Product Review: CHI Keratin Leave-In Conditioner

Price: $14.50

Purchased At: Ulta Beauty

Promises: CHI Keratin Leave in Conditioner is a unique reconstructing leave in treatment designed to infuse damaged hair with a powerful dose of natural keratin to rebuild hair’s cuticle. Combining the natural reconstructing power of keratin with the essential nourishments of jojoba and argan oils, this highly sophisticated compound dramatically improves elasticity, preventing future breakage, while adding intense hydration that restores softness and shine. [Source]

Directions: Spray evenly throughout the hair and leave in, proceed with styling.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium-80, Fragrance, Keratin Amino Acids, Panthenol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Guar Hydroxypropltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral

My Assessment:

  • Packaging: This leave-in conditioner comes packaged in a spray bottle, which makes it easy to spray and apply the leave-in to the hair… which makes me a happy gal.
  • Fragrance: It smells similar to CHI Silk Infusion but a little less manly haha. CHI Silk Infusion reminds me of men’s cologne. I like the fragrance and more importantly, it doesn’t linger so I don’t walk around smelling like a guy haha.
  • Consistency: The consistency of this leave-in conditioner is a creamy/watrery mix. It easily sprays from the bottle but I sometimes find it easier to spray the product into my hands and then apply to my hair. It sinks right into my hair, which I love.There’s nothing worse than a leave-in conditioner that just sits at my strands.
  • Number of uses: I’ve been using this leave-in conditioner since July 29th and I’ve used a little less then half the bottle. 
  • Effectiveness: The first time I used this leave-in conditioner, I was a bit skeptical about whether it would actually work because when I first applied it to my hair, it didn’t feel like it did anything. It initially made my hair feel coated so I naturally worried and considered grabbing another leave-in to hopefully save the day. I didn’t grab another leave-in and after a few minutes my hair felt much better. As I detangled my hair, my hair felt soft and strengthened. In comparison to my favorite leave in conditioner, Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In, this conditioner does not leave my hair nearly as soft as Darcy’s leave in. However, what makes this leave-in stand out is how it seems to impart my hair with the perfect balance of strength and moisture. Comparing the slip I get from Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In and this leave-in, Darcy’s wins again. Because I’ve grown so used to Darcy’s Leave-In, the first time I used this leave-in I was actually a bit shocked at the lack of slip, but using this with Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum helps.

Even though this conditioner doesn’t provide a ton of slip, I still like it and will include it my staples. The protein and moisture I get from this leave-in and how well it decreases breakage is enough to keep me going back to it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. It was such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using black castor oil for hair from long and its really effective. SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner will make your dreams come true!

  2. I actually felt the SAME way! I used it for the first time the other day. I used it after my DC for a small protein boost and my hair felt coated. I kept washing my hands to see how my hair actually felt…it felt fine immediately after washing my hands but coated after a while. I finally decided to stop worrying and to just let it dry. I lost minimum hair while detangling and you're right, there is not a lot of slip but but I ended up using a little Darcy's on my NG to help…it did the trick. I'm going to continue to use this leave-in mid week, maybe just a little less than I did the first time 🙂 thanks for the review

  3. what do you think about the chi ionic power plus??
    is it good?

    1. Author

      Hi there, I'm sorry but I've never tried CHI Ionic Power Plus.

  4. If you want more slip, use it with the Keratin silk infusion, the lack of slip is intentional so there is no loss of volume when applied to fine hair!

    1. Thank you for that bit of information….I will have to try that, because I noticed the lack of slip and it also dries or has a quick dry feeling about 1 or two after I put it on my ends. I figured it was the corn starch that was causing that. (I equate the corn starch that they use in the product to powder).

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  6. I was NOT expecting it to look like that! I thought it would be watery like their other leave-in spray! If it had more slip, I would use it for rollersetting. Great review!

    1. Me too! I was surprised to see that it was a creamy consistency. Every time you mention it in your Wash Day posts, I imagined something similar to the Aphogee Keratin & Green tea Spray. Nice review, Jeni!

    2. Author

      @Age – I haven't tried doing a roller set with it but because of the lack of slip, I'd be hesitant about it. I don't think I could pull it off with a substantial amount of new growth though.

      @Fancyflairlady – I was surprised too! I thought it was going to be similar to CHI Keratin mist. Thanks!

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