Review: Cantu Sulphate-Free Conditioner & Shampoo

For over a year now the Cantu Define & Shine Custard has been a firm favourite and staple in my daily hair routine. So It was a no brainer that eventually I would dip my hands into their other products to find out what the hype was about. I had had my eye on the conditioner after seeing most curly girls on Instagram using the conditioner, giving me all the confirmation I needed.

Thankfully for us curly girls, Boots and Superdrug always have a 3 for 2 offer on the Cantu range. I was trying out a load of new conditioners and it seemed only right to finally get my hands on this as well as the shampoo! And I gotta tease you, its been one of the best purchases I made in 2017.

The Conditioner

Cantu sulfate free hydrating cream conditioner helps hair retain natural oils, reveals healthier, hydrated hair and is great for natural and coloured hair.

A conditioner that smells like my fave cocktail Pina Colada? Sold! The packaging of this conditioner is practical and simple, with the Cantu signature orange and a size that will last you some months. The consistency is creamy and lightweight upon application, a little goes a long way with this one.  However, I don’t spare this conditioner, I like to use quite a bit. It’s been great for detangling and really gives make my wet hair that silky slip feeling. I think wether you have curly hair or not, this is such a universal conditioner that I believe will work for most people. I haven’t been this content with a conditioner since Curly Ellie and Deva Curl. For me this takes the place of old favourite Tresemme Naturals and is quite similar, only difference being thickness and smell.

The Shampoo

Cantu Cleansing Cream Shampoo deeply cleanses hair and scalp allowing hair to grow while the unique sulfate-free formula helps reduce breakage.

The Cantu shampoo is very thick. It lathers wonderfully and has been great at fully cleaning my scalp when it gets itchy from product  build up. While I do love a lather now and again, I found this shampoo sometimes hard to work with, compared to other cleansers. I have to be careful not to use too much as the lather can get quite thick, making it less easy to work with in the hair.

Together the two products work well! The shampoo does need the conditioner to really inject moisture into the hair and give it slip. I would repurchase the conditioner (As you can see the bottle is nearly empty!) but wouldn’t for the shampoo. The best thing about this is it’s sulphate free and retails at £6.99 each and always on 3 for 2 offer making it easily accessible for people looking to go Curly Girl friendly on a lower budget. I am looking to try out other Cantu products, any recommendations?


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  • rosettih says:

    Hi! Great review! I haven’t tried out the conditioner or the shampoo yet, but I would recommend the Cantu curl activator cream – it works really well at defining my curls and also has a good hold. I would recommend mixing it with water if your hair is prone to getting weighed down (thats what I do!) as it is VERY thick!

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