4C Hair Product Update: What am I using now?

Happy people!

How do you do? Quick post coming up –

The technique I use to take care of my hair is pretty much still the same as what I outlined in this popular post, this one too, and this wash-day technique. However, there’s a couple of products I’ve been using that I haven’t talked about on this blog but have mentioned here and there on my Instagram/Facebook channels.

P.S. This is not a review and is not sponsored. I just prefer to keep my journey transparent to my followers πŸ™‚

Sooooo…drum roll…!!


  • Complete conditioning co-wash; Deep Treatment Masque; & Twist and Lock Gel


  • “Smooth and Silky” Salon Silk conditioner


  • Eco-chic line: Direct Leave-In conditioner
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a product junkie, my purchases are based on quality of product, research, and what my hair needs at that time.
BACKGROUND: I was on Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Color Me Happy for conditioners.Β  I also used these very conditioners to co-wash. Since I moved to SA, they weren’t the easiest to find. For some time, I would get family or friends coming from Canada/Kenya to bring me some = ISSUE. Sometimes I’d forget to replenish then run out and other times, Herbal Essences would be nowhere to be found in Nairobi (I have family in Kenya). So I said goodbye to Herbal Essences! *cries* FYI To my Not-In-Africa followers, natural hair products on the continent have been very scarce. Only in the past 2 years or so have I personally seen a wave of new local natural hair brands, and imports of those from popular US on the shelves.Β  (I oughta talk about this some time ey?)


The most consistent product I could get to SA that I absolutely loved [and was readily available in Nairobi – (at Nakumatt)] was the full Cantu range. SA peeps, as you may have heard IT’S NOW AVAILABLE AT DISCHEM!

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So why Cantu? The ingredients and exclusions are amazeballs.


  • Infused with 15+ natural butters & oils
  • How my hair likes it: I NO LONGER USE SHAMPOO – I left that world completely. It’s not necessary and it’s drying.Β  The co-wash cleanses and removes build-up without stripping moisture out of the hair, leaving it moisturized after a wash. I also cleanse with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar). Explained here why. It’s the bomb.com.


  • Ingredient exclusions same as above
  • Penetrates deep into the hair shaft for an intense treatment to repair and replenish dry, damaged hair
  • How my hair likes it: I used to either make home-made conditioners or use the ORS hair mayonnaise. Nothing went wrong here, I just decided to stay in one product line (and I’m too busy to make my own), AAAAND the Cantu treatment smells better! hihi My hair really does feel replenished, moisturized and strong after each treatment.


  • Ingredient exclusions same as above
  • Controls frizz for a silky smooth hold when styling with perm-rods or for regular twist-outs.
  • How my hair likes it: I love it on ‘old’ dry hair (i.e. day 5 hair). I can’t add products that are too water based on my stretched dry hair ( = mega shrinkage and I’m not about that life). This product allows me to refresh an old perm-rod set or twist-out by applying just enough to moisturize and make the hair pliable.


  • I’m not absolutely picky with the conditioner I use to detangle. When I detangle I use REDICulous amounts of conditioner to completely drench and create slip for my fingers and Denman brush to go through my hair with ease. When I pick a conditioner, I just make sure to watch out for the key words – “smooth, moisture, dry, damaged”. These products are normally perfect for creating that slip, and that’s what this “Silky Smooth” product does for me. The bottle is huge and I can use it for a quite a number of detangles. (I used to detangle with Herbal Essences, but you know, availability issue).


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  • WHO hasn’t heard about this GOD of leave-ins huh? The all mighty Giovanni direct-leave in conditioner! Popular naturalista YouTubers’ reviews have you feeling like you are missing out on LYYYYFFFF with this product lmao!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I have resisted until now – I was getting annoyed at my hair drying out fast between wash days. I needed to prolong the days between – so I needed the “C” in the LOCO method to be ON POINT. I finally decided to hunt for it. I got my bottles from Canada BUT SA peeps you’ll be happy to know they have it on this online store.
  • It’s ECO friendly, certified organic with 100% vegetarian ingredients with a lovely host of yummy oils and extracts. No parabens, no sulfates.
  • How my hair likes it: It definitely gives me prolonged moisture and VOLUME. So much body omg. The increased body was immediately identifiable when I took my perm-rods out, a bit nuts. I almost didn’t like the EXTRA moisture because my curls would not come out as defined for some reason. Something’s gotta give ey. Well, I just eliminate it when I’m really feeling for a super defined rod-set. Def recommend it!


Hope this answers all your questions about what’s going on my head at the mo. Other than the above, I’m still using the same oils etc. that I mentioned in my main hair posts. This one, this one, and this one! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ If you have any questions, drop a comment below. Don’t forget to leave your email in the subscription box so you don’t miss the next post. I plan on being extra consistent with updates this year! πŸ˜‰

Your girl,


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  1. Girl i know the struggle with limited products, I live in Trinidad and Tobago and is like search and find down here. Most of the good brands a lot of people talk about aren’t readily available here. And popular brands like cantu are to greasy for my hair. Sigh…. i would’ve love to get my hands on some giovanni leave in but the only way i am going to get it is to order it and man have they overdone it with the price. The products that are down here also lack in mositure 😦 Bummer lol I have a question though. What do you think of applying coconut oil after shampooing your hair outside of the shower before applying a leave in? i have tried researching but i haven’t really seen people in the 4 category using it that way only as a pre poo. Do you think there can be any disadvantages to that? I also use Tresemme too but the touchable softness it has really good moisture πŸ™‚ Also a suggestion if it’s available try Aunt Jackie’s knot on my watch or the girls line in pink. It detangles ridiculously good i would say better than conditioner and your conditioner will last wayyyyy longer lol. The comb just passes through like butter, but everyone hair is different but you can give it a try and see how it works if you would like πŸ™‚

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    • Hey Girl, the struggle is so real hehe! I’m glad you feel me. I noticed you got the answer regarding in the coconut oil in another post. So I’m glad you’re sorted there. Your recommendation for “Aunt Jackie’s knot on my watch or the girls line in pink” – I’ll def keep an eye out when I’m ready to branch out again – thanks for letting me know. Giovanni – I found mine on amazon.ca for a pretty okay price including the shipping (given I’m shipping to an address in CA so it’s not bad). I have definitely heard people getting it for ridiculous prices! In any case, all the best girl, thanks for dropping by ey! xoxoxo

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      • Yessss i realized my ans was in a another post lol but yea whenever you decide to try out the aunt jackie line let me know how it works out for you ok πŸ™‚ and i will give Giovanni a shot when ever i decide to shop online πŸ™‚

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  2. Hey Thuli which hair colour product do you use on your hair cos most of this dyes damage hair


    • Hi love. A gentleman by the name of Jawad at Lajawi Hair Salon is the one responsible for all my color slayage! heheh…So sorry I don’t have details. I always recommend going to a professional stylist for sensitive processes just as dye/coloring. Happy hair journey! πŸ™‚


  3. You’d actually expect African countries to have easy access to natural hair products unfortunately we don’t but, we’re slowly getting there.

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    • Absolutely! We are definitely moving fast and I’m very hopeful. With education to the masses, businesses and entrepreneurs will see a market and will start to actually provide products for us! πŸ™‚ When there is not a big enough target market, that is the issue…remember business is business. But it’s growing (seeing all the afro hair festivals in South Africa lately etc.), I have a good feeling – awesome things are about to happen. Happy Hair Journey!! πŸ™‚

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  4. Okay again love your hair πŸ™‚

    I will definitely try the Cantu holding gel, I hope it works for me.


  5. Just to add some some, the Giovanni is also found on faithful-to-nature and some Wellness Warehouse stores or their online store slightly more pricey though.


  6. Hey Thuli.

    Are you still using these products?
    If not, please post updates on what you use now. I love the definition your gorgeous hair always has.



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