Sunday, 16 January 2011

Review: Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue

Last year, when I stopped using shampoo and silicone in an attempt to calm my curls down a bit, I discovered British Curlies, which is a veritable goldmine of curl-related information.  I learned a lot from their very useful forums, which staffed by some very knowledgeable curly haired ladies, and from there also heard of Miss Jessie's.  Miss Jessie's is an American brand, targeted firmly at people with curly hair.  It's not particularly well known over here in the UK, not least because very few places stock it.

With product names such as Curly Pudding, Curly Buttercream, and Curly Meringue, I was intrigued.  So when I spotted a display of Miss Jessie's products over in New York, I had to bring one home.  I chose Curly Meringue, not least because I'm quite fond of meringues.  And true to its name, Curly Meringue has a very zesty, lemony scent, which has an edge of sugar - pleasant, and quite foody, but also a little bit synthetic.  Good thing it doesn't last long on the hair!

Designed to work on all types of curly hair, from loosely curly hair like mine through to Afro hair, the product itself has a very unusual texture.  A thick styling cream, it has a strange springiness to it - you can bounce your fingers on the surface of the product.  Straight out of the jar, it's almost sticky, too.  Once rubbed across the palms and warmed up a little, I've found that a little goes a long way - the cream is extremely moisturising, even to the extent of being a little heavy, so unless your hair is extremely dry or rebellious, you'll only need a little.

The product is a medium hold styling cream, which also promises to maximise curl length.  Many styling products cause curls to coil up and shrink in order to provide definition, but not this one.  Where I've used mousses in the past that contract curls and make them crunchy, Curly Meringue doesn't shrink my curls at all, just provides plenty of definition.

The directions suggest that Curly Meringue is best applied to wet hair, scrunched gently in, and left to air dry.  It's also very effective used in tiny quantities in the mornings, applied to dry hair.  A fingernail sized blob, spread over the palms, and scrunched into dry hair provides plenty of extra definition if the hair does go fuzzy overnight, and also adds moisture.

Because I need such a tiny amount of product, I've gone through barely any of my tub since I bought it.  Would I repurchase?  I rather think I would.  Whilst this product hasn't changed my life, it's a lovely, rich curl cream which leaves my hair soft and shiny, with plenty of definition, and if I don't use too much, leaves my hair entirely crunch free.  Worth noting, too, that this product isn't truly free of silicone - it contains PEG-12 dimethicone, which is water soluble, making the product compatible with a SLS/silicone free haircare regime.

If you'd like to try this one for yourself, you'll find it at the British Curlies store.  There are a variety of sizes available, with the smallest 60ml tub costing £6.95 - perfect if you want to try it out before investing in a larger tub.

Have you tried any Miss Jessie's products?  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments!


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