Among the myriad options you’ll face on your lifelong natural hair journey, there’s one moisturizing ingredient you’ll need to invest in as a curly girl: Shea butter. Dating back to Cleopatra’s heyday, Shea butter is a long standing beauty staple for women across various cultures. Other than being the queen of emollient goodness, Shea butter plays well with other moisturizers and essential oils. It’s no wonder we curlies want to slather it on our hair and skin!

My Type 4C curls are a hot mess express if I don’t moisturize and wrap them in a satin scarf before I go to bed. I also have to apply moisturizer after waking up in the morning to avoid dry, breaking curls. Using a cocktail of Shea butter-rich products not only helps me avoid dry hair, but encourages me to rock my TWA on a regular basis. Take a look at this cocktails from Cantu and see which one will work best for your curls!

The Bounceback Blowout

If you’re a curious curly, you’re probably interested in the healthiest ways to blowout your natural hair. Well, this cocktail is essential for your heat-styling needs. Combine Anti-Frizz Smoothing Oil with the high-powered Thermal Shield Heat Protectant for natural hair styling success. Spray these shea butter-infused oils on damp, sectioned out hair before blow drying or air drying. Once your hair is completely dry, lightly mist hair in each section before using a flat iron. Add extra shine with Anti-Frizz Smoothing Argan Oil.

What is this Cocktail best for?

For the natural that wants that bone-straight look that turns heads, the Bounceback Blowout cocktail is great for sleek, heat-styled looks.

The Coconut Twist

This cocktail will make twists outs stand out! Shea butter softens curls and promote definition. That’s why it’s best to apply Smooth Coconut Curling Cream, section by section, to damp hair.  Add Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel for definition and to elongate curls that defy shrinkage. The gel doesn’t contain mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, and its tropical fragrance smells like a day on the beach.

What is this Cocktail best for?

The Coconut Twist moisturizes and shapes curls of all patterns and texture types while keeping those twist outs looking smooth and defined.

The Power Protector

This is my favorite cocktail because it allows me to strengthen my 4C curls with ease. For regular wash-and-go days, I apply a small amount of Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment to my edges, temples, and ends. Following the treatment, I put a small amount of the leave-in on my curls’ ends and gently manipulate my curls into a protective style-my favorites being braids and bantu knots. When my curls need more moisture, I’ll leave the treatment in overnight. This cocktail is so great for my hair since it gets dry so fast. I love it!

What is this Cocktail best for?

Protective styles help naturals create stunning looks all year round so keep those curls moisture-packed with the Power Protector cocktail.

Be your own beautiful!

I’ll be the first to admit that selfies are super fun to take (in moderation). They’re even more fun when you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your TWA or twist outs or blowout is “no-filter” immaculate. So don’t be shy to show off those curls on Instagram, girls - be your own beautiful, every single day!

I encourage you determine which of these Cantu Shea Butter Cocktails, featured in this Cantu-sponsored infographic, works best for your hair! I’m a huge fan of the Power Protector cocktail-what about you? If you haven’t gotten a chance to try these amazing cocktails, you can find the entire Cantu Beauty Naturals product line at your local drug and beauty supply stores, Target, and Wal-Mart.

Tell me which cocktail do you use for gorgeous blowouts and curls?


This article was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.