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Way back during my natural hair journey in 2012, when I was just transitioning, I was an avid user of Cantu’s Leave in Conditioner Hair Cream. I was thrilled to find out that their Natural Hair Line was being released, and of course I just had to try them! Here’s what I found:

1) Sulfate Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo (13.5 oz):
I love that it is predominantly made with pure shea butter, removes heavy buildup, prevents breakage
and it is great for color treated hair. A little also goes a long way; you do not need much because it lathers up. The shampoo did not leave my hair feeling stripped of its natural oils and it does have a light fruity smell.

2) Sulfate Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner (13.5 oz):
My hair tends to really like Shea butter-based products. So I was really excited to try this conditioner. This consistency is really thick and feels very moisturizing, even after rinsing completely out. The smell is also similar to the shampoo. The product aims to help hair retain natural oils for fewer split ends. Although I did notice that it does not have much slip.

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3) Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Cream (12 oz):
After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I used the Leave-in Conditioning Cream after. I am very familiar with this product from my transitioning days, but I was excited to try it out now that I am fully natural. Being that I have color treated hair, I love that this product stops & mends hair breakage. The smell is really light and pleasant; I found that it still serves as a great detangler and was very moisturizing.

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4) Coconut Curling Cream (12 oz):
This product aims to define curls without weighing down hair
and is meant to moisturize & strengthen strands. I was super excited to try this cream from the whole collection, especially being that it is a coconut oil based product. I found it to be a bit drying, keep in mind that a little does go a long way. Maybe I used too much product? Which I do have a tendency of doing. This product works best as a styling product, not for your usual “wash & go’s”. The smell is also very similar to the shampoo and has a medium consistency.

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5) Twist & Lock Gel (13 oz):

The consistency of this product is a very lightweight cream that does not leave a sticky residue behind after using it. The texture has a jelly-like feel. It aims to control frizz and moisturize. I found that this product works best for achieving hairstyles like twist-outs and braids-outs, especially if you like definition.

Final thoughts:
I was amazed at how efficient and multi-purpose each product was. Not only did I find that I was able to achieve many hairstyles with these products, but they were also moisturizing and very affordable! If you have tried any of these products share your thoughts and Be Your Own Beautiful with Cantu! Share your look at @cantubeauty #BYOBeautiful on Instagram & Twitter.

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil; Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion

I have been heavily anticipating the new Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, by SheaMoisture, for as long as I remember. And then, just when I least expected it, I got the Target Beauty Box in the mail this month, which is a fun box of beauty products that anyone can purchase at Target. And I was very excited to see that there was a SheaMoisture hair product along with more goodies to try.

When I first got my hands on the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion, I noticed that even though it was a travel sized product, it was still sufficient to last a few weeks and, of course, perfect for traveling and on the go.

I opened the bottle immediately to get a whiff of what it smelled like and if you like the smell of Play-doh, you are in for a treat! The texture is also very light, being that it is water-based; this is perfect especially for people who prefer a light consistency rather than a heavy product.

I really liked that this product is formulated with certified organic ingredients and is meant to target chemically processed hair. Being that I have color-treated hair, this product aims to strengthen grow and restore. It also has hair growth properties to stimulate hair growth.

Upon using the JBCO Styling Lotion, I did notice that my hair did feel softer and more hydrated. I was able to style my hair effortlessly, but on the contrary, it does not pair well with other products. It is best if used alone or with other products from the JBCO line.

I love incorporating new items into my daily regimen and this is just one that I definitely see being a staple in my hair regimen. One tip for trying out new hair products, especially if you have curly hair, is to check if the product is water based. Not only is it very moisturizing, but also it will hydrate and nourish the hair deeply within the hair shaft. Water-based products are very necessary.

Here’s what else is in the Target Beauty Box:

• Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum – It’s a creme serum formulated for curly, course hair. It’s a leave-in treatment meant to nourish and treat hair, providing 4X more defined natural curls.
• Aquaphor Healing Ointment – Not only does this come in travel size and ready to go, but this is a multi-purpose healing ointment. It can be used for minor burns, cracked skin, dry hands and minor cuts and scrapes.
• Colgate Optic White Fresh Mint Toothpaste– Perfect travel-sized toothpaste for traveling and on the go!

I also received 2 full sized products:

(1) Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner– I have never tried this product, but it is meant to condition as it de-tangles and it also protects from heat styling which is a bonus! Although I must say it smells great and it is made up of organic ingredients which is even better.
(2) Curls Crème Brulee Whipped Curl Cream– this curl defining creme is bomb! I used this a lot when I had my pixie cut and I still use it now. My curls feel super soft and hydrated and I also love that it is made up of organic ingredients as well.

Find your style @targetstyle

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I usually tend to wear my box braids straight out, but when that gets boring and I want to switch it up I usually stick to basic go-to easy styles. Check out the tutorial below to see how to achieve 3 easy hairstyles for box braids, especially when you’re on the go!