For those of you who read the ingredients label of everything you buy, you'll be happy to know that Kinky-Curly products don't contain any of those no-no's for black hair, such as petrolatum, alcohol, plastics and plenty of ingredients you can't pronounce. The brand is invested in curls that not only look great, but feel great, too.
If you want natural products to go along with your natural hair, you can feel comfortable using this curl-friendly line.
Each product I tested had helpful instructions on the label. It's easy to say "lather, rinse, repeat," but I appreciate the extra effort of giving people tips. Not everyone knows that curls respond best to products when they're very wet, not in the middle of air-drying. Plus, different textures will get different results. The breakdown on the Curling Custard container is especially helpful.
This extra detail is what really helps you achieve well-defined curls.
Come Clean Shampoo
The first step to great curls is the proper cleansing routine. Oily buildup is going to stand in the way of good definition, so you need a gentle shampoo. Come Clean is sulfate-free (perfect for those of you with hair color) and full of organic ingredients that won't leave the hair stripped.
Like other sulfate-free shampoos, don't expect a lot of lather from this one. That's actually a good thing. If you have a lot of buildup or oily products in your hair, you'll need to shampoo at least twice.
After shampooing, my hair felt clean, but not squeaky. It didn't feel dry, as some shampoos will leave it. It rinses easily and although I don't shampoo daily, this is probably suitable to use two to three times per week since it doesn't contain the drying ingredients present in other brands.
As anyone with super-thick hair knows, detangling is no joke. To get full and even coverage of products, however, the hair needs to be combed through to ensure total saturation. Choosing the right products for detangling makes a world of difference.
I've used a lot of detanglers and conditioners and Knot Today is now one of the best I've ever tried. You want "slip" to your hair? This one delivers. It can be used as a regular conditioner and rinsed out after shampooing, but it can also be used as a leave-in. I use it as a leave-in. I apply it immediately after rinsing out the shampoo and it calms any frizzy hairs right down. It's very lightweight and light-scented.
What separates the great curling gels from the average ones? Ideally, you want frizz elimination as well as curl definition. Plus, long-lasting, non-crunchy hold helps. Curling Custard ranks up there as one of the top three products I've used in this regard.
It's not a conventional gel; it's much thicker, which is important for curls that need some weight. When used correctly and in conjunction with the other Kinky-Curly products, you'll probably experience soft, defined curls that last. I make sure to section my hair and apply the Custard thoroughly to each section. However, you don't have to saturate the hair or go overboard -- it'll take longer to dry and your hair may dry hard. You may have to experiment to see what amount of product to use, depending on the length and thickness.