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Best Kinky Curly Products – Reviews (My Favourites)

Imagine this: after a lifetime of experimenting with different hair care products for your curls, you finally land on the one that hits the spot. Naturally, you never look back – from here on out, you always turn to the same trusted brand.

One day, you decide to go on holiday to visit relatives and enjoy a carefree summer with your lovingly cared-for curls when – oh no! – your luggage, along with your entire repertoire of haircare products gets lost on the way.

You think to yourself, “don’t panic, I’ll just hit the next big supermarket and stock up, no biggie.” Upon hitting said supermarket – and every single drugstore you can find in the area – however, you come to realize that, your brand of product simply isn’t available here.

What a nightmare! Now you have a choice: you could choose to spend a small fortune of your holiday savings on having them shipped to your current address, or you could go about finding an alternative to bridge you over until you get home.

When Shelley Davis visited her home in St. Vincent one summer, she found herself in this exact predicament. Family friends came to the rescue with a mix of herbs and plants she describes as a “brown sludge” looking concoction. Needless to say, she was not convinced at first.

Turns out, her initial nightmare quickly turned into a true blessing because, that sludge-like mixture made her curls stronger and more beautiful than she had ever seen them – not even with the use of the products she had sworn by for so long.

This experience sparked a newfound passion in her: natural hair care products derived from recipes passed down from her Caribbean friends and family.

She enrolled in an online cosmetic chemistry course, and started learning all there was to know about the chemical components present in the Caribbean herbs, berries and juices that had such an incredible effect on her curls.

Her curiosity and love for her hair and natural products ultimately resulted in the brand we know as Kinky-Curly today, and its products have become a mainstay in the natural hair care market since 2003.

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Caring for Kinky Curls: The Five Must-Have Products for a Nourishing & Efficient Haircare Regime

“Moisture is the number one thing that curly hair needs. Moisture not grease or oil. Moisture comes from water. Oils and grease will only seal in moisture. Taking your time when combing will help reduce breakage,” Shelley advises.

“Heated styling tools can ruin your natural curls when used over a period of time or even just once if the temperature is too high,”

To ensure easy detangling during combing sessions, and extra moisture after heat-based styling, consider using the Knot-Today Detangler.

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Apply this creamy herbal conditioner and notice the difference right away – no matter how many knots or snarls you’re dealing with, this detangler will smooth your cuticles  and allow you to (finger) comb through your hair without breakage or discomfort.

Simply apply it to freshly washed hair, distribute it thoroughly and start working through your curls with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Rinse it out, or, if you’ve got thicker, tighter curls, let it work its wonders as a leave-in conditioner.

To get rid of all the build up your hair has accumulated over the months, reach for Kinky-Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo. This new and improved formula is sulphate-free and features phytic acid, removing hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium.

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Made with the brand’s exclusive mandarin orange extract and sea kelp, it will restore the moisture balance needed for your curls to thrive, whilst giving your hair and scalp a thorough cleansing treatment.

The Come Clean shampoo is best followed up with the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, which is also a great choice for those who are looking to rock those wash & go hairstyles.

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“It gives amazing curl definition, a brilliant shine and lasting hold. It’s made with all natural ingredients so it will moisturize, strengthen and nourish your hair while it provides amazing definition to your natural curls.” – Shelley

If you’re only just making the transition from treated to natural, curly hair, Shelley has a great suggestion on how to make this often awkward phase easier on you.

“Natural hair is extremely versatile, even in the transitioning phase. Two strand twist outs are excellent for blending the two different hair textures. They give a wonderful wavy/crinkly look that will get you accustomed to wearing your hair in its natural state.”

This is where the Seriously Smooth Prep & Protect comes in beautifully. Made with shea, soy and aloe butter, castor and coconut oil, it offers the perfect base for rod sets, bantu knots and twist outs that will protect your hairstyle and make it last longer.

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For another styling alternative, free of silicones and other nasties you don’t want to expose your hair to, opt for the Spiral Spritz, which suits fine and wavy hair types. Lightweight and aloe-based, it will feed your hair with moisture and get rid of any frizz fiascos.

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The Custard Battle: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard vs. Cantu Define & Shine Custard

A lot of curly-headers have compared the Kinky-Curly brand to Cantu, so you might be wondering where that leaves you in terms of what choice to make for your curl type.

Testing both the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and the Cantu Define & Shine Custard, we reached a conclusion.  As the name already suggests, the Kinky-Curly brand was mainly designed for people with tighter curl patterns.

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Cantu, on the other hand, is a little more lightweight and doesn’t have that strong of a hold, making it suitable across varying curl types depending on what styling effect you are going for.

Hence, the Kinky-Curly products may end up weighing looser curl patterns down, unless they are specifically made for wavy hair as opposed to kinky textures. This is because tighter curl patterns typically need a stronger cast for a stronger hold.

So, while the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and the Cantu Define & Shine Custard rate equally high on the shine and definition factor, the former is the definite go-to for tighter curl patterns.

Natural Hair is Beautiful Hair: Embrace it with Kinky-Curly

Through the Kinky-Curly haircare line, Shelley Davis encourages women the world over to love their natural hair and be proud of it.

Formulated to add moisture and provide a stronghold without drying hair out, the KC products will make it so much easier to show off your loose or styled hair with great pride and confidence.

Free of wax, silicone, plastics, acrylics, parabens, alcohol and all the other no-no ingredients that will make any curly-girl cringe, the Kinky-Curly shampoos, conditioners and styling products will become a key member of your hair care and styling repertoire.

As we all know, caring for your curls and getting the best out of your hairstyles, is all about finding the right product.

Knowing that this line of hair care products is made from the goodness of Caribbean plants, herbs and berries, we can rest assured that it will infuse our locks with all the natural ingredients needed to make them grow and shine the way they are supposed to.

Hati

Hi I'm Hati and my hair is naturally very curly, obviously! I have started this blog to share curly hair stories and what I use to manage my own hair. Hopefully you will find it useful! My other main passions are food, art and animlas. I have a little cat who I love very much.

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