I have been a natural hair girl now since February 2012 so I should be able to call myself an expert, for my own hair certainly. My regimen hasn’t changed much at all since writing about my wash and go routine. Thankfully, my arsenal of Cantu natural hair products has helped to keep my hair healthy throughout.
Update: I’ve been using Cantu Leave-In Conditioners for years now. Do I still love it? Click the link to read my updated Cantu Leave-In Review.
My Favourite Thing About Cantu Natural Hair Products
The number one reason why I even picked up these Cantu products was the fact that coconut oil was not listed as an ingredient. Sure, they have a coconut oil line, but they have lots of natural hair products which do not include this holy grail ingredient in the world of curlies and so that made me seriously happy.
That’s because coconut oil breaks me out something terrible and also leaves my hair ends rather trashy. Thankfully I’ve found a new favourite oil to use when I need one.
I was actually quite happy to continue using my favourite Jane Carter moisturiser over my leave-in conditioner. But when I needed something quickly to purchase and went to my local beauty supply store. I saw this line and peeped the ingredients and smiled with joy, cause they’re actually quite cheaper.
Cantu Leave In Conditioner
Recently I have not been deep conditioning nearly as often as I used to in the good old days of product junkie-ism and deep condition mixing. Because of this, I have had to cut my ends more than I would have liked to. Womp!
So this Cantu Leave In Conditioner with the word “repair cream” on the label did the right marketing magic on me and got me to pick it up right off the shelf. Of course I did a little squeal when I read the ingredients and saw shea butter, essential oils and no coconut oil.
It does a really great job of keeping my hair soft and moisturised when applied over my detangler after I cleanse my hair.
I still cleanse my hair once per week. I am a big cowash enthusiast and usually only shampoo my hair once a month to get rid of buildup, so since Cantu’s leave-in conditioner has been a staple of mine forever so I thought I’d pick up the sulphate-free shampoo too.
So happy I did!
Cantu Shea Butter Shampoo
I decided to try using a sulfate-free shampoo since sulfate is an ugly word in the natural hair world. My hair was in need of refreshing and clarifying when I first picked up the Cantu Shea Butter Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo since I had not been keeping up with my usual apple cider vinegar rinses. My hair was definitely getting used to my Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and wasn’t giving me the results I had become accustomed to with cowashing only.
This product was a dream! Ever since growing out my hair, I’ve stopped trying to detangle in the shower because it took too long to do with conditioner only but the Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo sorted out all my tangles like butta baby! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to finger comb through my hair the first few times I have used it. Now I must warn you that some people say it dries their hair out a lot but I think its worth the try.
If you find it drying then simply use it only once a month to remove build up. I use this product every other week and I’m a happy camper, no dried out tresses for me. It may help that I still follow up with all these products as they still work remarkably well for my hair. You know the saying…if it ain’t broke!
When I find the argan oil version of the Cantu conditioner, I grab it and use it after the Kinky Curly Knot Today Detangler like described above. Then I seal all that moisture in with the Cantu Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair and Scalp Oil or my DIY whipped shea butter. I’ve been using this combination for years on my wash and go hairstyle because it works. My hair stays moisturised throughout the week with a few refreshing sprays in the mornings. It’s a tried and tested combination that I get so afraid to switch out.
These products can be found in Jamaica so maybe that’s helped me stay true to them and not bothering to try out new products. Even though I’m learning to test and switch out every now and then so that your hair doesn’t get too used to a product. I mean, the discovery of the below every strand shea and coconut oil products led to me now having a holy grail deep conditioner for when I’m just too lazy to make my own.
Yes, this deep conditioner has coconut oil in it but coconut oil isn’t all bad. I’ll chance it in products like deep conditioners or pre-poos that will be washed out but no leave-in or sealants.
Do you use any Cantu Shea butter products? Which ones are your fave?