I get so many e mails and messages about Miss Jessie’s products. It’s one of the popular search queries that brings people to my site. Let me tell y’all something – Miss Jessie’s might be great stuff (I don’t know yet because I refuse to spend that much money on a hair product), but instead of asking me about reviewing that, I have some helpful advice. Get Kinky-Curly instead!

I got in touch with the company through their MySpace page, and they sent me wonderful, full-size samples of the product line.

I am blown away by the results. I started out by trying Knot Today, a scentless “creamy herbal conditioner” that made my hair slick and smooth. I used it after already combing my hair out in the shower with my regular conditioner (I was advised to wash my hair first because the products are made with aloe gel, which doesn’t blend well with oils from other hair products. The site offers helpful advice on product use) – but Knot Today made my curls sleek and long, kind of like Chili from TLC’s hair back in the day. Love that.

The product most afrobellas might need is Curling Custard. This thick tub of clear goop looks a bit like gel, and has a mild vanilla scent. I applied Curling Custard a bit too liberally at first, whoops! I wound up with super-defined, crunchy ringlets. Over the course of the day, my curls settled into shiny, moisturized spirals. I slept with a stocking cap, and the next day I wet my hair a little in the shower. I didn’t even need to apply more Curling Custard the next day – my curls sprang out soft yet defined. I am in love with this stuff, and I’ve used it almost every day for the past two weeks!

Even better, the ingredients are all natural. Curling Custard’s first five ingredients are “botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar.” Same goes for the other products, which use wild cherry bark extract, slippery elm, marshmallow root, sage, and lavender water as their primary ingredients.

Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz comes in a spray bottle, but because of the thickness of the product, I spray it into my hand and apply it to my hair by gently working it into my curls. I really like the lavender scent of the spray, but I think this product would work best for women with type 3A and 3B curls, whereas the Curling Custard and Knot Today are ideal for my mop of 4A hair. Spiral Spritz worked great to refresh my curls fresh out of the shower.

According to the Kinky Curly FAQ, the products also work great for women with silkened or texturized hair. I know my sister and mom would flip for the Gloss Pomade, a small tin of lemon scented stuff fortified with avocado, borage, black currant, jojoba, pomegranate, soybean, safflower, and meadowfoam oils. I used it around my hairline for slickness and to reduce flakes. My straightened-hair family members would love this stuff for flyaways.

My favorite thing about Kinky Curly is the price. An 8oz bottle of Knot Today costs $12. A heavy 16oz tub of Curling Custard cost $22, and knowing what I know now, I would gladly pay that much. Spiral Spritz is $9 and the Gloss Pomade costs $7. The products are available in some stores but not many. Currently, Kinky Curly is available through their internet store. But I think this stuff could wind up becoming more popular, and who knows – maybe someday Afrobellas everywhere will be able to buy this stuff at their neighborhood beauty supply store. Lord knows it worked better for my hair type than half of the chemically-laden crap cluttering their shelves!

Look out for more hair reviews in weeks to come!

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