Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Cantu Hair Products Review (Type 4C Hair Reviewer)

Dublin, Ireland

I have more or less cooled off my search for my own essential hair products because I have found products that works beautifully for my locks which I will share with you all soon. However, this doesn't mean I am completely done testing products for you guys. For the last six months I tried the Cantu hair range. The Shampoo, Conditioner, Moisturiser and Leave-In Conditioner were all bought from Boots during their 3 for 2 deal on hair products. Overall, I'd give the range an A for effort because the brand is dedicated to creating sulphate free products for kinky natural hair however, I was not entirely taken with all the products. Before I dive in, I would like to say I do have type 4C hair and it is VERY hard to please my lovely locks. You can also check out a full list of some Cantu ingredients here because some products do contain typical hair product chemicals that you may be trying to avoid.


First up are the shampoo and conditioner which are the two products in the Cantu Cleanse range.

1. The Shampoo

The shampoo is the product I used the least due to the fact I simply did not like it. My hair felt very dried out and leathery after each wash albeit very clean. I just prefer a product that moisturises AND cleans my hair. I still have a practically full bottle left which would be a pity to throw away so if you are interested in trying it out for yourself and not forking out the €8.99 in Boots for it then reach out on Facebook and I'll send it out to you if you are in Ireland. I'd rate the shampoo a 2.5 out of 5 because it will leave your hair clean but a tad dried out. Perhaps it works wonders for other hair types?

2. The Conditioner

Unlike the shampoo, the conditioner really grew on me. The first few uses i was not impressed. I almost stopped using it after the second wash because I just wasn't seeing any difference in my hair but I decided to stick with it and I'm glad I did. After using it for a few washes my hair did begin to absorb the moisture it had to provide a lot easier. For some reason the first two times it felt as though it was barely getting through the follicles of my thick 4c curls. The trick I learned is to let it sit a little longer than you might normally leave a conditioner in, so maybe 4-6 minutes, that or get your hair really wet and massage it into your follicles. I prefer just to let mine sit but I don't always have that much time to spare.

What it reminded me off was the kind of hair conditioner I use to mix into my home made hair masks because I'd leave those on during a movie and come out with shiny, moisturised hair.  For €8.99 also, I'm not sure if I'd but it again unless it was on sale. What I will say is that it does last a surprisingly long time considering the amount of conditioner I put in during any one wash. Depending on how often you wash, it should last about two and a half months to three months. I'd give the conditioner a 3 out of 5 just because it was really only a small bit better than the shampoo. 


The Leave-In Conditioner is from the Cantu Condition Range which also consists of the Cantu Daily Oil Moisturiser and the Cantu Define and Shine Custard. I have not yet tried the other two products in this range.

3. The Leave-in Conditioner

The Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. is probably the one I enjoyed using the most from the Cantu range I've tried so far. It was just very handy. It's sticky and took a while to dry into my hair but I could feel that it was doing some work albeit slowly. At €8.99 it is worth the money and will last a long time especially if used with the LCO method alongside the Moisturising Curl Activator Cream.  I'd give the Leave-In a 4 out of 5.


4. The Moisturising Curl Activator Cream

This cream is one of the Curl range of Cantu products. Next to the Leave-In Conditioner I'd say they are they two products worth getting and they work best together. The last range is for curl Control which I am yet to try it but I will and I will let you know how it goes. At €10.49 it is a little pricey compared to the other products but it has good longevity. My bottle has lasted me six months and I still have a bit more left. On it's own I'd give the cream a 3.5 out of 5 but with the Leave-In Conditioner duo it's a 3.5 out of 5.

Overall I'd only buy the Leave-In and Moisturising Cream for myself and most likely only during a deal on hair products. I do think that perhaps for less kinkier hair, these products could be fabulous. My hair just requires something a little more strong to get through it's thickness and keep it from drying out from wash to styling. So to confirm, Cantu hair range that I have tried, not all great but there's two possible gems to try out for sure.

Have you tried the Cantu hair products? What is your hair type and how did you find using it? Share below in the comments so we can all learn from each other.


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