Da bomb! If you recall, last year I mentioned in my post, "Um, On Second Thought..." that I had received a 2oz sample of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and Baby Buttercreme from a friend, and planned to do a review. However, after discovering the retail value of a 2oz container of these products, I had second thoughts. I feared that I would fall in love with a product that was quite frankly, too expensive to be a staple in my regimen. Well, my fears were valid, because my first application of the Curly Pudding had me loving my natural curls so much that I could see myself tossing out my flat iron altogether!
After washing and conditioning my hair with a sulfate-free cleanser, I spritzed my hair with good ol' H2o to keep the hair well hydrated:
I then divided my hair into four sections, and applied a generous amount of the Curly Pudding to each section, making sure to concentrate on the ends, as I scrunched my curls into place:
After saturating my hair with the product, I then pulled it back into a low pony with the help of an ouchless scrunchie, and allowed it to air dry:
Please disregard the loose hanging, heat-damaged ends :-). I recently did an allover trim/cut and eliminated a lot of those scragglies, but I'll do an update on that later...
After drying my hair in the ponytail so that it wouldn't dry "big," I then removed the ouchless scrunchie and set my curls free:
Just look at how well defined my curls are:
Now, I must consider this review a "first impression" account moreso than a comprehensive review, as I only had the 2oz sample jar my friend provided me, and therefore didn't have enough product to evaluate on a consistent use basis. As far as first impressions go, I have this to say about the product:
- The consistency is light, and didn't leave my hair feeling greasy
- The product did a good job of locking in moisture, and didn't seem to dry out my hair like other products have done in the past
- The product provides a light hold, which left my curls feeling slightly "crispy"
- The product did a great job at defining my curls
- The scent, which I would describe as floral or lavendar, smelled awesome!
I placed my curls in a loose ponytail after the first application, and slept in a satin bonnet. For the most part, my curls remained in tact, and I revived limp areas by first spritzing them with water, then followed up by scrunching them back into action with a small amount of the Curly Pudding. Although my hair felt okay the second day, again I wonder what it would have felt and looked like had I continued this process for the entire week.
Miss Jessie's products are now available at Target, yet a 16oz jar still retails for $38.00. I must say that if it weren't for the price, I could very well see this product serving as a replacement and or alternative to my Lottabody/Hawaiian Silky mix. Due to the price and my heavy-handedness :-), I can however see myself purchasing the Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and using it as a first application, then styling with my Hawaiian Silky in subsequent days as needed. That option would enable me to get the benefit of the Curly Pudding without hurting my wallet, as I could reduce the frequency with which it is used and therefore cut down on cost.
What do you ladies think of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding?