More Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, Please!
I confess: over the years, I’ve done my curly hair dirty (and no, I don’t actually mean dirty as in filthy). What I mean is this: I’ve mistreated it with all my capricious dyeing, highlighting, blow drying, and flat ironing. If my curls were a woman, they’d be singing “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” — well, maybe more like Keyshia Cole’s “I Just Want It To Be Over” (hey, I doubt they’d be in the Barbra Streisand fan club). I assumed my curls weren’t going anywhere but, as the years passed, I started noticing them going a bit limp. Where was my big, lioness hair? My tropical ‘fro (as my brother calls it)? Not good. I started panicking and investing in deep conditioners, hair masques, curl defining creams, serums, and any product I could find intended for curly hair. And yes, I’ve found some that worked nicely (such as the products in the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious line), but since my hair is so dry (even after all my deep conditioners, I have a long way to go before my hair is back in a healthy place), I needed to pull out the big guns. Like most women of color, I experimented with a few Carol’s Daughter products (especially the Tui Hair Smoothie deep conditioner and the Hair Milk, a lightweight styling aid) and was pleased with how much moisture they delivered — but, since the products weren’t designed specifically for curly hair, the shapeless curl problem persisted. How could I style my hair so as to maximize the twirl and curve of every single hair strand, giving it a smooth texture and a bouncy look?
Enter Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. A few of my friends had raved about the Miss Jessie’s line of products, which was launched in 2004 by Japanese/African-American sisters Titi and Miko Branch, but I had yet to test any items from the line. Last week, I finally road tested the cornerstone of the line, Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding — and I was so thrilled with the results that I was about to burst into song, like one of the little kids in those ’80s Bill Cosby’s Jell-O pudding commercials.
The Curly Pudding features macadamia and almond oil to soften the hair and add shine, shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba seed oil to moisturize, and weighted aloe polymers to pump up the volume. It’s a pretty thick product, having a custard-like consistency, so I’d advise not being too heavy-handed with it. I have a ridiculous amount of hair and, still, a tablespoon-sized dollop was more than enough to cover my whole mane. The idea is to apply the product to clean, damp hair, moving from one section to the next and applying from roots to ends. I suggest literally parting your hair into sections using butterfly clips (or similar pins, and carefully applying to each isolated section, using a wide tooth comb, to evenly distribute the product and rake off any excess. As you apply the Curly Pudding, you’ll notice its sweet scent (which sort of reminds me of a grape Ringpop), how it softens and detangles the hair, and how each wave or curl seems to activate within minutes of application. Plus, the curls look healthy and natural (unlike when you apply mousse or other styling products that actually dry out the hair and make it look and feel starch-y and crunchy).
I was so thrilled to see my curls emerging that I took a few photos for you to see (my hair is damp in these pictures, but you can see the product’s effects).
My curls are back! Check it, check it, check it out:
This is one kind of pudding I won’t feel bad diving into!
Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, $7 for 2 oz. jar; $22 for 8 oz. jar; and $38 for 16 oz. jar. Visit MissJessies.com
**This post is based on a press sample submitted for review purposes.