I tried the two Kinky Curly products that I purchased during my recent hair product shopping spree:  Knot Today Leave In Conditioner and Curling Custard. I was skeptical about how my hair would turn out after reading more reviews that said the product didn’t work that well for 4B hair. I actually have no idea what my hair type is. I’ve been saying it’s 4B or up. However,  from my understanding, that type has little to no curl pattern. When my hair is wet, I have a very defined small wavy pattern, particularly in the front. So I’m thinking I have a combination of types, as most people probably do.

I was almost obsessive with watching instructional how-to videos on YouTube before starting this process. I’m so glad I did. I would have ended up with a hot mess on my hands. I have a tendency to be heavy handed so my hair would have probably still been drying as I wrote this post!

Here are the videos I found to be most helpful.

I decided to follow Str8isis method and do most everything in the shower to ensure my hair stayed moist.

I shampooed first with Taliah Waajid’s Total Black Earth, My Crown and Glory, and Giovanni Direct Tea Tree. I got the hair very clean and then deep conditioned for 45 minutes with Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing and a dollop of good ole Queen Helene’s Cholesterol. After reading the label on the Queen Helene, I see that it contains sulfates so I’ll likely stop using it. I smoothed the conditioner through by repeatedly finger combing. It made detangling very easy. I love the Avalon. Smells great and left my hair very soft.

I rinsed my hair for about 7 minutes to be sure I got all the product out. Kinky-Curly doesn’t play well in the sandbox with other products and I didn’t want a head full of white flakes.

After ensuring my hair was product free, I applied the Knot Today leave-in liberally. I worked it through thoroughly and used a comb to detangle. Then I parted my hair into four sections and started working in the Curling Custard. I kept running back to the shower to re-wet it as I understand it works best when your hair is dripping wet. Next time I’ll likely just use a spray bottle.

I didn’t use a lot of curling custard at all. Less than I probably should have for the density of my hair. I also don’t think I spent enough time really working it into each section. The whole thing probably took me about 10-15 minutes. Although I had my usual 80% shrinkage, I still think I should have spent more time on it.

As I started in the back where my pattern seems a bit looser, I was pleased by the curls that were forming. Some would say they were jheri curl like. But I loved them.

When I was done, I followed Bronzeqt and CoilsKinksCurls advice and parted and pinned my hair as I wanted to wear it. I also kept shaking it out because I prefer the big and wild look. It definitely shrank even more as it started to dry. I left it alone and didn’t touch it as advised in the videos. I would give it a shake every once in a while.

Here’s where I think I made my biggest mistake. I should never have done this on a weeknight when I had to go to bed at a decent hour. It only had about 3-4 hours to air dry before I covered it with a satin bonnet and went to bed. It was only about  60% dry. The back was definitely still damp to the touch.

When I woke up this morning, it was matted and dry looking. It looked like a texturized fro. I put some Waleda Rosemary Oil on it, tied a hair scarf on and kept stepping.

The more I kept looking at it, the more I liked it but I knew it could look better had I done things a little differently.

Here are some other photos up close.

On the right, you can see my little test locks hanging in there. Only four survived a washing though. I was surprised they aren’t fuzzy. So I guess one of these is my correct pattern.

This is the front of my hair.

This is a view from the side.

Pardon the wackness of these photos. My “photographer” has the night off.

You’ll see that my tight curls are somewhat defined so it did what it said it would in that sense. The smell of both products wasn’t overpowering or bothersome. My hair isn’t crunchy or hard to the touch. I do wish I didn’t have such major shrinkage and that it loosened up my curls a bit more but I can’t expect miracles. You can’t expect the Kinky-Curly to take you from a 4 type to a 3. If I had more time or the inclination, I’d try some other products to compare results. However, I refuse to have a closet full of stuff I just used once or twice.

I’m going to do a co-wash on Saturday or Sunday and try this again. I’ll post photos of the results after it’s fully dry.

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