Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

October 22, 2009

Cantu Hair Products

Name: Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

Price: $4.99

Rating: 2 out of 5

Product Promise: 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.

The Review: I caught this on sale at Rite-Aid last week because I’m looking for a new leave-in conditioner. Needless to say, I should have left it on the shelf. The first red flag should have been when I read the claim that it will “repair split ends”. Negative! If your hair is damaged, there is not one single hair product that can help you repair a split end. I digress…

This product had plenty of good reviews from my fellow bloggers, but it just didn’t work for my hair. The only thing I liked about it was the smell. I used it as directed in place of my normal leave-in Lacio Lacio. It has a thick cottage cheese consistency that did absolutely nothing to moisturize my hair. It just felt too heavy for my hair and the build-up was ridiculous. No special detangling powers either, just a waste of my money. I’ll probably give it away.

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 PEG 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

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey October 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

Yeah this product is really hit and miss. I bought it the other day and I actually really like it on my wet hair. My hair dries nice and soft. It is a bit thick and depending on how much I use it just feels like it’s coating my hair but I still dig it.

Dani October 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Stacey, I’m glad it worked for you! I saw so many good reviews from people about it and wish it would have worked half as well on me.

Bree November 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

This product is amazing, it’s my tried and true staple. I think it has a smooth, thick, “yourt-like” consistency, not cottage cheese which is gross and lumpy, and the smell? is pretty great. I used it on wet hair then on my non wash days on my dry hair just a bit on my fingertips to help with roller setting. Too bad it diddn’t work for you, but man, that review was harsh! lol, You should be more partial, and non biased. This is after all a hair blog, maybe some ladies will still want to try it, that’s how we find out what works for our hair and what does not. I tried the cayenne pepper for hair growth {suggested on several hair boards}, it didn’t make it grow any faster at all, but made it itch like crazy!… but that doesn’t mean it won’t for for some other ladies.
just saying. :o )

Dani January 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Bree, thanks for your input. However, this is not just a “hair blog”… It’s MY blog. There was nothing biased about my review. The product did not do anything for my hair and I don’t see the point in sugarcoating my review to make any Cantu fans feel better.

On to the next one ;)

Shaun February 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Hi, I just discovered your blog today and I really like it. I’m considering going natural without a BC/super long transitioning too and I really appreciate seeing how other ladies are doing it. But anyway, I half agree half disagree w/Bree. I love the Cantu leave in conditioner, its great for my hair so far (no split end cure tho, lol). But I definitely don’t think you (Dani) were necessarily being biased, I think you were simply stating that it did not work for you. Everyone’s hair is different and I think you were just being honest about your own experience. : )

Tiffanita March 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

My hair hates that stuff! It makes my hair crunchy and hard and far from moisturized.

Monica February 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I am natural and have been using this product for about a month now and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! It really is the only thing that I have used besides Kinky, Kurly, Kurling Custard that works for my hair, so I guess it’s all about what works for you. I would say to anyone interested to give it a try because that is the only way you find out what works for you hair. I will say this, don’t use it with other products and it works best if you hair is damp/wet.

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