When it’s so hot that the air is leaching the moisture from my hair, leaving my situation looking frizzy and crispy, I know it’s time to reach for external moisture reserves. My hair loves, needs, wants, craves and absorbs leave-in conditioner sprays in the summer! It can’t be just any old leave-in, either. It needs to be water based, and infused with the kind of ingredients my hair responds to best – like coconut oil, castor oil, aloe and glycerin.

I’m in the fortunate position to be able to try the gamut of natural hair products. I’ve tried the expensive brands you find in retail stores, and the DIY independent fresh-from-the-kitchen online only varieties. Here are 9 that you need to know about, complete with ingredients so you can make an informed decision. Just in case you aren’t ready to make your own leave-in yet!

Leave In Conditioners For natural hair

Obia Natural Haircare Curl Hydration Spray

Ingredients: “Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Rose Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Soybean Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum).”

So far I’ve tried quite a few products by Obia and I really like everything I’ve tried! Her Curl Hydration Spray was one of the first products she created (PS the creator, Obia is a trained chemist). When my hair is thirsty, this spray delivers exactly what I need.

Oyin Juices and Berries

Ingredients: “Aqueous infusion of shavegrass leaf, lavender buds, nettle leaf, chamomile flower, and red rose petals; organic flax seeds; organic aloe leaf juice; vegetable glycerin; lavender oil, orange peel oil, grapefruit seed extract; citric acid, and love!”

Oyin remains one of my favorite natural brands, and their sprays are ALL excellent. I love Frank Juice and Greg Juice, but the moisturizing power and sweet scent of Juices and Berries make it my favorite!

LRC Shake and Go

Ingredients: “Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Oil, Silk Protein, Sunflower Seed Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Coconut/Palm Oil Fatty Acids“

I love LRC – Lawrence Ray is a friend of mine and he’s created a wonderful line of products. Shake and Go is my FAVE – my hair just drinks it up! And the bottle it comes in is THE perfect spray bottle. The packaging rocks!

Mahogany Naturals Daily Moisturizing Leave In

Ingredients: “(Aqua)purified water, ,( Aloe Barbadensis) Aloe vera,vegetable glycerin,( Tocopherol )vitamin E, (Cocos nucifera )coconut oil,silk amino acid,essential oils,fragrance”

My bellas in the UK are likely already up on Mahogany Naturals – I discovered the brand during my visit there and fell in love! My hair absorbs this product like a sponge and it leaves my hair feeling soft and restored.

Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner

Ingredients: “Water, Glycerin, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Lemongrass Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil) , Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones”

Can I just say that I feel proud of Black Onyx and Alikay Naturals? She created a product line that truly works for a variety of hair textures! Her Lemongrass leave in smells divine and works perfectly for my hair, restoring softness, shine and much needed moisture.

Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing Refreshing Spray

Ingredients: “Water (Aqua), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosa Canina Leaf Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Methyl Gluceth-10, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzophenone-4, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin”

Don’t sleep on Ouidad – they make such great products for natural textures, from tightly coiled to loose curls. The Botanical Boost is amongst my faves for a reason – when my hair is absolutely parched, it does the job and infuses moisture to my situation. It’s a light spray that smells luxurious and works well for me.

Carols Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Refresher Spray


Water (Aqua), Agave Tequilana Stem Extract, Amodimethicone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Calendula OfficianalisFlower Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Panthenol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-75 Meadowfoam Oil, Polyquaternium-11, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-12, Methylisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate,Fragrance (Parfum) 1109E1322252”

Carol’s Daughter was one of my first favorite natural hair brands and I still love so many of the staple products! The Curl Milk spray is light, has the same divine fragrance I’ve long adored, and brings my coils back to life when they’re limp and frizzy.

My Honeychild Herbal Hair Cocktail

Ingredients : Distilled water, chamomile extract, seaweed complex, herbal extract, yarrow, mint ,fragrance phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol (Optiphen®).

If you’re not yet familiar with My Honeychild, let me put you up on game! This brand has SO many amazing natural hair products, you are bound to find something your hair will adore. This spritz is intended to infuse hair with deeply penetrating humectants and it’s ideal for summertime!

Soultanicals Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink

INGREDIENTS: Lavender Water, Organic Aloe Juice, Herbal Infusion of Horsetail, Burdock, Chamomile, Hibiscus, Ginger, Irish Moss & Nettle, Flaxseed Gel, Babassu Oil, Castor Oil, Pro Vitamin B5, Sorbitol, Algae, Kelp, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Agave Nectar, Natural, Fragrant & Essential Oil Blends, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Citric Acid, Sea Buckthorne , an extra spritz of LOVE!

Here’s what I love about Soultanicals – the creativity and the names and the EFFECTIVENESS of her products! The island girl in me adores sorrell as a traditional Christmas drink, and my hair loves it as a moisturizing refresher, intended to give new life to my curls. Love!

Those are nine of the best spray on leave ins that I’ve had the privilege to try. See any you love and want to add to your arsenal?


Trinichiq says:
July 3, 2014, 11:49 am
Love some of the options you've listed and I would add Naturalista Juicy Leave-in Conditioner. Living in hot Trinidad, it's the best moisturizer for my hair
pets says:
July 3, 2014, 12:21 pm
Right now I am using Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing leave in conditioner.
afrobella says:
July 3, 2014, 12:58 pm
I love Naturalista Juicy but this post was all about spray on leave-ins! :) I miss hot Trinidad. Eat a doubles for me please!
afrobella says:
July 3, 2014, 12:58 pm
I hope you love it!
Kimberly says:
July 3, 2014, 1:00 pm
Where can I find these? I have the CD Hair Milk Spray!
Melissa says:
July 4, 2014, 10:46 am
I just ran out of Oyin's juices and berries. I need to get more. My hair loved it. A few of these brands have been on my "to try" list. Thank you for the details.
Joan Organics says:
July 8, 2014, 6:53 am
Love your suggestions for organic hair products!
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Adrea says:
July 23, 2014, 9:21 am
I'd sure want to use organic hair products. But these days there are so many synthetic products you get overwhelmed. So I love this article about natural ingredients. Thanks for sharing. And keep up the good work. Like to read more of this kind of articles.
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Rashonda says:
July 30, 2014, 1:29 am
Nutress Hair Leave-in Conditioner is also a great one ! It keeps my hair very soft and manageable. I love it :)
Lauren Beasley says:
August 1, 2014, 8:25 pm
Any reviews on Soultanicals Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink with 4c hair types?
Sui-lin says:
August 6, 2014, 9:42 am
I really suggest to use natural hair products like you do. Never think that moisturizing ingredients could help to. Mostly I buy natural hair products, but never interested in the ingredients. Thanks for sharing this. This article fits whit my 50 best black weave hairstyles to :).
cybil says:
August 6, 2014, 12:08 pm
I really love the moisturizing products I bought some ass well, but not these actually
Sui-Lin says:
August 27, 2014, 4:31 pm
Nice article you have written. While there are so much conditioners around it is hard to choose which one is the right one. Buy I do believe the ingredients you have put in this article are the main ingredients what a conditioner needs. I am also searching for a way on how to get your hair to grow faster.
Rashonda says:
August 28, 2014, 11:07 am
I would also suggest Nutress Hair Stop Break leave-in enhancer ! It stops breakage while making your hair soft and manageable! I loveeee this product. And its affordable! You ladies have to try it :)
Rachel says:
September 9, 2014, 9:03 pm
I just discovered kinky curly spiral spray. Available at target and walgreens. All natural ingredients. No alcohols, salts, parabens, pthalates, and the like. Super awesome product!
Sydney says:
September 13, 2014, 10:01 pm
Only one of the spritzes listed DON'T have humectants, which is lame. I'd love to try them when it's humid, but because I live in the desert, I don't think it would be a good idea. The My Honeychild Herbal Hair Cocktail seems pretty interesting, since it doesn't have any humectants (at least I hope not, anyway). I would love to try it.
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September 14, 2014, 5:57 am
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Valencia Williams says:
September 26, 2014, 5:20 pm
That list in the Bomb.com. I love Oyin's Juices and Berries. I would also add the As I Am CocoShea Spray to the list. I am absolutely in love with it. http://www.curlkitshop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=112
Takara A says:
October 7, 2014, 6:51 am
I'm definitely going to try some of these, I've been searching for a good leave-in for a while now. curlschordsclothes.blogspot.co.uk
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October 9, 2014, 2:42 am
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Monica says:
January 23, 2015, 8:17 pm
I really enjoy reading these articles. Good post!
Alexanderia says:
December 17, 2015, 12:09 pm
I love this post! I have tried the LRC Leave-in and it my most favorite, compared to "It's a 10" and a Moroccan brand I tried at the same time. The LRC Shake & Go smelled so good and left my hair very defined. Some of the ones listed, I have never heard of but I am SO excited to try!! Thank You for sharing!