I love Kinky Curly products. It's no secret. Well, when I first started using them I only co-washed with Knot Today Conditioner. I hadn't tried AO (Aubrey Organics) yet. I was co-washing and lightly rinsing in the shower before applying KC Curly Custard after the shower. It gave me such tangle-free curls that I was hooked!
Somewhere along the way I became aware of needing a protein conditioner and found GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner. I was in love and I started using it weekly. It smelled amazing and worked so well for me that I stepped up my routine a notch and started using Honeysuckle Rose® Moisturizing Conditioner from AO before I used the Knot today. I read somewhere about it and really fell in love with it. I must admit that back then I was sort of a product junkie. I mean, how are you going to know what you like if you don't experiment?
Well, I was still using KCKT but just at the end of hte co-wash and really just to get some slip. I loved my hair with my new routine even though I added two new products and increased my monthly hair bill. Well, just as so many Naturals out there can attest to, money was low and I didn't have the ends to get my Honeysuckle Rose MC for about a week. I had to resort to my old way (after I remembered what the hell it was since it was WELL over a year ago) of just using KCKT. Let me tell you something Naturals... I was not expecting what I found that week. I found some pretty awesome curls.
My hair curls anyway but I'm guessing the AO Honeysuckle Rose MC was loosening them somewhat but with the KC Knot today BY ITSELF the curls were more distinct, more springy, more pronounced. I became aware of the difference since day 1. I've been watching daily to see if it was a fluke but every day I used just the Knot Today I had that noticeable difference.
Now, the difference in water could also be a factor. Coming from a water filled with so many minerals that it left white residue on EVERYTHING and was hard and not soft in the shower to softer water could also make a true difference.
Let's not forget that the past few months have been extremely stressful for me and things have slowed down for me. Stress is a significant factor in health which includes causing damage to our hair. Didn't see any hair falling out but the stress I was under could have affected my curls as well.
SO.....what could it be? Who actually knows but the idea of going back to something that worked in the past is not a bad idea if it's still a good product or routine.
Well, I just wanted to share my observation and take a minute to mention how old tricks had a significance at one time and may still be worth checking out. I'm not saying we should go back to products or techniques we found out later to have been detrimental to our tresses! Just ask yourself: Do you know why you stopped trying something before you tried something else or were you just impatient or just too Gung ho with the new thing? Either way, I learned a valuable lesson this past week... I am still learning.
Products and techniques mentioned were from 2011. On the CGM now.
Stay reflecting Naturals,