Thursday, February 13

Product Review: Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

This is another product that I had no interest in buying, pretty much an impulse buy at Wal-Mart quite a few months ago. As I'm typing this post, I've used up half of the jar trying to figure out if my hair loves it or hates it, what products I should and shouldn't use with it and everything in between.

I've tried every possible way (well not every way, but close to it) and I'm bringing you a product review for it!
For Natural Hair

Cantu for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream will define, condition and add manageability toyour curls, leaving them soft, shiny and deeply moisturized.  Made with 100% pure shea butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients, Cantu for Natural Hair restores your real, authentic beauty. Embrace your curly, kinky or wavy hair with Cantu for Natural Hair.  No Mineral Oil, Sulfate, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Gluen, Paraffin, Propylene Glyco, PABA or DEA.

Smooth onto damp hair section by section from the root down the hair shaft. Do not rinse out.  Can be used on dry hair to enhance curls.

First of all, let me start off by saying that this Cantu Coconut Curling Cream has a strong smell to it. It doesn't stink, but if you can't handle strong smells, I wouldn't recommend this for you. Not only that, but the smell lingers in your hair as well the first day or two. The consistency is thick. I can turn the jar upside down and it doesn't move.
For Natural Hair
Hopefully you can see how thick it is.. Especially in the last picture.
When I first started using this product, I applied it the same way that I apply my Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curling Creme; on wet (not soaking) hair and following it up with a butter and/or oil .(When I first started using this, I would apply only oil because it was just starting to get cold). Damp hair + this product + EVOO/Castor Oil on the ends = heavy yet defined hair. At this point I was retwisting my hair like twice a week and this just simply wasn't a product that I wanted to apply to my hair twice a week because of how heavy it was.

I recently just started using this again this week because I thought "why the hell not?". I sectioned off my hair as usual, dampened my hair and added EVOO/Argan oil to each section to help retain moisture, applied this product, then applied Ishimma's Hydration Hair Butter on the ends, finishing up with EVOO/Castor oil on the ends as well. (Sounds like a lot, but I was NOT playing when I said I wanted to retain length this winter lol. Plus I figured I could use the extra protection because I knew I would be wearing my hair down and out). That next day when I took my twists out though?!!? My hair was soft, defined but still heavy :(  Also, I've found that my hair isn't as defined with second day hair.
As you can see in the pic on the left, the front and top of my hair isn't as defined as it was yesterday.
Does this mean I hate the product because I have crappy second day hair with it? Not necessarily.I don't think I would prefer to use this as a styler, but it works wonderfully as a moisturizer.
Final Verdict: 7/10

Have YOU tried this product? Do you like it? 

Wednesday, February 12

Revamp and Revisit

If you've been visiting this blog for a while, you'll notice that there aren't as many posts as there used to be. I decided to delete a lot of the posts that I used to have because I simply didn't like the way they were written, the picture quality was crap or something along those lines. I've now realized that there are a lot of naturals that happen to view my blog, and even if it's just for my personal use to keep up with what works for me and what doesn't, I do want to be a "resource" or whatever so to speak to those who do come by and visit.

I have a list of the old product reviews that I've deleted and I'm willing and open to do an "updated" product review (if anyone is interested) to see how they work with my hair and what I'm currently doing with it. I'm also willing to revisit the products that still have reviews up also, if anyone is interested in that as well. The options are:

  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration condtioner
  • Aussie Moist 3 Minute Deeep Conditioner 
  • Mane N' Tail Detangler
  • Cream of Nature Chamomile and Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner
  • Organics by Africa's Best Olive Oil Deep Conditioner
  • TRESemme Moisture Rich Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
The only product that I am NOT willing to review again is Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1.Why? Because I revisited it a few months ago and my hair hated it, so I already gave the bottle to my sister to use on my nephews hair lol. I think all of the other products in the list above and those that are still posted are fair game.

Also, I'm working on fixing some things up (a new layout is number one on the list) so if something seems out of place, please let me know! If there's a broken link or a picture that isn't showing up, please let me know that as well! 

Sunday, February 9

Trouble in Paradise

Just when I thought I found products/routines that worked for me during this harsh, HARSH winter, the last 2 weeks happen. I've been shedding HORRIBLY lately and I don't know what the culprit is. My scalp has been ridiculously dry as well and it's just been like "What the hell is happening to my hair".

Last week I did an Intense Moisture treatment with the ORS Hair Masque, thinking that would help..and clearly it didn't because I was still shedding horribly when I washed today. *This is kind of unrelated, but it is; I don't know why I always skip the deep conditioning after protein treatments and "intense" treatments but I guess that's where I've been going wrong*

I've asked Tumblr (and received no answers), searched a few blogs and asked the natural hair community on Instagram about what products they used when their hair was shedding more than usual. I've gotten to use coconut oil, make sure my moisture and protein levels are good and to use tea tree oil mixed with another oil on my scalp to help with the dryness I've also been experiencing.

While I have been introducing coconut oil back into my regimen (I have to buy some more), something that I've read on numerous blogs and apparently is God sent is a tea rinse. I've seen nothing but good things about tea rinses and apparently it helps with shedding really well.

So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to start incorporating black tea rinses into my weekly wash days (along with a hair catcher because I had to unclog the drain earlier) and pray that it works just as well for me.

Also, if any of my readers have any suggestions as well, please leave a comment below!