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My Natural Hair Journey With Cantu

I started my natural hair journey about 2 years primarily with SheaMoisture and African Pride hair products. And I have not really looked at trying any other brands until recently. Lately, my hair has been breaking thanks to some silly protective hairstyles I have been doing. I knew it was time to test out other natural hair products to help grow my hair. In my pursuit of the  right hair products to save my hair, I met Cantu.

 

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Cantu is a 100% pure shea butter and coconut oil infused range that includes a complete regimen of Cleanse, Condition, Curl and Control products.  Cantu natural hair products provide moisture, nourishment and protection to meet the daily demands of natural hair.

I tried Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque, Leave-In Conditioner Repair Cream and Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair and Scalp Oil.

 

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque £6.99

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This Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair is a Deep Treatment Masque. It promises to restore and strengthen dry and damaged hair. I have used it a couple of times now and I like it.

 

How to Use

I applied this product on my damp hair and massaged in. I had it on for 30 mins under a shower cap and then rinsed out with cool water.

 

 

PROS
  1. It has a nice fragrance.
  2. There are no harsh ingredients included. So no mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, silicons, or paraffin.
  3. It left my hair feeling soft and moisturised.
  4. My hair feels a lot healthier.
  5. It is quite affordable at £7.99 and a little goes a long way.

 

CONS

None

 

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner Repair Cream £6.64

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Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream promises to provide intense moisture leaving the hair soft and manageable. It is formulated for damaged, dry or coarse hair.  I use this everyday and I think it is great for my hair type.

 

How to Use

Apply as directed for ”Daily Styling” and cover with a plastic cap overnight for maximum absorption and intense conditioning. For frizz free hair, apply daily to split ends or damaged areas. comb through and let dry naturally.

 

PROS
  1. It smells so good.
  2. A little goes a long way with this repair cream.
  3. It leaves my hair moisturised and soft.
  4. My hair is very easy to manage once I apply this repair cream.
  5. This Leave-In Conditioner has increased my hair growth.

 

CONS

None.

 

 

Cantu Shea Butter Tea Tree and Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil £6.63

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This Cantu Shea Butter Tea Tree and Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil promises to help protect against hair breakage, which was just what I needed. So far so good, it has exceeded my expectations.

 

How to Use

For daily styling, dispense a small amount into hair beginning at the root. Comb through, do not rinse. For scalp conditioning, part hair into sections and massage into scalp. Do not rinse.

 

PROS
  1. A little goes a long way with this hair product
  2. It has a lovely fragrance that stays on for days.
  3. It is great for my hair type. My hair feels very moisturised after each use.
  4. I feel my hair has grown a lot more since I started using this product.
  5. It conditions my scalp.

 

CONS
  1. You have to use a bit of effort  to squeeze out the product.

 

 

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I have seriously fallen in love with these Cantu Hair Products and I am eager to try some now that I have been Cantu disvirgined. When it comes to haircare or skincare products, it is best to keep exploring various products so you find the right ones for you. I think I will be using Cantu for a long time.

Have you tried this brand before?

 

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The Truth About Nappy Hair

The truth about nappy hair is that it is A LOT of hardwork maintaining it, but so worth it in the end. Growing up, my hair was natural and I hated it! It was hard coarse, thick, long and annoying. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just ignored it. There were no blogs to read or vlogs to watch, to educate us on what to with our kinky hair. And there was hardly anyone around me with a natural hair too.

I cut my hair very short a number of times whilst growing up. It was easier to manage the nappy hair once it was short.

 

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Some of the lucky ones are blessed with soft manageable hair, like my daughter. Her hair is so beautiful. It is soft and curly, and a lot more easier to manage than mine. People like me with the very coarse hair have to struggle to manage our natural hair, and when we can struggle no more, we texturise the damn thing! Back in the day, texturizing/relaxing the hair was the only way to manage it. If only I knew then what I know now, I would have kept my hair free of chemicals.

My hair has been chemical free for over 2 years now; the struggle has been real, but I won’t have it any other way. The reason I decided to stop using relaxers/texturisers on my hair was because my hair became extremely unhealthy and I needed to bring it back to life.

I like the way my hair is looking now, there is no more hair breakage and my hair is the healthiest I have seen in ages, but it comes with a lot of work.

The hair products I use can be expensive and my hair routine can be exhausting sometimes but I try to keep it simple. I have reviewed most of the hair products I use, so have a look at the review posts if you missed any of them.

If you are contemplating going your hair natural, I would advise you to go for. It is the best thing I ever did for my hair, and I am 99% certain you won’t regret it as long as you are happy and ready to put in the work. If you are not ready to dedicate the time and money, wait until you can.

Another thing I have noticed about the natural afro hair community is that it seems to be the norm to have a big chop. I didn’t have a big chop because I didn’t want the crop hair look and my nappy hair grew out just fine. It did take a while to fully transition but I got there in the end, so please don’t think you must have the big chop.

Are you rocking the nappy hair? How are you finding it? Please share your tips or secrets  in the comments section.

 

 

How to Manage Natural Afro Hair

I have been keeping my natural hair for almost 2 years now, and the journey has been like a roller coaster ride. Some days, I get so sick and tired of the high maintenance nature of my natural afro hair, I feel like relaxing it. But then, I stop and remember why I decided to keep my hair natural, and that keeps me going.

 

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If you have been following my natural hair journey, you would know all about how unhealthy my hair was, which was the reason why I decided to keep my hair natural, free from chemicals.

My hair is now very healthy, and it is growing like weed, but it is so difficult to manage. Which is why I wear it in protective styles most times, and pop a wig on, which helps it grow.

 

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I have learnt many tricks and tips when it comes to managing my natural hair. I have a very coarse hair texture, so it is extremely difficult to manage my hair, but what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a few tips that work for my hair and may work for yours –

 

Moisturise everyday

I moisturise my hair everyday with water and Almond Oil in a spray bottle. I have a very dry scalp, and my hair tends to lose moisture very quickly, so using just water does not help. The Almond Oil helps soften my hair and retain moisture, which is great for my scalp and growth of my hair.

 

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Use a Deep Conditioner once a month

I use a deep conditioner once a month. This helps strengthen my hair, and leaves it shinning.

Use a Leave-in Conditioner

I use a Leave-in Conditioner everyday I have my afro out and twice a week when I have it in a protective style. It softens my hair, making it easy to manage, and it also helps in the growth.

 

 

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Wash every week

I wash my hair every week with Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I make sure I leave the conditioner in for about 15 minutes before washing it out, which helps to soften my hair.

 

Wear my hair in protective styles to sleep

I never go to bed without putting my hair in a protective style, making sure to tuck in the tips.

 

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These tips have helped me in the pursuit of the Solange fro.

Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you to share? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

 

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