Many of you beloved readers fall into three camps, when it comes to this product. You likely: had awful experiences with this, have been scared by hearing the awful experiences of others, or you are like myself: mystified as to what went so wrong for others.
Given the wide range of reviews from Holy Grail to hellish, I’ll attempt to help you figure out if this product is worth your $6.00.
According to Cantu, this product:
- Stops and mends hair breakage
- Leaves hair soft, shiny, and manageable
- Formulated for severely damaged, dry, or coarse hair
“Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream is an intensive deep penetrating leave in cream conditioning treatment that is made with pure shea butter and other natural oils to stop and mend breakage, repair split ends, and add manageability and shine with every application. When used daily, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream helps promote strong, long healthy hair.”
So, how does it measure up to these claims? Get some tea, this is going to be a long one, beloved readers.
Stops/mends hair breakage:
This does have collagen in it, which can help mend hair. My hair adores protein; however, even the protein sensitive have little to fear, in my opinion. I would not trust this to truly end breakage. I would turn to a real protein treatment for that. Do not expect this to leave you with stronger tresses.
Check and check.
It has many good ingredients and a few bad ingredients. One must pick their poison. The things my hair does not like, that are in this though, must be in TINY concentrations. I say this because my hair has not revolted by becoming stiff, dull or brittle. Does it repair damage? No. Was my hair soft during use? Yes.
Its creamy, spongy texture is a bit unusual. It’s a bit like whipped cream mixed with mousse. I rub it together in my hands to turn it into a thick, rich hair milk/lotion before applying.
I suggest you do the same to avoid using too much of this, which is painfully easy to do.
T H E G O O D
- Price: $4-6
- Adds softness and hint of shine
- A little goes a long way
- Can help define curls
My hair was left buttery soft, with less frizz, and a bit shiny.
T H E B A D
- Noticeably sweet fragrance that lingers after application
- Not a “natural” product
- Does not mix well with other products
- Can cause (incredible) build up
- Packaging (Tubs are less hygienic)
- Does not multitask well (Best used as a leave-in on damp hair)
You MUST wash hair frequently while using this. For me using it for daily “wash and gos” I had to wash daily to every other day, or earn a trip to Clarify Island. DAILY, I say!
Why do some beloved readers have terrible experiences with this? I cannot give a definite answer. Instead, I have some promising theories to offer that may help you decide if this is truly worth your time.
Let’s begin with a look at the directions, shall we?
“Daily Styling – Apply to towel dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair beginning at the roots to the tips. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the ends or problem areas.”
“Leave In Treatment – Apply as directed for “Daily Styling” just after shampooing. Re-apply and cover with a plastic cap overnight for maximum absorption and intensive conditioning.”
“Frizz Free Hair – Apply daily to split ends or damaged areas. Comb through and let dry natural.”
THEORY #1 Too Much Water
TOWEL DRIED HAIR.
I suggest, no IMPLORE you, to USE THIS ON 80% DRY HAIR! You need moist hair with this product to allow for QUICK and DEEP penetration.
THEORY #2 Too Much Product
Work from roots to the tips—with a teeny amount of product!
I think the addition of “comb through” causes a modern lady to (reasonably) assume she should apply enough product to run a comb through her hair. Good gracious NO! This is not a true conditioner. I would NEVER attempt to detangle with this product. It is a STYLING product that TRIES to multi-task.
So, that “apply more” suggestion? DON’T. (Your hair will thank you.)
THEORY #3 Too Much Multitasking
I have found through trial, error, and near disaster with this product that it performs best as a leave-in on damp hair that is air-dried.
Please pay special attention to the words: on. damp. hair.
See also: that is air-dried.
(By the way: I gained frizz whenever I diffused my hair while using this.)
A final note:
The infamous “warnings”. These gave me pause–well actually only one:
“Avoid applying any styling or conditioning product directly on new growth.”
WTCupcake? Yes, well, this has puzzled MANY a user of the product–satisfied and dissatisfied alike. What does it mean? I…have no earthly (nor heavenly) idea.
On a serious note though, my dears I hope this helps you decide if this product is right for you. If you’re are still undecided, give it a try–and keep your receipt and favorite clarifying shampoo handy.
This is a great leave-in when applied on damp hair left to air-dry that unsuccessfully attempts to multitask.
Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Panthenol, PPG 1 PPG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Lanolin Oil, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Benzophenone 3, BHA, BHT, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance