Cantu Coconut Curling Cream Review

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream Review

I have always wanted my twist outs to last at least for 5 days, however, they last for just 3. If you are like me, you must have tried a couple of creams and custard that promise to make your twists and curls last for longer. The ones I tried in the past either made my hair flaky & dry & even provided no hold at all. A friend gifted me this Cantu product & I decided to try it. Here’s my Cantu Coconut Curling Cream review:

Ingredients: According to their website, they referred to the product as an:

Award Winning formula defines, conditions and adds manageability revealing soft, elongated curls. Made with pure shea butter and formulated without harsh ingredients.

NO MINERAL OIL, SULFATES, PARABENS, SILICONES, PHTHALATES, GLUTEN, PARAFFIN or PROPYLENE.

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream Review

Price: I got mine as a gift. However, most online shops in Nigeria sell it within the range of N3,000 – N6,000.

Consistency: It is neither too thick nor runny. I would advise that you use a little when applying it to your hair. A little goes a long way.

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Smell: This is one thing I also love about this product. It smells really good & you might be tempted to apply a lot of it on your hair. Please use a little.

Does my hair love it?  Yes, it does. The first time I used it, my twists out maintained their curls for a week. It did not make my dry & crunchy like the previous curling creams I’ve used.

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream Review

How long does the product last? I got the product about 3 months ago & I use it at least twice a month. At this rate, it should last about nine months.

Will I continue to use it? Yes, as long as it continues to give me the best twist out results. Lest I forget, aside from using it to define my twists, I also use it as a sealant on some of my wash days.

Reviews on Nigerian online Shop:

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream Review

Have you tried this product? What were the results you got on your hair? Share with us your own Cantu Coconut Curling Cream review.

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How to go from Relaxed to Natural Hair

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After seeing most of your female coworkers or classmates rocking their natural hair in various hairdo, you might have finally caught the bug and decided to go natural. But how? you might be wondering. Someone might have even recommended to you “Just cut off all your relaxed hair! it’s hair, it will grow back”. You might have been taken aback especially when you remembered how long you have been growing your hair. Don’t worry, let’s see some ways to go from relaxed to natural hair without giving yourself a heart attack.

What is natural hair?

It is your hair that has not been chemically straightened with relaxers or any other kinds of chemicals. Here in Nigeria, natural hair is also called virgin hair.

I don’t want to cut my hair, how else can I go natural?

The first thing to do is to stop applying relaxers or texturizers on your hair. This way you can start your transition journey to natural hair.

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What is transitioning?

This is when you do not cut off all your hair before you go from relaxed to natural hair. Instead, you will stop applying relaxers to your hair. One or two months after you stop applying the relaxers, you will notice your new curly natural hair sprouting out. This means that you now have two textures of hair on your head, your relaxed hair & also your natural hair.

How long can I transition for?

You can transition as long as you are comfortable with. Even after 2 years, I am still transitioning. Transitioning, however, takes a lot of effort, especially when you have two textures (relaxed & natural) of hair.

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Maybe I should just start from the scratch. How do I do it?

So you can do this before you start your journey to natural hair by cutting all of your relaxed hair. You might be shy of moving around with a shiny head, hence you can wait for one month when your natural hair starts showing then cut off the relaxed part. Also, you can transition for a while & then cut your hair once you are comfortable with the length your natural hair. All of these cutting is known as the big chop. You might have heard the phrase from your friends or on a natural hair blog. You will need to also get the right hair products to start your journey.

Yup! There it is. You can go from relaxed to natural hair either by transitioning or by cutting your hair & starting from the scratch. The bottom line, however, is that you will stop applying relaxers or texturizers hair in order to stay natural.

Did you go natural recently? How did you do it? Let’s learn from you.

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Natural Hair faves from Benin Republic

Natural Hair faves from Benin Republic

Bonjour! Ca va? I recently went on a tour with a couple of friends to the ancient city of Ouidah in the Republic of  Benin. It was a good opportunity to take some break from work, relax & test the strength of my spoken French language. Comprendre? We visited the famous python temple, the point of no return, the sacred forest & slept two nights at Casa del Papa. On our road trips, I came across some natural hair items.

Shea Butter:

On returning to Lagos, we decided to do some shopping at the Dantokpa market in Cotonou. While walking the streets of the market, I saw a young lady hawking shea butter. The ivory color of the shea butter was not to miss. It was well timed as I remembered that I was actually running out of shea butter back at home in Lagos. It was super affordable. I never expected the price she told me. The shea butter was molded in small oval shapes.  Each one was sold at 50cfa. I bought 4 for 200cfa.

We know shea butter is loaded with benefits. However, I prefer not to use shea butter on my hair as I noticed it was too heavy for my hair & it weighs it down. However, shea butter is great for my skin. Now that Harmattan is here, it is the perfect moisturizer for my hands, elbows, knees & feet.

Natural Hair faves from Benin Republic

Wooden Hair Divider/ Accessory:

On the second day of the trip, we stopped by craft stalls where a lot of Benin Republic arts were sold. I was going through the wares of the Beninese woman when I saw the hair divider comb, It looked very similar to the ilarun we have in Lagos, only that it had a single point unlike ours that has four points. It was made of wood and had a spiral design on its head. Looks like an item that will double as an ilarun & also a stylish hair accessory.

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Ever traveled  & discovered some natural hair faves? What did you find?

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November Essentials: Natural Hair Products I’m Loving

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November is here! This could also mean harmattan is here. You may need to switch your natural hair products to meet your hair needs for this new month. Let’s check out some my natural hair November essentials:

1. Jamaican Mango & Lime Coconut Leave-in Conditioner: This product completes my wash day. My hair gets really soft as soon as I apply this product on it during my wash days. Because it is actually quite thick, I mix it with water in a spray bottle before applying it.

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2. Tree of the Field Unrefined Coconut Oil: A lot of people swear by coconut oil, but I have not been so lucky as it makes my hair too hard when I use it as a moisturizer. But I discovered a better way to use coconut oil. It works perfectly for my hair when I pre-poo. Using coconut oil for pre-poo strengthens my hair against the harsh effects of my shampoo.

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3. Cantu Coconut Curling Cream: One of my latest favorite natural hair products is this. My twists out have way more definition since I started using this curling product. It came as a gift and it has done a good job to my hair so far.

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4.Olive Oil: This has been my go-to hair oil for a while now. I love the fact that it does not smell strong and it is not too heavy. During my wash day, this is the oil I use to seal in moisture into my hair. Lest I forget, it also does a great job at adding shine to my hair.

5.Ouchless Bands: Considering that I bought them for N300, they have been super useful to me. They do not snag my hair as other hair bands. This is because they do not have the adjoining metal that other bands have.

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So tell us, which natural hair products have made your journey an easy breeze this October.

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Be Hairspired – Meet longtime Naturalista Lisa

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Today, we have a unique hair story from Lisa. She has been a naturalista all her life…. yes from birth. So you can already start to imagine how long her hair is. Her mom also plays a vital role in her hair journey. Plus she has a way of stretching her long mane. Let me stop here. Let’s meet beautiful longtime naturalista, Lisa.

Please introduce yourself and your location

Hi! I’m Ekpei Lisa Ojorumi. I reside in Ogun State, Nigeria precisely at Ibafo.

When and why did you start a healthy hair journey?
My mum had embraced natural hair from start and made up her mind to allow her daughters enjoy such benefits. That, I am a product of and I’m not regretting her choice. So, it’s been from birth exactly sixteen years.

What are your future hair goals?
I hope to increase ladies’ levels of confidence with my natural hair styles. Most girls shy away from decorating their natural hair and admire the natural hair carriers at the same time. Attachments are beautiful but will never create that uniqueness.

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Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey
Discipline and consistency are the keys. Don’t be discouraged with your result. Your hair can be shorter but might be of a better quality than that long hair you compare with. No producer would badmouth his product. So, find the best cream and shampoo for your hair.
Finally, stand out with your natural hair irrespective of the length and texture and dress like real Africans. Drop your English wear if there’s a choice and be proud of your true identity.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?
Haaaah… So many ooo! #laughs My major setbacks were my hairdressers and dandruff. There were times when I washed my hair and dandruff set in. It was very costly for me then because I used various chemicals until it disappeared. Then, some hairdressers have ‘strong’ hands! I realized my hair loss increased after I invited them because my mum got tired for a while. During those periods, my edges pulled out until my mum took over. I really hail her. She nurtured it well.

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Lisa(left) with her mum(middle) & sister(right)

What is your hair regimen?
I don’t monitor my wash days. My hair doesn’t get soft with water as it does with most ladies. So, I wash only when it gets itchy. I used Vaseline for a long time which I believe caused my dark hair colour until I changed to Pears baby oil and Dax. I’m pretty not into most artificial hair care ladies do. I just let my hair grow naturally and give it attention when needed. Due to my hair texture, I personally thread it every night to get softer the next morning. That’s very stressful though but I’m consistent with it.
Finally, I take fruits as breakfast and balance my diet later in the day.

What is the current length of your hair?
It might amuse you but I don’t measure my hair. For me, measuring one’s hair can lead to desperation in making it longer at all costs or rather, the disappointment if it remains stagnant or gets shorter.

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What are your favorite hair styles?
Natural hair is really fun to style. I don’t use too many pins on my hair. So, my styles are always simple and puffy.

What social media channel(s) can we find you?
Facebook: Lisa Ekpei
Instagram: lisa_ekpei

Love to share your hair story to inspire others, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

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How to Use Onions to Grow your Edges in 3 Weeks

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Remember that one time you saw a lady with full & supple front hairline and you immediately wished that was your hair? You might have even walked up to her & asked her to reveal the secret formula for her gorgeous hairline. I can imagine the way you felt when she told you that her hair has always been that way. Aargghh. Don’t lose hope yet. You can still grow your hairline. Try an inexpensive method onion juice to grow your edges.

Why will onion juice work?

Onions contain certain kinds of sulfur which helps with hair growth. According to this source,

Methylsulfonylmethane is a highly absorbable source of sulfur, found abundantly in onions especially in its outer layers. It facilitates the formation of keratin for hair, resulting in hair growth. It also helps a great deal in autoimmune conditions of hair loss like Alopecia Aereata.

Also a study shared on The National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website, showed that a group of mice treated with onion juice started regrowth of hair within just two weeks when the treatment was started. By 4 weeks, 73.9% of the mice being treated had hair growth.

By now, you are probably wondering how to get onion juice. Very simple! All you need is right in your kitchen. With onions, blender & sieve, you are good to go! Blend the onions and use a sieve to squeeze out the juice. See how I did it here.

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How to use it to grow your edges

Massage the onion juice gently to your edges once or twice a day. I prefer to apply it nightly. I also created an e-pamphlet for how to use it. Download it below.

Grow your Edges Back in 30 Days

What to do avoid during the onion juice treatment period

1. Avoid tight hairstyles. They will make your hair loss worse due to the stress they cause on the edges

2. Avoid combing your edges with the rat tail comb. If possible, use your fingers to carefully smoothen your edges

3. Avoid styling your hair into a bun too often. It will reduce the strain on your edges.

Things to do Regularly during the treatment period

1.Shampoo & deep condition your hair regularly to maintain the health of your hair

2. Wear a satin cap to sleep to reduce breakage

3. Eat healthily & take lots of water. Healthy hair begins from the inside.

Don’t forget to visit a trichologist to help give medical advice on your hair growth.

 

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Be Hairspired- Meet Naturalista, Augusta

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On today’s edition of our Be Hairspired series, we have beautiful Augusta. Her hair journey has come a long way from thinning ends to now an afro. She will also share some of her favorite products with us. Let’s meet Augusta.

Please introduce yourself and your location.

Hello, my name is Zuokemefa Augusta and I stay in Lagos Nigeria.

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

I started my healthy hair journey in 2014 when I noticed my relaxed hair was too thin and tiny.

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What are your future hair goals?

My future hair goal is to increase the volume my hair.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

My advice to other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey is to focus more on the health of their hair and take out time to care for it.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?

Yes, I have experienced setbacks in my hair journey. It was in 2016 when my hair was breaking a lot and I believed it wasn’t growing anymore. I bounced back by taking out time to read on how to reduce hair breakage and carried out the regimens I learned properly.

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What is your hair regimen?

My hair regimen is carrying out my wash days properly; which includes prepooing, using black soap shampoo and a good deep conditioner ( I use Hills and Vine deep conditioner) because clean scalp makes my hair grow, using Jamaican black castor oil as my growth oil and wearing protective styles often.

What is the current length of your hair?

The current length of my hair is below my collarbone.

What is your favorite way to style your hair?

My favorite way to style my hair is in a big puff with my edges laid with Eco styler gel.

What social media channel(s) can we find you?

You can find me on:

Instagram: @augiie_x 

Twitter @Augiie_x 

Got a hair story to share and inspire others? Send an email to longnigerianhair@gmail.com for a feature. Cheers!

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