Read­er Jan­ice says;

I am cur­rent­ly on a quest which I hope your read­ers will be able to help me with. I have got­ten to the point where I want to use more “organic/natural” leave-ins in my hair. I cur­rent­ly use Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Hair Lotion. It makes my hair soooo soft and gives it a nice shine, but I real­ized that it con­tains petro­la­tum :( :( and I sus­pect this may be the rea­son why my scalp was always so itchy. I have tried the Gio­van­ni Direct Leave In which has an incred­i­ble amount of mois­ture, but seemed to evap­o­rate as soon as I added it to my hair. For me, it def­i­nite­ly lacked slip. I have start­ed to do some research on leave-ins, but there are soo many out there that I am a lit­tle over­whelmed. So my ques­tion to read­ers is this: In your expe­ri­ence, which leave-ins have a great bal­ance between mois­ture and slip? Thank you and I look for­ward to hear­ing from every­one! :)

Great ques­tion! This ties in a bit with the ques­tion yes­ter­day about how to mois­tur­ize pro­tec­tive styles. What are your thoughts ladies?

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I use kimmaytube’s leave in using kinky curly knot today,olive oil, aloe vera juice,black cas­tor oil, and about 5 drops of jane carters scalp nour­ish­ing serum

MJ Labonte
I have type 4 hair, about shoul­der length stretched out and the best leave-in con­di­tion­er for me ( I acci­den­tal­ly dis­cov­ered this a few weeks ago) after I wash and con­di­tion is mix­ing equal parts of Shea Mois­ture Coconut Hibis­cus Con­di­tion­ing Hair Milk + Kinky Curly Knot today and apply­ing in sec­tions. OMG! detan­gling is a breeze with this in my hair. I typ­i­cal­ly include olive oil + H20 spritz but last week­end, the weath­er warmed up quite a bit so I left out the olive oil just to see and it stayed mois­tur­ized for a good 4 days. Per­haps… Read more »
Per­son­al­ly, I don’t use leave-in con­di­tion­ers because they are way too light for my hair. I prefer to leave rin­se-out con­di­tion­ers in my hair. I end up with bet­ter look­ing hair that is mois­tur­ized. As for nat­u­ral con­di­tion­ers, I love Aubrey’s Hon­ey­suck­le Rose, Aubrey’s White Camel­lia, Desert Essence Coconut Con­di­tion­er, and Nature’s Gate Organ­ic Aloe & Laven­der Con­di­tion­er. All of the­se con­di­tion­ers are nat­u­ral and free of paraben, petrol, and sil­i­cone, but they all help to detan­gle my hair and provide mois­ture. If I need a lit­tle more mois­ture, I might add a bit of coconut oil or vatika oil… Read more »

Kinky­Curly Knot Today has incred­i­ble slip & is very mois­tur­iz­ing.
Karen’s Body Beau­ti­ful Sweet Ambrosia is very mois­tur­iz­ing, leaves my hair incred­i­bly soft. It has amz­ing ingre­di­ents too. All nat­u­ral. It’s light so I love it in the sum­mer.
I also love Bee Mine Lus­cious Bal­anced Cream Mois­tur­iz­er. It’s thick­er, so its won­der­ful in the win­ter. It smells nice, is all nat­u­ral, very mois­tur­iz­ing, long last­ing, and has slip.


Wow. Thanks for all the input ladies! :)


Kinky Curly Knot Today is a great leave-in with tons of slip, but it’s too heavy for my hair. I have 2 bot­tles, one half used and one nev­er used if any­one wants them?


I do!!!


I would love them! I love that stuff.


my email is


14 May 2011 at 7:04 pm
Kinky Curly Knot Today is a great leave-in with tons of slip, but it’s too heavy for my hair. I have 2 bot­tles, one half used and one nev­er used if any­one wants them?

YES!!! I would love to get them!


Ill take the kinky curl not today since I nev­er tried it. Not sure if youll get this, thx!

Antoinette Stewart

I’m not an extreme pro­duct expert. I just recent­ly threw out a lot of my leave-ins. I was using the same hair lotion as you were and expe­ri­enc­ing the itchies. Thanks to AfricanEx­port & for pro­vid­ing it, her sig­na­ture leave-in con­di­tion­er pro­vides every­thing I need! Extra slip, extra mois­ture, and a per­fect starter before i slap on my oils. My hair tex­ture would be defined as pen spi­ral curls, with cot­tony sides — but very very very coarse!

Jo Somebody

Erm, hel­looo! But some slip­pery elm or marsh­mal­low root, brew it, add it to your fave mois­tur­is­ing leave-in. Voila! :-)

Jo Somebody



My hair is 4b/4c so mois­ture and slip in a leave in just does not exist for me in a creamy leave in. I would try mak­ing a leave in con­di­tion­ing spritz with water and glyc­er­in as the two go to ingre­di­ents. I would then con­sid­er adding a nice con­di­tion­er (a table­spoon or two) and some nice oils. This should con­di­tion the hair as well as provide slip.

take care and hap­py hunt­ing!


Also if the gio­van­ni direct seemed to evap­o­rate as soon as you put it in your hair, may­be your hair needs a high­er humec­tant con­tent to its prod­ucts. Humec­tants will con­tin­ue to bring mois­ture out of the air and into the hair. I would defs try to find a leave in with veg­etable gyl­cer­in or get one and add the gyl­cer­in to it.


You could try cock­tail­ing. Espe­cial­ly if you are look­ing to go more nat­u­ral with ingre­di­ents. Kim­may­tube has this recipe:1 oz Knot Today Leave-In (or 2 table­spoons of YOUR pre­ferred leave-in)
2 table­spoons of (Whole leaf ver­sion) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
2 tea­spoons of Cas­tor Oil (option­al. I some­times do with­out it)
2 tea­spoons of Jojoba Oil
Mix well.

You could try coconut oil or may­be veg­gie glyc­er­in (depend­ing on the weath­er where you live). Exper­i­men­ta­tion might be nec­es­sary.

From Broadway

I’ve used chi silk infu­sion for a while and love it!


Two things that help me. Aloe Mint Spritz is great for my hair. Soft­ens, refresh­es, detan­gles. For my DIY mix, I mix Sikakai, Amla, Glyc­er­in, a lit­tle con­di­tion­er and warm water in a spray bot­tle.

wood house

thanks for valu­able guide­li­nes and sim­ply excel­lent infor­ma­tion


I swear by Kinky Curly Knot Today. I use it as a con­di­tion­er and a leave-in. It smells great, no build up and a lit­tle bit goes a loong way.


It’s appro­pri­ate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be hap­py. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to sug­gest you some inter­est­ing things or advice. Per­haps you could write next arti­cles refer­ring to this arti­cle. I wish to read more things about it!