I applied Cantu Shea Butter to my hair whilst it was dry.
I actually bought this on a drive from Indiana to Chicago when I was on holiday in America. I'd never heard of it before but the brightly coloured packaging caught my eye and I thought, why not.
I was surprised that in America you can just go into a shop and buy products like this. In London you can't even get a mainstream black hair product like relaxer in the big stores never mind niche products like natural hair moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners. Yes, I am jealous - but we'll get there, some day.
Although Cantu Shea butter has some petrolatum, I think it is okay to use on natural hair because it doesn't have the same heavy feeling that pure petrolatum does, you know, like vaseline.
Cantu Shea butter is actually my very first experience with a creamy or whipped shea butter. I normally use a much less refined shea butter which is hard and not creamy at all.
What I've discovered is that the less refined shea butter is great when I have just washed my hair and when I use it in collaboration with Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator. However, it is much less effective on my dry hair.
Cantu Shea butter does exactly the opposite: On my dry hair, it feels gorgeous. However, it doesn't feel as great when I apply it wet hair.
As always, before I undo my twists I rub 'unwhipped' shea butter into my hands with some Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator so that my hands slide over the hair easily. This minimises breakage.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward