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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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What is Biotin?
Biotin is a vitamin of the B complex, which is found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. A great aid in helping your body process energy, and of carrying carbon dioxide through your body.

Why is it good for your hair?
Generally, if you suffer from a Biotin deficiency, you will typically experience hair loss and brittle nails, and taking supplements or biotin in food will help aid in preventing this process. In many cases, taking a form of Biotin supplement may even help you to stimulate new hair and nail growth.
There are many pill forms of Biotin that are on the market nowadays, that can be taken as a supplement. But you can also have your daily intake of Biotin naturally. Here is a list of 8 natural great sources of Biotin for hair.

Biotin Facts:

  • Biotin Promotes Healthy Hair Growth
  • Protects against dryness
  • Increases hair’s elasticity
  • To reduce breakage, it helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss

Top 8 Natural Food sources of Biotin:
Eggs
Peanuts
Walnuts
Almonds
Whole Wheat Bread
Cauliflower
Avocado
Raspberries

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Have you been looking for an all natural moisturizer for your hair? There is nothing better than nourishing our hair with the real deal (natural products) rather than using products that contain a list of endless ingredients filled with chemicals and names that are hard to pronounce. Keeping your hair hydrated is key to having healthy hair. Remember dry hair = more prone to breakage. Check out this list of all natural moisturizers that are great for natural hair.

1. Vegetable Glycerin:
Make your own spritz to moisturize your hair by using equal parts of the vegetable glycerin and water into a spray bottle. Glycerine is great for replenishing moisture into your hair.

2. Hair Steam:
Steaming your hair is great for penetrating and creating blood circulation (which makes your hair grow) in your scalp. You can use a hair steamer, or the hot steam of a shower will do just about fine.

3. Hair Butter:
Organic/Raw Shea Butter or Coco Butter are great moisturizers, especially for course hair. It even adds a really nice shine to your locs and prevents frizz.

4. Coconut Milk:
Aside from it softening your hair, it’s packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, calcium selenium, sodium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. It’s also a great source of proteins and natural oils.

5. Oils:
There is an array of natural oils you can use. Ranging from coconut oil, avocado oil to castor oil. Which help aid in hair growth and overall manageability.

6. Hair Spritz:
Another hair spritz you can create whether it’s to seal your hair, combat dryness or frizz. You can use Aloe Vera juice or rose water.