Hello my loves, we will be talking about leave-in conditions in this post today. Just for those who don’t know what a leave-in conditioner is, it is basically a conditioner you don’t wash out of your hair. It acts as a moisturizer for whenever you need it. Throughout my hair journey, which is just a little bit over four years now. I have used three leave-in conditioners. Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning repair cream, Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter anti-breakage Leave-in conditioner (intense treatment), and Shea moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen, grow & restore leave-in conditioner with Shea butter, peppermint & keratin. I will be reviewing just two of them now and rating them from best to worst and also on a scale of five stars. Five being the best and zero being the worst. These products have lots of ingredients in them but I will share the first ten on the ingredient list on each product label, just to give you an idea of what’s in each product. So let’s get into it, shall we?!
Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning repair cream
Water, canola oil, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, dicetyldimonium chloride, Shea butter, aloe vera leaf juice, rosemary leaf extract,olive oil, mineral oil, panthenol etc.
Reading from the label, this product claims to “provide intense moisture to leave hair soft and manageable and is formulated for damaged, dry or coarse hair. Mends breakage, repairs split ends and reduces frizz. Protects hair from heat damage, hydrates and moisturizes with Shea butter and natural oils.”
Cantu Shea butter was the very first leave-in conditioner I ever used so it gets a thumbs up for introducing me to the world of leave-ins. I used it on my hair whenever I washed it and whenever I thought my hair felt dry. This leave-in worked really well for my hair when I started using it. I liked the thick consistency of this leave-in. It moisturized my hair really well but did nothing for my breakage. My hair was breaking like crazy even though my hair was moisturized. It wasn’t because of the Cantu leave-in, I already had breakage before using but was hoping it will help but it didn’t. I kept using it regardless because it kept my hair moisturized. I used it for about two years and out of nowhere, it stopped working for my hair. It wasn’t doing a good job moisturizing my hair. My hair was dry and brittle even after applying a palm-full. It felt like straw whenever I used it and my breakage situation worsened. I still used it for a while researching other leave-in conditioners because I didn’t know of any others.
Rating– I will give Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning repair cream three stars (∗∗∗) for when I started using it. And two stars now (∗∗) for the consistency and smell and also the fact that it worked well before. No one wants their hair feeling like straw.
Will I give Cantu a try again?….sureeee, If someone bought it for me as a gift, It might redeem itself, who knows? But I won’t spend my money on it.
Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter anti-breakage Leave-in conditioner (intense treatment)
Aqua(water), olive oil, mango butter, argan oil, coconut oil, ginseng root extract, Rosemary extract, butyrospermum parkii, shea butter, soybean oil,etc.
Also reading from the label, this product claims to “add strength, moisture and shine to even the most brittle, damaged hair. Perfect for natural, braided and straight styles to soften, silken and moisturize leaving texture feeling like silk.”
I never heard of this product till I stumbled on it by accident. I went to Walgreens looking for something else and saw a red sign with the four magical letters written on it, SALE! My pupils dilated instantly with a smile, I’m I the only sales lover?. The Elasta QP leave-in conditioner was on sale so I bought it, duh! It was 50% off and it came with a mango butter hair moisturizer. Another reason I bought it was because I wanted to try something different, my hair was in bad shape. I haven’t touched the mango butter hair moisturizer till this day. I hated the smell, it smells like hair relaxer but it isn’t. I liked the smell of the leave-in so I proceeded to use it. Like the Cantu, I liked the thick consistency, I’ll say they are about the same thickness. After using Elasta QP for a while, I noticed a big difference in my hair. My hair was moisturized longer, I liked the shine it gave my hair and my hair felt like silk as the label promised. Even though the label didn’t say it helped with breakage, my hair wasn’t breaking as much. My hair was so much stronger and it was during this time that I straightened my hair for the very first time. A little goes a long way with this product. I think this one tub lasted for about a year or close to a year. I was so sad when I was out so I went out again to get another but I couldn’t find any…what???! My life was over then and there lol. The only negative thing about this product is the fact that I still can’t find any locally and the smell of their mango butter hair moisturizer.
Rating– I will give Elasta QP leave-in conditioner five stars without a doubt. (∗∗∗∗∗)
So based on the above statements, The best leave-in is the Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter anti-breakage Leave-in conditioner (intense treatment) and the worst, Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning repair cream. Thanks for reading my review. Have you used any of these products? Did they work for you? Did they not work for you? Comment below.
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