The Big Fix — New York Streets Hair Repair Leave-in Conditioner and Strengthener
What was life even like without leave-in conditioners? Those of us with dry and brittle hair can barely fathom a time before we were able to spritz or smooth a leave-in conditioner on our strands, giving them an extra dose of hydration since, frankly, even the best conditioners were seldom enough to make our parched manes manageable. Finding the right leave-in conditioner, however, can be quite a perplexing undertaking since, nowadays, the options are plentiful. Over the years, I’ve found several solid options: Fekkai’s Beachcomber Leave-in Conditioner, Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Leave-in Conditioner, Ouidad’s Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner, Kerastase’s Nectar Thermique, Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream, Dove’s Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Smoothing Cream, and Pantene Pro-V’s Curly Light Conditioning Detangler among them. But I’m still playing Goldilocks when it comes to leave-in conditioners and trying to find the product that’s juuuust right.
And now, I can add the New York Streets Hair Repair ($23 at newyork-streets.com) to my list of hair-smoothing, detangling, frizz-fighting, softening, conditioning wonders. The leave-in conditioner is formulated with: glycerin, a natural humectant that helps lock in moisture within the cuticle; panthenol, which draws moisture from the atmosphere and binds to water molecules, thereby moisturizing strands; hydrolyzed silk, which boasts hygroscopic properties, drawing and holding as much as 10,000 times its weight in water; hydrolyzed wheat protein, which contains oligosaccharides that balance hair’s moisture content and create a protective film that locks in that moisture.
All these ingredients, then, draw moisture and bind it to strands while also fortifying the hair’s own protective barrier so that this added moisture can’t easily dissipate. And, because these ingredients have such a low molecular weight, they won’t weigh your strands down or leave hair feeling greasy and overloaded. In fact, the leave-in conditioner feels like an incredibly fine mist when spritzed onto hair, and it dries remarkably fast, leaving strands feeling silky soft, fighting frizz and static, and giving hair a bit of bounce.
For ideal results, you’ll want to apply the product to damp strands, then comb hair thoroughly to make sure it’s evenly distributed. That said, I sometimes spritz it onto dry hair to give it a little pick-me-up, and it does wonders, reviving my strands without creating any stickiness or tackiness.