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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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Sometimes buying gel at your local beauty supply store often can be pricey. Especially if you use a lot! Well, why not be frugal and save some cash! Check out this all natural DIY method of making your own gel with just 2 ingredients; Flaxseed and water! It’s as simple as that. Check out the video below by Naptural85.

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1. Not detangling

Letting all your hair just clump up whether it’s after you shampooed or even after co-washing.
Tips: Comb from ends to root. It is important to comb from end to root. Otherwise, you may end up losing a lot of hair, as natural hair tends to mostly knot on the ends.
• Finger Detangle: If you would like to reduce breakage, try finger detangling with coconut oil.
• Detangle in sections: Detangling in sections will make the process easier and less daunting.

2. Sleeping without a satin scarf/pillow
If you tend to get lazy and fall asleep without a satin scarf or use a satin pillow case to lay your head on while sleeping, chances are your hair will feel really dry in the morning. Cotton pillowcases tend to soak up all your hairs natural oils and in addition to that, they contribute to fairy knots.

3. Using excessive heat
Too much of anything isn’t good for ya. And using excessive heat is not one of them. The use of excessive heat will leave your hair dry and brittle. It will also loosen your curl pattern.
Tip: Use a heat protectant and don’t go over 350 degrees.

4. Shampooing too often

Unless you have build up in your hair, you should not really shampoo your hair too frequently. Not only will you be stripping your hair of its natural oils, but your hair does not need it.
Tip: Co-wash instead of shampooing frequently, or if you would like to clarify the build up in your hair use apple cider vinegar.

5. Not being familiar with product ingredients
Before going natural, not once did I ever look at the ingredients on the bottle of the products I used. Sulfates? Parabens? Huh? Not a clue what these meant, but now that I do, these are really harmful ingredients that are in many hair products. Always look in the ingredient description box and try to stray away from harmful ingredients such as these.

6. Not Moisturizing

Natural hair tends to be dry naturally. And dry hair = breakage. Moisture is key.
Tips: Spray your hair with a water bottle throughout the day.
• After washing your hair, apply the L.C.O Method
• Seal your ends with an oil of your choice, or aloe vera

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Using Aloe Vera on your natural hair, is one of the best natural and organic ways of adding moisture back to your hair. With that said, here are 6 ways you can benefit from using Aloe Vera regularly on your hair.

  1. Aloe Vera is 90-99.5% Water and contains amino acids, enzymes, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
  2. It increases blood circulation to hair follicles.
  3. The amino acids and small amount of protein (lectin) in aloe vera strengthen damaged hair.
  4. Can also act as a humectant, drawing moisture from the air, while the sugar and pectin molecules in the aloe vera gel help deliver the moisture into the hair.
  5. Works great as a sealant for your ends locking in the moisture.
  6. If you are looking for an all natural gel, aloe vera is a great option. It provides mild hold and does not flake or cause heavy build up. It is water soluble, making it easy to wash from your hair.