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Old 06-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
 
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Default Kinky Curly Knot Today Vs. Curl Enhancing Smoothie?

Everywhere I go I'm constantly hearing about how awesome the Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in is. Is it better than Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie? What are all of your opinions/results? I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to buy it.
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They aren't really comparable, Knot Today is an oil free detangler and film former, the Shea Moisture smoothie is a butter/ oil based styling product. Ingredients wise they are chalk and cheese.
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I didn't feel that KCKT did anything for my hair (I don't need a detangler and it isn't moisturizing enough for my hair.) While I use a lot of really rich products (in minute amounts), the Smoothie is way to "heavy" for my hair (if you understand the difference.) It just sits and doesn't get absorbed. Had to wash it out.
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If you're looking for actual conditioning properties in a leave-in, I would say neither are going to do that for you.

If your main goal is detangling, KCKT is a great one. I've used it, and love it; it seemed to add a lot of slip for my stylers and make them distribute more easily. Unfortunately, I just found out it has a relatively high pH, so I've removed it from my lineup.

The smoothie is chock full of butters/ oils, so is better as a sealing product, in my opinion. For me, it ended up being too heavy and left a producty, tangly feeling in my hair.

So, the big question you need to answer is what benefits are you after with a leave in?
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If you're looking for actual conditioning properties in a leave-in, I would say neither are going to do that for you.

If your main goal is detangling, KCKT is a great one. I've used it, and love it; it seemed to add a lot of slip for my stylers and make them distribute more easily. Unfortunately, I just found out it has a relatively high pH, so I've removed it from my lineup.

The smoothie is chock full of butters/ oils, so is better as a sealing product, in my opinion. For me, it ended up being too heavy and left a producty, tangly feeling in my hair.

So, the big question you need to answer is what benefits are you after with a leave in?
I really want a leave-in that gives me slip (because I finger detangle my hair when I style) but will also give my hair some moisture, without drying it out.

When I used the curl enhancing smoothie as a leave-in, my hair was a huge greasy tangled mess. That's why I was curious about trying the KCKT because so many people like it. But then again, a lot of people like the curl enhancing smoothie and look what that did! Haha.
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Yes, the KCKT will give you lots of slip....but not much as far as conditioning. You could always add some of your regular condish as a leave in, and add some KCKT on top for slip.
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Yes, the KCKT will give you lots of slip....but not much as far as conditioning. You could always add some of your regular condish as a leave in, and add some KCKT on top for slip.
Is it better as a sealer then?
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Yes, the KCKT will give you lots of slip....but not much as far as conditioning. You could always add some of your regular condish as a leave in, and add some KCKT on top for slip.
Is it better as a sealer then?
No, it has no oils so it's not a good sealer....it just has a lot of botanical ingredients that provide good slip.

I just said to use it over another conditioner if you were looking for conditioning/ moisturizing properties too, because the KCKT isn't really good at that. But it IS an excellent detangler.
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Yes, the KCKT will give you lots of slip....but not much as far as conditioning. You could always add some of your regular condish as a leave in, and add some KCKT on top for slip.
Is it better as a sealer then?
It's a water based detangler, you can't seal with water. IMO consider carefully what you mean by 'moisturising' - do you actually mean conditioning? Do you want less dry hair, clumping, shine, slip/ detangling, protection from damage or something else?
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Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
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