Hair Journey Stories

Inspiring Afro Hairstyles for your natural hair

How I learnt how to style, and what my experience has been like?

I think styling is very texture dependent. The first time I went natural I had very healthy hair. I would do very easy washes, mostly because I didn’t know a lot about managing natural hair. Continue reading “Inspiring Afro Hairstyles for your natural hair”

Food

Old Fashioned blueberry pancakes

It has been a while since I shared some of my recipes! I put up a poll on Instagram and I got a 100% vote request for the recipe. So I am back with a recipe for all those who would like to enjoy some homemade pancakes from scratch. Perhaps you are looking for a breakfast treat, a stack of pancakes with maple syrup sounds perfect right! Continue reading “Old Fashioned blueberry pancakes”

Hair Journey Stories

All you need for a smooth transition to a natural hair journey.

A quote by Coco Chanel declares that “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”.

I had poured through thousands of pictures of women owning their natural hair and was haunted by old images of my mother and great-aunt sporting their full, voluminous hair. I remember clearly the day I looked at my flat chemically straightened hair and decided that I wanted to do something different. The decision was a culmination of the need to have a radical reimagining of who I could be which was both deeply personal and superficial. So, in November 2014 after begging my reluctant mother to help me cut my hair, I took the scissors myself and cut off the ‘relaxed’ ends of my hair. Continue reading “All you need for a smooth transition to a natural hair journey.”

Regimen

Protective styling to retain length for longer natural hair

Protective styling for hair growth

This is a practice that I have done for years though not properly, long before I knew of the benefits of protective styling. Most of us within the natural hair community know protective styling to be done using hair extensions only (braids, twists, wigs, weaves etc.). However, you may protective style your hair without adding any extensions. Continue reading “Protective styling to retain length for longer natural hair”

Regimen

3 Home Remedies to Naturally get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff! Let’s talk about that itchy scalp

About 50% of people struggle with dandruff so there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It is also the most commercially exploited skin disease/ disorder by personal care industries (Ranganathan S, 2010). Continue reading “3 Home Remedies to Naturally get Rid of Dandruff”

Tools & Products

Shea Moisture: Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil review

Winter is upon me and I was desperately looking for a range of products to help me keep my hair hydrated and moisturized. Having grown up in Uganda, all my hair and skin knew was beautiful warm weather. That being said, I hardly knew the importance of keeping hair moisturised and hydrated. Continue reading “Shea Moisture: Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil review”

Tools & Products

CANTU HAIR PRODUCTS REVIEW

 

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!

Product ingredients

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 collection

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.

MY EXPERIENCE

Cleansing Cream Shampoo

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Pros

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.

Cons

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

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Pros

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

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Pros

It penetrates deep into the hair shaft and repairs damaged hair. My hair always feels soft ,smooth and fairly manageable after rinsing it out.

Cons

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

Pros

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.

Cons

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

Pros

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.

Cons

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

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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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Hair Journey Stories

How I have grown my 4c natural hair!

The journey started when I was in primary school (middle school). My mum would relax my hair each term. However, the relaxer would only work for two-three weeks. I had very thick 4c hair with a lot of volume. Continue reading “How I have grown my 4c natural hair!”

Regimen

Hot Oil Treatment

What is a hot oil treatment?

This treatment prevents dry, brittle hair and split ends while strengthening and moisturizing your hair strands. The process involves applying warm oil to hair and scalp. Both wet and dry hair can benefit from this treatment. I have recently discovered that doing this treatment after washing and conditioning your hair is most effective as hair is wet.

Continue reading “Hot Oil Treatment”