Note: I no longer use any of these leave in conditioners. I have switched to a CG friendly routine & now use either of these three products. That said, these three creams are still great for curly hair if you aren’t fussy about CG.
Curly hair needs a good leave in conditioner like one needs a sweater in winters.
Without it, it poofs up with frizz & becomes rough & damaged, rife with split ends. It is essential while styling my hair post shower because curly hair needs moisture & if it doesn’t get it from the inside, it will suck in moisture from the environment & oh! make a halo of frizz. Remember- you DO NOT rinse this out of your hair.
When I learnt about this requirement in a curly hair routine back in college- I was stumped because I didn’t know what to get. The bloggers I read and saw suggested products that either I could not get in India or costed a bomb. When you’re living on your parents money in college, anything above Rs. 1000 was just downright unfathomable.
The ONLY product I found then was from Bodyshop India- a curling cream that they discontinued just months after the discovery. In panic, after its demise, I bought a ridiculously expensive mousse (almost 3 grand) from Kerastase which I’m sorry to say, sucked. Greatly. Maybe it works for curly hair that’s thinner than mine but I wasn’t happy.
Then Sephora opened & introduced me to the Ouidad line. I started working in my first job as well. I could finally afford a product I used to hear about online. And to their credit- the leave in & Anti- Humidity gel (despite a funky smell) worked wonders. Then THAT stopped selling in Sephora too. Sigh.
I ended up lost again, without a product at hand. I made a DIY Leave in- which worked juuust okay.
Then I met these 3 products online. All hail this holy trinity.(And Flipkart & Amazon India)
- (OGX) Organix Moroccan Curl Perfection Defining Cream (Rs 725 approx)
- BBLUNT High Definition Curl Curl Defining Leave in Cream (Rs. 500 approx)
- Garnier Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-in Conditioning Cream (Rs 900 approx).
The BBlunt High Definition Curl Curl Defining Leave in Cream has my heart for 2 reasons- it is always available somewhere, especially in an everyday departmental store (it’s an Indian made product by Adhuna Akhtar) and it’s the most affordable one out of the lot without losing out on quality and effectiveness. Perfect for building a curly hair routine with a budget.
The Moroccan curl perfection cream has a creamy consistency & makes your hair smell like you’ve had it washed from a Salon. I’ve found it works better for thinner curly hair– 2C to 3A. It’s lighter on the hair & does not weigh it down. So if you’re looking for a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that does not let the hair become limp- try this one out. In my curly/wavy-haired fam, my mom has been using this for more than 6 months now.
My fav? No. 3! I LOVE the Garnier Sleek and Shine since it smells incredible (fruity, tropical smell) & gives my curls really great hold, even when I skip the gel. My hair’s also shinier and one bottle lasts me at least 2 months. So even with that price, it is worth it.
Do note that only the Morrocan Curling perfecting cream is CG Friendly, ie, without sulphates & silicones.
So there you have it! I’d recommend these 3 blindly to anyone who asks me how to take care of their curly hair. If you want to see a video of how to apply the leave in conditioner– check this out.
You can watch my full video routine tutorial here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5sgj8z9pwU
For my curly hair routine & other product recommendations, click here.
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