You know that meme that’s like “When people ask me how I get my hair like this” and the picture is a drop of water. Like, no fool!! Water makes natural hair snap back, sure- but people want to know EXACTLY how, step-by-step.
Soooooo….HERE it is!! My step-by-step wash-n-go routine using solely Cantu products. I do use other products from time to time, but if you’re anything like me you know that trying a new line is EXPENSIVE and also-not guaranteed. So why fix what ain’t broke, right? I tried to take as many pictures as I could during the process- even in the shower (I stepped out of the shower butt ass nekkit with water in my eyes to take a picture of my hair for you guys…you’re lucky I love you) but there will also be a lot of description in text so be sure to read it all 🙂
CANTU BEAUTY: SHEA BUTTER
CLEANSING CREAM SHAMPOO
DEEP TREATMENT HAIR MASQUE (2 PACKETS)
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING REPAIR CREAM
MOISTURIZING CURL ACTIVATOR CREAM
MEGA-HOLD STYLING STAY GLUE GEL
The first thing I do when I get into the shower is completely wet my hair. When it’s wash day; since I’m lazy and don’t like doing the whole: shampoo, condition, get out, wait an hour, go back in routine; I wash my hair before I wash any part of my body. I can’t stress it enough- I don’t even let the water hit my body before I start wetting my hair because I want the products to be in my hair for as long as possible. In the shower, I only use the products you see below; the shampoo and conditioner packets. The only thing I don’t have pictured is a wide tooth comb that I used for in-shower detangling.
So I wet my hair completely and then I use the shampoo. Most of the time, I only apply the shampoo once, let it lather up really good making sure I’m only using the balls of my fingertips- is that the right term? Finger balls? The pads of my fingers to massage my scalp and get rid of any build-up. I used to use my finger nails to scratch away and my friend who is also a hair dresser was horrified- it breaks your hair at the root!!!! So if you haven’t been shampooing your hair like this before- START! It feels weird at first but you’ll get the hang of it. I focus my attention of the shampoo to my scalp/roots, not so much the shaft of my hair. Rinse out COMPLETELY until when you ring out your hair the water is completely clear.
Next step is the deep treatment hair masque.
- I use two packets because I have a lot of hair, but if your hair is shorter you may be able to use one. I apply the product root to end with my hands. You’ll find that this product is very thick so keep that it mind when you start detangling- it won’t be that easy to comb through. I use my wide tooth comb and I part my hair down the middle-ish
- DETANGLE DETANGLE DETANGLE!! This is my least favorite part I think, but its the most important. The longer I wait in between washes, the worse it is, but I still wait longer and complain every time. lol. Anyways..I start with a small section and work my way up from the end of my hair to the root. It’s a SLOW process. You don’t want to rush or start pulling the comb to the point that your head is being pulled because that means you for sure are breaking strands of hair. If you need to add some water on your hair- do it! The main rule of detangling is that as soon as you feel resistance- STOP- go a little lower and comb out a little more to make it easier for the comb to go through. Don’t tug on the hair if you feel resistance, use small comb-throughs to loosen the hair naturally instead of ripping through the knots. P.S. you’ll still have a shit load of hair that sheds- don’t worry. Shedding is natural.
- That is how my hair looked with the conditioner in BEFORE DETANGLING
- That is how my hair looks AFTER- all nice and detangled 🙂 My arms hurt
Now that I have the conditioner in my hair and my hair is detangled- NOW I can wash my body! I do it this way so that the conditioner stays in my hair for a while. And when I tell you I do EVERYthing!!??…I wash my body, use an exfoliating mask for my face, I shave- everything (you know….that full body shave you do JUST IN CASE you have sex that night…that kinda shave) all in all; I usually keep the conditioner in for 15-20 minutes before I wash it out. WASH IT OUT COMPLETELY WITH COLD WATER. I rinse off my body and then change the temp to cold for my hair. If you can maneuver your body like me, the cold water won’t get on your body too badly. It’s annoying and honestly I have no idea why they say to do it, it’s some scientific shit I guess- just do it.
Now that my shower is done, I get out to apply the products that actually keep my curls in tact. My set up looks like this:
I have my styling products, a towel to dry my hands because I wash my hands between products for each section, and my good ol wide tooth comb. BTW this is the same comb I use to detangle in the shower. I have two because I’m lazy and I like to have a wet comb and a dry one.
The first product I’ll use is the leave-in conditioner. I part my hair into 7 sections (four in the back, three in the front) before I apply the last two products. First, I part the front, into three sections, applying the leave-in from root to end and then twisting each section to retain the moisture. (I have low porosity so my hair dries fast during this process. If I tried to apply all of the products at once, half of my hair would be dry before I could even get started on it) Here are some pictures of how much product I use for each section and what the sections/twists look like:
So for the final two products, I take out one section/twist starting with the back ones (for the simple fact that it’s hard to see the back of your head if you start with the front first and your hair is now hanging in front of your eyes like a wet dog. lol) I take about a….I don’t even know how to describe it bc it definitely isn’t a “quarter-size”……I take like a dollop of sour cream-sized amount of the curl activator and rake the product through my hair from root to end and I continue raking and detangling until the section is completely saturated with the product and I see the individual curls formed. This is all done with my hands, not the comb.
Then (this is where the towel comes in) I wash the product off my hands completely and use a small amount; like an inch?? of the styling gel. I rub it on my hands kind of like lotion so its all over both of my hands and I place one hand in front of the section and the other behind it and press/slide the product onto my curls, kind of like praying hands…does that make sense? Since the curls are already formed the gel is just used to solidify; maybe a scrunch at the end but that’s it. Then you can move on to the same steps for all of the other sections.
!!!!THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!
I like a side part, so I have to part my hair from the very beginning when I put my hair in twists, otherwise it’s hard to make one after my hair is styled. It’ll get all frizzy and won’t lay right. Also, after I let my hair completely air dry, I break the seal. Which means once my hair is dry and feeling kinda “crunchy” I run my hands over it, pulling it a little to “break the seal” of the gel. It makes my curls a little looser and give it more body. Annnnd that’s about it! I hope this was easy to follow and if not, I WILL make a video soon. See below for more pictures of how my hair looks on the first, second, and third days after the wash. (I pineapple at night, dasssit!!)