When it comes to hair care, I tend to do a lot of home treatments. My hair has been relaxed since I was around 16 but I have recently decided that I wanted to grow this out and go natural.
To do this I have been wearing my hair in braids, weaves and wigs to keep my hair in protective styles using minimal heat to prevent damage. At the moment my hair still has signs of relaxer but has definitely reached a level of regrowth to indicate it is well on its way to going back to its true state, which I know will take some time. Naturally my hair is quite soft but it can become difficult to comb once it has a lot of regrowth and this is where great products come in to play to make my hair more manageable.
I am always on the look out for new products that restore and strengthen my hair but can’t help but be drawn to products that have the added bonus of smelling great too. Enter the Cantu Beauty hair range. I cannot lie, this stuff smells DIVINE but unfortunately I feel this is where it stops for me. I was drawn to this range mainly because of the use of Shea Butter which softens hair and locks in moisture making the hair appear and feel less dry as well as the products being formulated without harsh ingredients. The products I purchased are all said to do the following:
- Encourages shine, elasticity and growth
- Moisturise dry, brittle hair with deep penetrating oil and emollients
- Protects against heat and styling damage
- Strengthen the hair to prevent breakage
I had high hopes for this range because I have seen it floating around and people speaking so highly of it. Unfortunately after using it for a while, I am just not seeing the results I had hoped for and will continue to use the range I had used previously which is the Cream of Nature Argan oil hair care range which makes my hair feel luxuriously soft, strong and healthy. Here’s what I bought from the Cantu Beauty range:
CANTU Beauty Haircare
This shampoo pretty much did what it said on the bottle. I wet and applied this directly onto my hair working it into a rich lather and then rinsing repeating the steps until my hair was clean, but other than the gorgeous smell, it was like any ordinary shampoo. I do think I am being a little over critical because no other shampoo has lived up to this and the way it has made my hair feel.
Now I actually picked this up by accident. I would normally have picked up the Moisturizing Rinse Out Conditioner but as this was out of stock at the time so I picked this up instead. After using the shampoo, I applied a generous amount the conditioner and rinsed with cool water as instructed.
I never really use leave in conditioners without rinsing them out, I know that sounds weird but I always need to rinse it out. I use this more as a semi treatment with a bag over my head for around 30 minutes. I apply this on really thickly and massage all throughout my hair from the roots to the ends as a second stage conditioner, then rinse.
When my hair has been in braids for a while, I like to let it breath for a few days before redoing it. If I am not going to the hairdressers to have a proper steamed treatment, I like to do all the above before leaving in a treatment overnight to fully penetrate through my hair. I applied the deep treatment masque throughout the hair layering it on quite thickly. I leave this on for almost half the day this time with clingfilm and then a bag on top. I then rinse this out and and apply the leave in conditioner mixed with the grow strengthening treatment combing through my hair with a wide tooth comb before covering my head once more with cling film, a bag and secured with a head tie overnight. With the Cream of Nature range, following these steps usually leaves my hair soft and silky when I wake the next day to rinse this out, but I find the Cantu products leave my hair feeling slightly stiffer than I would like.
Once I rinse out all the product thoroughly, I pat my hair dry with a towel and apply a moisturiser to the hair before blow drying – in this case I used a touch of the grow strong treatment with a Keracare moisturiser. Once my hair is part dry, I part the hair in sections and grease my scalp with coconut oil and finish blow drying. My hair usually feels soft and dry but again, my hair feels stiff and heavy to finish which is not how I desire my hair to feel. Overall, I don’t feel the products I have used from this range are doing anything particularly wow for me or my hair and I will not be in a hurry to repurchase.
Have you tried any of this range? Do you feel it has worked for your hair type? Let me know in the comments below of your hair care must haves! Thanks for reading! x