Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Hey ladies, well to my disappointment I had to depart with my beloved " Cantu shea butter leave in conditioning repair creme " .  A couple of weeks ago I had been noticing that my hair had not been at its best.  Knowing it was product related, I began a serious product investigation on the products used in my daily hair regimen.  After reading and realizing that my cantu has trimethylsilylamodimethicone ( notice the word cone in the ending).  My hair had started to become frizzy,& appered dry looking.  After doing some research I learned that anything with cones in it will surely affect the health of the hair.  So bye, bye to cantu shea butter.  Below I've posted a article I found on the dangers of using products with any type of cones in it:

.Most of the highly commercialized lines of hair products (Pantene, Garnier Fructis, Aussie, Tressame, Sunsilk, etc.) contain silicones. These are ingredients that generally end in -cone, -conol, or -xane. If at all possible avoid silicones and also waxes in your hair products. Short term, silicones will make hair look sleeker and less frizzy, but in the long run they will coat the hair shaft of porous curly hair and seal out moisture, causing the hair to become straw like, less defined, and frizzy. Hence, silicones make quick fixes for frizz, but over time, they are truly damaging your hair. Sulfates get rid of silicones, but at the expense of completely stripping your hair of all of its natural oils! The solution to these problems is to eliminate both sulfates (in your shampoos) and silicones (in your conditioners and styling products). An exception to this rule: if a silicone has "PEG" in front of it, it is water-soluble and will not cause product build up.

Silicones that are not soluble in water and build up on the hair: Cetearyl methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Amodimethicone (and) Trideceth-12 (and) Cetrimonium Chloride, and Trimethylsilylamodimethicone. Note: Trideceth-12 and Cetrimonium Chloride are only considered a silcone when both are combined with Amodimethicone

Silicones that are slightly soluble in water and will build up on most types of curly hair: Amodimethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, and Stearoxy Dimethicone.

Silicones that are soluble in water and safe to use (they are not listed with PEG in front of them): Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, and Lauryl methicone copolyol.

I than realized  how much my hair really enjoys leave in conditioner's.  I than did a little searching for something else to use in my hair in the place of the cantu shea butter leave -in.  And than I found  a very simple and effective homemade leave in condtioner recipe.  Which consists of the following:

1-8 ounce pump bottle

2 ounces of leave in conditioner ( preferably a thick condtioner such as Suave Humectant, Eluence.  I used vo5 moisture milks strawberries & cream it worked just as well)

1 1/2 ounces of water

1/8 cup oil ( Avocado, coconut, or olive oil )

1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin

1 tablespoon of silk peptide powder ( optional)

fragrance oil for scent ( optional ) Apple, Vanilla, strawberry, mango.
Double and or substitute  ingredients as needed.  This should be a pretty thick mixture, and should be  applied to soaking wet or damp hair at best.  You will not need to use much !  I love, love love this recipe.  It has provided my hair with sheen, softness, curl definition, moisture and nice fragrance.  It has not left any build up on my hair at all, which is always a plus.  REMINDER: if using Suave Humectant or Eluence conditioner.   Vegetable glycerin or any other oil will not need to be added, because  included in those condtioners  is
( shea butter) with the exception of the vo5 conditioner.

I am a girl on a budget , a mother of 5 children & a husband .  This recipe was right down my  alley.  Resonable in price, effective, and It can be made in less than 5 minutes.  Love it , love it, love it !



Slipstitches said...

as salaamu alaikum, girl...I love this blog lol. My hair too responds well to leave-in conditioners, my hair does okay w/silicones but still I want to eliminate them, shukran (thanks) so much for the recipes, the first one is right up my alley and I will return to post my results insha Allaah. Thanks so much again :)

Anonymous said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah:

The same thing happened to me with the Aussie Moist conditioner. It made my hair extremely dry after two days of use!!

Muslimah Sukhnah

Anna Renee said...

Thanks on the info about water soluable cones! I have stopped using my Cantu as well and have starting using my simple shampoo and conditioner by Trader Joe. I will post on this product on my blog,

savvybrown said...

I don't use cones at all, because they're basically rubber (think silicone breast implants). The only thing that really gets cones (including water-soluble ones) out of your hair are sulfates, and sulfates have been known to cause cysts, polyps, fibroids and even cancer.
- savvy

zainab1 said...

Savvybrown : I'm with you , I do not use cones AT ALL. And thanks so much for sharing this bit of info here, I appreciate that. Btw I loooove your site , I am a regular visiter!. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.