A Dry Twist Out with Cantu



Yeah … this is way overdue. So, a couple of weeks ago, I teased the results of using a new product to style. As you’ve probably already guessed by the title (or know from IG and/or Facebook), that product was Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream!! I had been hearing about the awesomeness that is Cantu for a couple of years now, but had repressed my inner PJ and never bought it … that is, until I saw the GORGEOUS braid and twist-out results that the fabulous Shaniece (aka PGneiicey of YouTube) was getting using it!! Now, I know … 90% of those results are due to the fact that her hair is stinkin’ AMAZE-A-BALLS. But, you know, that never stops a PJ.

So, yeah … when Wei and I stopped at Target a couple of weeks ago and were perusing the hair care/body care aisles in search of some Shea Moisture Body Wash for him, I saw the Cantu. And I snagged the Cantu (along with a jar of SM Raw Shea Restorative Mask … had to restock).

Here’s a little information about the Cantu leave-in:

via NaturallyCurly.com

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.
Product Attributes: moisture, shine, detangling, frizz control, anti-humectant

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, Cinnamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Benzophenone 3, BHA, BHT, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Ingredient Attributes: sulfate free, paraben free

So, later that night, I decided that I wanted to try a dry twist-out with my newest acquisition. First, I finger detangled my dry, 8 day old twist-out (which was still looking pretty good, if I must do say so myself) …


Then, I set my hair in an 8 twist, dry twist-out with a combo of Cantu leave-in and Eco Styler Olive Oil gel …



The next morning I released to some pretty awesome results!



My hair was shiny, defined, light (not “producty” or greasy at all), and flake-free (seems some have had that problem with Cantu/gel combos). So, I was very pleased with the results!!

Tomorrow … Overnight Maintenance: A New Bedtime Technique and Day 2 hair!


 Have you tried/do you use Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner? How did/do you use it? How did/do you like it?


10 responses »

  1. Yes, Shelli! My daughter and I have been using Cantu leave in for the past year and half. The first time I bought it was from amazon, then I visit the US and saw it in Walmart and bought 6 jars one time. We love it! My daughter used to use it more than me, but now I use it almost everyday.


  2. I am surprised you didnt try that product sooner, that is defin. a staple for me. For us fine haired sista’s it does wonders!! defin a staple for me… Don’t add some aloe vera and oil to it ..(kimmaytube leave in) – it will give u life


  3. it does look pretty awesome. you have me almost wanting to try BUT I can’t. I just can’t. I looked in my closets and cabinets and things are out-of-control. AND I picked up some new products when I went to the Let Down Your Hair Expo. *sigh. this has got to stop! LOL


  4. I can’t wait to see your results! I used Cantu off-and-on last year, but seeing as how I had a lot of heat damaged hair, it didn’t seem to work for me. I still have a jar collecting dust in the cabinet : / I’d like to try it again before I completely lose my mind and come home with a bagful of products I don’t really need to buy.


  5. Shelli – Your twist out looks more than amazing!

    I bought the Cantu when I had first BC’d and even though I saw others on YT working it on a BC, I didn’t like how my hair looked with it at all.

    Now that my hair has grown quite a bit and I have turned into a twist-out Queen as well, I am going to give this another go! Fingers crossed!


  6. I have to say I am not a fan of this product. I use to use it all the time years ago, but tried again recently and was not please. I used it as a leave-in on its own and in combination with other products. Left me greasy and lifeless…and my hair enjoys oils and shea butter. And I got horrible hair boogies when used with ecostyler gel. Glad it worked for you though. Btw, my hair is 3C, hennaed, porous and fine.


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  8. i tried it without the eco gel on a dry twist out and i loved it, but it gave me such a build up. Maybe i used to much will have to try it again with the eco styler.


  9. I had an old jar that I blew the dust off and put back into rotation. I had done a protein DT and blow stretched my hair and it was now hard as a witches’ broom. Yikes! I applied the cantu, twisted and pinned it in place and got a touchably soft and passably decent twist out the next day. Yup, that cantu works.


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