Kinky-Curly, I had my first KC return today. It had to happen sometime, right? A product can't be that perfect!
Well, it is, but clearly everyone isn't going to think so.
Kinky-Curly is very different kids. It takes time and a bit of experimentation to figure out exactly how much you need to use.
Some tips to optimize Kinky-Curly:
It is important to start out with hair that has been clarified of all previous products. The majority of products for curly hair contain silicone, mineral oil and other petroleum based ingredients. These products must be removed prior to using KC.
There are some good hair clarifiers out there - The Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo works well as well as Aveda's Hair Detoxifier and Back to Basics Citrus Sage shampoo.
Once your hair has been clarified, then moisturize, leaving a bit in the hair.
Other leave-in treatments I like are John Masters Organics Citrus Neroli Detangler and Prive's Leave-In Treatment. Gently comb through wet hair - Then squeeze out your hair until it is no longer dripping and then add the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard.
This is where the experimentation starts. Start with 1/2 of the amount of custard compared with all other products you usually use or have used in the past. There is no petroleum element to Kinky-Curly, thus it is VERY hydrating and a little goes a LONG way.
If hair feels sticky, gets hard or flaky, you have used too much. Rinse some out or use 1/2 that amount the next time.
Reactivate with water or Spiral Spritz if hair gets a little frizzy from sleeping or everyday activity.
Oh ya, as a result of all that lovely moisture your hair is receiving, hydrating those lovely curls and waves, it takes a long time to dry. Let it dry naturally or zap it a bit with a hairdryer with a diffuser on it.
Once you get the hang of it and find the right recipe, start stretching out the time between shampoos. Ideally, you won't do it more than once every two weeks. Yup, you read it right, two weeks.
You can get it wet whenever you like and you can "shampoo" with conditioner whenever you feel the need to shampoo. And you will. We have been conditioned to think we need to wash our hair all of the time; that it is dirty and oily. It does get dirty and oily from the majority of products we use because most of our products contain petroleum based waxes and oils.
If you can go longer between shampoos, please do. Your hair will thank you.
Stop by the Spatique for a sample of Knot Today and Curling Custard.