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Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Knot on My Watch

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Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy

Ever since my Relaxer Lines Turnt Natural article, I have invested more time (and money) in supporting natural hair small businesses when I can. On a few occasions, I have come across a few products from Aunt Jackie's line, and I vowed one day that I would try something. I settled on the Knot on My Watch detangler, because every naturalista needs a plan B. I was hoping this detangler could be my backup, in the event that Tresemme decided to discontinue their Split Remedy Conditioner. How did it stack up against my slippery go-to? Keep reading to find out...

Ingredient List: Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, PEG-150 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lanolin Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, d-Limonene, Hexyl cinnamic aldehyde, Linalool, Amyl cinnamic aldehyde, Lilial,Benzyl alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamic alcohol, 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow)

Ingredient Analysis (first 6):
  • Water
  • Propylene Glycol: Humectant and conditioning agent, controversial in nature due to its ability to cause skin irritations such as contact dermatitis.
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit: The fruit of the shea tree (shea fruit nuts are used for shea butter), rich in Vitamin C and other minerals
  • PEG-150 Distearate: Thickener and emulsifier (helps keep oils and water mixed together)
  • Cetyl Alcohol: Creamy, emollient fatty alcohol and conditioning agent
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil: Cost-effective carrier oil of the soybean that can be used to soften, nourish and impart shine to hair
Availability: I was able to find this detangler at a local beauty supply chain, OK Beauty. As natural haircare grows in popularity, more chains are bound to pick up Aunt Jackie's products, and others. If it's not available in a store near you, amazon.com is always an option!

Affordability: I paid $8.99 for a 12oz bottle of detangler. A little steep, considering my beloved Split Remedy hovers around $5 for a 25oz bottle. But money well spent, if the performances matches up with the claims on the bottle.

Product Claim/Description:
INSTANT DETANGLING THERAPY

Softens, Helps Restore Moisture Balance, Eliminates Knots and Tangles
For Natural Curls, Coils & Waves
Enriched with Shea Butter & Olive Oil
Instead of fighting your hair, treat it to the silky slip of Aunt Jackie's special instant detangling and moisturizing remedy. Watch the comb glide through tangles and knots with ease.

Unruly hair, tangles and knots don't stand a chance against Aunt Jackie's Knot On My Watch. It eliminates tangles and restores hair to a healthy moisture balance, while protecting against breakage. Blended with Shea Butter and Olive Oil to soften and strengthen hair, this fantastic detangling remedy makes daily combing, styling, and overall manageability a snap!

Performance/Delivery: I don't know that the word "instant" applies to this product. Knot on My Watch definitely has the slippery consistency a good detangler requires, and the water-base makes it good for a mid-week detangle without much buildup or heaviness. I liked it, but it didn't wow me like I expected it to. On hair that wasn't terribly tangled, it performed well. On my impossible tangles, I had to bring out Split Remedy for reinforcement. Perhaps for looser textures, this is a great alternative to Kinky Curly Knot Today or Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner. My fingers didn't do a lot of gliding...not as easily as I envisioned.

Bonuses: This product is light enough for continued use throughout the week, and the smell is super cute -- a sweet tropical and floral hybrid mix -- without being too overbearing. Reminds me of a nice Bath & Body Works fragrance.

Drawbacks: I'm not one to automatically demonize ingredients without a good reason. But being that I suffer from psoriasis, I have to be especially careful with certain ingredients coming into contact with my scalp. With propylene glycol so high up on the list (#2), I was definitely concerned about the propensity for this product to irritate my scalp. As a result, I had to take extra precautions and make sure I kept it away from my scalp, and only used it right before wash time.

Bottom Line: If you're not bothered by propylene glycol, then I would say give this line a try, especially if you don't have super tangle-prone hair, or if your texture is looser. If not, stay away. It's not a super turbo heavy-duty detangler, so I would only recommend this to transitioners that are inside the first 6 months of transitioning.

Best Practices: If you're going to use Knot On My Watch, I would suggest pairing it with a spray bottle of water. This product works best on lightly dampened hair, in small sections. Using on larger sections of hair will cause you to use more product overall -- upwards of half the bottle. I do not recommend for use in the shower/with soaking wet hair.
Have you tried any of Aunt Jackie's products? What are your thoughts?

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