I never thought I’d say this, but Miss Jessie’s was able to draw me back in with their SUPER SOFT GEL, Jelly Soft Curls-“The Best Darn Super Soft Gel Period.” After 2 unsuccessful attempts with samples of Baby Buttercreme, gave up on the entire company. The super scented creme kept my hands smelling yummy for days, even after washing them a million times. Unfortunately, it left my hair in one giant fuzzball. No shine, moisture, definition, nothing. So, I slapped some SheaM. CESmoothie on top to make it a million times better. The second time around, I slapped some Smooth N Shine Diamond Dazzle Gel and ORS Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Moisturizing Cond. to make it work better. When I heard about their Pillow Soft Curls, most of the reviews said the smell was too overwhelming, like Downy Fabric Softener. I gladly passed on trying another heavily scented Do-Nothing hair product. It might work, but for right now, I am beyond satisfied with Jelly Soft Curls.
During our summer trip to NC, the clearance aisle at Target was mostly comprised of marked down sample sizes of natural hair products such as Karen’s Body Beautiful and Jessicurl. Umm, I don’t need to waste over $3.00 on sample sizes. So, the hair aisle had many things reduced and low and behold, a few of Miss Jessie’s products. I could never condone spending $30-50.00 at their normal retail on some of their products, but the gel was marked down to $11.40 from $14.00, and it was the only one there. It was meant to be. The pink and white 8.5 fl oz tube says it’s “excellent for a wash n go, poppin’ curls without the crunch, is super soft, your shiniest, smoothest, sexiest curls yet…your must-have styler because it is specifically designed to leave your curls touchably soft and crunch free while at the same time giving your curls the shine and hold that you love.” You can use it on damp hair and scrunch to enhance the curl or control flyaways and edges. It won’t leave you with a crunchy, flaky mess after drying. I find it works just as well as EcoStyler Krystal Styling Gel. Bonus-it doesn’t have some of the questionable ingredients I’ve heard turn some naturalistas off about MJ’s:
- no mineral oil
- no animal ingredients
- no artificial colors
- no phthalates
- no sulphates
- no petroleum and of course, no animal testing.
It’s known to be one of the best moisturizing anti-frizz curl definers, according to CurlMart, NaturallyCurly‘s online boutique. Voted a winner for the 2014 Editor’s Choice by NaturallyCurly. I wish I used it during one of the most humid days we had in VA before I tried EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle. Ironically, I had to slap the gel on top of the Eden stuff the next day after experiencing the same FUZZball problem I had with the Baby Buttercreme. Perhaps, I used the Eden product incorrectly. Perhaps, my hair is to the point where it needs a cream and a gel in order to ‘act right.’ I wasn’t prepared, though, for the fuzzy dry fro I saw on my head when it was supposed to be a twistout. Compare the pics below. The 2 at the top are w/Eden and the bottom 3 are w/MJ’s. Maybe the Souffle isn’t meant for styling. I saw a few successful attempts at styling with it on YouTube to see what I could do differently, but I don’t know (in a disappointed voice). I have to admit when I used it on B‘s hair after wash/cond., her hair didn’t look or feel as juicy the next day as it normally would when properly moisturized, so I. Don’t. Know. It says, “For best results, use with Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner.” We’ll see. I’m not giving up on it just yet. And I’m not giving away my Jelly Soft Curls. It was a hit after the 1st use and several after, no matter what I paired it with-cream, oil, leave-in, or just water. Thank you, Miko and Titi (Miss Jessie’s founders). You have me back…for now.
See you soon,