The wash and go
My curly, coily type 4 natural hair is used to my wash and go styling. Over the past four years, the wash and go has been my favorite way to wear my natural hair.
Although the wash and go is my favorite style, it does come with its drawbacks...literally.
My day one hair, even after I have gently stretched it with my blow dryer or other various techniques (which I'm sure you know what I'm talking about), always succumbs to shrinkage.
In the past, I have tried various products that claim to eliminate shrinkage--probably like you--and have even watched online reviews from some of my favorite vloggers and natural hair gurus. The products seemingly work for them but don't give me the same results.
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Willing to try the new product
Well, last week I was perusing through my YouTube subscriptions and one of my favorite influencers posted a video on the new Cantu Shea Butter Curl Stretcher. Shout out to HappycurlHappygirl. You can check out her review right here.
She tried the product and was "shooketh" by the results. Now, she and I don't have the same hair type, but my technique is similar to hers, so I decided to try the product. Being that I'm a recovering product junkie, this was not an easy decision for me.
I shampooed my hair with a clarifying shampoo and then deep conditioned for 25 minutes with heat. Upon rinsing out the deep conditioner, I detangled my coifs with a wide-toothed comb. I followed the instructions exactly, which were to apply to hair in sections, let sit on hair for 3-5 minutes and then rinse with cool water. The product claims that the stretching will increase manageability.
My first impression
After I rinsed out the product with cool water, my hair didn't feel any different. However, I looked in my shower mirror and noticed that my hair, particularly in the front (which is my looser texture) appeared to have a bit more "hang time." I proceeded to put my leave in conditioner in my sectioned hair and then exited the shower. I wrapped my hair in a old t-shirt and let it absorb excess water for about 5 minutes.
I then began to work on styling my hair, as I usually do. I worked in sections and applied the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream and then smoothed the Extreme Wet Line Gel through sub-sections.
After I finished applying my products, I viewed my hair in the mirror. My curls did appear to be more stretched than usual. However, that could have been my eyes playing tricks on me due to wishful thinking. The true test would come after I dried my hair. I sat under my hooded dryer for about ninety minutes and here are my results.
Before and after comparison
So does it work for me?
It would seem so. I'm completely shocked at the results. I just cut my hair and my hair looks longer than it did before I cut it. Which let's be honest is crazy!
Now, I'm wondering will I be able to duplicate these results on my daughters' hair. One has a type 3 looser curl pattern and the other has a very kinky coiled type 4 curl. I'm going to try out this product on both of them to see if the results are similar or do they vary.
There is one clear drawback that I found with this product, and it's the additional step. Wash day can be incredibly arduous already with the pre-poo hot oil treatment, then the shampoo, the conditioner, the deep conditioner and then the detangling .
Adding the extra step of putting this product in my hair waiting the 3-5 minutes then getting back in the shower to rinse with cool water is a downer. If I can get day 1 results like this then it may be worth it to begin including this in my regimen from time to time.
That's Cynthia's mindset on the new Cantu Curl Stretcher Cream.
Remember to keep a live and learn mindset!
Be sure to share your mindset on this new product if you've tried it, in the comments below!
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