(Last Updated On: September 15, 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. Which means that if you pull your hair, it wont 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 it’s 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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1. Oyin Handmade Hair Dew (8.4 Oz.)

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 (8 Oz.)
leave in conditioner for curly hair


Product Claim: Leaves your hair soft, shiny and manageable, and is great for detangling tight curls.

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. (8OZ).
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. Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner (12 Oz.)
leave in conditioner for protein sensitive hair


Product Claim: A detangling, moisturizing daily conditioner infused with hydrating aloe vera and emollient and healing argan, olive, jojoba and virgin coconut oils!
Review:This is an awesome conditioner, it leaves my hair feeling so moisturized and soft.”

5. CurlMix Pure Avocado Moisturizer with Organic Jojoba Oil

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 poppin.”

6. Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave-In Conditioner (8 oz.)
leave in conditioner for dry hair


Product Claim: This rich, luxurious product is fabulous when used on damp hair for two-strand twists and braids for a soft, shiny twist-out!
Review:This has become one of my staple products. This product moisturizes all of my textures and plays nice with other products. Leaves my hair very soft and bouncy.

7. As I Am Leave-In Conditioner (8 oz.)
leave in conditioner for protein overload hair

Product Claim: A great leave-in conditioner is a vital first step in styling. Smooth it on after cleansing and conditioning. Your finished style will be softer, shinier and more manageable. This natural wonder keeps tangles away and provides a great foundation for natural styling.
Review:This leave in keeps my hair so moisturized and soft and detangles my hair like a dream.

8. SheaMoisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Leave-In (8 oz.)
leave in conditioner for curly hair


Product Claim: Conditions hair while resolving knots for easy comb through. Provides lasting moisture without surface build-up.
Review:My daughter has 3C-4A hair that is low-porosity. This product really melts into her hair and detangles very well.

9. Naturally Smitten Tangle-Free Pudding (8 oz.)
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 silky very curly hair that gets very tangled. This product instantly detangles their hair in seconds.I love it!”

10. TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner. (13oz). $

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

Which protein free leave-in conditioner have you tried? Which one will you be trying? Let us know in the comments section.