Product Review: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Twist & Lock Gel

As if I couldn’t get enough of my Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream from my August 2012  curlBOX, I was granted the opportunity to try and review some of its sister products from the line (thank you again, Cantu, for sending me these wonderful products)!  Talk about EXCITED!!

I was pressed to use the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel and I am surprised it took me this long, but styling has been slow because I

  • 1) had that protective style in for a week plus and 
  • 2) have been so active that I didn’t care to STYLE my hair… until now. 

Two weeks of giving this product a try and I am in LOVE, do you hear me?!

Check out the pictures of my hair and results and the detailed blog post after the jump!

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Price Point:
$5.99 (via Walgreens)

Size/Amount:
13 oz.

Description:
Cantu for Natural Hair Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel will moisturize, de-frizz and add manageability to your twist and locks, leaving them soft and shiny.  Made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or hash ingredients, Cantu for Natural Hair restores your real, authentic beauty.  Embrace your curly, kinky or wavy hair with Cantu for Natural Hair.

What It Does/Who It’s For:
For natural hair

  • Locks in moisture for silky smooth twist & locks
  • Controls frizz with lightweight, non-flaking formula

The moisture part is RIGHT ON THE MONEY! My hair is very moisturized and soft.  Additionally, it is not weighed down from the product at all.  My hair is light and fluffy with ample definition.  I liveeeee!

Directions:
To comb twist, free hand twist or double strand twist: Section hair and apply Twist & Lock Gel to the section.  Twist the hair with a comb or fingers.

To touch up twist or locks in between shampoos, section hair and apply Twist & Lock Gel to the new growth.  Palm roll or re-twist the hair to touch up.

I will have to try that comb twist method.  I’m interested in how it will turn out!

Consistency:
It is a very light weight cream that does not leave a sticky residue behind after using it.  The product is not runny and almost jelly like, except not food jelly.  If you are familiar with ORS Twist and Lock Gel, the consistency is very similar.

The Scent:
Just like the sister product, Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream, the smell is divine.  It’s a very light smell that is kind of sweet, yet not too overpowering.

The Ingredients:
“No mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicone, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, propylene glycol, PABA or DEA”

Again, thank you, Cantu!  My hair likes these products and are responding so positively.  I’m sure it’s because the ingredients are in my hair’s favor.

Overall Conclusions:
I am impressed by how defined my twist outs have been.  Even though I didn’t particularly care for my flat twist out, I couldn’t deny that the definition was on point (it was the execution, I am sure.  I’ll have to brush up on my flat twisting skills).  Would I purchase this product?  Heck yea.  And let me state for the record: this is a VERY HONEST review.  As you can tell from my twist out pictures I am completely feeling myself because I absolutely love the product – given to me or not.

Now, I have to review the Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream and the Coconut Milk Shine and Hold Mist, but by Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair.  Hopefully, I will have full reviews of those soon!  Stay tuned!

Pictures from Flat Twist Out:

I layered my products – Leave In, Coconut Curling Cream and then Twist & Lock Gel before I twisted each section. I like my definition, but my flat twist out was too flat for me.  
It didn’t give me the volume I desired and was still a little damp in the back during the take down (probably from my workout earlier that day).  The next day was a different story.

 You can find more pics and information on this style here.

Pictures from Twist Out:
I installed 12-14 twists in my freshly washed, detangled hair (took 20 minutes).  I did the same method mentioned in my flat twist out style, layering my products. I actually kept the twists in for two days before taking them out.  Pictured below, you can see some twists are still in and some have been unraveled to reveal the definition.

After I fully separated the twist out to my liking, I fluffed and got this:
Top View
Side View
 Front View
I’ll be sure to record a video soon of me using the product for a style! xoxo.

Have you tried Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Twist & Lock Gel? What are your thoughts?
  • Aliza Pezer

    Well done for all your hard work in providing this high quality blog.
    natural hair products
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  • talentedtei

    Love love love your definition.

  • Girl!! I am loving this!! All that definition is gorgeous!! 🙂

  • Danielle Burney

    I am going to try these styles! Your definition is bomb!

  • Yes! I’m loving the definition. I’ll have to try this out. Been wanting to try for a long time. Thanks for sharing 🙂