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As I Am Vs. Cantu Curl Activator Vs. Miss Jessie Leave in Condish

July 29, 2017
Leave in Conditioner For Curly Hair

We’re all on the hunt for the perfect leave in conditioner. It is a common question from my readers – ‘Which leave in conditioner will suit my hair type?’. Since many of you saw me using these on ny Instagram with these 3 products, I was soon asked- “Which one of these is the best?”

I bought these three leave in conditioners online because I’ve recently given up on silicones in my products. Each of these hence are CG Friendly. Please note that I usually follow up with the EcoStyler Gel to enhance definition & curl retention. It also helps increase days between washes.

Read on below to see which leave in conditioner I liked the most, in order of increasing preference. I hope it helps you to decide what will work on your curls.

3. Miss Jessie Leave in Condish 

I got this leave in conditioner for Rs.800 on Flipkart! They’ve jacked up the prices again so I suggest you bookmark it and keep checking on it often.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol , Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Alcohol Denat., Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract*, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Seed Extract*, Laminaria Digitata Extract*, Spirulina Maxima Extract*, Citric Acid – *Certified Organic Ingredients


  • Clean, soapy scent that reminds you of fabric cleaner. (Great for people who get headaches from tropical smells.)
  • Worked really well for detangling!
  • Good for humid, rainy weather – Coats the hair & gives brilliant hold with minimal frizz (due to the glycerine that’s right on top of the ingredients list).


  • Makes my hair slightly stiff by day 2.
  • Consistency is slightly thick for my thin curls.
  • Won’t work as great in hot summer months, because of the glycerine.

Tried the @miss_jessies leave in condish yesterday. 😊

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2. Cantu Curl Activator Cream

Bought it off Amazon for around INR 1890 earlier (and was up for grabs in the #thecuriousjalebigiveaway!). It is one of the favourites of curly hair girls around the world. Do note that this is not a leave in conditioner but a styler. It’s meant to be used after you apply a separate leave in on your curls. I personally find layering too many products makes my curls limp so just using this does the job for me!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Propanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyquaternium-10, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Laminaria Cloustoni (Sea Kelp) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate-60, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.


  • Creamier than Miss Jessie Leave in Condish
  • Big bottle and I only need a small amount so this will last me a long while.
  • Strong smell of coconuts.
  • Fantastic slip, coats the strands really well.
  • So many great ingredients & oils which give lovely shine.


  • Product overload is easy as my curls are thin & can get limp If don’t use this carefully.
  • If you have very light curls or waves, might not give you a lot of bounce

Results with @cantubeauty curl activator! (Ps- new blog post coming soon, this post should be your hint. Any clue? 😉

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1. As I Am Leave in Conditioner

AAAh! My favourite leave in conditioner among all the three! Again, like Miss Jessie’s, I got it from Flipkart for around 800. It’s equally big in size.

Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut)¹ and Phyllanthus emblica (Amla)¹, Cetyl Alcohol¹, Citric Acid¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit (Saw Palmetto) Extract¹, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract¹(Green Tea), Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract¹, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract¹, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract¹, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root¹, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene.


  • No proteins ( great if you’re protein sensitive!), silicones & parabens!
  • Creamy but thinner than Cantu which makes it perfect for my thin curls.
  • Smells of coconut too but is a more subtle scent.
  • SO much volume and bounce without diffusing too!
  • Fantastic ingredients


  • I needed a gel after this for more hold and definition.
  • The bottle is difficult to use. That’s it!

Now that you know my favourite, comment and tell me which one you think will suit YOUR hair. If you’ve already tried it, let me know in a comment  below  so more girls can make better purchases.

Don’t blindly buy my favourite by the way. Look at your curl type (thicker consistency works better for coarser, curlier textures), how humid the city you stay in is (to help decide if you need glycerine as an ingredient) plus your curl’s protein sensitivity (aloe juice, soybean extract etc) & check out some videos on Youtube.

If you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram @thecuriousjalebi for regular curly hair tips & tricks!

You can check out another first impressions video I made for another battle of the brands leave in here.

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