Cantu For Natural Hair Full Review

Hey guys, how’s everyone doing? Good I hope. I know this post is super late, well not late, my excuse is that I needed the time to fully test the products out lool so it’s finally here the full reviews for my Cantu products! This will be a mix of the ones I purchased myself and the ones I got sent.

For the previous post on the Cantu collection please check out this link>


My full Cantu collection


I got sent the coconut oil shine and hold mist

Moisturizing curl activator cream

Grow strong strengthening treatment



I did a Cantu wash day, about twice now where I used all the products and some wash days where I incorporated them with other brands. Here are my thoughts on all of the products:

Leave in conditioning cream– this is definitely my staple leave in conditioner! I used to use the other formula but of course I had to switch once I found out they have a formula for natural hair! I love, LOVE how it leaves my hair- soft and moisturised without weight it down. I used this as the cream in my L.O.C routine. I use a shea butter/oil mix on soaking wet hair then this leave in conditioner as the final product. I highly recommend you switch to this formula if you have natural hair. It also works well with other products. I used this with my curl harmony products, check out my post on them by clicking here>>

Complete co-wash– this has great ingredients however I do not like how it works on my hair. It’s a thick consistency and doesn’t provide any slip so I can’t finger detangle with it. It cleanses my hair though but something about it makes my scalp itch a bit a couple of days afterwards, I know people that love this co-wash so maybe it just doesn’t work for my hair.

Creamy hair lotion– another staple moisturiser I will highly recommend you try. I love everything about this lotion. Smell üsize ü ingredients ü quality ü it leaves my hair smelling good and softens my hair. I use this to take down my large twists after I allow them to air dry over night or whenever my hair needs it. It works great with the leave in conditioner. I have to fight with my mum lol to stop using this for her synthetic braids ( African weave style that looks like a weave) lol she keeps using it saying it really softens the hair and makes it easier to comb lol

Moisturising curl activator – I used this in combo with the coconut mist and shine and I must say I didn’t like the results on my hair. The curl activator worked well to define my curls so I like that. The coconut oil shine and hold mist left my left a dry hair and hard. Maybe it’s the way I used it. I used it as the liquid part in the L.O.C routine and followed up with shea butter mix and the leave in cream.   I think this is more for setting styles like a wash and go or a refresher spray I’m not sure. I am looking to use it again though and see how it performs the second time round.

Grow strong treatment–  I haven’t used it a lot to see any noticeable growth so I can’t comment on that. I have used it a few times on my edges to keep them moisturised and it worked well for that.

Verdict- I highly recommend you try their natural hair line, especially the leave in conditioner if you really like the old formula. The hair lotion is the and it’s my favourite one out of the bunch. You can get the full collection and many of their other products online at British Curlies >>

Until next time





Hey family! I hope everyone is doing great. So I have been working hard searching for the best UK based brands for you and voila, I came across Curl Harmony!

Curl Harmony is a UK based natural hair company that produces products free from harmful chemicals e.g. sulphates, silicones and petrochemicals.  All products are made with natural or naturally derived ingredients with minimum amounts of fragrance oils.

In simpler terms, the products have been formulated using luxurious natural ingredients to suit every curly girl’s needs! I’m talking to my type 4 sistas and type 2 a/b/z (lool I don’t think there is a type 2z…. yet…)

So it’s a good collection featuring all the essentials: a cleanser, deep conditioner and a leave in conditioner! The full product list is as follows:

  1. Curl Cleanser
  2. Smoothing conditioner
  3. Leave in conditioner
  4. Intensive repair deep conditioner
  5. Buttercream
  6. Curl reviver

Since you guys don’t mind not having pictures of every single product (thank God lol), I will be doing these collections without them, Lord knows I am running out of storage on my WordPress account lool.

Review time!



So I have been speaking to the lovely Nadine, the owner of Curl Harmony who sent me some products to review! I got the


  • Leave in conditioner
  • Deep treatment mask
  • Buttercream

So you guys are in for a first impressions/ full review from me! I’m sorry I can’t try all the products I feature in this series lol (I’m only human with a limited amount of space and one head of hair lool, but remember this series is to bring you information on the brands out there for us and where to purchase them in the UK, if I happen to use it of course I will add a personal review for you guys J)

So look out for more information about these products soon, wash day is close by! Lool. Here in the UK you can get the full product range on their website >

That’s all folks. I am really happy you guys are enjoying this series. I have loads more to come. I have realised in doing this series that, there are a lot of companies that now have a natural hair product collection from just catering to relaxed girls previously. Obviously the quality of these are yet to be determined by us. There are also a LOT of natural hair companies that offer great products. There are also UK based companies with really great products waiting to be discovered by us. (Did I just get deep there? Lool)

So until next time (off I go to enjoy my curl harmony products and my days off lol)







Hey guys, welcome back

As promised this is the second post on the dark and lovely au naturale hair products.  The first post on their moisture L.O.C. collection can be viewed here>> .Their anti-shrinkage line promises to reduce shrinkage and elongate your curls. I mean if you have type 4 hair especially you know about shrinkage #shrinkageisreal. Some of us, aka me lol wants to avoid shrinkage as much as possible. I mean I don’t mind a little bit of shrinkage but not full blown shrinkage if you know what I mean. My hair is VERY prone to tangles and breakage when it shrinks and I really don’t have the time to detangling etc.

Anyway this collection has a lot of products, mostly styling products so let’s get into it

  1. Beyond gentle and sulfate free wash
  2. Knout out conditioner
  3. Cleansing conditioner
  4. Easy twist gel and butter
  5. Coil moisturizing soufflé
  6. No crunch nourishing pomade
  7. Knot out conditioner
  8. Slick slip leave in conditioner
  9. 10 in 1 styles gelee
  10. Hydrating soak shampoo
  11. Sheen sealing nectar
  12. Curl defining crème glaze

So yes, it’s definitely a big one, unfortunately I can’t show all the pictures lol, because I am actually running out of space on my WordPress storage lool.  Some of the products can be purchased from British Curlies>>

Time for some reviews





What’s the verdict? Let me know what you guys think. Are you using this line, if so what is your experience so far? So the 3rd and final collection is their anti-breakage collection which will be coming soon.

Until then







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Hey family, I hope everyone is doing great! How did you spend your father’s day? I hope anything you guys did, you had a fantastic time! The weather was fairly good.

I really wanted to do this post because I realise I get asked this question a lot ‘Sarah, what products can I use for my hair (either relaxed or natural but mostly natural)’ OR I hear this a lot ‘Sarah I can’t go natural. My natural hair is too much for me to handle’. My response is always the same ‘yes you can or try so and so product etc’.

Questions like that get me thinking on how much information is out there and how easy it is to get confused or overwhelmed so quickly. I am by no means the best at taking care of my hair or a professional (I’m still learning) and I have been natural only 5 years but it seems there is always some new method been invented( which could be great) but also confusing if you have just transitioned to natural hair. Some of the steps in some of these methods are completely unnecessary and just prolong the whole process (of wash day especially) and may even put off people embracing their natural hair. Let me give you an example, I went natural back in 2011 and during my research at that time, a lot of things I saw/read were off people who would condition and deep condition their day on the same day i.e. they would put the normal conditioner for about 5 mins rinse out then apply a different deep conditioner for about 45 mins, rinse out then apply their leave in conditioner! This confused the hell out of me but I thought maybe she’s right after all she’s been natural for a while and I have only been for about 1 month lol. So I did the same but I found my hair would usually be limp. Another example is detangling. A lot of people used a wide tooth comb, a Denman brush and a fine toothed comb!


These are just a few examples, don’t get me started on apple cider vinegar rinses, green tea rinses, oil rinses etc etc. whilst some of these maybe actually be beneficial they may not be necessary ALL time. Anyway back to my story, so with all this information, I was trying everything expect for the rinses, I was very skeptical and I just hated the smell of apple cider vinegar (And look my hair is just fine! 5 years later). I also realised I was spending way too much time doing too many different things and my hair staying the same. That’s when I stopped trying to copy routines, skipped a few steps and just doing things a way I found was easier and quicker but still ‘safe’ for my hair. So for instance, for detangling, I used just a wide tooth comb plus finger detangling (And my hair was fine, as I have learnt more I have skipped using combs all together and just finger detangle).

Over the years, I have continued to simplify my routine and I have never been happier and spent less time in the bathroom. I now wanna pass the mantle lol. These are my top 10 essentials you will need for your hair complete with product recommendations and prices (Are you not happy I am a product junkie! I have also personally used all these products and bought them myself lool). This is also very budget friendly but most importantly simple and effective. By all means change where necessary and of course trial and error!


  1. Conditioner for detangling. You want something that will make it easier for you to comb through your hair (i.e. has a lot of slip) and is a good size too because you will be using a lot of it! TRESemme moisture rich conditioner is the best one I have used so far! Its 900mL and only £2.99-£4.99. It depends on where you get it from but it’s usually cheaper in Savers for £2.99. Have you realised Savers is actually hard to find? Lol if you don’t have a local savers check your local Superdrug, it will be more expensive there but it will be worth it. Currently, Superdrug has a 2 for £6 pounds offer on selected TRESemme products. A great and cheaper alternative is the Alberto Balsam conditioners. You can get these from anywhere: Superdrug, Boots or the pound shop. It’s also a pound wherever you get it. I find the Raspberry conditioner has the greatest slip (Trust me to have tried almost all the different versions lol). Tip- detangle in small sections from the ends to the root of the hair. Twist or clip the section out of the way once done.

2. Sulfate free shampoo. So that your hair is not stripped dry when shampooing. I am currently loving the Dr. Miracle conditioning shampoo. £2.99 from your local beauty supply store (BSS) (I got mine from A.C.E). It’s also paraben free. I LOVE the tingling sensation of this shampoo. Tip- always apply to scalp first.

3. Deep conditioner. Look for size as well- you will be using it a lot and a lot of it (lol). You can also look for moisture/protein based conditioners as well. I love the TRESemme reconstructing deep conditioning treatment for £4.99 from Superdrug. A cheaper alternative is the Elasta QP DPR11 for £3.99 (one of the first ones I used) from your local BSS or the beautiful textures rapid response deep conditioner for £3.49 from your BSS. Tip- work the product in and cover with plastic bags!


4. Leave in conditioner. A good one will do many things including double as a base for styling products and leave your hair soft and moisturised. I have a range of recommendations for you! (Don’t you just love me? Lol). The 1st first leave in I used was the Giovanni direct leave in conditioner. I loved it a lot and so did my hair too! I loved it so much that I left it one time at a hairdressers place and I went back for it! Lol It’s a bit pricey £7.99 on British Curlies ( but it’s well worth it. Another popular and well recommended product which I am sure you have heard of and even used is the Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner (you’re giggling now right because you know I am right lol) its only £3.99 from your local BSS. Another great one and budget friendly is the Beautiful Textures tangle taming leave in for £3.99 from your local BSS. Tip- apply your leave in after you rinse your conditioner out and twist and allow to air dry.

5. With this product I would really advise you to just experiment with your works for you. Of course there are the popular ones like coconut oil (£2.99 from A.C.E), Argan oil, And Castor oil etc. I have used all the above but for different things. Other popular ones e.g. grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil are great too but don’t feel like you have to get all of them or use them. After 5 years, I am only trying olive oil, grapeseed oil and castor oil and my hair has been fine! Tip- you can mix all these oils for a hot oil treatment. Alternatively apply after your leave in conditioner to seal in that moisture!


6. A styling product. This is probably where you will go crazy lol and try out different products that will work for your hair and style you want to achieve. Try asking for samples from the shop to try out before you commit. Also check YouTube but with caution: it may not turn out the same for you or not work at all. I don’t really style my hair in terms of twists outs, braid outs etc (omg Sarah are you really natural? Where have you been? Lool). My 1st ever successful twist out was using Ecostyler gel (from £1.29 in your BSS) however I woke up the next day with flakes everywhere lol. Tip- always use your leave in conditioner as a base for your styling product. You don’t want a bomb twist out which is dry lol.


The next couple of items are tools you will need

7. Wide tooth comb- if you ever have to use a comb in your hair make sure it’s wide toothed! Its only £0.99p from your BSS. Tip- when detangling, it’s your best friend lol

8. Hair clips/ hair bands- have you ever tried to detangle your hair without this? Lol. Make sure after you section your hair, you keep it in place with clips/bands otherwise hair everywhere lol. Its only £1 for a pack in Primark or the pound shop. Tip- it also doubles for pretty much everything lol

9. Plastic bags- lol. Great way to deep condition your hair! If you can’t be bothered to sit under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes, this is a great way to trap heat to help the product penetrate the hair. It will help you make use of that time for other things like errands. Set a challenge on how many bags you use LOL. I think I have had 4 bags plus cling film and a scarf at one point LOL (this is not necessary btw lol 1 or 2 will be fine). £0.00p lol or however much your groceries cost lol. Collect them when you go shopping and keep them. Tip- Somewhere in almost EVERY house hold, there is a plastic bag full of plastic bags (there’s that giggle again right? Because you know its true lool) make use of this lool instead of buying ‘conditioning caps etc’

10. Satin bonnet/scarf- its true cotton dries out your hair. It will absorb all the lovely moisture you have just added. Tip- Its best to get the bonnet that way you know it won’t come up when you wake up lol


That’s all folks. A really simplified product list that builds into a very simple routine. Do not be afraid to skip some or exchange some products in place of other as this is probably the only way to learn what is best for your hair. Of course I have not gone into co-washing, finger detangling, shea butter (horror face! Lol), cleansing clays etc because I just wanted the essentials: things that will make it EASIER and SIMPLE. I thought back to when I first went natural and what product/things I was using and what made it easier for me in those 1st years. This list is also very budget friendly. Students I got you lol. There are great brands e.g. SheaMoisture, NuNaat, etc I haven mentioned but use if your budget allows you to. Maybe next time I will use these products and build an example routine for you guys.

Let me know your thoughts, hints and tips whether you’re natural or still transitioning. I would love to hear from you! What are your go- to products? And where do you usually get yours? Internet or in store?

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