Original Curling Custard | By Kinky Curly

1 2036

My first natural hair product ever was Kinky Curly’s Curling Custard.  I got it from Whole Foods grocery store.  I wasn’t too thrilled about it when I first tried it.  But since then, I’ve learned to love it!

There are two ways I use it:

1.  The traditional Way.  Following the directions on the jar, I wet my hair thouroughly (or do a wash & condition or co-wash) and then while my hair is still very wet, apply the curling custard to your hands and apply evenly and thouroughly my entire hair.  The owner of Kinky Curly demonstrates this below:

2.  As a Smoother.  I use Kinky Curly most is as a smoother.  I work at a law firm, and while I wore my hair out when I did the big chop (I didn’t have much of a choice when it was so short), I tend to wear my hair in very conservative styles.  For example, I may pull my hair back in a bun.  Sometimes with a part on the side or the middle.

Protective Natural Hairstyle using Kinky Curly
Here is one "protective hairstyle" I wear to work.

Well, no matter what curl definer or leave-in conditioner products I put in, I always have flyaway strands and hairs that stick up when wearing this protective pony tail style.  My hair just doesn’t look as presentable until it’s slicked back.  (You can’t tell it’s slicked back, usually.  In fact, people assume I have a relaxer or simply have “good hair.”)

To do the “slicking,” I tried many products, such as Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme and Carol’s Daughter’s Hair Milk Curl Definer.  These products initially work, but after my hair dries, I’m back to flyaways.

What worked? Kinky Curly’s Curling Custard!

I rub a small amount in my hands, then apply to my (usually damp or dry) hair with my open palms to smooth my edges.  This style is quick and easy and allows me to appear “professional” in the workplace.

Women of color all over the world are beginning to rock wash & wear natural hairstyles in the workplace.  I’m sure I could if desired.  And I did for a short while.  But I feel much more comfortable wearing more “neat and tidy” hairdos while at work, particularly at a conservative law firm.  Plus, this style is a great protective style and has helped my hair to grow a lot.  It’s actually said by many experts in the natural hair community that constantly wearing your hair out in a “wash and go” style is not the best practice for your hair.  I tend to rock my wash and go styles on the weekends or trips.

Smell.  The smell is pleasant.  Not overwhelming.

Consistency.  The curly custard can tend to feel sticky if too much is applied.  One small dab goes a very long way.  It literally evaporates from my hands after about five minutes.  Sometimes I don’t even wash my hands after applying it and it doesn’t leave behind a residue or anythings.  My hands actually feel nice and moisturized.

Where to Buy.  I get mine at Whole Foods market.   For about $25.  But many places carry this product.


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