Hair Journey: Kinky Curly Review & My First (Successful) Frohawk

For months, I’ve had various people — online and in real life — tell me that I should try Kinky Curly products. I’d heard lots of good things, and the fact that the ingredients are mostly natural and the founder of Kinky Curly is a fellow Caribbean woman finally led me to go see what they were all about. I picked up Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner/detangler and Curling Custard at Whole Foods last weekend.

I’d been wanting to attempt a frohawk (a mohawk look created with natural hair) for a while, but I couldn’t get it to work with just bobby pins. I was hopeful that the rumored detangling prowess of Knot Today combined with the definition of Curling Custard would help me finally make it work.

Kinky Curly Process

I co-washed first with Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner (my all-time favorite, go-to conditioner), then covered my hair in Knot Today. Let me tell you — this stuff has awesome slip. I detangled in the shower, and I lost a lot less hair than I usually do. Plus, detangling was generally a lot easier. It took me only about 10 minutes to do my whole head when it normally takes me about 20.

The instructions on the Curling Custard indicated that it should be applied on soaking wet hair in small sections, and I took them to heart. I started in the front, finger coiling my curls in small sections on the left, then the right. This part of the process took a long time since I was hand coiling every curl. I planned to do my entire head, but after about 20 minutes, I decided there was no way I was going to attempt that. I settled with doing just the front in big bangs, with the frohawk in the back.

The photo at the beginning of the post is my hair on day 2. The photo above is from day 1.

To put it simply, I LOVE Curling Custard! It made my curls really pop and shine for days! Every day, I rubbed a tiny amount of it on the front of my hair for some extra shine, and it held up a lot longer than I expected. I don’t know that I’ll sit and finger coil my whole head, since that would take forever, but my next goal is to try using it for two-strand twists on wet hair.

Ingredients

KNOT TODAY: organic Mango fruit extract, organic slipper elm, organic marshmallow root, organic lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance.

Concerns: Phenoxyethanol is the only ingredient that concerns me. It is possible to derive phenoxyethanol from natural sources, but many beauty products instead use a synthetic version that can be bought cheaply from China. I’m honestly not sure which this is, but Kinky Curly claims to use natural ingredients, so I’m very hopeful that this phenoxyethanol is naturally derived. It is used as a preservative, and the synthetic version has questionable toxicity. Read more about it here

CURLING CUSTARD: 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

I will definitely do some more research about these ingredients, but all things considered, I’d definitely use these products again.

The frohawk

When I was transitioning, I achieved a curly mohawk with a single banana clip. But since I’ve been completely natural,  I had never been able to fit all my hair in the clip or even remotely get it to close. And bobby pins alone just weren’t strong enough to hold all my hair. A fellow member of the Curly Nikki forum suggested this technique:

I used two banana clips instead of one, and I only used them to secure the hair in the middle of my head. I used my hands to separate my hair into three sections: A small section from front to back on the left and right side, and two sections in the middle: front and back. I used one banana clip to secure the hair in the middle back of my head, and a second banana clip for the middle front of my head, leaving my bangs loose. Then I used bobby pins to pull up the sides of my hair to just outside the banana clips. The result was a mohawk look that didn’t require any pulling or tightness.

I loved it, and I’m happy to report that it lasted me five whole days. I used a little Curling Custard every day to smooth my edges, but other than that, I didn’t do anything special to keep it intact. I slept on a satin pillowcase like I usually do. And it honestly probably could’ve lasted a few more days, but I was ready to lose the bobby pins.

What do you think? Have you ever tried a frohawk? What did you use and how did it turn out?

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

2 comments

  1. Well Jennae, you’re not going to believe this, but I have naturally very curly hair. For a number of years I wore it au natural, but the only way to keep the curls was to wash it every morning, then let it air dry. Sleeping on them just didn’t work. One day I discovered the flat iron and my life changed forever. I flat iron once a week and unless it’s extremely humid (which it isn’t very often in Seattle, strangely enough) and I forget to wear a hat (which I try to remember), once a week is all I have to deal with my hair! Honestly, doing this changed my life.

    BUT, I still would like to wear it curly sometimes but it’s the work involved and the time it takes that’s been the issue.

    Now you’ve gotten me very curious as to whether this stuff would work on my hair. I have to say that the texture of my hair has changed enormously in the last few years. It used to be extremely kinky, so a dry hair had actually kinks and curls in it. Now, it is just smoother, still with waves, but not as wiry as it was (see, another benefit of old age, LOL!) so honestly, I don’t know whether the curls would hold as well.

    I’m not up for a Mohawk, but definitely am interested in giving a whirl sometime to a curly look and see what I think. Thanks for experimenting and sharing the results!

    1. Lynn, I would LOVE to see you with curly hair! This is supposed to work for all curly hair types, though the directions are slightly different depending on whether your curls are looser or more tightly coiled like mine. There are LOTS of Kinky Curly tutorial videos on YouTube if you ever decide to give it a whirl. You should be able to find it at any WholeFoods, and I’d love to see the results 🙂

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