The Best Leave-in Conditioner for Transitioning Hair

 

 

I have been on a healthy hair journey for four years and somehow I have just decided to try the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream. What! ‘Tis true. Boy have I been missing out.I have used quite a few Leave-in conditioners over the past years. Actually of all the category of products Leave-in is the only one where I can’t say that I have a holy grail product that I can swear by. I have use Neutrogena Triple Moisture, Creme of Nature Kissi (now Orion Zimmi), Elasta QP Leave-In, to name a few of the good ones. Yet none come close to the Cantu.  This Leave-in is hand down the best Leave-in Conditioner I have ever used. I can confidently say that this Leave-in will be a staple in my journey going forward. So let me break it down and let you all know why I love this product so much.

Great Ingredients

The list of ingredients is super long! I think Cantu tried to packed every single moisturising ingredient known to  man into this product. Whilst I am still researching each ingredient to find out their individual benefits there are some very obvious ones that have great qualities. Of course the first sign that a product is moisturising is when water as its first ingredient. This leave-in is packed with many other  natural nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosemary, Leaf Extract,Kiwi Fruit Extract, Nettle Extract, Orange Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract and Olive Friut Oil. Check out the full list below and let me know what other ingredients on the list you love or might not like. This leave-in contains protein, so be cautious about how you use it in conjunction with other protein based products.

List of Ingredients: 

Water, Ceteryl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Butyrospermumparkii (Shea Butter), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosemary, Leaf Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Nettle Extract, Orange Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract, Fragrance, Olive Friut Oil, Hydrolyzed Callogen, Dimethicone, Hydrolized Wheat Protein,Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat ProteinPG Propyl Silanetriol, Polyqueternium-10, Panthenol, Disodiumedta, phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglecerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Sulphate, Magnesium Nitrate, Cylohexasiloxane, Sodium Methyltaurate, Dimethicone PEG-8mMeadowfoamate, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Hydroxyethylecellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propyleneglycol, cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional.

Affordability:

I bought this product for $943 (Jamaican, less that $10 US) + tax. That is a bargain for the amount and quantity of product you get. This Leave-in comes in an 16 ounce tub. Considering I will only use it once per week, I am predicting that it will last me quite a while. 

Smell:

I wouldn’t say I love the smell of this product but it is okay. It smells like a cross between perfume and natural oils. In the container it smells quite strong but once it is applied the smell mellows down and actually lasts the whole week. I just loved getting a whiff of the product as a walk around during the week.

Consistency:

The Leave-in has a creamy consistency. Not too thick. More like a rinse out conditioner consistency. It applies and absorbs into the hair easily and make detangling a breeze.

Conclusion:

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great Leave-in conditioner for a great price. It worked remarkably well on my transitioning hair. I could comb through my new growth when it is dry when I use this product! A feat never achieved (without the use of my S-Curl No Drip)  since I started my transition. It left my hair feeling absolutely soft and conditioned. I love it! My only regret it that I did not try it sooner.

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Budget Friendly Products for Relaxed, Texlaxed and Transitioning Hair

For my first ever video on my Youtube channel I shared some inexpensive product choices for relaxed, Texlaxed and Transitioning hair. These products are the ones I am currently using to keep my transitioning regimen as budget friendly as possible. I hope you will find this helpful.

 

 

Products Mentioned 

Shampoo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil  Sulfate Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo

Conditioners:

Moisture- Elasta QP DPR11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing conditioner

Protein- Africa’s Best Organics Hair Mayonnaise

Leave Ins

Moisrure-African Pride Olive Oil Miracle Hair and Scalp Strengthening Leave-in Conditioner

Protein- Orion Zimmi Thermal Sheen Booster

 

Oils:

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Stylers:

Gel- Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel

 

Heat Protectant- Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

 

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Quick Update

 

I have taken a new step in the direction of my dreams and recently launched my Youtube channel. My plan is to post most of my hair and beauty related content on there and transition my blog into a platform where I discuss social and personal issues as well as hopefully fashion.

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Mini Hair Product Haul and First Impressions

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I made a few  hair product purchases recently and thought I would share them with you guys. Some of them are old faves white others are new additions.

First up is the old faithful Eco Styler gel. I love this gel because it keeps your edges silk and neat without drying out your hair, making it crunchy or flaky. It is definitely my go to healthy hair friendly gel. By the way I don’t know where the label went…hmmm.

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Funnily  I ended up picking it up after I bought another edge control that was just rubbish.

That brings me to the second item i purchased recently and it is the African Pride smooth Edges, edge control. I was looking for Ecostyler Gel and did not find it so i decided to go ahead and buy thus edge control for the time being. It would have been better if I had used some old school water and Vaseline.

 

When I opened it the look and texture reminded me of Let’s Jam that I used back in the day. I was immediately skeptical but decided to give it a chance. I applied it to my edges and brushed it in but it was not really smoothing my edges like I wanted it to . But that is not the worst part,  It has a very wet shiny look like melting petroleum jelly and it just melted onto my forehead as the day went on. Not a good look at all. I would not recommend this product.

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Next is another African Pride product that I tried for the first time, but one that I was totally impressed by. If you can recall I mentioned  the African Pride Shae Butter moisturizer in a favourites post recently, that I absolutely loved. Well this is the creme version of that moisturiser and is more appropriate for thicker hair textures. So two thumbs up.

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I also picked up the Orion Zimmi Moisturising Deep conditioner (formerly Creme of Nature). This conditioner was off the market for a while but it has been rebranded and is available again. I have been using this conditioner since I started my hair journey. The ingredients are pretty much the same as the old version and works the same way. It leaves my hair soft and manageable and I love the price (less than $600). If you are looking for an inexpensive but high quality deep conditioner this is your best bet.

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An old favourite of mine also made it into my shopping cart. It is the S-curl No Drip Moisturiser. I absolutely have to have this when I am on my relaxer stretches.  If you find it difficult to comb through your roots once your hair starts growing out, try this and your tough roots worries will be over. Just spray unto you root, moisturise the length of your hair with  your regular moisturiser, seal and you wont believe the softness.

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Finally I picked up some Tea Tree oil. I have heard good things about using Tea Tree oil to treat dandruff. My scalp has been extra itchy lately and even though it doesn;t have time to get flaky because I wash it often it still itches. Anti-danfruff shampoos and ointments do not help and so I have decided to give this a try. So far I have added it to my shampoo and oil but my scalp is still itchy, but I am going to give it a chance and i will let you guys know how it fairs in the long run.

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I bought all these products at Discount Beauty Supplies with the exception of the Tea Tree Oil that I bought at a local health food store. . Thanks for reading. Happy hair journey!

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Product Review: Elasta QP DPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner

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Since I am in recovery mode with my hair (read my hair story to find out why), I have been on the hunt for a good moisturizing conditioner. Keracare Humecto is my original favourite but I think it is too little product for the price, so I decided to try to find a suitable alternative that gives me more bang for the buck. My search has brought me to the ElastaQPDPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner.

Cost and Size:

I paid $1000 JMD inclusive of tax for this conditioner. It comes in a jar that holds 15 ounces.

 

Ingredients: The first five ingredients are Aqua (water), glycerine, Soya Bean Oil, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol and Petrolatum. Other ingredients in lesser amounts are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin and Hydrolyzed Wheat protein.

Consistency and Smell:

It has a creamy consistency but becomes more watery once it is applied to the hair. It has a strong “perfumy” smell. It is strong but at the same time, it is  not nauseating.

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My impression:

I first heard about this product from Onika R on Youtube . Some how I never tried it until about two months ago. Reading the ingredients in store I became concerned when I saw that it contains mineral oil and petrolatum in the first five ingredients. I try my best to steer clear of these ingredients because they can coat the hair and block hair follicles. However since I heard such great things about this conditioner and its not a product that will be left on my hair for a prolonged period I decided to give it a go.

I have been using this product for about six weeks. Opening it for the first time I was a little taken aback by the smell. As I said before it has a “perfumy” smell that I can only describe as “not natural smelling”. It is strong but it doesn’t linger after I rinse it out of my hair.  It left my hair soft, fluffy and easy to detangle. It has done its job as a moisturising deep conditioner and it has the added bonus of being a good size.

All in all I give this conditioner two thumbs up. If you are currently searching for a moisturising conditioner or if you just want to try something new, I recommend you try this.

Side Note: This product contains hydrolyzed wheat protein. I do not know all the chemistry behind it but from what I have read and heard, hydrolyzed wheat protein acts a a humectant meaning it attracts water which makes it moisturising. So even though it contains a protein it is not a protein conditioner. So not to worry if you are concerned about protein overload.

If you try this conditioner let me know how you like it!

 

 

 

 

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