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It’s a Review: Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals Deep Treatment Masque


So I am back with another review, on the Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals Deep Treatment Masque.

DTM

I after I did my last review on the Cantu for Naturals line, I couldn’t wait to try out the rest of the line; first up was the Deep Treatment Masque.

I picked this up from my local CVS, for about $8.99, which was right in the price range for CVS. I definitely could have gotten it cheaper at Wal-Mart for about $6.99, however, my local Wal-Mart was completely sold out. But it was OK; it was still under $10, which is still a great price for a deep conditioner that is in a 12oz jar.

When it comes to Deep conditioners for my hair I always look for one that are thick and creamy, and this Deep Conditioner checks out in that area. This product contains No Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin, Propylene, PABA or DEA.

When I first used it, I applied it to freshly washed hair. I felt like as I applied it melted my strands and I was able to get A LOT of detangling done. I left it in overnight and paired it with my heat therapy wrap (you can use a warm towel as a substitute), once I rinsed, my hair felt soft and moisturized and more manageable. I’ve used this deep conditioner numerous times at a minimum of 30 minutes and achieved the same results.

Pros:

  • Moisturizing
  • Left my hair feeling soft
  • Can detangle with it
  • Can be used as a leave in conditioner (per directions)
  • Relatively free of harsh ingredients and other chemicals

I don’t really have any cons. I enjoyed it and I will definitely pick it up again.

Make sure you guys go check out my YouTube Video where I have a giveaway going on for the product!!!

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A Trip through My Wash Day!! (Deep Condition Week)


So I skipped wash day last week so it’s been about 13 days since my last wash and I think it is about that time! 

YUP, a Hot mess!! LOL…But that’s ok, nothing a little deep conditioning can’t handle.

But since I went so long with out washing, I decided to do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse before I shampooed. Some do this before they shampoo, I’ve seen people do it after they’ve shampooed and conditioned, but for me since I really only like the ACV rinse to cleanse my scalp and I am NOT fond of the smell so,I do it first. Continue reading “A Trip through My Wash Day!! (Deep Condition Week)”

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Hair Care Regimen Part One (Shampooing, Conditioning and Deep Conditioning)


Ok Ok. I am finally getting around to this!! My apologies! I know you guys have been asking me questions about my hair care regimen for a while so here it is. This is installment one [out of four] of my hair care regimen series. The reason I broke it out is b/c I didn’t want the video to be too long. Plus, for my blog post if it was going to be long I wanted it to be long because of detail, not because I am just listing a bunch of products in one post. So this first installment is going to focus on Shampoo, Conditioner and Deep Conditioner.

Just to start off with the “technique”. So it kind of goes hot oil one week, deep condition the next week and just back and forth; that way every week I am doing a treatment. Note: Hot Oil Treatment will be touched on in a later post.

Continue reading “Hair Care Regimen Part One (Shampooing, Conditioning and Deep Conditioning)”

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Updated Hair Care Regimen (October 2011): Requested


Current Hair Style:

With growth, comes change! and I LOVE Change!!

As stated in my 6 month Nappiversary video, This is my updated Hair Care Regimen. (Please see My accompanying YouTube video as well: http://tinyurl.com/HairRegimen)

So let me just get to it:

Shampoo/Cleansing:

I shampoo ONCE a week with Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. Rarely do I go longer with out shampooing, but if I happen to, I will do a Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse before shampooing with my Shea Moisture. I do that b/c if I am going more than a week, it usually means I have more product build up than usually and the ACV helps to loosen that up and also cleanse my scalp. Be careful not to use ACV rinse EVERY TIME you shampoo, it can dry your hair out. At least that’s what it does to me. Also,when shampooing, use you finger tips…NOT you NAILS…this can irritate and bruise the scalp.

Conditioning:

In the past, I use to co-wash 3-4 times a week…Now I find myself co-washing about 2 times a week (and that’s even pushing it). Since I am more concerned with retaining moisture I do not co-wash as much anymore. However after I shampoo I always conditioning for 5-7mins or do a leave in (or both). And the only product that I use for that is….Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this conditioner. It works great for co-washing, regular conditioning and AWESOME as a leave-in.

Deep Conditioning:

I Deep Condition EVERY 2 weeks. Which that too has changed (I use to only DC once a month). Up until recently I was making my own deep conditioner. My DIY Deep conditioner consists of:

  • Mayo
  • 1 Egg
  • EVOO
  • Honey

While this is a great conditioner, I was looking for something that I didn’t HAVE to make…So decided to go with the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, since I already LOVE the other two Shea Moisture products I use. Although I haven’t OFFICIALLY added this to my regimen (b/c I’ve only used it once) I did like it. I liked how it made my hair feel; it felt very moisturized and and soft. It was even VERY easy for me to de-tangle with this conditioner in. It also restores my curls very well. I only kept it in for 45mins (No Heat) and it was great. On Deep Conditioning Week, I usually Shampoo (w/ My SM Moisture Rention Shampoo),  then do a ACV rinse, then put in my deep conditioner (in that order).

Once I’ve used it a few more times, I will do a officially review via YouTube and let you know if it has made it to my permanent regimen. But if you are looking for a DIY Deep Conditioner the Mayo mix is GREAT! However I do find that I do have to sleep over night to get my hair the way I like.

Hot Oil Treatment (Pre Poo):

I do a Hot oil treatment Every two weeks. the week where I am NOT deep conditioning is when I am doing a hot oil treatment. My hot oil mix consisits of:

  • Coconut Oil
  • EVOO
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil (a little NOT a lot)
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba

I saturate my hair, cover it with a shower cap and use a heating cap for about 30-45mins. I just follow up with my regular Shampoo & Conditioner Duo.

Styling/Moisturizing

First and foremost…WATER. Water is a great Moisturizer for your hair. I usually spritz my hair in the AM and PM (sometimes one other time throughout the day) and then I seal the moisture in. The Sealant I use is my Shea Butter Mix. I done trial and error with my Shea Butter Mix and I think I have what works for ME. My Shea Butter Mix Consists of:

  • Shea Butter (The Yellow Kind, I am not a fan of the white)
  • Coconut Oil
  • EVOO
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil (a little NOT a lot)
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba

Pretty much all the oils that I use for my Hot Oil Treatment. To make my mix, I put the Shea butter in the microwave for about 30 sec (just enough so it’s soft, NOT melted). I add in all my oils, stir it up and put in in the fridge for about 30mins so everything can settle and seal together.

I also use my Shea Butter Mix for my twist outs, Especially Wet twists outs. I don’t usually go for “defined” twist outs or braid outs, so my Shea Butter Mix is Perfect for that.

Now if I am in the mood for a Defined twist out I like to use is my Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. I Only like using this on air dried hair or blowout hair. I don’t really care for it, when it comes to wet twists.

When I Do a Blow out, I ALWAYS use a heat protectant. The one I like is the Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum. I really enjoy this protectant. It doesn’t take anyway any of the moisture that I’ve added to my hair and still leaves my hair feeling soft.

The last styling product I use, which probably gets the least use is my Eco Styler Gel (Argan Oil). The ONLY time I use this is when I am slicking my hair up in a Puff. It does have a great hold and smells really nice. But since I don’t like my hair slicked up too much, I don’t get to use it that much and I am not a big fan of the “slicked down” edges…LOL. But like I said if I am doing a Puff this is my go to gel. However, I have been doing some research on the Flax Seed DIY Gel…I haven’t tried yet, but I am considering it…Stay Tuned!

Tools:

As far as tools go, the ONLY thing I really use is my wide tooth comb. PERIOD. Maybe a pic every once in a while and soft/hard bristle brush (when i wanna slick my hair up in a Puff). But honestly I don’t comb my hair unless it is wet and has conditioner in it. Other than that I don’t do much manipulation of my hair when it is dry.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this, I tried to be as detailed as possible. Hopefully it was informative and helpful.

If you have any questions about my regimen or want more details than what is listed here, please email me at: totaldivarea@ymail.com and will reply as soon as possible.