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DeluxHair – Cantu Curl Activator Cream Review

I first purchased the Cantu Curl Activator Cream while transitioning over to the natural world about 3 years ago now. It really helps towards breakage but my hair didn’t really curl like I wanted it to with all of the heat damage done over time back then. Since becoming fully natural and heat free for over a year now, I began using the cream to try it out again and automatically fell in love with it! Lately, I have been having problems with my hair just becoming dry a lot quicker weekly. I’m thinking it’s because of the colder temperatures, but this cream has helped out a lot! With me having a 4A + 4C hair type, I often look for thicker moisturizing creams due to my hair being really thick and this one works out perfectly! Check out a before and after look of the difference in texture and shine when Cantu Curl Activator Cream is used below.

*Photography provided by @K_DougDE. Left is before, right is after.*

Normally, for the colder months I do some form of a weave based protective style, but lately I have been stuck on these mini twists for some reason. This cream works great for that particular style. It doesn’t leave my hair heavy, nor flaky at all even when twists are done on dry hair. My normal routine is pretty simple. I prefer moisturize about twice a week right before bed so my style comes out set the next morning for the next day.

Items Used:

Step 1: Spray your cleaned and conditioned hair with warm water mixed with your oil of choice, or alone with just warm water. For mine, I just used water alone.

Step 2: Divide your hair into four different sections going from the front to the back of your head, and from ear to ear across the top using a wide tooth comb. Use your butterfly hair clips to pin each section apart from one another. See picture below for an example.


Step 3: Detangle each section with your wide tooth comb while wet. Re-pin with butterfly hair clips. See picture below for an example. 

Step 4: Taking medium to small parts of each section, apply your curling cream from root to end. Here I normally use a fine tooth comb from end to root as well once the cream has been applied to make sure all the cream is combed through each part and it’s completely detangled with no knots. Then I apply my oil of choice to my scalp. If you already had oil mixed in with your water during step 1, you would not need to add more to your scalp here unless needed or preferred on your part. 

Step 5: Begin Mini Twisting each part. Here’s a tutorial on how to do mini twists: Mini Twists Tutorial. If you’re transitioning I would recommend using the hair rods here for your ends, but this is optional. 

Step 6: Tie on your satin hair scarf or apply your hair bonnet for beauty sleep overnight. For this step I always make sure that each twist is laying flat down on my head, if not then they will end up drying bent overnight and look mad awkward the next morning during styling.

Step 7: The next morning you would take the scarf or bonnet off and either wear your twists as is with them hanging or pinned up, or you would untwist each one into the Twist Out style. Here’s my results below including what my hair looked like the following three days after this initial style was completed. 

Day 1

Day 2


Day 3

Day 4

*Photography Provided By @K_DougDE*

Check out our Brand Ambassadors experiences with Cantu Activator Cream below:

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Final look from @mamasitta using Cantu Curl Activator Cream

Lets us know your thoughts on Cantu Curl Activator Cream in the comment section below. Whether good or bad we would love your input on it if you have tried it before below. This is an open and honest dialogue area for natural hair care of al types but please be respectful of all comments posted. If you tried our tutorial along with the product review featuring @K_DougDE, tag us in your pictures of your final results by using @delux_hair or hashtag #Delux_Hair!  

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