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Old 09-24-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
 
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I was wondering if anyone can tell me if it's worth it to buy kinky~curly curling custard? $30.00 That's a lot for one product.

I'm type 3a-3b
I want to start the curly hair challenge, but I don't know where to start with my products. I did some research on some products:

Aussie Moist Conditioner
Vomaza Coconut Curling Custard
As-I-Am Leave-In Conditioner $10.50
Curls Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner $16.00
Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam $10.00
Pantene Curly Hair Series Curl Defining Mousse $3.39

What is your opinion on these products? Any advise on what you used when you started the challenge?

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Old 09-25-2012, 05:09 AM   #2
 
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The best way to choose ingredients/products is by hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Once you determine your properties you can look for others with hair like yours to see what they use (in signatures.) It's the best place to start.

When you're first on nc.com, it's easy to become a PJ. You want to try every product that everyone mentions! Eventually, you get to know your hair and get a good idea of what products it may like. Of course, you won't know without trying.

My hair prefers the products from the online, boutique type companies (KCCC was originally in that category.) I find that it is worth the "extra."

Good luck on your journey.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
 
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Kccc is one of the gels that doesn't dry my hair out. I don't use gel but if I do it's kccc. I actually used it yesterday for something different. I was actually shocked at how bouncy my curls were and shiny!

With kccc you will notice you use less product. It's a snotty egg white consistancy and smooths over your hair so nice.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:22 AM   #4
 
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It was not worth it for me, but I'm a type 2.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:32 AM   #5
 
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+1 to kathymack.

KCCC is kinky curly curling custard, right? If so, I use it and it works great for my hair. Ymmv. I did not pay $30...?! $16 at Target. It's comparable in price to other online boutique type things which, also like kathymack I guess, is pretty much all my hair likes. It's worth it to me.

Actually, my husband asked me just last night how much time and money is good hair worth? I responded with "apparently a lot." *snicker*

I have gone through a lot of trial and error - mostly in trying cheap stuff (which works for a lot of people!!) but I am finally narrowing it down...thankfully. I knew of hair typing before but it can be overwhelming to figure it all out. It really is the best way to start, though. Helps one avoid a lot of the 'error' part.

ETA: I am low porosity, high density, medium texture, wavy/2b.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:05 AM   #6
 
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I love the Kinky Curly products so it's worth it to me but dont go broke over it. I buy them when I can afford it and use drugstore stuff otherwise.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:27 AM   #7
 
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There are two different sized tubs, hence two different prices. I buy the large tub because the per ounce price is cheaper that way. Target only sells the small tub.

It's worth it to me. I've been using it for five years.

You could look for a small portion on the swap board and go from there.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:36 AM   #8
 
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I've never paid that much for it. Maybe you're rounding up, but I usually buy it for 20-something, so if that's the price you've actually seen, shop around.

KCCC is my absolute favorite product and I would not want to have to style my hair without it. So, for me it's worth it and then some. It last a me a long time, too. My hair is really long and I have a fair amount of it, but I still only need a tiny bit of KCCC compared to the amount I use of other products.
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There are two different sized tubs, hence two different prices. I buy the large tub because the per ounce price is cheaper that way. Target only sells the small tub.
Ahh...well that makes sense!
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My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:50 AM   #10
 
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I would not start out with the larger size if you don't know what works for you yet. I got the $16 smaller size at Target, and it is totally worth it. One of the only things I've tried that works with consistent results.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #11
 
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I honestly hated it. Made my hair crunchy, tangled & difficult to wash out. Used it once & threw the rest away!
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:15 PM   #12
 
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[QUOTE=Ml001;2039966]
Actually, my husband asked me just last night how much time and money is good hair worth? I responded with "apparently a lot." *snicker*
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Lol! This is so true

I initially tried KCCC when I first went CG and hated it; I don't know if it was because my hair was in a transition phase and would get build up really easily or what. But I tried it again after having been CG for about 6 months, and I love it now. I prefer natural jelly stylers instead of traditional gels, and KCCC is one of my staples. It does have a bit of a learning curve to figure out the right amount for your hair, but now I get very consistent results. I also like that it is available on the ground at several places (Target, Whole Foods) and the price is not outrageous compared to other natural hair care lines. To me, it's definitely worth it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:32 PM   #13
 
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Its not worth it for me. I have 3c hair. Kinky curly products just arent moisturizing enough for me.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:05 PM   #14
 
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Thanks everyone!

I'm going crazy trying to figure out what product I want to start with. I need a:
  • conditioner (For my COwash)Sulfate and Silicone free
  • Gel (Something to hold my curls and not flake)
  • Cream or a milk to take away the frizz and leave my hair soft.
I have some recipes for cleansers.
We'll see how this works out. I have a ton of note cards around me. I've been searching products and reading reviews. I've seen kathymacks web site. Amazing!! Went to see Botticelli Botanicals, looks great too!! Looked up curly kinks products, but they're all gone.

3a, fine/medium texture, low medium porosity, normal elasticity, medium density
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:39 PM   #15
 
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I don't think how well this product works for someone has anything to do with curl size. I'm 4a. I hated it because my hair stayed wet all freaking day. A total waste of money for me.
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