Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream Review

Cantu Creamy Lotion is one of my absolute favourite HG leave in curl creams. But in the insta-curl world, I’ve seen more people raving about the Cantu Curl Activator Cream so I purchased this a while ago.

Description by Cantu: Smoothes and enhances natural curl pattern revealing frizz-free volume. Made with pure shea butter and formulated without harsh ingredients.


  • Activates curls revealing frizz-free, bouncy curls
  • Delivers volume & shine
  • Great for a quick Wash n’ Go

Price: 2000 INR (You only need a really small quantity so this would last you a long time!). You can buy it here. 

Ingredient Analysis:

Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin – humectant, Propanediol – emollient, improves moisture binding, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyquaternium-10 – provides light hold, Stearalkonium Chloride – smoothens the cuticles , Stearyl Alcohol – emollient, softens hair, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Laminaria Cloustoni (Sea Kelp) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate-60, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

I love the ingredients list. No alarming ingredients. Great conditioning ingredients.

Texture: Velvety-creamy texture. It’s softer than the Cantu Creamy Hair lotion.

Smell: I love almost all shea butter products. They smell soooo good. This lotion is a mix of shea butter and some tropical fruity smell. Love it.

Packaging: A sturdy really tall plastic bottle with a press button opening.


Here is a post on how I use this product – How to apply products and scrunch curly hair and here is a post with my full curly hair care routine – My curly hair routine .

Results of Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream on my hair

+ It is the ultimate ringlet former! Just look at those ringlets.

+ Provides great shine and moisture

+ Imparts curl definition and coiling

+ A little goes a long way

– It’s quite heavy for my curl type. My curls get easily weighed down with this. See the crown part above the ringlets?

In short: Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream is a great curl defining and moisturizing cream for hair types that don’t get weighed down easily. I almost always recommend this to my readers over the Creamy Hair Lotion because I think it would work better for their hair type. (I also did gift 2 bottles of this on my Instagram Giveaway :D)



  1. Hi Anjana: Your hair is looking lovely as usual. In this pic, you styled only with Cantu Curl Activator or did you to top it with any gel ?

      1. Hi Anjana,
        I was looking for review of Cantu Define and Shine custard from our Indian curlies, but couldn’t find it. Could you please review it?

  2. Wow…those ringlets look amazing ….Anjana,have you tried this brand called Argan ThairEPY? Their curl cream also gives good definition…I bought it from at 500 bucks,although I have seen it been sold at absurd prices in amazon.

  3. Hi Anjana, did you squish to condish or super soaker when applying the cantu curl activating cream? And how much did you use? My hair is similar to yours but slightly shorter. Thankyou so much for this blog – I am love love loving my curls again thanks to you (and getting sooooo many compliments too!)

  4. Wow, that was fast – thankyou! 😊 I am having trouble working out the absolute best order of products. After washing, I used the cantu leave in conditioner (squished in) and then the curl activator cream. Tried the gel on top last week but not sure I applied it very well as was a bit frizzy, but I was a bit scared of it so may not have used enough 🙈. I’m finding scrunching gives me more fly aways though 🙁

      1. Thanks Anjana. I started with a l’oreal spray so I didn’t have to touch my hair, but it had too much silicone in it so I’ve now got Enliven gel – do I put this on before plopping? And the mythic oil after diffusing?? Sorry to sound so dim!

        1. Gel on dripping wet hair after the cream..I’d avoid the serum after so many products. But you can use a few drops after diffusing

  5. Hi… I’m a very lazy person in terms of hair grooming. Can I use the cantu curl activator cream after hair wash without any conditioner? Can I use this as a leave in conditioner?

  6. what is the difference between curl activator, a gel, and a leave in. and do u club these and apply one after other or just one product at a time.

    1. Curl cream is a mix of a leave in conditioner and gel – it has moisturizing and curl enhancing properties. Leave in is for moisture. Gel is for hold, definition and frizz control. I use them in this order – leave in > cream > gel

  7. Hey anjana , i have 3b curly hair. My hair is not fine but they easy weigh down with products. So normally i don’t apply so many products. I want to ask that this cream is enough to get definition or i have to apply gel top of it.
    One other question which gel you suggest me for my type of hair. I have tried shwarzkopf but it give me 2nd day stiff and weird hair. Should i try set wet gel? Will it also give stiff results. I want gel in 500 rs. Only.

    1. I always apply a gel, but you could try it without a gel and see if you like the results. Almost all gels will give you a curl cast

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