For several years now, I've heard about Kinky Curly's Knot Today (KT) and its claims -- running a comb easily through your kinky curly hair being the foremost one. I am always skeptical of any product that makes that type of claim, so I spent my money elsewhere. Well, recently, I've had two firsthand accounts extolling the wonders of KC, so it once again entered my thoughts. But what really convinced me to try it is that it is now available at Whole Foods.(I am just so over the whole mail-order, shipping & handling thing.)
So I scooped up both the KT and the Curling Custard. On the first try, I only used the KT. The makers of Kinky Curly encourage you to use the Come Clean shampoo. But I'm cheap, and I already had shampoos at home. So on this first try, I used my Suave kid's shampoo. Pre-shampoo, my hair was a hot, matted mess. After shampooing, it was a soft, matted mess. But after the KT, y'all, I could run my fingers through my hair and comb with ease. Not only that, when I finished detangling my whole head of hair -- which only took 10-15 minutes as opposed to the usual hour!! -- I could go back to the front and still comb my hair. It didn't tangle back up!
On the second try, I used both the KT and the Curling Custard according to the directions, save for the shampoo recommendation. After detangling, I added the CC in sections. Oh, y'all. Such pretty, tight little coils. So pretty. I just stared at my hair. Like for hours. For real. I put my hair in two-strand twists, and I stood in front of the mirror the whole two hours just so I could look at my hair. The twist turned out well, but there was just one little problem when I did the twist out: FLAKES!
The twistout looked the bomb, but little white flakes are so not the business. #FAIL
However, I did some googling, and I found some mixed reviews about KC's products, but I found many references to flakes being tied to using too much product. But my girl, Quel, used the same products, and I was pretty sure she used more than I did, since she reapplied the CC everyday. So I deduced that it was product-related, but more likely a combination of product buildup and product overuse.
Third time's a charm, right? So on the third try, stubborn me still refused to buy the shampoo, but I did make some changes to my shampoo regimen. First, I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castille Soap (diluted), and then, after rinsing, I followed with Miss Jessie's Cleansing Creme. (Yes, I mix product.) I thoroughly washed until my hair was squeaky clean. Then, I applied just enough of the Knot Today -- not while in the shower, but while my hair was still soaking wet -- to detangle, but not so much that my hair was white. After detangling each section, I twisted the hair into large twists. I ended up with around 10 or 12 twists. Then -- and this was my own idea -- I ran lukewarm water over my hair while in the twists. This rinse served two purposes: to rid my hair of excess KT, and to make it soaking wet in preparation for the Curling Custard. Then, twist by twist, I would add CC, work it through, and two-strand twist.
I haven't taken it down, but I can already tell a difference from the first two times. Most importantly, there are no visible flakes in my twists. My twists are full and curly on the ends. I can't wait for the twist out.
I'll post pics when I do.