First Impressions: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream

Here goes another drugstore/beauty supply product review, well first impressions in this case.

Product Claims: This curling cream will define, condition and add manageability to your curls, leaving them soft, shiny and deeply moisturized. Made with 100% pure shea butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients.

Water (Aqua), Canola Oil, Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Fragrance, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea), Glycol Stearate, Petrolatum, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia), Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem), Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Silk Amino Acids, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle), Laminara Cloustoni Extract (Sea Kelp), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (Grape), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), PEG 75, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

First off, I love the way this smells, like pina colada goodness! I tried it as a styler on its own, but I could see that it didn't have enough hold while applying so I added some Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel on top. My hair is extremely soft and light. It's not as defined as I like, and I'll probably only get a couple days wear out of this, but it will do.

I was concerned about the petrolatum, but my hair doesn't feel coated or dry right now. Even on the second day it was still soft and moisturized. I had decent enough definition to wear my hair out the second day, but I ended up pulling it back into a bun. The heat was just too much.

Next, I'll try it under a harder hold gel. It's not going to work for me as a wash and go styler, but I can use it as a leave in and possibly a moisturizer. I might try it for twists or braids, but that's not really my thing at the moment.

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream is available in 12oz and retails for about £5 in the UK and $6 in the USA. I think it's in the $10+ range in The Bahamas, but I'm not certain.

I'll post a full review in the coming weeks.

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