When it comes to hair products, I hate spending exorbitant amounts of money on them. Last month I wrote about a few of my “must have” products, and most of them didn’t cost more than $10. I must admit I fell victim to an expensive product and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it so far.

About eighteen years ago, I was a product junkie. But that’s typical of people transitioning into a new hairstyle or regimen. Back then, because there weren’t too many options for natural chicks, Carol’s Daughter was my “mane” addiction. Every other weekend I found myself making trips to Brooklyn just to stock up on products. But that was until I noticed major shedding and figured out I was allergic to lemongrass, which was a main ingredient in the Hair Milk I was so in love with. After Carol’s Daughter, I made my way to Miss Jessie’s products. Although it was the “it” salon for curly heads, I just couldn’t manage to pay those prices. Even when I did test out a few products, my hair felt crunchy and sticky. They just never worked for me. So I never tried them again.

Eighteen years later, I’d rather not splurge on products and prefer to keep my bathroom in order and not have products everywhere. But two weeks ago a product caught my eye while I was shopping at Target. There was one bottle of Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls left. Was it divine intervention for my hair? Although the product was a little bit over $20, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it. Once I got home, I did a quick co-wash with my usual Herbal Essence, and added Pillow Soft Curls. Um, but I smelled like Snuggle fabric softener. The product had the strongest smell ever. I couldn’t imagine myself walking around smelling like fabric softener all day. But since I had no other choice, I did. A few hours later, when my hair was fully dried and still smelling like fabric softener, my curls were the softest and most frizz free they’ve ever been in years. They didn’t feel oversaturated with product and weren’t sticky or crunchy. Sure, the smell took a while to get used to, but it also garnered a few compliments. Needless to say, I’m a satisfied customer, for now. Do I plan on spending money like that again on other products? Probably not. But I’ll eat my words with this product, and now I’m a fan!

  • Kathleen

    I love this product!!!! And I am a 4b/4c and it works wonders! I tell everyone!

  • Trey

    Pics please? I’m a struggling 4b, 4c and need a miracle! also if you like it and love to share hair products i found a site called hair-twin.com that matches you with people with your hair type (porosity, fine, thick etc.) and makes it easy to share the products most likely to work on your hair.

  • Yb

    Yeah I would love to see how this works on type 4 hair because the lady in the advert is a 2b at most.

  • politicallyincorrect

    I wouldn’t buy a hair product with Angela Yee in a ad just like I would not buy one with Eva Longoria in one. shrugs.

  • Tallulah Belle

    I don’t consider the woman in the advertisement to have “curly” hair. She has wavy hair that she scrunches to give fullness and texture. If her hair is any indication of the product’s intended target, well, then, I am not going to be buying it. Again, her hair isn’t even really curly, let alone kinky. Strange.

  • http://www.clutchmagonline.com Yesha Callahan

    Here’s a pic of my hair, almost fully dry.

    http://i45.tinypic.com/5k0j8n.jpg

    I wouldn’t say I was a 4b/4c..I actually had to look it up b/c I had no clue what that meant. So I guess I’m somewhere in btwn a 3 or 4..whatever that means?

  • Tallulah Belle

    @Yesha

    I would not consider your hair to be even remotely spirally, coily or kinky. You have a loose-ish curl pattern which is even looser where you have colored it. I have verrrrry long tight springy coils like Nikisha from Urban Bush Babes. It shrinks up to 100% of its actual length when dry. Also, the ends of my hair spiral up so tightly that they lock into a needle wide, “micro-spring” when dry and I cant separate it without re-wetting it and combing it again. This product will be utterly useless on my hair — and on most black women’s hair, I’m afraid. But, umm … nice try, Miss Jessies… nice try.

  • http://www.clutchmagonline.com Yesha Callahan

    I’m not going to argue about my own hair pattern, solely bc I see it every day. I also don’t believe in comparing my hair pattern to another person’s b/c no two hair types are exactly alike. Did I say every hair product was for everyone? No. Also, there are numerous youtube videos about the product with women with diverse types of hair textures. What may work well on one person’s mane, isn’t going to work well on another persons.

  • http://dandelionsfigsandwaterbears.wordpress.com DandelionChild

    To combat the smell, I’ll sometimes mix in a little grapefruit oil.

  • Britt

    Angela Yee is of Chinese and African American decent, so of course she wont have the typical kinky hair that a deep-rooted sister would have…..duh. But I’ve heard sooo many ppl recommend Miss Jessie’s products, Im eager to give it a try!!

    Luckily, the Miss Jessie’s site offers FREE samples. So im gonna give that a try before i shell out a dub for a bottle of this stuff.

  • KitKat

    I would love to see a before picture of her hair, because the style pictured is relatively simple to achieve on looser curls. This can be achieved on tighter curls but it usually takes more steps and products. I’m going to have to look on youtube to see if any four types have achieved this same result, because that would be amazing. People don’t have money to just donate to hopes and dreams.

  • Mahogany

    I have tried to product also. I was intrigued when I saw it at Target. Now I’m nota fan of Miss Jessie’s products outside of their curl de la creme shampoo which works wonder on my 4b/4c type hair. On average I think that their products are overrated and overpriced.
    What I did like about the pillow soft curls was that it did what it says on the package which is soft curls without any product residue. It worked great as a wash and go on the first day but because it is a light hold I was left with a soft fro on a second day. The curls didn’t last and my hair started to knot. It did add moisture to my hair but it you have 4b/4c you need a product with better hold.
    I give this product a B. :-)

  • http://sassncurlz.wordpress.com sassncurlz

    Interesting post…I just received a full-size bottle from an event I covered over the weekend. My hair acutally has two different textures- 3c/4a…although my hair is nothing like Angela Yee I am still eager to try it out. I am hoping that it will add a bit of softness and plump up my curls vs giving me “ramen noodle” curls as Miss Jessie puts it. Gonna give it a try tonight!

  • Trey

    thanks for the pics! Though I don’t think it’s the product for me i’m glad you found something that works! I’m gonna try the free samples before i spend my lunch money on more products that my hair literally soaks up. Thanks for the post tho!

  • jasmin

    if women can spend hundreds, even a thousand dollars on one weave, i can spend twenty dollars on a leave in conditioner…

  • Cia Bia

    Oh why? Her hair looks nice. I have two sample packs from their site (they allow 2 free) that I have yet to use.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    @PoliticallyIncorrect, Fair enough; but my hair is nothing like the bone straight model in the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition ads, yet that’s a perfect condish for me. I’m sure that Alberto V05 doesn’t have Black women’s (textured) hair in mind either, but lots of natural gals love it.

    To everyone else: I’m no Miss Jessie’s cheerleader because of the reasons Yesha outlined for her previous avoidance of their products, but I realize what they do and who they’re catering to. Let’s just be honest, they make products for hair like and close to their own; and sell the dream of making people with high(er) textered hair think that they might be able to achieve it as well. I’m not mad at them at all for that. I don’t expect them or any other company to make a product that works for EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON, so I think it’s unreasonable and unfair for us 4-types to have the expectation that this particular product will work for us. Hell, NO product will make our hair look like the spokemodel’s .

    Yesha was just speaking for herself, not all of nappydom.

  • http://idreamofspeed.blogspot.com E.M.S.

    I’ve recently been looking for a product that would allow me to wear my hair naturally (the heat in SoCal ruins a press & curl pretty quick) & I was leaning towards Kinky Curly, but this sounds good. Would you recommend it to someone who’s trying to wear their hair natural for the first time?

    My concern is, I see the advertisements for products like Kinky Curly and feel that my hail won’t actually look that way, even though I’d like it to. Please tell me this product will allow me to live free from fear of sweating out my hair & making it the curly goodness I’ve been dying to try on!

  • KitKat

    Please report back your results.

  • Mademoiselle

    You shouldn’t base how much you spend on how much other people spend.

  • Kristina

    Just like the author, there was one bottle left at Target and I snatched it up. I have 3b-3c hair and the product just sits on top of my hair. No penetration.

    I actually don’t like Miss Jessie’s Products and since I have curly, squiggily hair it doesn’t do much for it considering I can get much desired results for cheaper.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gennatay (@gennatay)

    I have heard that this line can be hit or miss. But I am definitely going to try them when they have the BOGO sale this winter.

  • Dee

    I applaud you for not assuming because it works on Ms. Yee’s hair it won’t work on yours. However, there are many women who have wavy/curly hair who are biracial nor multiracial. There are also multiracial women with kinky hair. I’m not saying this to be THAT commenter but to clarify that hair is not determined by how “deep-rooted” a sister’s hair may be.

  • Marcia

    I meant to thumbs up…darn phone

  • Desi

    I have tried the Curly Pudding but it leaves flakes. I like the Baby Butter creme even though it can be greasy. The Pillow Soft Curls may work. BTW, what is this 4b/4c and 3b?

  • http://sassncurlz.wordpress.com sassncurlz

    Hi KItKat! Not sure if you are checking this still but I wanted you to know that I finally did a review on this product. Please feel free to take a peek and let me know your thoughts http://sassncurlz.com/2012/10/29/product-review-miss-jessies-pillow-soft-curls/

  • Sunshine
  • Asha

    I guess my hair is somewhere between a 4a-4c texture mostly. I sampled the product first before buying. I was looking for something to soften my hair w/o being greasy. I think Pillow curls does awesome in my twistouts. When I use gel it makes it look dry when I use heavy butters/oils it still looks dry with a layer of grease, but the pillow curls give it a natural moisturized look. Almost as if I had dampened my hair look, but it is completely dry. My only complaint is that it does get a bit weird after about 4 days or so. I can’t explain it but the feeling is a bit off. But I don’t mind I just redue my hair after five days and wash every two weeks. I would say you need to wash not cowash your hair because it has cones in it. Some people are anti cones and wax anything that causes product build-up. I realized that my hair grows great with cones just as long as I am washing it to prevent product build-up. I bought two with the bogo deal, I think I’ll pick up another two to last me hopefully the year because I cannot really afford the $22 price tag. As with the other products in the line I have been hesitant as many of the first ingredients are either mineral oil or petroleum with those top ingredients I might as well get some blue magic or dax for like $2 and just be greasy. What sold me on the pillow curls is that it has some really good emulsifying ingredients in the beginning. Still chemically derived but in a good way lol. Although some would argue why are you spending money where the first two ingredients are water and emulsifying wax. My hair responds really well to the combo in this product and is the only product I have found to actually soften my hair with out frizzing (too much water) or greasing (too much oil) it out. I cannot comment on the define of a wash and go as my hair does not do wash and goes, but loves twist outs and this is by far the best product I have used for a twist out (with the addition of the shea moisture smoothie as my leave in these two products work together perfectly on my hair)

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  • Jamie Tram

    It did soften my hair but I’m not a fan of what’s in it. I want to try another of the Miss J products. But they have so many products, I can’t figure out what’s for me. BTW – The squeeze tube is nice with all the info on the label, though. I like to read so I don’t mind the wordy packaging.

    Thanks for the blog forum. Keep the posts rolling!

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