Kinky Curly • Curling Custard • Styling Products
|Would buy this product again.||78%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I like this styling product but I can't say that I love it. I normally wear my natural 3c hair straight but sometime, specifically in the summer, it's just better for me to go curly. My issue with my hair is while I do like my curl pattern I have such THICK hair, it's not even funny. I have very long hair, down to just about my butt, but that's not the problem...Whenever I go curly my hair looks great for the first hour, after that, my hair starts to grow wider and wider until my hair is literally huge. And on top of that, my hair shrinks up to my shoulders. I have been on the hunt for YEARS to find something that would stop the outward growth and the upward shrinkage. I bought this stuff about a year ago and I like it. It definitely defines my curls and makes them less frizzy but it does verrryyy little when it comes to poofiness and shrinkage. Now I can't expect miracles, but I do hope for them. I normally wash my hair at night. Apply the KKCC and put it in a pineapple then cover it with a plastic shower cap on and then a silk night cap. It the morning I let down, PERFECT, still wet curls that are highly defined and shiny...about 1.5 hours later, I'm a complete triangle head again. But...what can ya do right? Desireesbeautyblog.Blogspot.com
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
Love love love this product! Used it for years and continuing to use it.
I've tried high end, drugstore,organic you name it I've most likely tried it and nothing compares to this
I have 3a/3b curls
fine/ virgin hair "never dyed"
Curly girl method
Low porosity & my hair loves protein
Yes it's got a strong smell, but it fades throughout the day....at least on me
I don't apply this on soaking wet hair because it'll take forever to dry and I don't like walking around with wet hair . A little goes along way. I apply knot today first and then I apply KCC in sections and diffuse. I get shiny frizz-free defined ringlet curls with tons of volume with no crunch. When I use this I never have a bad hair day, never let's me down. Tons of compliments. Second day hair even more defined ringlets.
It's expensive but so worth it i also love that its easy to find ill probably never stop using it as long as I can afford it
FYI: tried some so called "dupes" to this but unfortunately nothing really compares
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
My hair is:
Non-porous (hard for products to absorb fully)
Curly, type "3A"
Please note that each of these factors can and will affect how a hair product works for your hair!
This product works brilliantly on my hair. I rake/scrunch it in like normal hair gel, but it dramatically tames my frizz, enhances my curl, and has a strong but completely non-crunchy hold.
The frizz-taming effect is especially surprising; my hair is such that even if I don't touch it and just let it air dry, it develops frizz almost immediately. Kinky Curly Curling Custard doesn't completely eliminate my frizz but it significantly cuts down on it in a way that no other product does.
I DO use this over Kinky Curly Knot Today (detangler/leave-in conditioner), and I've heard from many that the custard really needs to be used over a leave-in, ideally over Knot Today.
This product might not work for everyone, but if your hair has similar properties to mine, I highly recommend giving it a try, despite the high price tag!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Holy m-effing grail!
I love this stuff! My hair is fine, and more kinky than curly. I wash my hair frequently and use the curling custard in conjunction with the Knot Today leave in, to define my curls. When I first started wearing my natural curls, I searched high and low for the perfect products. Other gels work to define my curls, but this one drys with a natural, soft, touchable finish unlike other gels that leave my hair looking like a hard hat helmet.
A little goes a long way. People who are complaining that it's too sticky are using too much product. You have to go through trial and error to figure out how much is too much.
You can find it in Target, Whole Foods, or online. If you go to iherb.com you can use code KOP962 for $5 off your first order.
The product is pricey. The 16 oz jar will run you about 30 bucks. But it lasts me 2 months, and that's with washing and re-applying product throughout my entire head 3 times a week.
Sure it's not the most fancy packaging, but I don't care because no product goes to waste. I am able to use every last drop off product.
I am a very happy, repeat customer.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
So i have used alo0o0o0ot of hair products and tryed to find the right one for my hair.I am Puerto Rican and have very curly hair, some times very hard to manage.I LoVe the kinky curly products, they make my curls very managable! I get complements on my hair most of the time when i use this brand....The only thing i could say that is not good about the company is its a little pricey and it should come with more product than it dose...Other than that if you haven't tryed it, TRY IT :) The 2 products that work for me the best are the leave in conditioner that i cant go with out and the styling cream.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I have impossible hair (2c I think, very thick & coarse) & like everyone else I have so many different hair products that don't quite deliver soft, defined curls with no frizz. I tried this awhile ago, hated it & forgot about it. Decided to give it another try & figured out that I hated it before because I used way too much & didn't really use it properly. So fast forward & it has become a favorite product. After shampooing, conditioning then combing through a leave in conditioner I blot/scrunch just a little with microfiber towel then use the product by working it through my hair & doing twists & scrunching before wrapping in the micro towel for a little while. It's hard to say how much product because it is not that easy to scoop it out but maybe about the size of a quarter.
After taking off the towel I use a few little clips at the crown while it dries but with such thick hair I usually need to dry a bit with a diffuser. It has a little crunch here & there but nothing dramatic. The curls look great & really hold without getting puffy or frizzy. If I wet it slightly the next day it can easily be refreshed. This stuff really works for me, no flaking or stickiness.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Okay. I have very long thick Type 2B hair.. I hate my hair. If left alone, it dries into this straight/wavy frizzy hybrid and looks horrible. I have to bring a ponytail holder everywhere i go. If I shower at night, I'll wake up in the morning and its still not dry, so it goes into a braid for the day. I do not have the hour+ to finish drying it and then to flat iron it. I usually have to wait a full day before I have the time to straighten it. Then I get two days out of it and we start over.
I've tried hair lotions, and they'll just make my hair greasy. I've tried gels, and they are sticky-yuck!- and make my hair crunchy and leave residue...With both, I have to wash my hair daily, which dries it out. Ugh.
So I recently read that Kinky-Curly is a top beauty pick for 2012 in a magazine. I decided to try it. What could it hurt? I found it at Target for $17. I don't like the price tag, but tend to believe that if it costs $$$, it may work. Brought it home, and didn't have the nerve to try it until today. I put it into my hair when it was still wet. I don't like the packaging too much, as it is thinner than a gel and they putti into a tub, so when you pull product out, it falls back in...anyway, I raked it in to each section of my hair and scrunched it a little. Though its technically a gel, I was so happy that its not sticky! Now, about 1.5 hours later, when I would usually start to see my hair poof up, it looks great! It's not super stiff, and its dry-looking- not like other products that make your hair look wet all day- very lightweight. My hair moves and is not weighed down. I am actually leaving my house for the day and I'm not worried about what my hair will look like in two hours. Very happy:D
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
First off, my hair is 2C/3A mix most times, and it goes about all the way down my back.
I was on the fence about trying this for so long, because it's not exactly cheap (I got mine for seventeen bucks at Target) and I didn't know if it would work for my hair. Finally picked it up, and I'm glad I did.
I do think this product is a bit overhyped, but it's still wonderful. I do NOT use the Knot Today with this, I just use the KCCC on its own after getting out of the shower while my hair is still very damp. I use very little, I dip my pointer finger in about two knuckles deep and whatever is clung to my finger when I pull it out is the amount I use for my whole head.
Rake it through, scrunch it, and let it air-dry. My curls are well-defined, frizz-free, and shiny. Maybe I'm just lucky but I don't have problems with it taking forever to dry like some reviewers have mentioned. There is a bit of crunch, but it's easily scrunched out once your hair is dry.
It does smell coconut-y/sweet/sugary/cheesecake-y, but it doesn't linger, my hair just smells like the shampoo and conditioner I used.
My tub will last me forever since I don't need to use much with my hair type. I'm very glad I decided to try this, if I ever run out I'll be repurchasing.
******** EDIT: I had to bump this up from 4 to 5 stars and rave about it a little more. I think this is taking reign as my HG hair styling product. I've been using it every day and have been getting consistently great hair days, something I could never count on with other products I've tried. I've also started mixing in a drop of Organix argan oil when I apply it and my hair seems to like that. I am so glad I picked this up, and even though it's a bit spendy, this has given me better hair than the hundreds of products I've tried. Miracle product for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I purchased the entire line and this one was the most disappointing. I emptied the entire jar and out of the many applications there was only three memorable looks that gave me three days of wear without having to rewash. I applied it with the KC conditioner leave in, without and I could never have solid positive results. So for special occassions I didnt dare reach for this line. I followed directions to a T per the You Tube video that the brand set up to give detailed instructions. Since I finished out the stash...except for the oil I will not re-purchase this or anything else from the KC line.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Medium Brown Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This product is freaking amazing on curly hair. If used right although. You have to figure out how much you need for your hair and how wet and when to blow dry blah blah.. But when used correctly you WILL have the most beautiful curls of your life.
I'm mixed but i have very loose curls with fine hair. This will make your curls bouncy soft and strong. They will last me like 2 days. I used to use mouse/ gels but I cant go back after trying this. The price sucks but its worth a try.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
This product has elevated my very curly, thick, African-American and Ashkenazi Jewish hair to its full potential. I've been using it for a few years now with the Knot Today detangler and it keeps my hair soft, bouyant, and moisturized. I was using protein-based products for ages and my hair was always brittle and frizzy. After trying the Kinky-Curly lines I realized that water-based is the way to go for my mixed-ethnicity hair type. The Kinky-Curly website gives application instructions that are a must-read.
Please note: you must use this product with Knot Today for the best results! People who are complaining that their hair is crunchy or flaky are using too much product and/or applying the product on to hair that is not wet enough. Your hair must be soaking wet. I use Knot today as a detangler with my wide tooth comb in the shower. Then right before I get out of the shower I soak my hair through with cold water and then comb some more of the detangler through my hair as a leave-in. Immediately after I get out of the shower I apply the custard with alternating smoothing and raking motions and air dry. BOOM. That is literally all you need to do to have amazing curls with this. Love, love, love this product and swear by it as a great choice for all curly girls! :)
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This product is really good if your hair is super damp, thats the only way it works and if you apply it in the right places. From your roots down. Now if you have a lot of hair, it might be a headache to keep repeating the process. If you have a type3A kinda hair somewhat loose curls that go down your back it'll be fine for you. I have Type3B which really needs a product to take in and do work. This product would be my side thing, since I'm still on the hunt for the right product these past months, Ive had this until then. Now when I do take my time and put it on right, its amazing, don't get me wrong. but if you live in an area where the weather is really humid or hot , this product will upset you. it will take you back to square A, you would definitely need another product to apply on top for frizz resistance. Its not that bad but Im still looking for something else to be wowed about..
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Kinky Curly Curling Custard is probably the most over hyped hair gel that I have ever purchased. This product is your regular run of the mill hair gel, only slightly looser in texture, with a strong cloying cheesecake fragrance oil smell for good measure. The packaging is sleek, clean, and pretty, and the ingredients simple, however for hygienic purposes and convenience, this product BELONGS in a bottle. I admittedly did not use this with the Knot Today (which is also a very "average" conditioner ingredient wise) but because of the agave in the KCCC I understand that the point of the conditioner is to counteract some of the inevitable crunch that KCCC gives. If you use a leave in conditioner with KCCC that has oil or silicones in it, it has some reaction with the agave and pectin in the KCCC which causes the flakes. I used an oil free leave in conditioner under KCCC (also natural) with similar ingredients as KCCC and didn't get flakes.
I applied the KCCC to preconditioned soaking wet hair, well actually, first of all when I opened the jar of this I was PUNCHED in the face by the scent. The smell of this is like spoiled cream cheese, cheesecake, or sugary vanilla yogurt. Something very NOT natural, cloying, strong, with a definite "dairy" type smell to it. I would not have bought this product had I known is smelled this strongly. People always rave about KCCC being unique in texture and having a cookie smell. NO. This product is not anymore unique than EcoStyler gel. The ONLY difference between KCCC and any other gel is that KCCC is thinner in texture than a regular thick gel. I wouldn't go so far as to say a snot consistency like others seem to do. Think of it this way, KCCC is like jam where as regular hair gel is like jelly. Same thing...looks the same and everything only the texture of KCCC is slightly thinner making it a cross between a serum and a gel a bit.
Thankfully the smell of this doesn't linger however what DOES linger is the fact that it takes HOURS for your hair to dry with this. Who HONESTLY walks around 24 hours with SOAKING WET hair just for the appearance of curls?????? You can get the same results of this with any other gel or make one yourself and get at least comparable results. KCCC leaves the neck super sticky, and while curls are indeed super shiny, the look of this product is most comparable to jherri curl curls than anything. Its just a mess and hassle of a product, and its very clear the only reason its raved about to the extent that it is because the product came out at a time where there were VERY few natural hair care lines and even fewer naturally curling gels. It's been grandfathered in, basically, and now that there are less complicated, cheaper alternatives people who have been using its for years still stick to it because it's "tried and true". THERE ARE CHEAPER LESS ANNOYING ALTERNATIVES TO THIS!!
4 oz Aloe vera juice
1 oz agave nectar
1 oz jojoba oil
1/4 tsp tsp 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum
french vanilla fragrance oil
That ^^^^ is my cheaper, less sticky, and less drying time and just as effective KCCC hair custard recipe. It's been working for me for years and is no fuss. Keep it refrigerated unless you can get your hands on a preservative. I use over preconditioned hair with Suave coconut conditioner.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Red, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is, hands down, my "go-to" product on dry days when the dew point is low. It gives my hair vitality, gets rid of frizz, and it has great hold. Curling Custard leaves a very hard cast, and it takes a long, long time to dry, but after scrunching with pomade or a little water, I have soft, bouncy spiral curls. I love the vanilla smell of this...it reminds me of Dairy Queen soft serve. I apply the custard over Kinky-Curly Knot Today as a leave-in. It helps the "crunch". My biggest "hint" about this product is that it works best when "raked" into soaking wet hair. It has to soak in the whole length of my hairs or I don't get good definition. If your hair is sensitive to glycerin and/or protein this may be one of the best products available for you.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is a miracle product. I thought I had wavy hair. Sometimes I'll get a few corkscrews if the moon and stars are aligned. BUT with this product I get all my hair in tight corkscrew curls!!!!! I never knew I had curls. I just needed the right ingredients which apparently are in this product. My sister has kinky corkscrew curls no matter what she uses, even nothing. some people need the right product, like me.
I just apply to soaking wet hair, scrunch excess water out with a t-shirt. (all this while bent over) I flip up and scrunch a bit more. Voila, best curls ever.
I tried this with the Knot Today underneath and it loosened the curl too much. That's because it's a detangler and it's suppose to soften the hair so It's easy to comb through. I use the curling custard alone.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
When I first tried this, I didn't like it at all. It made me frizzy, crunchy, and it had barely any hold. However, it was $17, and I didn't want to waste it. I bought Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner because this was supposed to work a lot better with it. WOW. This is NOTHING without the Knot Today, but this stuff is AMAZING with it :) I haven't had such a good hair day in a while. I typically have wavy hair that doesn't curl evenly. (Some of it's ringlet-y and some is straight.) Now, my entire head is curly! I had to knock of a start because it was so expensive and doesn't work well without the conditioner, though.
EDIT- ...and now it makes my hair frizzy, crunchy, and no hold again. Sure, this is great sometimes, but the results are too inconsistent! I need a go-to that is no-fail. Also, it takes forrrrrrrrevvvvvvver to dry--like 4 hours! It's sticky, too, so if you touch your hair at all while wet, it will completely ruin the curl and make your hair frizzy. I didn't get any root volume or curl with this either. Additionally, it's impossible to use in winter. This whole line is too drying for that. I use Darcy's Botanicals now, which is AWESOME!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This works great for my daughter's 3C hair. She has tight curls, moderate thickness and coarseness, and her hair is very dry. This applied over KC Knot Today in moderate amounts, slowly worked through to fully detangle, allows her volume to remain but it makes the curls shinier and more defined. If I use too much it does take a little long to dry and can get slightly crunchy. It's very heavy for every day though so I try not to use it more than three or four times a week.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I found an 8oz. Tub of this at Target for $16. The scent is a vanilla-marshmallow. I have 3b caucasian hair. I use it over a leave in conditioner and I do not use it with anything else. It has a lot of slip to it. The texture of it in the container is so bizarre! It's a little spongey. I get the best results by raking it through thoroughly and then scrunching it in afterwards. This is so far my favorite product for curly hair. It lets my hair be itself, only shinier and with better curl definition. It sometimes dries crunchy, but the crunch is really delicate and there's no stickiness when you scrunch it out. It isn't my experience that this product causes my hair to dry slower like some have said. I use small amounts though. It neither weighs my hair down or causes shrinkage. I have been learning not to obsess over how my hair looks because I have had reliable results with this. My hair dries shiny, but not wet looking. Also, I can put my hands through it without ruining the curl pattern, so, I would say that the reason I like it so much is that my hair is touchable and more resilient to snags or misstylings.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
AMAZING! Makes perfect curls! 3b/3c
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
If you have 3a hair type, then you will probably LOVE this product layered over Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Detangler/Conditioner. 3a individual hair strands are thin, therefore more susceptible to breakage. It tends to be poufy and frizzy, and has s-pattern waves/curls. My hair is no exception. And not only that, I have colored my hair over the past 20 years, so it is over-processed. Most products that promise luscious beachy wavy curls make my hair look and feel like straw. Either that or sticky, and with other products greasy. This product is light while giving hold that lasts all day. Absolutely no greasy sticky feel with KCCC! If you use too much, it feels a bit crunchy, but it scrunches right out to be soft. I find that only a dime size amount (or less) is perfect for my long hair. Use it over Knot Today (also only a dime size amount or less) for soft, moisturized, defined curls that smell scrumptious! BTW, the scent does fade a bit. I wish that it didn't as both my husband and I love the scent. But for all of you that are sensitive to such things, it's not strong and becomes ever so faint. HTH!