NAPPY REVIEW: Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

September 2, 2012

It all started when I was logged into my YouTube account to look for a video on a twist out using Cantu Shea Butter.  I liked the way it had turned out, and couldn’t remember, for the life of me, who had done the video.  So I searched.  And there it was – like a coconut-fiend’s dream – a new kind of Cantu.  I heard the angelic choirs singing, harmonic hallelujah’s, and could even feel the island breeze with the slight nutty scent of coconut.  I didn’t even have to watch the video to know that this was going to be my next obsession.

Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

Yes.  Coconut is that deep.  And the new Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream had to be mine.  Immediately.

Why did I buy this?

I saw coconut – plain & simple.  If I see coconut, I will buy!  Also, I like Cantu products and was especially excited that the company made products strictly for natural hair!

Where can you get it?

Well the website states that ‘you can find Cantu products in your favorite stores, including Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and Family Dollar’.  Yeah, not so in Sticksboro, Georgia; I found the Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream in Walmart for $5.97, but that was all; so I had to log into my Walgreens account and order the rest.  Big sigh.  Now I have to wait?  I am so not good at waiting.  However, Walgreens was true to their word, and in about 3 days I had my box of Cantu goodies at my door.  Uh-huh, you read right, plural: I figured that if I was going to pay for shipping, why not just order the whole line?  Here’s what I bought:

Deep Treatment Masque   $7.99
Creamy Hair Lotion             $7.99
Coconut Curling Cream     $7.99

And then I found out that there are two more products out there that I have not tried (Moisturizing Twist & Lock Hair Gel, and Coconut Milk Shine & Hold Mist).  I will find those and try them soon, my pretties!  Muah-ha-ha!

I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get them into my hair!

How was the packaging?

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream










All of the products came wrapped in a Walgreens box – cardboard.  Nothing special like some of the wrapping you would get directly from a company or boutique.

Although I used all of the products, this specific review is on the Coconut Curling Cream; I will grade the rest, though.  The cream itself comes in a 12 oz. jar that fits perfectly in my hand.  The cap twists on and off easily, and the jar can withstand being in the steamy shower without peeling or fading.  The coloring is the same as the company logo – orange and white – but this design seemed more like an updated look for “natural hair.”

What are the ingredients?

(Those ingredients of which I do not generally use in my hair, or disapprove, have been underlined.)

Water (Aqua) , Canola Oil , Glycerin , Ceteareth 20 , Fragrance , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteth-20 , Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea) , Glycol Stearate , Petrolatum , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond) , Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia) , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan) , Silk Amino Acids , Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle) , Laminara Cloustoni Extract (Sea Kelp) , Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract , Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (Grape) , Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle) , PEG 75 , Polyquaternium-10 , Phenoxyethanol , Ethylhexylglycerin

What is the consistency of the product?

The consistency of the cream is, well, thick and creamy! J  It has a consistency similar to vanilla pudding and great slip.  It is white, and looks white on the hair when first applied; but it does not leave a white consistency or residue on the hair.

How does it smell?

Of course that was the first thing I actually did!  Must. Smell. Coconut.  And as I inhaled the subtle scent of coconut, I realized that it was so subtle, it might not last on my hair.  The scent, I mean.  So although it isn’t the strong coconutty scent I was expecting – the soft, sweet and subtle island breezy coconut smell is still very nice.

What does it promise?

The front label reads that this product “helps heal dry, damaged hair; provides intense moisture & strength”.  The back label states that “Cantu ® for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream will define, condition and add manageability to your curls, leaving then soft, shiny and deeply moisturized.  Made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients, Cantu ® for Natural Hair restores your real, authentic beauty.  Embrace your curly, kinky, or wavy hair with Cantu ® for Natural Hair.

How does the company suggest to use this product?

The label’s directions state, “Smooth onto damp hair section by section from the root down from the hair shaft.  Do not rinse out.  Can be used on dry hair to enhance curls.

How did I use the product?

I used this product as a twisting cream.  I applied it after co-washing, deep conditioning (with the Deep Treatment Masque), applying a leave-in conditioner (Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream), and applying some moisturizer (Creamy Hair Lotion) on wet hair.  Then, section by section, I rubbed the curling cream on damp hair, sealed with coconut oil, and twisted.  I allowed it to dry overnight, and untwisted in the morning for a twist out.  It turned out beautifully!

Keep in mind that I did not use this curling cream as a wash & go curling styler.  I do not really like wash & go’s for my hair, but will try this sometime in the future, since this is how the company instructs you to use it on the label.

Did this product do what it said it would do?

And more!  This curling cream does, in fact, provide intense moisture.  My hair felt stronger and not dry hard or crunchy.  I have used this product for a month, and it has felt completely hydrated all month!  I think this is why my jar of cream has lasted so long – it takes less and I did not have to use an excessive amount for re-application.  I found that this cream provided natural curl enhancement and moisture that is equal to that of Shea Moisture (my favorite winter staple hair product)!

How long does it last?

I wore a twist out for a week without re-applying.  As far as the actual product – a little goes a long way.  So after a month and about 3 sets of twists, I still have half a jar.  And this is even after using it to “shingle” my dry twist out for a ‘dry wash & go’ look, which required me to use a bit more.  I am so impressed with the lasting effect of this product!  On this fact alone, it is well worth the money!

So what all did I like about it?

Overall, I liked the smell, consistency, the way it made my hair feel, the way it made my hair look, and the lasting effect on my style.

What did I not like about it?

When I re-applied without co-washing first, it seemed to dull my hair a bit – not a lot of shine to go with that awesome moisture.  But sealing it with an oil really helps that.

Would I buy it again?

Without a doubt.

Would I recommend this product?

Absolutely, with this caveat: this product does a g.r.e.a.t job of enhancing your natural curl.  Please do not purchase this product with the impression that it will create curl where none exists.  I would recommend this as a twisting, braiding, or Bantu knot styling cream for all naturals, as the moisturizing properties will benefit any natural hair type.

Here is part one of my Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals series.  Visit my channel to view parts 2 and 3:

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  • Reply nappy November 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I am so glad that you found my site! Thank you for your kind words – I will do my best to keep everything updated… Email me if I can help with anything 🙂

  • Reply Christina J December 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Awesome review! I’ll definitely have to try this product out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply NappyGoddesse December 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 Keep in mind that this product may flake if mixed with anything else. I did like this when I used it as the only product, used very little, and used it to twist my hair the night before for a twist out the next day. Hope that helps!

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