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Old 01-01-2009, 07:02 AM   #1
 
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Default Has anyone tried the KCCC or the Curl junkie products?

Im trying to find a product(s) that make my curls "pop" (like have a defined curl) and im having difficulty. I sorta have a problem in trusting curl definers because im afraid they may alter my natural curl pattern. Yet I want to get rid of my frizz and dryness and get my curls defined. So im willing to try, but I need a little push before trying the product(s). Can any of you give me your response on the hair products? Any other good products would help as well.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:58 AM   #2
 
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KCCC works miracles for me, however there is a learning curve, it's easy to use too much! Donna Marie products are also wonderful, they give me shiny hair and really nice bouncy curls. Karen's Body Beautiful is very popular too, however I find it to be a bit heavy for my thin porous hair.
Helpful link: livecurlylivefree.com This will help you figure out what types of products will work best for you b/c it explains how to do hair tests on yourself so you know what kind of hair you have; it goes in deeper on hair texture and all that, more than 2a or 3b which is more curl pattern IMHO.
HTH!! KCCC and the whole kinky curly line is absolutely fantastic, one of the best out there.
Elucence is great too and much more affordable. Elucence moisture balance conditioner is $8.00 (or $20.00 for a BIG liter bottle) a bottle and is very close to the kinky curly conditioner IMO.
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Thanks so much! I'll be sure to check out the products!
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:03 AM   #4
 
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I love a lot of the products that discobug mentioned. My hair likes the more natural products: KCCC, Donna Marie, KBB. I gave up my CJ Coffee Coco CC for a while because I didn't feel like it was "natural enough." But, I've readded it.
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I second the KCCC recommendation, but with the disclaimer that it took me awhile to figure out how to use it best with my hair type. The amount you use and the way you apply it and whether or not you need another product with it - I usually add a little of a harder-hold gel - is going to depend on your hair, the climate, whatever other products you use, and your styling preferences. I definitely recommend trying it, and I also recommend not giving up on it right away, but instead working with it for awhile to see what works best for you.
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:41 AM   #6
 
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Why are you afraid of curl definers/enhancers? To my knowledge they are not designed to alter anyone's curl pattern. The only ways that I know of that can actually "alter" the curl pattern would be perming, straightening or heat damage. Curl definers/enhancers make the curl more precise, they don't alter the pattern.

You don't mention what type or texture of curl you have. My tight 3b/c curls clump better with butters. They are well moisturized so they don't respond as well to the aloes and flax as much as shea, cocoa and mango butter. Try one, you might like it! If you start with the more natural ones, they should just rinse out without further issues.
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I'm another in favor of the KCCC. I like the definition and that it keeps my curls through multiday hair.

mpgirl, what type of mango butter are you using on your hair? I bet that smells lovely!
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I buy my butters from a local place in St. Pete (across the street from my salon!). They have almost anything I can think of and can order anything else. The mango butter doesn't exactly smell like mangoes! But I think it is a little lighter and fluffier than Shea. I have mixed it with avocado oil and had good results.
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Yet I want to get rid of my frizz and dryness and get my curls defined.
Curl definers will help, but good conditioners and deep conditioners are better for eliminating frizz and dryness.

ITA with mpgirl, butters and buttery products are wonderful for helping to clump, especially if you use them under a creamy conditioner or leave-in.

I love KCCC. I use it over leave-ins like Abba Pure Gentle conditioner or Knot Today (they are alot alike). And under that I have a butter on my wet ends (Qhemet Burdock Root Butter Cream, KBB Hair Cream and Donna Marie Coco Hemp hair butter are all wonderful; and let's not forget Jane Carter Nourish & Shine).

I also use and love Curl Junkie Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix. It's a wonderful rinseout conditioner, almost a deep conditioner, and you can leave a little in and see how it totally eliminates frizz.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #10
 
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Mpgirl im afraid of curl definers because i have a fear of altering my curl pattern,due to the horrible effects of straightning chemicals i use to use before embracing my curls, i just dont want to make the same mistake again. My texture is 3b/3c.
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Yet I want to get rid of my frizz and dryness and get my curls defined.
Curl definers will help, but good conditioners and deep conditioners are better for eliminating frizz and dryness.

ITA with mpgirl, butters and buttery products are wonderful for helping to clump, especially if you use them under a creamy conditioner or leave-in.

I love KCCC. I use it over leave-ins like Abba Pure Gentle conditioner or Knot Today (they are alot alike). And under that I have a butter on my wet ends (Qhemet Burdock Root Butter Cream, KBB Hair Cream and Donna Marie Coco Hemp hair butter are all wonderful; and let's not forget Jane Carter Nourish & Shine).

I also use and love Curl Junkie Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix. It's a wonderful rinseout conditioner, almost a deep conditioner, and you can leave a little in and see how it totally eliminates frizz.
Yes, im really going try KCCC and the Curl Junkie products soon. Thanks so much, now im not so afraid to use the curl definers(thanks mpgirl for making it clear to me that curl definers dont permanantly alter curl patterns.)I really appreciate the help from all of you and the naturally curly website.
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I'll have to chime in as another KCCC lover. It softly defines my curls and I don't use any other gels on top of it. I also like Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic as another soft hold gel.
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