Cantu has been a faithful friend during my natural hair journey, mostly because I am student and the prices are super kind to my pockets. They are the cheapest products you can find on the shelf. The collection you see above was as a result of the 3 for 2 specials at clicks (health and beauty retailer in South Africa). I know everyone loves a good special!
All cantu products contain no mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, glutten, paraffin or propylene. They all have shea butter as their base. The best part of this brand is that it has a kids friendly range..
Cantu has 4 styling products and 2 for conditioning. My purchase decision is based on what purpose I will be using the product for. I always bought the cleansing cream shampoo, hydrating cream conditioner and definitely the deep treatment mask to use on my weekly wash day. For styling my curls I use the coconut curling cream together with the shine and hold mist over the weekend for my twist out and finally the daily oil moisturizer and tea tree and jojoba hair and scalp oil for everyday use.
Cleansing Cream Shampoo
Is definitely a clarifying shampoo because it is very stripping. It meets its description “rich lather and removes heavy buildup. I prefer this shampoo because I get build up easily and I like to feel that my hair and scalp doesn’t have any oils once I am done washing it.
My hair feels really dry after the wash from the stripping properties of the shampoo but the conditioner quickly brings it back to life. If your build up doesn’t develop as quickly, I don’t advise you to use this weekly. Try bi-weekly.
Hydrating Cream conditioner
This is my one of my favorites because it is a great detangler, moisturizes and reveals healthier hydrated curls. This stuff is really good and worth getting. I have no cons with this product
Deep Treatment Mask
It penetrates deep into the hair shaft and repairs damaged hair. My hair always feels soft ,smooth and fairly manageable after rinsing it out.
It doesn’t have as much slip as I expect and not as hydrating either. I find the conditioner does a better job at hydration. I found a solution to this though! I add a warm oil (coconut oil) first to my hair then apply the treatment mask and use my heating cap to activate the deep conditioner and therefore I get better results. Otherwise, the product by itself is okay but I find the results better with an oil and heat added.
Coconut Curling Cream & shine and hold mist
I use this mostly for my wash and gos. After deep conditioning, I apply this throughout my hair using the racking method ensuring that all strands are properly coated with the product. I love this product because it defines my curls and lives up to its promises to “define curls without weighing down hair”. I then apply the shine and hold mist to smoothen the curls.
I struggled with flakes/ dandruff later on in my journey with these products which wasn’t the case in the beginning and I was surprised because I have been using these 2 products together for about 3 years now. It could be due other external factors such as; weather changes or the water I now use. Anyway, I would like to hear your opinion on this.
Daily Oil Moisturizer & Tea Tree and Jojoba hair & scalp oil
It is great to use if you want to soften your hair or right before a blow dry session because it adds that shine to your hair. The tea tree scalp oil is good to apply on the scalp. it helps with dandruff control.
I wouldn’t say I find the daily moisturizer as moisturizing because it tends to feel pretty greasy than moisturized because it is an oily product. I find the tea tree scalp oil heavy when applied directly to the hair hence only applying it to my scalp.
General thoughts on Cantu products
I would say this is a great natural hair care line. My absolute favs are the hydrating cream conditioner and I did try the leave in at some point and really loved it too.
NB: If you live in Uganda, South Africa or Canada and would like to know where you could get these products, comment below and I will advise based on where I purchased mine.
I would love to hear your experience with these products, please do share in the comments below.
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