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Kinky Curly Knot Today & Curling Custard Combo Review

Wednesday, February 12, 2014





















Hey Beauties,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I've been testing out a product combo...did anyone guess it? Yep...Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard! I've tried each of this products separately in the past with mixed results, but never together. Let's Review!

Kinky Curly Knot Today ($12 for 8oz.) is a "creamy herbal conditioner and detangler designed to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls and tangles from thick, curly textured hair." And it delivers on every promise.

It's lightweight, super slippery and leaves my fine, dry, highly porous hair moisturized for days. It works well under most stylers and smells like fresh mangoes! If I had to pick one leave-in to use forever and ever it would be this! There are only two problems with this conditioner: the price and the size.

This can be used as a rinse-out conditioner and a leave-in, but at $12 a pop I wouldn't dream of rinsing this down the drain. And because I have so much hair, I go through a bottle a month...8 ounces is just not practical for me. You can purchase the 32 oz. refill on kinky-curly.com for $44 which would be more convenient and economical if it weren't for the outrageous shipping costs! $15 shipping for one, $35 for two, etc. It nullifies the savings. Booooo!

Nonetheless, this conditioner is so good that I'll continue to repurchase.

Ingredients: Organic mango extract, organic slipper elm, organic marshmallow root, organic lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance. NOTE: Behentrimonium methosulfate is not a "sulfate". It is made from non-genetically modified rapeseed oil and is very mild.

Kinky Curly Curling Custard ($17 for 8oz.) is a "concentrated styling gel" that is suppose to "provide moisture, curl definition, hold and shine while it elongates curls, removes frizz and bring out your natural curl pattern". While I can't get on-board with all its claims, it did define my curls and left my hair really shiny, less frizzy and elongated.

But, it wasn't moisturizing at all and left me with crunchy, stringy curls. And it's extremely finicky! Yeah...CC is a real diva that doesn't play well with my usual leave-in conditioners and does what she wants, when she wants.. There was no consistency.

I mean, we all know that curly hair can be unpredictable...the same products that work today may not work next week (or the next day), but dang! This product is completely unpredictable and I
couldn't get consistent results to save my life. It takes a lot of trial and error to determine the amount to use and just when you think you have it right...it goes sticky, dry or crunchy on your very next styling session. "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

And the texture is so...weird. It has a slippery, jelly feel to it but when you smooth it on it feels like it's sucking all the moisture out of your hair. Then moments later...juicy curls...until they dry. It's so strange!

Ingredients: Botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectic, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance.

The KCKT & KCCC Combo
The key to using these two products together is learning what amounts to use for your hair. And that's especially true with the gel. I wanted to give this pair a fair shake, so I tried it a few different ways...

Twist-out
The first time I was a bit timid and just dipped the tips of two fingers into the jar and used that amount per twist. I made 10 twists total and allowed them to air dry completely before taking them down. I released and fluffed and my hair was less defined than I like, so I promptly placed it in a high bun. It was soft though and more tame than when I use conditioner only.

The next time I was a bit more bold and used a nickle sized amount on each twist. This time I had better results...my hair was soft, defined and easy to fluff and my set lasted two days before I had to put it up. I followed this same routine a few more times, but my results were hit or miss. No consistency!

Wash-n-Go
I am not a big wash-n-go girl (especially in the winter), but the Curling Custard is a curl definer and it's meant for wash-n-gos, so I gave it a shot. I followed the product directions exactly, adding Knot Today then Curling Custard on soaking wet hair working in sections. I made sure to coat each strand, smoothing as I went, before I let it air dry without touching. I thought my hair would take ages to dry, but I was pleased to find it was 90% dry after 6 hours. I used my blow dryer on medium heat, medium flow to diffuse it the rest of the way.

My curls were pretty defined, elongated and shiny, but meh...my hair was completely flat. There was zero volume and zero swag and my hair was painfully crunchy. I scrunched a bit of jojoba oil through the length to loosen it up and create some volume which worked a little, but it was still too stiff and a bit tacky. Fail! I was out of patience.

Final Thoughts
This combo is a cult favorite in the curly world, but it just doesn't do it for me. The clear superstar here is Knot Today...it is THE best leave-in conditioner I've ever used, period...and exclamation point! I will buy this again and again. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny.

As for the Curling Custard...this is my third time revisiting it and I'm still not impressed. I don't like the way my hair feels when I'm applying it or when it's dry and I can get far better results with other products. Oh, and it's $17 for 8oz. and $30 for 16oz....no thank you. (Sigh)...I really wanted to like it, but I just don't. This is my last dance with CC...she's a beast to work with and too high maintenance for this curly girl.

Later Beauties,





Has anyone else tried this combo?
How did it work for you?





*The products in this post were purchased by me and these opinions are my own.

4 comments:

  1. I've used both products before, separately and in combination...
    Honestly, I liked the leave in. Hated the curling custard. Together, they were just OK for me...
    And I wasn't into spending that type of money for just "OK".
    The custard was awful for me because if I used a lot, it left residue in my hair. If I used less, it didn't really have any effect at all. The leave-in is cool, but the consistency caused me to use up my bottle EXTREMELY fast, and since the bottle is so small in the first place? Yeah... no. lol

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  2. Natural Hair Blog DirectoryFebruary 18, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    I've tried these products too. LOVED the KCKT but HATED the Curling Custard which is why it's still hiding somewhere in my bottom cabinet. It is a weird texture. I would love the KCKT more if it wasn't so expensive. I had to move on to Aussie Moist. But if I was to get back on board to the Curly Girl method, I would go back to my KCKT.

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  3. I totally agree! I think the CC is a love it or hate it product and I just could not get it to work for me. LOVE the KT though! :) Thanks for reading.

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  4. I feel you! I go through the KT like water...but I like it so much that I continue to buy. It is a bit pricey so I rotate it with less expensive products and try to only use it on wash day. Thanks for reading! :) Keep the comments coming.

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