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Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Shampoo Review

I have been natural now since February 2012 so should be able to call myself an expert…at my own hair. My regimen hasn’t changed much at all since this post. Thankfully, my arsenal of Cantu Shea Butter products has helped to keep my hair fairly healthy still.

Cantu Shea Butter Products review

What I have gotten ultra lazy about is deep conditioning. I don’t deep condition 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! I still cleanse my hair once per week. I am a big cowash believer and usually only shampoo my hair once a month to get rid of buildup, however, Cantu’s leave-in conditioner has been a staple of mine forever so I thought I’d pick up the sulphate-free shampoo one day.

cantu shampoo review

So happy I did!

Cantu Shea Butter Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo

I’m not sure I buy into the whole idea that sulfates are ultra-damaging to the hair. Moderation is key and like I mentioned earlier, I only shampoo my hair maybe once per month. With this in mind, I decided using a sulfate-free shampoo might be a good idea since sulfate is an ugly word to natural hair enthusiasts. My hair was in need of refreshing and clarifying since I had not been keeping up with my usual apple cider vinegar rinses. It was definitely getting used to my Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and wasn’t giving me the results I had become accustomed to.

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 like I used to do with regular old Suave shampoos. 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!

The Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In I use after the Kinky Curly Knot Today Detangler. 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 of how moisturised my hair is throughout the week. 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 products led to me now having a holy grail deep conditioner for when I’m just too lazy to make my own. Read all about them here.


Another reason why I love these Cantu products is because they do not have coconut oil listed as ingredients. Coconut oil makes me break out and is actually quite unkind to my hair ends. 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?

Cantu Shea Butter products that work for my natural hair

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