• Chantal Porter

Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator on 4c Hair-Review

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Journey with Relaxers

For about 13 years of my life, my hair was relaxed. I remember badgering my mom to straighten my hair and she finally did when I started high school. After that period of my life, I became obsessed with updos, and that's all I did with my hair for a while. Following that phase, I decided that I wanted a pixie cut (which I wore for about 2+ years).

Natural hair Journey

At the end of 2018, I decided that I wanted to grow my hair out for my wedding (I did a lot of protective styling). My natural hair journey started at that point, but it didn't last very long. I struggled with the idea of wearing a short natural cut, so I reverted to relaxers right after I took down my braids. Nevertheless, in 2019, I decided to cut all my hair off and really take on the natural hair journey. So here we are!

One of the first questions that I had to answer after cutting my hair was:

What is my hair type? I saw all these people on Youtube talking about 3a, 4b, 4c hair and I was so lost. After I sieved through the videos I finally found a few people with hair textures that looked like mine. That's when I realized that I have 4c hair. At the time I didn't even think I had a curl pattern until I tried the Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator.

So what is 4c hair?

According to Black Naps "4c hair looks similar to 4b hair type only it is more tightly coiled. In its raw state (no products added and freshly washed) it does not have a defined curl pattern. Coils have to be defined by either twisting, braiding, or shingling through the strands."

I know you may be wondering is Cantu good for 4c hair, well here's my review:

Process #1:

I tried a few items from the Cantu line about a week ago on my twa and I am in love with the results.

  1. Directly after washing my hair, I applied the Cantu Leave-In Conditioner.

  2. I then divided my hair into smaller sections and applied the Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator to each section. I used the shingling method (approximately 1 hour) to bring out my curls.



  • My 4c curls came out beautifully.

  • The curls were also really defined.

  • The style lasted for about 3-4 days.


  • I saw a white cast on my hair on day 3 (The product became flaky)

  • The curls felt very dry and hard.

  • My shrinkage was enhanced.

Process #2

  1. Directly after washing my hair, I placed it in smaller sections.

  2. I applied the Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator to each section by running my fingers through the hair repeatedly.



  • My 4c curls came out beautifully.

  • The style lasted 3-4 days.

  • Little to no flaking was seen.

  • My hair was really soft and my curls could move freely.

  • Less Shrinkage.


  • There was still some flaking but it isn't significant.

  • Curls were slightly less defined but still beautiful.

Overall, the Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator did a really good job with my hair. I know for many us finding the right natural hair products for 4c hair can be very difficult. I was super excited to finally able to see my curl pattern when I used the Curl Activator and it lasted for roughly 4 days. I believe it is a really great product for 4c hair once you apply it correctly.If you are struggling to find a product that works for your 4c hair type you can definitely give it a try and see how it goes.

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It will take some time to find natural hair products that work for your hair type and hair texture, but don't be heartbroken. I am still searching for 4c hair products and natural hair care products that work for my hair but I am enjoying the ride. Inevitably it is a process, so you have to be willing to try out different products and give it some time. You'll figure out what gives you your ultimate 'black girl magic" eventually!

"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant".- Robert Louis Stevenson

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