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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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Nowadays, hair products in general can cost up to an arm and leg! Especially if you are co-washing every other day or weekly. Here is a list of conditioners you can check out and try that are totally under 5 bucks! Which are great sources for detangling and co-washing regularly.

White Rain Sensations Hydrating Conditioner, Tropical Coconut

Helps improve hairs texture, shine and specially designed to leave hair soft. Add moisture to dry, brittle hair with white rain tropical coconut conditioner. Enriched with coconut extract and provitamin B5.
Price: $.99
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearamidoethyl Diethylamine, Ceteareth 20, Fragrance, EDTA, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Local Supermarket

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
This quick deep conditioner can be used as a co-wash or regular rinse-out conditioner. Say good-bye to dry, thirsty hair and say hello to silky soft, manageable natural hair. With a Touch of Natural Australian Aloe and Jojoba Seed Oil, this product also provides lots of slip.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

Suave Moisturizing Conditioner Almond and Shea Butter

Enriched with Sweet Almond, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Juice , your hair will be soft and hydrated. In addition to that, detangling will be a breeze.
Price: $3.49
Ingredients: WaterAqua , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis OilSweet Almond , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)Shea Butter , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed OilJojoba , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf JuiceAloe Vera , Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) OilLemongrass , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf OilRosemary , Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower/Leaf ExtractMatricaria , Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower ExtractLavender , Dimethiconol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Fragrance , Dipropylene Glycol , Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acid , Disodium EDTA , TEA Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate , PEG 150 Distearate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Local Supermarket

Garnier Fructis Haircare Sleek & Shine Fortifying Conditioner
This fortifying conditioner strengthens weak or damaged hair.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

TRESemme Flawless Curls Moisturizing Conditioner
Designed to help manage and tame those sometimes unruly curls, fortified with Vitamin B1 to help maintain healthy, flawless curls.
Price: $3.98
Ingredients: water, stearyl alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, CyclopentaSiloxane , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cyclohexasiloxane , panthenol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Thiamine HCl , Niacinamide , Biotin , Aspartic Acid , Ascorbic acid , dimethicone , Quaternium-18 , Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate , Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine , PEG-9 , polysorbate 20 , Disodium EDTA , DMDM HYDANTOIN , fragrance.