Beauty bargain for curly hair

NeisaClick on top title to open and scroll Nesia Caraway is DolceDolce’s expert on curly-hair care. Nesia prefers to wear her hair in soft natural curls or braids. She also prefers gentle, chemical-free products to keep her very dry hair looking shiny and soft. This makes Neisa exactly the type of woman Cantu Shea Butter’s New Naturals Collection had in mind when they created their new Naturals Collections.

Here is Neisa’s review of Cantu Shea Butter’s New Naturals Collection:    Nesia Caraway

I love Cantu’s leave-in conditioner; it’s inexpensive but still a quality product. I apply the lightweight cream to my hair while it’s wet. It absorbs quickly and smells good. When my hair dries my curls are defined and frizz free! So I was elated when I got my hands on a few other products in their line geared towards natural hair. I couldn’t wait to try them out. My experience wasn’t what I expected, however.

Cleansing shampoo: The shampoo stripped my hair completely, leaving it with a rough texture that I could feel even when it was wet.  So I used extra conditioners to restore my hair’s moisture. This shampoo would be better for someone with oilier or less curly hair.  My hair is very dry so I never cleanse it with shampoo. Instead I use an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse followed up by a conditioning-wash. The shampoo costs $4.97.cantu1

Deep treatment masque: I applied this product after the shampoo, but before the conditioner. It smelled great and created a nice slip for finger combing. I left it on for the recommended time of 30 minutes and rinsed it out. My hair felt a lot better and a little softer, but no shinier. It is a nice follow up to the shampoo, but my hair didn’t feel completely restored. It costs $6.99 at

Hydrating cream conditioner: This is my favorite! This conditioner is perfect for a strand-by-strand conditioning treatment or as a conditioning-wash. It’s thick and creamy and really coats the strands. A little goes a long way. My hair soaked it all up. After I rinsed it out my hair was softer and shinier and ready for the next step. I later used this product to detangle my hair before a wash-‘n-go, and it worked very well.  At for $4.97.

Coil Calm detangler: When it comes to detangling products, the thicker the hair, the thicker the detangler needs to be. My hair is on the thicker side; in terms of curl types, I’m a 4A. If you don’t know what that means, think Solange Knowles or Macy Gay.  This watery detangler didn’t work for me. However, this product would work well for my niece who is mixed. Her hair is more on the oily side with loose curls.  Her curl type is considered to be a 3A.  It at it costs $4.97.

Keep Calm and Control holding spray: As with detangler, this spray is not right for my hair. It is not heavy enough. This spray would work well for hair with a loose curl type. I prefer to use a flaxseed or an alcohol-free gel.  A for $3.97.

In a nutshell, I have found a new conditioner for my regime and few things for my niece’s. When choosing hair care it is more important to know what works for your hair type than to spend a lot of money.



Beyond price tags, all about beauty bargains


Click top title to open the item and scroll  I love a beauty bargain. There are times nothing but a posh beauty product will do. There are certain shades of eye shadow that your will find only at a chic designer label. I have never found an inexpensive blush that looks natural and I have tired scores of them. But that being said, drugstores and big stores are full of amazing beauty products that often work as well, and sometimes even better, than anything you will find at a higher price.

Hair care, mascara, cleansers, and lip and eye pencils are four categories where you can find fabulous and effective products for less than $10.  At that price you can afford to try a few brands to find the one you really love. Read labels and reviews and then take your time browsing. Reading a label may help you find an inexpensive product that is similar your favourite boutique or department store brand.                                     Cantu is one of my favourite beauty bargains

Recently, I tried some of Cantu’s new products. Cantu is line of hair care for African-American women who prefer products that are free of harsh chemicals and ingredients. Cantu is designed to moisturize and help repair dry, damaged, and fragile hair.

After reading the ingredients in Cantu’s Shea Butter for Natural Hair deep treatment masque I decided to try it on my own blonde, fine, colour-treated hair. I wash and blow dry my hair almost daily so I deep-condition frequently to prevent damage. I love hair masques. Cantu’s Shea Butter for Natural Hair deep treatment masque in addition to Shea butter contains many of my favourite ingredients, such as glycerin, exotic oils, sea kelp and silk amino acids. These are all ingredients found in very pricey deep conditioners. There are no harsh chemicals and the masque smells so good you might want to eat it – but don’t.  Before using the masque, I washed my hair with Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair sulfate-free Cleansing shampoo. It smells delicious as it pampers fragile hair and removes product buildup. There is a matching conditioner too.  Both cost about $5 for a 13.5-ounce bottle.

There is an entire Cantu line for Natural Hair, and all the products will not work as well on my hair.  But I never would have found the ones that do, or many of my other favourite beauty products over the years if I hadn’t learned to read the labels.Cantu2

When it comes to beauty there has never been a better time to be a woman. We have access to fabulous products at all prices. Try my favourites and let me know about yours, too. Remember, when it comes to beauty, information is one of your best tools.

DolceDolce Neisa Caraway has natural curly hair. She will be reviewing Cantu’s new products very soon.