Review: Kinky-Curly Knot Today

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Review

Today, I’m reviewing Kinky-Curly Knot Today (KCKT), a product you have most likely heard or read about because it’s a cult favourite of many naturals. I got an 8oz bottle of KCKT when I travelled in May, for $13.99 at a local Beauty Supply Store. I’ve used it at least 8 times now. Does this product live up to the hype?

Now, to be honest, I did not think too much about purchasing this KCKT. I needed to wash my hair and I had no products. With no favourite leave-in at the moment, and surrounded by a plethora of options at the local BSS, I figured it was a safe option because it is popular.

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KCKT Look and Feel:

This product comes in a very simple clear bottle, with a nozzle cap. The pink label is also transparent, so you get a good view of what’s inside at all times.

The Kinky Curly Knot Today itself is in a clear formula that’s a little hard to describe. It’s not creamy, it’s not gelly, it’s not slimy, it’s just what it is. What does it look like to you? To me, it’s a bit of everything, like a lotion.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Texture Sample
Texture shot 🙂

It does not stick to the bottle, which is an advantage- considering how much it costs. The smell is light and pleasant, so if your sniffers are sensitive, you should be alright. The texture is light, non-greasy and very easily absorbed.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Ingredients

Ingredients:

Organic mango fruit extract, Organic slippery elm, Organic marshmallow root, Organic lemongrass, Cetyl alcohol, Behentrimonium methosulfate, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, and Natural fragrance.

Worth Noting:

  1. No water on the ingredients list. I’ll come to the implications of this shortly. (See update below)
  2. Slippery elm & Marshmallow root are very slippery naturally derived ingredients. Plenty slip means good for detangling. [More Here]
  3. Behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS) & Cetyl alcohol are conditioning agents. BTMS also provides slip, and Cetyl Alcohol gives this leave-in a nice smooth feel without making hair feel oily.
  4. Phenoxyethanol and Citric acid are preservatives. Citric acid also smoothes the cuticles of the hair.
  5. Mango fruit extract is rich in iron, vitamins (A & E) and fatty acids.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today

Kinky-Curly Knot Today: My Review Proper

Interestingly, as you can see from the Ingredients listed above, KCKT does not have water. Because hair needs moisture, I go for water-based leave-in conditioners, that is, leave-ins with water or aloe vera juice as the first ingredient, or at least in the top 3. No water here, no Aloe Vera Juice. Red flag for moisture.

If you’re looking for a water-based leave-in conditioner, Kinky-Curly Knot Today is definitely not the one.

As a leave-in, I have not been impressed with this product. After washing my hair, I’d moisturize with this. Hair would feel nice and smooth but by Day 2, I’d need a refresher. In addition to the red flag I just pointed out, this could also be because, asides from having water, every leave-in I’ve ever liked has humectants. Humectants are ingredients that draw moisture from the environment into the hair strand. This reduces the need for later moisturisation. KCKT does not have humectants.

So, no water, no humectants.

Blogger boo, Oyime of Oyime’s Musings uses hers with a water and glycerine spritz. Glycerine is a humectant, and I think Oyime and I have similar hair, so- this just reinforces my assessment of the product in my opinion. My friend W also prefers to use her KCKT as a detangler, not a leave-in- and W’s hair is really soft by default, way easier to moisturize than mine.

This product also claims to be good as a rinse-out/ instant conditioner on curlier hair. Though I cannot speak to this (my hair is not curly, and I haven’t attempted using this to co-wash), I just have to say that it’s kind of hard to imagine, judging from my experience with it as a leave-in.

It’s not all bad, o.

As a detangler, though, Kinky-Curly Knot Today KICKS ASS. WORD. It’s a pretty awesome detangler, working its magic on knots so fast, and a little goes a very long way. I mean, look at this. I’ve used this product like 8 times, and I still have a little less than half.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Review
A little less than halfway gone

**Update**

Sabirah drew my attention to something really important, the fact that this product is poorly labelled (Thanks Sab!) The organic marshmallow root and slippery elm extracts were probably obtained with water. My favourite hair science blog, Natural Haven Bloom says these extracts are obtained with the aid of water, oil or alcohol. BMTS and Cetearyl Alcohol come in pellet form, so they must have been dissolved with some liquid, which is clearly not stated here. She even goes further to say this list is definitely missing some ingredients. JC always has receipts, so see her quick post on the Kinky-Curly Knot Today Ingredients here. Sometimes, brands misrepresent their ingredients so that other people don’t steal their formula and if I remember correctly, a product called Caviar Curls Velvet Detangler was accused of being a KCKT copycat! I got a bottle of this a long time ago, in a Curl Kit subscription box in 2013. See my review of that here. 

In Conclusion

Would I repurchase this? Actually, yes. Not for use as a leave-in, no. But as a detangler? This stuff is the business! Best slip I’ve experienced in ANYTHING. I think it’d definitely be good to have for times when I need to do mega detangling- like, after I take out my crochet braids next week.

Where to Find:

4,800 Naira on Olori 

4,200 Naira on Sizzelle

4,900 Naira on Konga

$13.75 on Amazon

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Alright, I’m done. As always, if you have used this product, feel free to add your review in the comments! If you know where to find this in Nigeria for cheaper, please share with us as well!

Love,

AB,

xx

P.S. Shout-out to my lovely cousin, D for helping with the photos! 🙂

15 thoughts on “Review: Kinky-Curly Knot Today

  1. I use this in my Kimmaytube leave in and I absolutely love what it does for my hair. Now by itself it leaves my hair dry and sticky and the KCKT is not one to use by itself…but with avj and a few oils??? chhhhiiilllleeee I absolutely love the moisture retention, bounce, shine, and tangle free hair. Make the products work for you not you work for the products.

  2. Even after Sabirah’s explanation, I still have to mention that for some weird reason I want a conditioner that doesn’t contain water. Hear me out. Wearing my hair stretched hardly ever works because of shrinkage, which I think is attributable to the water/moisture in my hair. Sometimes I want to go out and not worry about whether my hair will shrink or stay stretched.

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    1. Oh I hear you on the shrinkage, Berry! When I want my hair to remain stretched and frizz-free, I don’t moisturise after I style. I rely on the natural moisture in the air. With Sab’s explanation, I take back what I said- this product isn’t water-free.

  3. Uh oh! It did work wonders for my own hair! I found out that when I mixed it with sweet almond oil and Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie( my LOC method all in one-no time! Lol),It was THE ABSOLUTE BOMB!!! .Please please pretty please tell me you will try this mixture. I know I sound too excited but my dear, more than half of my natural hair problems was solved the day I discovered this mixture as leave-in, and my hair has been blooming since then.

    1. lol hi Ada!
      Our hair might react differently. I tried Sweet Almond Oil once, went through the whole bottle and I just didn’t get it. It did nothing for me. I do have some samples of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, so I may try this your combo for a twist out. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  4. Not a huge fan of this leave in either. It has lots of slip which was great for detangling but I didn’t find it leaving my hair with much moisture AND I felt like it made my hair frizzy and super curly which is not what I’m looking for since I mostly wear my hair pulled back in buns. This might be a better product for people who wear wash and gos or out styles. I gave my bottle away.

  5. i can’t believe this didn’t work for you! i love it although I’ve never used it alone but i always use it in my lock method it helps detangle of my hair too but best as part of the loc method

  6. This product is one of my all time faves, just a note though, the labelling on this product is incorrect, Many years ago I read a lot about it, sorry I can’t dig up the references at the moment, but it does contain water. A lot. All the extracts are derived by infusing in water and therefore, it must contain some water.
    ha I found one link from a blog I love and trust; http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/search?q=kinky+curly+knot+today

    I use it as a detangler and leave in, with a sealant always. I hardly ever use it anymore though, these days being in Nigeria, I can’t justify the price and I can get similar results from other products.
    Great review <3!
    Love the where to purchase links –

    1. That’s right. To get the mucilage from marshmallow root and slippery elm you have to infuse in water. They really need to re-label.
      Thanks for the in-depth review. I’ve never used this product but I’ve heard tons about what it does to tangles. Safe-looking ingredient list too, if I’m ever looking for a detangler

    2. Thanks Sabirah!
      And thank you for teaching me something new!
      Will update the post with the link + explanation! 🙂

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