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My Natural Hair Update

I have been rocking my natural hair for some years now and I am loving it. It took some time to fully transition from my chemical damaged hair to my natural hair now. I didn’t go down the big chop route  and that is partly why it took forever to transition. But I am happy with how my hair is currently looking. There was some hair breakage earlier in the year, thanks to a crotchet braids hairstyle I had on that wasn’t right for my hair. But it is slowly growing back to how it was prior to that and I am hoping to see a significant hair growth before the end of the year. I have so many hairstyles I need to try. I just need my hair to grow some more.

My greatest hair muse is my beautiful daughter. Her hair is hair goals for me. She was born with amazing hair and I have found it very easy to nurture and maintain for her. Her hair reminds me of how my hair was when I was her age. It was natural, soft, long and chemical free. Her hair is one of the reasons why I decided to be free from all hair chemicals and damaging hair weaves. I have never seen any hair so beautiful. This photo does not do her hair justice.

 

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If I could go back in time, I would take better care of my hair. But since I can’t, I have to ensure I right my hair wrongs. So far, it has been a journey I would never forget. It just confirms the saying that whatever you nurture grows and stays healthy.

My hair routine is very simple. I don’t do much with it or to it. I usually have my hair in cornrows and I wear wigs. Sometimes I have my hair braided in big weaves or crotchet braids, which I have now stopped doing because crotchet braids damaged my hair. I think the big fat needles used put too much pressure on the hair. So although it is a quick way to have your hair done, it is not the best for my hair type. For now, I am sticking to simple corn rows style. They suit me and mine. And that is what I have on at the moment.

 

 

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When it comes to hair products, I use a couple of Cantu products. I also use SheaMoisture products. And you can click on the links to read my reviews on the hair products.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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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?

 

Natural Hair Transition Tips

The regular readers on Fashion and Style Police would know all about my natural hair transition story. I decided to go natural some years ago and although I have not looked back ever since. My hair has gone fully natural now, and although it is not at the length I want it to be, it is getting there.

 

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I picked up some life lessons from my natural hair transition. Here a few tips you may useful.

 

You don’t have to do the big chop

I didn’t go down the big chop route because I wasn’t comfortable cutting my hair. So I decided to transition my relaxed hair, and cut off the relaxed ends gradually. This process took forever but I would do it all over again if I had to. Rocking a very low-cut was not something I was prepared to do. So don’t feel you have to do cut your hair low to go natural.

 

Make time for hair wash day

The process of washing my hair takes hours. I wash my hair every fortnight when I don’t have a protective style on, and I always make sure I block out some hours to get my hair washed properly. If you intend to go natural, you must ensure you have the time to care for your hair. Keeping your scalp clean is very important especially when you are transitioning to natural hair. A dirty scalp would stop new growth from coming in, so hair wash days are super important.

I usually start my hair wash days with an oil treatment. Pink Oil Hair Moisturiser is the current oil treatment I am using. I apply the oil on my hair and leave it under a shower cap for a few hours, while I go about my normal day. Then I wash with SheaMoisture Shampoo and Conditioner. After washing, I apply African Pride Leave-in Conditioner and air dry.

 

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Get rid of all hair chemicals

I got rid of all my relaxers, texturises and all hair chemicals in my bathroom cabinets. And I made room for natural hair products. I have loads of  SheaMoisture hair products because they work amazingly well on my hair. I also make my own hair spray with water and almond oil in a spray bottle and that works great too.

 

Try different protective styles

My hair is always in a protective style. I took off my crotchet braids some weeks and I plan to have my hair in cornrows this weekend. I find it easier to manage my natural hair when it is a protective style. It is best to style the natural hair in various protective styles to retain hair length and keep it healthy.

 

What do you think of these natural hair tips?

 

 

 

 

 

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