Throughout history, afro-textured hair has been coiffed, relaxed, and slathered in chemicals to make it more manageable, but one thing has remained the bane of our lives:
Whether your hair is curly, coily, kinky, or anything in between, frizz doesn’t discriminate.
So how do you keep African American hair from frizzing?
The only way you can tackle this age-old problem is to keep it under control.
And today we are calling out one product that is excellent at taming frizz on textured hair:The Cantu Shea Butter Hair Silk Serum.
It’s been getting heaps of buzz on social media for being the best anti frizz serum for African American hair.
And rightly so, with over 1,359 5-star reviews on Amazon, you’ll have to agree it’s pretty darn good.
So to all my afro sisters out there looking for a solution to instantly de-fluff and tame those wild curls, I decided to give this a whirl to see what the fudge it’s all about.
So here’s the lowdown:
The Anti Frizz Serum For African American Hair
The Cantu hair serum is excellent for relaxed, textured, permed, and color-treated hair because of its lightweight formula that doesn’t overwhelm already stressed out and moisture-deprived hair.
With a blend of organic raw shea butter and hydrolyzed silk, the Cantu hair serum packs a vital dose of moisture along with essential keratin that your hair needs to stay strong and stretch without snapping.
As soon as you apply it to your hair, you can immediately see how much your curls can stretch, adding a few extra healthy inches to the ends.
It Tames Frizz on Black Hair
Frizz in black, afro, or textured hair happens when some of the strands go against the grain of the masses. They are like flyaway hairs with a mind of their own, lifting away from the normal curl.
In short: Frizzy hair is a hair strand that doesn’t align with the rest, creating a fuzzy and irregular texture.
While it’s not exclusive to curly hair types, we tend to have it more because our hair has more intricate textures that prevent our scalp’s natural oils from reaching and lubricating the full-lengths.
That’s why you need to support that process with a product that can mimic sebum. This natural lubricant envelopes each curl with moisture to lock in hydration and lock out external humidity from swelling the hair fibers.
The Cantu Hair Silk serum does precisely that.
It boosts moisture in your strands with the goodness of shea butter and a mix of humectants and emollients to protect your hair from frizz in humid conditions.
It Works As an Anti-Humidity Shield
The key to keeping African American hair from frizzing in humid weather is to boost the hair’s hydration so that it doesn’t seek moisture from its surroundings.
This serum delivers optimum moisture to your hair while also sealing the outer cuticle layer to repel outside humidity from creeping in.
Even when you get caught out in unexpected weather conditions, this anti frizz serum will ensure your curls don’t pouf out into a fuzzy mess.
Other products you can use to combat humidity frizz:
It Seals And Tidies Up Split Ends
Besides taming frizz, it also smoothes over your scraggly ends to make them look neat and tidy.
But here’s one thing you need to know:
It’s not 100% silicone-free.
Yes, there is some silicone in this product necessary for sealing split ends, but trust me, you won’t even feel any of it.
After using it for 2 weeks, I didn’t experience any tacky buildup, my hair didn’t feel greasy, and I didn’t feel the urge to rinse it out.
It helps Reduce Hair Breakage
One gripe we always have with African American hair is brushing.
Every time I take the brush to my hair, massive chunks are literally breaking off from all over the place.
The Cantu serum adds slip to the hair. A lot of slip!
If you want to conceal hair breakage and prevent it from happening, oils and serums are essential because you should never brush your curls when they are dry.
The only time I brush my hair is when it’s drenched in conditioner right after my shower, but there are times when I need a quick swipe to detangle my knots and tangles before I head out.
The Cantu serum allows my hairbrush to glide effortlessly without any friction.
Yes, it makes light work of detangling out of the shower, regardless of how dry your curls are.
Just spray it on your hair or into your hairbrush before you take that brush to your hair.
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How to Use The Cantu Super Shine Hair Serum
Apply the serum to dry or wet hair.
Begin at the roots and work toward the tips of your hair.
For even distribution throughout your curls, use a comb to make it easier.
Do not rinse your hair.
Style as required.
You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner or heat protectant.
What Are The Ingredients?
Cyclomethicone – Moisturizer, Emollient
A mixture of Silicone types.
Cyclomethicone mixtures evaporate from your hair rather than stay in it. That’s why they have a light feel that can spread fast on the hair.
Dimethiconol – Moisturizer, Humectant
A thick silicone molecule diluted in other lighter silicone molecules to deliver a silky non-greasy finish.
Raw Shea Butter
A natural product that boosts collagen and moisture.
Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil
An emollient plant oil derived from the seeds of meadowfoam – a white flowering plant. This oil is high in antioxidants which helps to heal damaged hair.
Protein derived from the spent cocoon of the silkworm. Mainly used to replenish the hair with Cysteine (an essential Amino Acid).
Just the nice smelling stuff.
Other Anti Frizz Serums For Black Hair
The Redken Frizz Dismiss serum works really well on dry hair, which suits most of us curly gals, as our curls are always f**king dry like the Sahara.
Frizz dismiss is a little different as it has an oil-in-serum formula powered by sustainably sourced babassu oil to make hair smoother, increase manageability, and add shine.
Bonus points: It’s sulfate-free and also protects against humidity.
The only downside is it only works for moderate frizz. Not sure how far it can stretch with chronically frizzy thick hair.
Nevertheless, it’s one of the products adored by salon hairstylists, because of its smoothing finish and shine.
Another frizz-reducing serum from the haircare powerhouse:
Safe for color-treated hair, ultra smoothing, nourishing, heat, and humidity protection, this product packs quite a punch.
However, it just falls short of expectation when it comes to black African American hair texture. According to reviews, it seems to work well with most hair types, but just doesn’t cut it as an effective anti-frizz solution for black hair.
Cantu is one of the best go-to brands for textured hair.
After testing the Super Shine hair silk myself, I can definitely vouch for it being one of the best anti-frizz serums for African American hair out there.
And it’s so versatile; you can use it to smooth down your hair, get rid of flyaways, style on the go, use it as a leave-in conditioner, or even as a heat protectant.
Oh, did I mention it smells like tropical coconut and pineapple! 🍹
Jane is a freelance writer who occasionally writes for us.