10 Lightweight Products for Relaxed Hair

Women with relaxed hair not only need to know how to keep their tresses as healthy as possible, but they're usually looking for ways to maintain lightweight, bouncy hair. It can be easy to weigh down straightened locks, especially if your mane is already fine. When it comes to product picks, choosing the best ones for relaxed tresses often means looking for lightweight options.

Look at ingredient labels to make sure you avoid heavy ingredients like petroleum/petrolatum and mineral oil. You might also want to steer clear of too many sulfates and parabens. While many women already know that sulfate-laden products are drying, they can also lead to protein breakdown, which is the last thing relaxed hair needs. Parabens may be linked to harmful hormonal activity, but the jury is still out on making definite claims. Still, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to products that you place on your scalp and hair every day.

This list contains some of the best, most lightweight products that won't weigh down relaxed hair, and covers everything you'll need from leave-in conditioners to finishers like sheen sprays and serums.

A good leave-in can help you maintain optimal moisture levels. This one by It's a 10 also contains keratin, which helps to strengthen your hair. Keeping your tresses strong is crucial when they're relaxed. The added protein helps to fill in gaps in your hair cuticles, taking away frizz and increasing shine. This spray-on conditioner is very lightweight, and a little goes a long way. Although it counts as a pricier product, you don't have to use much to feel the effects. It's definitely a good choice to have on hand after every shampoo and conditioning session.

This leave-in conditioner by Jane Carter is another lightweight option, perfect for moisturizing your relaxed mane without making it heavy. When trying to decide which leave-in is best for you, spray or spritz conditioners tend to be lighter than their creamy counterparts. As with all Jane Carter Solution products, this conditioner contains plenty of natural ingredients designed to benefit your tresses. Not only does this leave-in work as a moisturizing conditioner, it also performs multiple duties as a detangler and light heat protectant.

When it comes to oils, you have your choice of products that range from extremely light to very heavy. Steer clear of castor oil and olive oil (unless you're doing a hot oil treatment or oil rinse) and look for lightweight, natural versions. Argan oil is a favorite of many women, natural and relaxed alike. It's very light, smells heavenly and is so good for the hair. It works wonderfully on a finished hairstyle; it adds sheen and reduces frizz. Regular use, focusing on the ends of your hair, should lead to growth retention and healthier locks overall.

When creating hairstyles with wet sets, you want light products that give a lasting hold. This Creme of Nature foaming mousse does exactly that. Whether you create a roller set or use flexi-rods, expect well-defined curls that can easily last a week or longer. Complete coverage is important for getting great results, so make sure you apply this product to damp hair and comb through to fully saturate. Mousses are wonderful for creating flexible, long-lasting holds.

With natural oils like coconut, avocado, and jojoba, this lightweight moisturizer from SoftSheen-Carson helps to protect your hair from daily styling while giving it the nutrients it needs. Used regularly, it keeps your tresses soft and supple. On mornings when you want to "bump" your ends, be sure and apply a pea-size amount to your hair before touching with direct heat. This product will add some heat protection; remember, however, that frequent bumping isn't recommended. If your ends feel dry very often, apply this creamy moisturizer to them nightly, and over time, you should notice an improvement.

If avoiding bad ingredients is important to you, Carol's Daughter has long been a brand that created products designed to maintain healthy hair. This sheen spray is perfect for creating a finished style with shine and lots of movement. The convenient 4-oz. size makes it portable enough to stash in your handbag for midday touch-ups if you need them. Containing just a handful of ingredients, including almond and soybean oils, the Black Vanilla line is a favorite for many due to its amazing scent and promotion of healthy locks.

Another way to create a beautifully finished hairstyle, this Mizani sheen spray adds plenty of shine to relaxed tresses without leaving your hair feeling heavy. Best applied to dry hair that's already styled, products like this just give your 'do a polished look. Don't expect hold, just plenty of sheen. While sprays are perfect for getting your style finished at the start of your day, they're also a very light way to add manageability when putting your mane up for the night.

Serums can work for relaxed hair as long as you use them the right way. These products can weigh down your tresses if you're heavy-handed with them, so you only need a pea- to a dime-size amount, even for very long tresses. If your hair is very fine, only apply a dab of serum to the ends of your mane. This got2b anti-frizz option is designed to tame any frizz and give your 'do a polished look. Serums work well for high porosity hair; relaxed hair often has a higher porosity, particularly if it's also colored. These products can create a smooth appearance that more porous hair sometimes lacks.

This inexpensive option is a great way to add shine to relaxed hair while maintaining lots of body and volume. Plus, it's a frizz fighter. Remember that a little goes a long way when it comes to serums. Start with a tiny amount and only add if needed. This smoothing product from Garnier can work on straight or curly relaxed styles. Expect lots of shine and softness. Like many serums, this one contains silicones, which are the ingredients that help repel frizz. Some tresses can tolerate "cones" better than others. If you know your mane is sensitive to silicone products, you probably want to avoid serums and stick to sheen sprays instead.