Cantu Leave-In Conditioner Review – Best Natural Hair Leave-In Conditioner?

Eight years later, this is still my favorite leave-in conditioner. It’s amazing for one product to have such a phenomenal impact on my hair year-in, year-out. I thought by now my hair would get used to it and not give me these results but here we are. And I have the comparisons to prove it.

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When I first big chopped, I quickly realized, through becoming a natural hair product junkie quick and fast, that coconut oil was not my friend. I was mortified when I realized that I went natural only to have huge breakouts on my face? Come to find out, coconut oil was to be blamed. It clogs my pores and so I cannot use any natural hair product that lists it as an ingredient as it will get down into my face as I sweat and also get onto my pillow and that’s just a huge no.

So as I combed the shelves for natural hair products that do not contain coconut oil, Cantu was one of the only ones available to me. Thankfully, it was also quite affordable. And so I was introduced to the brand. I’ve used quite a few of the products in their line now and you can see a full Cantu breakdown here of my favorites.

Cantu Leave-In Conditioner Review

What’s impressive to me is that for such an affordable product, it just works. I’ve left it and moved on to brands with more premium ingredients and pricing and had to lap my tail as we say here in Jamaica and come right back home to my Cantu.

The moment I started using it again, the feeling was immediate. My hair was like aaaahhhhh where have you been! It gives me moisture for days on end and is a critical component to my 3-day wash and go process.

This is the one that I use and love. You’ll notice it has Argan Oil listed as one of its key ingredients which is super moisturizing to your hair. If you’re not able to get the argan oil variation, simply mix pure argan oil into the original Cantu Leave-In Conditioner which is just as effective. It might be even better this way as you get to control the amount of argan oil in your product.

Here are the ingredients listed on the product:

Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Hexapeptide-11, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Citric Acid, Disodium ETDA

How to Use Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream

This cream is perfect for fine hair. That means if you have looser curls, you’ll love this product. I consider myself a 3b/3c on the hair scale and my hair loves this cream. If you have thicker coils this is a fantastic leave-in to use before you apply a thicker styler to your hair. This is how I use it in my daughter’s hair and it works great this way. I find that most stylers leave hair dry if not paired with a leave-in conditioner under it.

I apply this to my hair after a shampoo or cowash. It’s usually the second step after I apply this leave-in conditioner that my hair just loves. You don’t need a second leave-in if you’re using a curl defining cream. Apply your Cantu leave-in then your styler aka curl defining cream then seal it all in with an oil or butter-based sealant. I still love my whipped shea butter for this job.

You can also use your Cantu leave-in conditioner on dry hair. I do this occasionally when I just need to smooth my edges, tame any frizz and give my hair some definition without having to wet my hair and go through all the steps.

You can use this product every day if you wish, though if you follow my method, you should be able to get two and three days out of your products before needing to remoisturize.

If you do use it every day, you’ll need to cleanse your hair weekly and you may also want to clarify your hair once a month to get rid of any product build-up. I use shampoo only once a month to clarify. You can also skip the shampoo and simply do an apple cider rinse to get rid of any gunk built-up on hair and scalp.

I hope you love Cantu hair products s much as I do! What’s your favorite leave-in conditioner for natural hair? If you’re looking for more premium leave-in conditioners then check out these 5 luxury leave-in conditioners that may work even better for you!

Cantu Leave-In Conditioner Review

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  1. I so enjoyed this video. . . Felt like I was at the kitchen table having girl chat. But, I do not enjoy any Cantu products and feel the same way about coconut oils. I actually love Curl La la and have been using it since 2018. My hair is also very short and thin with a soft curl and it gets weighed down with thick products.