I recently revisited an old faithful wash-n-go product for me—Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I’ve used Kinky Curly products on and off for about 5 years, ever since I tried to find an alternative to Miss Jessie’s curly pudding (who wants to pay that ridiculous price?? Ugh). I’ve tried every one of their products (except for the shampoo for some reason) but I think I used the Curling Custard (KCCC) literally every day awhile back lol I went through tubs and tubs of it, to the point where it stopped being effective lol. Too much of a good thing really can be bad I guess lol.
I haven’t used this product in probably over a year until I was able to snag it up again at the National Natural Hair Meetup Day product swap (check out this post for a little more about that). I figured, hey why not, let me give it a go again. I think it’s been long enough for my hair to “detox” from it so I wanted to see what results I would get from using it. There is definitely a lot of hype around this product and it’s a tried and true product, you don’t come across many negative reviews about this product often!
Botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectic, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance. Glycerin Free, Organic, Paraben Free, Protein Free, Silicone Free, Sulfate Free
The water-based custard is a super sweet candy-like scented jelly. You can find it at Whole Foods, Target and of course the web. I swear the price has gone up over the last few years because it is a bit pricey now, 16 oz for $29.99 OR 8 oz for $17.00. I think I used to pay maybe $20-25 for the 16 oz tub back in ’08. Supply and demand at its best lol I like that it is water based and contains aloe vera so it doesn’t dry out my hair and the marshmallow root gives it a nice slip when applying. Love that it is organic and all-natural.
Below you will find the product description from the Kinky Curly website. You don’t really find a description, as well as how to use, as in depth as this on other products so this is refreshing and really helpful for the newbies who may not know how to use this.
CURLING CUSTARD™ gives moisture and curl definition, hold and brilliant shiny hair all in one product! It reduces bulk, defines & elongates your curls helping them to ‘hang’ better. CURLING CUSTARD™ will bring out the natural curl or wave pattern you never knew you had!
It is an advanced botanical formula made with ALL NATURAL ingredients that nourish and strengthen the hair. Utilizing the humectant properties of the Agave Nectar, CURLING CUSTARD™ will give weight to your hair, define your curls, remove frizz, provide long lasting hold and shine without ever being greasy, crunchy or drying to your hair. This high performance product is very concentrated so a little goes a long way. **TIP- This product is designed to work alone but ultimate curl definition and length can be achieved when used with KNOT TODAY™ as a leave in conditioner.
For best results apply CURLING CUSTARD™ to soaking wet, freshly washed hair. For very kinky and tightly coiled hair use KNOT TODAY ™ as a leave-in conditioner then apply CURLING CUSTARD™ to soaking wet hair in small sections. Smooth each section with fingers from root to tip.
Now I remember why I loved this product, it pretty much does what the description above says PLUS I can make a wash-n-go last for an entire week without applying any additional product. I probably could make it last longer but my scalp tends to start having fits after one week so I have to wash. But check out the progression of the week below (lots of pics!). Every night, I just tie my scarf loosely over my hair (sleep on my side or stomach lol) and in the morning, fluff my hair with my fingers and let a little of the water droplets in the shower “re-activate” the product. That’s it! Every day for a whole week. Super low-maintenance and super cute hair :o) The curl pattern holds up and does NOT frizz!
So on Day 1, I apply the KCCC to clean, detangled, wet hair (not damp, wet). I start from the back and apply to medium sized sections, making sure I smooth the product from root to end. Oh, I also had a little bit of Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner and remembered that it said if you apply that first, it helps elongate your curls. I am not sure how much of a difference it makes for me, could be one of those ploys to make you buy it lol but the Knot Today conditioner is a GREAT detangler in itself.
After I apply, I make sure not to touch my hair until its dry (a few hours) or it will frizz. When my hair is wet with the product, I get that Jheri curl look with not much volume lol but once the KCCC dries, I fluff up my fro with my fingers. My hair does has a teeny bit of crunch too it but its perfectly fine with me, I find that crunch usually means hold and definition. Plus the crunch softens as the week progresses or if I apply a little bit of coconut oil over my dried hair. KCCC doesn’t leave any white residue like some gels tend to and even provides some shine. It doesn’t dry out my hair….if I don’t use it too often. I’m not going to lie, this did start to dry my hair out but I think that was because it was ALL I used for an extended amount of time and not doing deep conditions. I think using this on occasion, in conjunction with deep conditions and sealing my hair when I wear twists, won’t dry my hair out like it did before. I guess I will have to add this oldie back into my rotation :o)
Oh if you don’t like the price on this product, check out Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly. It gave me similar results!
Day 1 — Here’s freshly applied KCCC
Here’s “end-of-the-day-hair” on day 1, completely dry:
2nd Day hair
And Finally 4th Day Hair! It still looks great!
Yup, theres a reason why I love this stuff :o)
— Do you love KCCC?!