Being a newbie to natural hair I’ve spent many hours (and dollars) searching for products to assist me in this journey. I usually wear my hair in a protective style (crochet braids are my favorite) with some hair left out to blend. Since none of the natural hair extentions have managed to match my EXACT hair texture (which is a combination between Kinky and Coily) I always have to manipulate the left out part of my hair to best blend with the extensions. I tried product after product and was always left disappointed until I stumbled upon the Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream at Walgreens.
WHAT IT PROMISES
• Stop and mend hair breakage
• Leaves hair soft
• Leaves hair shiny
• Leaves hair manageable
And it is “formulated for severely damaged, dry or coarse hair”. Now, my hair is neither severely damaged, dry nor coarse, however I decided to give it a chance.
I use this product to twist out my hair so it blends in with my protective styled hair. Here are the 4 steps I follow:
1. I use a spray bottle full of water to moisten my hair;
2. I apply a generous (not overly lathered) to the section that is out;
3. I two strand twist it to achieve the desired curl pattern using the Cantu Leave in and;
4. I pin it down and let it air dry for a few hours.
You get a HUGE tube of conditioner for under 7 dollars (which, if you’re like me is comparable to getting a gift on Christmas). You can use this product without washing it out. I sometimes use it on Mondays to apply more moisture to my hair and then reapply on Thursdays. This never weighs down my hair or makes it heavy and the definition is pretty good.
Whenever I apply heat to my hair (i.e. a heating cap) to dry it faster with the conditioner in my hair the result is crunchy and flakey hair (not the cutest).
WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOTTLE
Formulated for severely damaged, dry or coarse hair and made with pure shea butter, Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream stops and mends hair breakage while leaving hair soft, shiny, and manageable.
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