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.



Beauty bargain

cantuThis week, we asked DolceDolce’s Neisa Caraway to review Cantu’s Shea Butter leave-in conditioning hair repair cream. Neisa prefers natural products to care for her curly hair, so Cantu was perfect for her. Cantu offers a large range of conditioning and styling products containing natural ingredients such as Shea butter and coconut oil. With products priced at under $10 each,  Cantu is a true beauty bargain. 

Here is Neisa’s review: 

My lovely Aunt Sonja flew in from San Diego in early August, and we spent the week catching up, reminiscing, sightseeing, and shopping. We had a ball! 

On her last day in town she offered to braid my hair, and wouldn’t take no for an answer. So after watching half a season of “Orange is the New Black” on TV my hair was in braids. I always thoroughly enjoy the freedom and ease that braids provide; it’s a true get-up-and-go hair style. No combs, brushes, trimmings, deep conditioners – nothing! All that my aunt instructed me to do was cleanse, moisturize in the morning, and wrap the braids in satin scarves at night. Sounds easy right? Well maybe it is for people who aren’t as hard-headed as me; I got caught up in the ease of it all and neglected my poor hair. 

So when I took the braids down my hair was super dry and brittle. Cantu’s Shea Butter leave-in conditioning hair repair cream showed up in my life like a little heavenly gift from my guardian angel. This curly girl-friendly conditioner is free of parabens, silicone, and mineral oil. I apply it to my semi-dry hair with a little coconut oil. This combo leaves my hair smelling like a piña colada with a healthy shine, and above all no frizz. 

What I think is best about this product is that it is lightweight. Once my hair dries it’s not limp and greasy, yet my curls are defined. It’s looking a lot better than it did when the braids first came down.

I’m impressed with this product, especially since you can pick up at Walmart for $4.99. I’m looking forward to seeing how it affects my hair in the long run.

 – Neisa Caraway

 Find Cantu products at most drug stores and beauty supply stores.