Hey all! Today, I have a hair product review for you. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and/or Facebook, then you know that I recently bought two products by Miss Jessie’s after my sister recommended them, one of them being Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.
I’ve known about Miss Jessie’s products for a while now but never tried them. I’m not going to lie…it’s mainly because of their prices. They are more expensive than the products I use regularly that work well for me but I have always heard positive things about their products. My sister came to visit recently and her curls were poppin and looked great! She told me she had started using Miss Jessie’s products and it had been making a difference with the way her hair looks and feels.
It just so happened that Miss Jessie’s was having a 20% off sale online Mother’s Day weekend. So, being the frugal product junkie that I am, I took advantage of the sale and bought the two products she recommended for my 3b/3c curls: Curly Pudding and Coily Custard.
Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding comes in an 8 oz container and sells for $22 and Miss Jessie’s Coily Custard comes in an 8.5 oz tube for $14 on their website. With my order, they also sent me a complimentary sample packet of Jelly Soft Curls, which was a nice plus!
« MISS JESSIE’S CURLY PUDDING PRODUCT REVIEW »
The label on the Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding container states that it is…
“a fragrant cocktail of macadamia and sweet almond oil which gives unbelievable shine. The weighted aloe polymers delivers amazing plump curls and Shea Butter pumps up the moisture factor. Curly Pudding transforms frizzy fros to super shiny defined curly cues.”
The ingredients are not all natural but it does contain a variety of natural oils, which is great for providing moisture to thirsty curls. However, it also has mineral oil in it. Typically, I steer clear of products with mineral oil but I decided to take a chance on this one. Like I said, my sister’s curls were poppin’!
I shampooed and conditioned my hair as usual, parted my hair in two, and applied a leave-in conditioner (Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk) to wet hair before applying Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding to both sections from ear level down to the ends. I used a quarter-sized amount of the creamy, purple pudding for each section, raked it through, scrunched the ends to help boost the curls, and then air-dried.
I try not to mess with my hair much while it’s wet so as not to cause frizz. My hair was fully dry three hours later and I noticed that there was very little crunch (hardness) to my curls and that I had much less shrinkage than I do with other products. This is a plus for me. As I always do, I fluffed my curls with my hands, turned my head upside down and every which way to try to get some more volume because I like big hair. It worked only a little bit. I really didn’t get much added volume with this product but I liked that I retained some length.
As the day went on, I noticed that my hair felt light and bouncy and the curls toward the ends of my hair were very well defined. However, I did not experience the “unbelievable shine” stated on the label and the crown of my hair was quite frizzy.
My hair was also somewhat frizzy in the back and I didn’t feel like my curls towards the top were very defined at all. Not as much as I expected them to be. It seemed like the trade off for having less shrinkage was that the hair on my crown was elongated. Honestly, I wasn’t feeling it and was not impressed with the product at all.
« MISS JESSIE’S CURLY PUDDING – TAKE 2 »
I didn’t give up. A couple of days later, I washed and conditioned my hair again and decided to give it another try except I added another product and used a different technique, with the hopes of at least eliminating the frizz factor because it irks me! With my hair pretty wet, I applied the Curl & Style Milk as a leave-in and then applied my holy grail favorite Pura D’or Moroccan Argan Oil* that I posted a review about here. I then sectioned my hair in four and raked in Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding from root to ends in each section. I finger-combed all my hair together and into my usual style (slightly parted to the left) and plopped with a flour sack towel for about 15 minutes while I did my make up. I gently removed the towel before I got out the door and let my curls air dry.
**Plopping is a technique used to boost curls by wrapping a cotton t-shirt or flour sack towel on your hair in a certain way. It also helps remove excess water from your curls to decrease drying time. To see an example of how plopping is done, check out this short video**
Once dry, my hair had a little more crunch to it than the first time but I did use more product this time so I wasn’t surprised. Good thing is that it wasn’t super crunchy. So I scrunched out the crunch with my hands, tossed and fluffed it with my fingers as I always do and continued with my day, checking the mirror periodically for the dreaded frizz.
Once again, my hair felt light and bouncy and there was less shrinkage BUT still not much volume. What I was really pleased about though, was that it was way less frizzy this time and my curls were more defined! 🙌🏾
Here are a few pics of the do-over…
Can you see the difference??? There was still a little frizz at the crown but significantly less than the first try and my curls were more defined at the top and on the ends 😁!
« THE VERDICT »
My overall impression of Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding is that it’s good. Not great, but good. If I were to give it a rating, I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5. I think it’s great for elongating curls and leaving hair light and bouncy. However, based on my experience, it lost points because when used without the Argan Oil, it didn’t give me the shine and moisture I was expecting and the frizz was crazy despite what the label said. I will use the Curly Pudding again but I will definitely use it with my Argan Oil to get the best results. I didn’t take any points off for the lack of volume though, because the product doesn’t claim to boost volume. That’s just me wishing I had thicker hair lol!
Now, it’s important to remember that this review is solely based on my experience with Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding and that results will vary from person to person. The fact that I also didn’t use a Miss Jessie’s leave-in conditioner may also be a factor that affected the outcome. I don’t know that for sure but I do know that some hair products work best when you stick with products from the same brand/line.
If you are as curious as I was, you can browse and purchase Miss Jessie’s products on their website. Their products are also sold at various stores and you can find locations near you that sell their products on their site as well.
So what did you think of my results? Have you tried Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding before? Hit me up in the comments and let me know what you think!
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