Staple Hair Product Review Series: Kinky Curly Curling Custard and Knot Today Conditioner

Today’s installment of my Staple Hair Product Review Series is going to be a two for one deal. I’ll be reviewing 2 products by Kinky Curly; the Curling Custard and the Knot Today conditioner. I decided to review these together because I always use them together and secondly because I am thinking about removing them from my staple product list. They are both great products, but at the time, I don’t feel like they fit my current hair needs. I’ll get into more of that within each review. I usually use these products together for a wash and go style. Kinky Curly Curling Custard retails for about $30 for a 16 ounce jar or $17 for a 8 ounce jar. Knot Today retails for $12 for an 8 ounce bottle. Kinky Curly products can be purchased at Whole Foods, Target, and kinkycurly.com.

Kinky Curly Knot Today Natural Leave In/Detangler

Key Ingredients: mango fruit extract, slippery elm, marshmallow root

Knot Today Texture

Product Texture/Consistency: light, airy texture; reminds me of a silicone gel (although this product is silicone-free)

Product Claims: to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls, and tangles from thick curly hair

How the Product Measures up to the Claims: This product is an excellent detangler. It makes it very easy to comb through my hair after applying this.

How I Use This Product: I apply this to my soaking wet hair in sections as a leave in conditioner before I use Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I only use this with the Custard.

Overall Thoughts

Pros:

  • detangles very well
  • slippery texture makes it easy to apply
  • even though the texture feels light, a little product goes a long way
  • can be purchased locally
  • all natural ingredients

Cons:

  • only keeps my hair moisturized for about 2 days
  • price is a little steep based on the amount of product in the bottle

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Key Ingredients: horsetail, nettle and marshmallow, chamomile

Kinky Curly Curling Custard Texture

Product Texture/Consistency: jelly-like consistency; slimy

Product Claims: eliminate frizz, define curls, lock in moisture, give brilliant shine, provide long lasting hold

How the Product Measures up to the Claims: This gel definitely defines curls (almost too much) and keeps frizz at bay. I notice that when I use this gel, my hair looks shiny. If I use a larger amount of product, I can maintain my hair for about 4 days without it being dry.

How I Use This Product: I apply a nickel-size amount to each section of my soaking wet hair after applying Knot Today. I rake it through my hair and then I smooth out my hair.

Overall Thoughts

Pros:

  • slippery texture makes it easy to apply
  • because I use so little of this product, it lasts a very long time
  • can be purchased locally
  • all natural ingredients
  • helps to define areas of my hair with a looser curl pattern
  • has the ability to be long lasting

Cons:

  • defines my hair too well, I get that jerri-curl look
  • if I apply a little, it decreases the jerri-curl look, but it doesn’t lock in moisture and keep my frizz down as well
  • gives me a ton of shrinkage
  • I have to let my hair completely dry with this product, before I can manipulate it or it doesn’t look right

I’m thinking of removing these products from my staple list just because I don’t love the way my hair looks after applying them anymore. I probably will not use these products very often until my hair gets a little longer. 

Have you played around with Kinky Curly products yet? What are your opinions?

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