Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Almost Doesn't Count: Toya's Natural Hair Journey Continues

Like just about everyone woman who is serious about her hair, I seem to always be on the quest for the right combination of products to get my hair how I like it.  I am queen of the hair cocktail: I have something for curl definition, something to make my hair slippery, something for hold, something for moisture... It was just getting to be too much.   After watching numerous Youtube reviews and reading reviews on   (which has been invaluable to my transition) I decided that on my next Friday Rodriguez (that’s what I call payday. The only thing I love more than Adam Rodriguez is a Friday payday) I was going to give Kinky Curly’s highly recommended Knot Today and Curling Custard a shot.  I really, really, REALLY wanted Kinky Curly products to work on my hair. I know they’re relatively expensive but the thought of only using two products on my hair just sounded so right to me! 

Okay is it just me or do I look like Ola Ray from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video?

Forgive my greasiness in this photo.  I just came home from a night out. This pic was taken on day 1 of my using Kinky Curly. I loved my hair that night! That curl was serious! Now I don’t mind a little crunch when it comes to my hair because curl definition is what is most important to me. I love my ringlets.  I used the Kinky Curly Knot Today first and then went back through with the Curling Custard and then let it air dry.  I could definitely tell a difference in my hair.  It didn’t feel as weighed down as usual. Because I had great shine and there was a little oil at the touch, I thought that all I was going to revive my curls was a spritz of leave in conditioner and olive oil the next day. Yeeeaaaah, that did NOT happen.  I went to bed looking like Rebbie Jackson and woke up looking like Jermaine Jackson.

Seriously, it looked like that on the sides and everything.  I really wanted this to work.  My hair was so dry and matted.  I spritzed my leave in on my hair and just couldn’t get the curls I loved the night before.  Another thing, and I was warned about this on numerous sites, Kinky Curly does not play well with others. What I mean is let’s say you have a favorite moisturizer and are thinking “Well I will just fix this with this over here.” Uh uh.  My hair turned white and was not having it when I tried my trusty Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie with it.  It’s either Kinky Curly with some olive oil at the most or nothing at all.
*Sigh* I almost had it. The perfect product combination.

I went back to Natural Curly to research how to get good 2nd day hair and saw that Kinky Curly’s Spiral Spritz was a good refresher. Now let me just tally this up for yall:

Kinky Curly Curling Custard at $17 + Kinky Curly Knot Today- at $12 + Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz at $12= $41. This was not how I was trying to spend my Friday Rodriguez.

*In thick Puerto Rican accent* Have you seen my Toya & her beautiful curls?  Where have they gone? So sad. So sad.
I washed and rewashed and after a week my $12 bottle of Knot Today was completely gone and my Curling Custard which does not play nice with anything else I have is pretty depleted and just sitting on my dresser. After washing my hair to use some other new products, I noticed that my hair is a lot drier and is not the same as it was before I used Kinky Curly. It’s not that these are bad products. These products just aren’t for my hair is all. My hair needs a whole lot more moisture. My hair doesn’t need gel like substances. My hair needs some thick creams. My hair darn near needs Crisco.

I had some Design Essentials Curl Defining Gel left that I used today after I co-washed with Twisted Sista Urban Therapy De-Frizz Conditioner. Now if you aren’t familiar with Design Essentials Defining Creme Gel, you may be thinking “Didn’t this fool just say her hair needs Crisco?” Their gel is a dense cream that looks, feels and smells like cake batter. I almost caught a case one day when a brotha ran up on me and started sniffing my hair like crazy. I separated my hair and used that with a little bit of Eco Styler Argan Gel which is under $3. Everywhere I read, women are saying that Eco Styler with Olive Oil is the truth but don’t sleep. The Argan Gel one is more moisturizing in my opinion. It reminds me of Queen Helene’s Cholesterol Conditioning Gel which is really good but hard to find. I fear that it has been discontinued.

I am going to give this new concoction a few days before I write about if it holds during the week or not. Have there been any products that you have used on your hair that you had high hopes for but wound up being disappointed?


Anonymous said...

All of the Miss Jessie's products except for their deep conditioner that I've only purchased in the trial size because I refuse to pay $50+ for it. I use DevaCurl One Condition (when washing and as a leave-in daily) and Earthly Delights Hair Growth Stimulator (sold at Whole Foods) around the edges (apply,brush,apply,scarf) to smooth them out. If I want to wear my hair straight I use Suave Shea Butter & Almond shampoo or DevaCurl No Poo to remove all the product. It's a hard road, but worth it. Good luck!

Nikki said...

Like you, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the KCCC is right when you first use it. Nothing else takes to my hair like that. Second day hair is a problem with me for that, as well. That and the insane amount of shrinkage and crunch that goes along with it. Most recently, I've found that the combination of Knot Today (no other leave in works well for me), Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme (which is saying something cause my hair doesn't like creams...they just sit on it) and Curl Junkie's Aloe Fix Lite has been pretty good for me. My hair reacts the same as it did to the KCCC and it doesn't get crunchy and lasts for days if I'm good about not putting my hands all in it and wearing my cap at night.