If you live in Uganda, it is very likely that you have heard about Kentaro Homemade Organics at least once in your life. This is a review of Kentaro Tea Tree Tingle Leave-in Conditioner

In the past, hair and beauty products made in Uganda made me nervous because you just didn’t know how you would react to them. You risked substandard and counterfeit products that could make your hair fall off (true story!).However, there has been progress made the last couple of years and there’s a variety of good Ugandan natural hair brands to choose from; how amazing is that?! Say goodbye to waiting on basummers to bring you made-in-USA products :).  Now the review! Kentaro products good public review, and I am getting in one of my own; my very-honest-zero-bias-I-am-not-getting-paid review.

By the label, this product is all natural ingredients, PH-balanced, and has no nasties (I had to look this up). This leave-in conditioner is meant to soften, add shine, aid in detangling, make styling easy and “wake up your curls”. Now who doesn’t want to wake up their “sleeping curls”?  Come on, sleeping beauties! I wonder what happens if one don’t have curly hair at all…

List of ingredients
Purified water, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate-20, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil and Organic Preservative.

Packaging
A tall bottle that’s good looking enough. When uncapped, the mouth of the bottle is completely open. This makes is hard to use straight out of the bottle, but there’s always a way around that.

Texture
Is a light consistency- a watery cream, pale yellow in color (trying so hard not to say a watery cream with a cream color). Light and watery equals no flaking, no matter hair porosity, which is great!

Did my curls wake up? (How well it works)
Curls? What curls? Nothing to see here, just fab fros :). Okay I used this product 6 times before writing this, once after a protein treatment, another after a moisturizing treatment and the rest as touch up through the week. At this point, I feel confident about how this product works on my 4C low porosity hair.

First thing to note is this product contains hydrolyzed wheat protein. One characteristic of low porosity hair is that it’s prone to build-up from protein-rich products, which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like.  And indeed, my hair felt a little stiff, I could feel the friction between my hair and fingers when it dried. Apart from the stiffness, my hair was not dry, but it wasn’t “super moisturized” either. I know this because my hair wasn’t as moisturized as some of the other products I have used (I have insert photos below).  That’s not to say this product doesn’t work, it does. In fact this product worked better on my 4B texture (the hair at the back of my head is 4B).

My nearly empty product

The verdict
Overall, Kentaro Tea Tree Tingle Leave-in conditioner is a good product. The hydrolyzed wheat protein throws it off a little bit for low porosity hair, and I think it would work better without it. I also think this product would work better or finer softer hair. Nonetheless, I will still continue to use this product, but only after moisturizing deep treatments.

About the author: Phelis Nakato

I’m Phelis, a self-taught ‘Pictographer’, writer and lover of the arts. I cannot get enough of the beauties of the earth, music, big large life and history. I used to drink way too much coffee, but those days are over! I currently live in Kampala, Uganda.

Many years natural (not consecutively) and I’ve got a lot of tips to share. I am also a super awesome programmer. What?! Oh yes. 🙂

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  Comments: 10

  1. Hello Phelis!

    Thank you so much for the honest review. We are glad the leave in conditioner worked well for your 4b curls. We will take on all your feedback and work towards a better moisturiser for low po kinks 😊❤

    Charlyn from Kentaro Handmade Organics

  2. hey Phelis.. I recently discovered that I also have low porosity hair.. was just wondering what products you think would be best/the ones you use..

    • Hi Joanna! You should look out for products that don’t have protein in them, usually it’s Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein in the ingredients. I have tried a number of different brands, both local and international.
      Cons to international: you have ship them in yourself,
      Cons to local brands: ironically, most are a bit too expensive and some just don’t work too well.

      With all that said, my staple product for now is CANTU leave-in conditioner and the deep conditioner as well. I get mine from Beauty corner on Kampala road (opposite shell) or body care center. They cost 30,000sh and 21,000shs respectively, but they last long. Since cantu leave-in is a heavy cream and you have low porosity hair, don’t use too much product, otherwise it will flake. For local brands Thamani bontanicals is good too, just a little bit pricey. I’m sure by now you’ve noticed I’m an advocate for affordable hair care because natural hair shouldn’t be expensive. 🙂

      • Thanks a bunch babe.. i have been looking for a place to buy cantu products from actually.. thank you for your help 🙂

        • Absolutely any time! 🙂

          • Hey.. thanks a bunch.. I got the conditioner from beauty corner 😊 however I was wondering, which shampoos do you think I should use because I’ve tried to look for a clarifying shampoo and failed to find 😭😭 I’m really sorry for being such a bother but I really need this 😭 thanks again 😊

          • It’s really no bother at all. Ask away 🙂

            For sulfate-free I use Afrilax shampoo, it’s a clay shampoo but it gets over quickly of you have long hair (from enviriza nacho shop in ntinda). If you want a budget friendly shampoo, you can buy black soap, cut it up in small pieces, melt it in water and add oil (olive oil, or coconut, any oil really).

            The option 3: if you want to clarify (a thorough cleanse) you can actually use a sulfate shampoo like heads and shoulders (available on most super markets). In order to safely use a sulfate shampoo so it doesn’t over dry out your hair, you’ll need to dilute it with water. Put shampoo some shampoo in a small bottle and add water, then wash. Dont leave it in hair for too long.

  3. Thank you Phelis.. you’re like the best hair blogger ever.. Thanks a bunch babe ❣

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