Kinky Curly Knot Today Vs. Curl Enhancing Smoothie?

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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.
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.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
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.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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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?
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
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?
Originally Posted by chloe92us
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.
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.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
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.
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Is it better as a sealer then?
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.
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Is it better as a sealer then?
Originally Posted by anissafersure
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.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
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.
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Is it better as a sealer then?
Originally Posted by anissafersure
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?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 07-04-2013 at 02:32 PM.
I actually adore the Shea Moisture Smoothie, though I had to learn what was the right amount to use. I'm actually curious to try it under the KCCC to see what happens.

As far as KCKT goes, I mixed it with my regular conditioner (I use Aubrey Organics) and we'll see how that turns out.
2B/C; very, very thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:
Co-Wash: Jane Carter Revitalizing CoWash
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Island Replenishing, Aubrey Organics GPB, KCKT
Leave-In: Alaffia Hair Lotion
Stylers: KCCC, Beautiful Curls Curl Cream, Giovanni Mousse, KCCC Refresher[/FONT]



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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.
Originally Posted by anissafersure

Smoothie is more of a styler than LI. I always use a leave in under it.. Personally, I use the SM curl and style milk and coconut oil to detangle/leave in.. Then put on the smoothie.

I'm going to try KCKT once I diminish my supply a bit though!


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CG since March 2013
Conditoner/Detangle: V05 Moisture Milk (Passion Fruit Smoothie), Aussie Moist
Clarify: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
Styling: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Curl Milk, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
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