Cantu is an American brand that specializes in natural hair products. This is a favourite among many naturalistas because of the price (products range from Kshs 1,050 – 2,200) and pretty packaging. I use a wide variety of natural hair products, but what stands out the most to me is Cantu’s line of shea infused butters and treatments.
Permanently in my closet are Cantu’s Leave-In Conditioning Cream and the Deep Treatment Masque. Let me break them down.
1) Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Cream
I began my natural hair journey clueless to many things, but most unforgivable would be that I had no idea that you needed a leave-in treatment of some sort. I really can’t remember what I used to do before I found out about Cantu’s leave-in conditioner, but I imagine I was walking around with a malnourished mop on my head.
The smell and lightness of this cream are amazing, which allows you to use it as often as you’d want. I usually slather it on after 3 or 4 days so that it can protect my hair from the harsh elements (sun, wind and bed head). Ideally, you should apply at least once a week after you deep condition your hair.
It retails for about Kshs 1,050 and can be found in most supermarkets and cosmetics shops in Nairobi.
Having used a wide range of natural hair products, I would put this one above many simply for the price, longevity (you can use it for over a year before it ends) and quality.
2) Cantu Deep Treatment Masque
This is the ultimate deep conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling light and bouncy completely bringing out the curl definition of my 4C hair. It should be used after washing and conditioning – part your hair properly and work it into your scalp all the way through your hair up to your ends in order to achieve the desired results.
Deep conditioning normally takes place after a week or two depending on your routine. I do it after a week and I always use this product. The deep treatment masque hydrates and repairs your fro and is 100% natural to boot – no sulphates or parabens which have been proved to be harmful to our hair.
It retails for about Kshs 1,300 and can be found in most supermarkets and cosmetics shops in Nairobi.
Although it is one of the best treatments for natural hair, I believe there are better products in the market for deep conditioning; the saving grace here is the price.
If you’re looking for a lasting product that won’t cost you too much, I’d recommend the Cantu line of products. If you’re a newbie in the natural game, I’d suggest you kick things off with the above products.