Product Review: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Creamy Hair Lotion

It’s a little hard for me to believe that last week was really just one week! The days were kind of ‘meh’ and I still haven’t found my school rhythm yet. My nose and its friends reaaaaaally hate the harmattan so they have been making me suffer for it since I got back. There’s one thing I was really excited about every day of the week though- how soft my hair was. In the last post, I shared my newest buy- the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Creamy Hair Lotion, and I am back to tell you all about it!

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INGREDIENTS:

Water

Silk Amino acids (yayy Proteins!)

Glycerin and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (humectants)

Shea butter

Mango seed butter

Oils: Coconut, Canola, Avocado, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Olive, Neem seed, Macadamia seed, Carrot seed, Macadamia seed, Soybean, Argan kernel

Extracts: Honeysuckle flower, sea kelp, Sage leaf, Grape seed, Nettle

Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium chloride, Glycol stearate, Polyquaternium-11, Cetyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

To be honest, I don’t know exactly what every single oil or extract does for the hair or scalp (I’m still a learner) but the necessary things are present, and everything comes together to  make a yummy formula that my hair loves! Humectants are substances that promote moisture retention. They keep your hair from losing moisture, and attract water in the atmosphere to your hair. So we’ve got- Water for moisture, humectants for moisture retention, and a blend of oils to seal in the moisture. Silk amino acids are a form of non-animal protein. They penetrate the hair to strengthen, rebuild and nourish hair without weighing it down or causing build-up.

PROMISES

The Creamy Hair Lotion promises to:

Condition curly, kinky and wavy hair

Leave curls full of body and shine

Detangle and soften hair

I SAY

I just started using this product last Saturday (the 5th) but I’m pretty sure that it’s not too soon for me to declare it wonderful!! I am in love with it! I must say that it has lived up to all its promises. It gives me moisture all through the day, and so I haven’t had to spritz water on my hair as I had to do in the recent past, even with the really dry weather! I just patted my hair now and I’m so giddy about the way it feels. Haven’t had crunchy crispy hair since Saturday, and it is wonderful really. My hair loves this stuff! It has never felt this good! Soft, tangle-free hair cannot not look good!

HOW I USE-

I spritz my hair with water, work a generous amount of the lotion into my hair, and seal with coconut oil.

CANTU CREAMY HAIR LOTION v CANTU LEAVE-IN

October through December 2012, I used the Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream as a daily treatment. I was a little worried because I noticed Dimethicone on the list of ingredients and from what I’ve read, silicones are bad for natural hair. I used it anyway, and while my only problem was how it wasn’t easily absorbed by my hair, now that I’ve tried the Creamy Hair Lotion specifically formulated for Natural hair, I’m going to let my Leave-in sit in a corner.

  1. The Creamy Hair Lotion is better absorbed by my hair. Both products smell similar, but the Creamy Hair Lotion smells nicer.
  2. Both products have that Cantu Shea butter and other yummy goodies formula, but the Creamy Hair Lotion has “NO Mineral Oil, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Parrafin, Propylene Glycol, PABA or DEA.” These substances aren’t the best for natural hair, so I’ve read. Silicones a.k.a. cones coat the hair, so when your hair needs moisture, it is unable to remoisturise until the cones have been shampooed out. When your hair is unable to re-moisturise, it is dry, and nobody wants dry hair. I will be discovering and understanding the science behind the substances as they affect (my) hair as I continue my journey. But clearly, my hair is responding better to the product without the “bad guys”.
  3. With the Creamy Hair Lotion, I did not have to re-moisturise during the day, my hair was soft till bedtime, till the next morning. With the Leave-in though, my hair was dry by afternoon, and I had to refresh with water in a spray bottle.
  4. It was a very hectic week I had, and I did not wash my hair till last night. I didn’t notice any build-up- until yesterday morning. Seven days? But with the Leave-in, I noticed build-up after three days on the average- so, I could def say the Creamy Hair Lotion is a lighter formula.
  5. The Cantu Leave-in from what I’ve seen in vlogs used to be (almost) solid. The new formula (the one I’ve got) is of the same consistency as the Creamy Hair Lotion.

DOWNSIDES

1. PRICE

I got my 408 ml/ 13.8 ounce bottle for 2, 300 naira from Casabella in Lagos. This is steep when you consider that it is almost twice the cost in dollars. I’m halfway through the bottle and I only used it for one week!  Import duties, profits or whatever they add, having to shell out 2,300 every two weeks isn’t going to be much fun- this price cannot be right.

2. Hand-in-hair syndrome. The fact that I can’t keep my hand out of my hair in a day. Still not used to this softness yet!

So that’s it. I know everyone’s hair has different needs, but I encourage you to add this product to your stash if it’s available in your area. If it’s as good to your hair as it has been to mine, you’ll be so glad you tried! My hair is still a teeny weeny afro, but this blogger here, Nia B, used the lotion to do a twist out, with really good results!

Have you tried the Creamy Hair Lotion? Or any new product you just discovered that you really really like? I want to know how it made your hair feel. Get at me!

xx

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