reduce your protein treatment to just once a month or so.  


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This post contains affiliate links which means that I make a small commission at no additional cost to you if you make a purchase with my link. Should you have additional products to add to this list, please feel free to add it in the comment section below. 

If you find a discontinued product on this list, please do let me know so I can keep this post updated. I’d also like to inform you that brands change their product packaging from time to time, which means that the product picture in this post might look a bit different from the retailer’s website at the time you decide to make a purchase.

1. Oyin Handmade Hair Dew 

leave in conditioner for protein sensitive hairProduct Claim: Looking for a product to wake up and moisturize your second-day hair? Looking for a way to make your hair pliable enough to re-style without a full rinse? Just want to refresh your coils and curls and give them a shot of moisture before sealing? This leave-in is your answer!

Review:I’ve been using this as a leave-in-conditioner and it is the most wonderful thing ever. In addition to being hydrating, it also works as a detangler and leaves your hair super soft. And the smell is divine!”

2. EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk 
leave in conditioner for curly hair


Product Claim: This super moisturizing conditioner blends sweet almond oil to seal in moisture, organic aloe, castor oil, and chamomile to condition, and peppermint and tea tree essential oils to stimulate and treat. Penetrating your hair from root to tip, leaving your hair more manageable and with lots of body.

Review: “Absolutely one of my favorite hair products, I use it almost daily, and is one of the only things that can tame my hair”

3. OBIA Naturals Curl Moisture Cream
leave in conditioner for dry hair

Product Claim: This pH balanced leave-in conditioner is full of luxurious oils that seal in moisture and minimize frizz by smoothing and closing the cuticle.
Review:One of the best moisturizers I have ever used! I’ve used it on wet and dry hair and my hair was left remarkably soft each and every time. Love love love!”

4. Naturalicious Heavenly Hydration Grapeseed Hair Mist

protein free leave-in conditioner for 4c hair


Product Claim: For those styling days in between wash days. When hair needs that extra boost of hydration.

Just a couple of quick spritzes and hair becomes as soft & glamorous as the day you washed it. Go longer in between wash days with this instant boost of hydration. Use the mist to add shine without any buildup & give your style the touch-up it needs.

Review: “This Mist keeps my hair well hydrated. I love it and so does my son who keeps “borrowing” it!”

5. CurlMix Pure Avocado Moisturizer with Organic Jojoba Oil

This avocado moisturizer is the step 3 product from the four product, four-step wash-and-go kit formulated specifically for 4c hair. You can try this product by itself or get the entire line for the best results.

protein free leave in conditioner for protein sensitive hair


Product Claim: From curly to kinky women, CurlMixers LOVE the hydration they get from using this Pure Avocado Moisturizer. The next key ingredient is organic jojoba oil. It is most like the natural “sebum” (sticky oil-like substance) that our scalp produces.

Spreading that oil to the tips of our strands provides a healthier environment for growth and increases moisture levels. You’ll also smell like you’ve just run through a field of flowers.

Review: “I absolutely love this product. Not only does it smell delicious but it moisturizes my hair and along with the gel, my curls are popping.”protein free leave-in conditioner for 4c hair

6. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk

protein free leave-in conditioner for 4c hair


Product Claim: A softening leave-in conditioning cream with light notes of macadamia nut and vanilla. This leave-in daily moisturizing cream will provide shine, lasting moisture, and decrease shrinkage to enhance the driest hair.
Review:This curl love is so moisturizing. I usually keep my hair in twists for a couple of days before I take them down and my hair was still soft and full of moisture.

7. As I Am Leave-In Conditioner

protein leave-in conditioner

Product Claim: As I Am leave-in hair conditioner helps strengthen hair, supports healthy hair growth, and prepares hair for styling. A great leave-in is a vital first step in styling, smooth on after cleansing and conditioning. The finished style will be softer, shinier, and more manageable. Keeps tangles away and provides a great foundation for styling. 
Review:This leave-in keeps my hair so moisturized and soft and detangles my hair like a dream.

8. Naturally Smitten Tangle-Free Pudding 

leave in conditioner for dry 4c hair

Product Claim: Tangle-free pudding works to revitalize natural strands while loosening knots and tangles. Marshmallow root extract works throughout the detangling process by softening hair and providing the extra slip needed to combat pesky knots and tangles in tightly coiled hair.
Review: My daughters have very curly hair that gets very tangled. This product instantly detangles their hair in seconds. I love it!”

9. TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner

leave in conditioner for dry curly hairProduct Claim: Kiss dry hair goodbye and say hello to soft, beautiful moisturized curls with TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner. This lightweight formula has the perfect combination of moisture and antioxidants that improves manageability, fights frizz, and transforms dry brittle strands into soft, smooth, and healthy hair.

Review: It gives a little bit of slip for detangling and helps promote elongation with tight curls

10. The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey, Endless Moisture Rinse Out or Leave-In Conditioner

protein free leave-in conditioner for natural hair

Product Claim: Detangles, softens, and delivers lasting moisture. Also helps to improve manageability. Nourishes and moisturizes dry, brittle hair. Locks in lasting moisture. Smooths frizz, softens, and nourishes

Review:I really enjoyed the texture of this product and there was a lot of slip to it. It moisturizes my hair really well and leaves my curls super defined. Would definitely recommend adding this to your routine as it works lovely as a rinse out or leave in.

Now I’d like to know, which protein-free leave-in conditioner have you tried? Which one will you be trying? Let us know in the comments section. 

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