Product Review| Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls on Kinky Hair

by West Parsons on June 30, 2013 · 8 comments

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PRODUCT SPECS

Price: $14 (introductory price)
Where to Buy: MissJessies.com [+]
Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Polysorbate 20, Glycerin [+]
Product Claims: Jelly Soft Curls is your next must-have styler because it is specifically designed to leave your curls touchably soft and crunch free while at the same time giving your curls the shine and hold that you love.

This product was sent to me with no obligation to review from Miss Jessie’s.

THE REVIEW

Let me first say, I’m not really fond of gels as stylers, but I really wanted to to give Jelly Soft Curls  a whirl considering I’ve never reviewed a gel.  The directions recommend this product to be scrunched in after you have washed and conditioned your hair — I didn’t use it that way, but I also enlisted the help of my mom and she did use as directed in her TWA.

My Experience
This gel smells like fresh linen — straight up laundry lol. The consistency is not different from any other gel. I used it on two separate occasions to revive an old twist-out by setting them into a bantu knots.

During the first trial I did not use much on each section because I really expected my hair to frizz in some capacity, especially considering the humid weather, but it did not. The results were average. The photo below reveals my hair immediately after I removed the knots. HERE is what my hair looked like about 4 hours in, slightly void of moisture.


jellysoftcurls_trial1I set my hair again, the night before church, this time using a bit more product with a little oil almond oil underneath. I did notice some residue when twisting. Once my hair dried and I untwisted in the morning, with minimal but noticeable residue was evident — I was able to dust most of it out. My hair also felt crispy 0.O I tried to counter act that with use of my fav oil [+] on top, but that was in vain. Check out my IG video below and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @westNDNbeauty.

The photo below illustrates my hair after church on the same day.  To the bystander, it LOOKS fine — the definition held up pretty well. But for me, my hair did not FEEL it’s best.

jellysoftcurls_trial2My Mom’s Experience
My mom’s experience was similar to mine. She applied the gel to her TWA immediately after co-washing, while her hair was still damp. Once her hair started to dry, she mentioned her hair felt hard and was in search of a moisturizer. The photo below shows her hair’s texture after application.

jellysoftcurls_momFinal Thoughts
Overall, I don’t anticipate using this product again. I’m not sure if our experience has anything to do with our hair being kinky and not curly, but the fact that we both ended up with dry, crunchy hair is problem enough.

Have you used this product? What is your experience?

{ 8 comments }

Krystal M. July 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

I’ve used the product with wonderful results and I have kinky-coily hair. What I think is that you two used it in place of your moisturizer. Like, right after the wash and condish you put in the gel. They do say to use on damp hair, so I understand why you did. When I use the product, I use it AFTER I do my general LOC method as a way to hold in my styles (like if I’m doing a twist out). The result–cottony soft hair with a soft linen scent (giggles). I say give it another try but this is just another example of what works for one fro may not work for the other.

westNDNbeauty July 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hi Krystal Thanks for commenting. You’re suggestion is well taken. I also wanted to point that I used it over product that was already applied considering my hair was already in a twisted out style that I was attempting to revive definition for. I was concerned about the gel’s interaction which is why I did not add product using the LOC method. Maybe I will try it again — I’d prefer to use something from the same line, like Ms. Jessie’s Baby Buttercream as my moisturizer.
What moisturizer do you use?

Krystal M. July 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I use a myriad of moisturizers, lol. I think the first time I used it I used a product from this line called “Cute and Kinky” which is a simple shea butter and aloe vera mix. My oil mix is of hibiscus, castor, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, and sweet almond oil. On other days (I switch up moisturizers depending on the weather…because my hair is bougie like that, haha) I use Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Curl Defining Creme. In both instances, my hair came out soft and defined. My (natural) coils (4b hair) looked gaw-geous! Give it another shot on clean hair and see how it looks. I don’t think it’s a strong enough product on it’s one but when paired properly, it may do wonders.

tdwalton July 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

i used a sample package of this product once and i thought maybe i just didnt use enough but you confirmed it again, theres nothing special to me about miss jessies at all! i dont understand people’s faithfulness to this product

Debra July 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I don’t think I would like the “laundry” smell. What an odd choice for a hair product scent. What did you think if it?

Thetruthisoutthere August 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Hi – I’m late to the party here! Was looking for reviews and cocktails with the Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls. Like many reviewers, I’m just “I dunno” about this product.

Pros – It does not flake. The gel was easy to comb through with great slip, dried quickly, and held my 4c coils into ringlets for 3 days. I’m actually on day 7 now, and though the definition is gone and my 4a-3c strands have frizzed out, my hair still looks presentable.

Cons – it dried hard. Not “Ampro” or “EcoStyler” hard, but it dried with a firm hold. I did not scrunch out the crunch (cast) for fear it would frizz faster. I rubbed some castor oil over it the next morning, and a few days later some olive oil. I believe the oils contributed to the shine.

Will I purchase again? Probably if the price remains at $14.00. I used about 2 tbsp. to style my TWA so I anticipate getting a lot of uses out of the tube. I purchase KCCC/KCKT so sticker shock has worn off. Jelly Soft Curls holds my hair as well as Hawaiian Silky Curl Activator Gel or KCKC and doesn’t leave it tacky to touch. That alone is worth the repurchase.

Right now I am looking for a leave in that will nudge Jelly Soft closer to ‘moisturized’ while maintaining ‘hold’.

Anita November 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

My hair hates anything with glycerin and this was no exception. I have (and I hate the label) 3c hair and glycerin is not my friend. (Even in the summer)

Sharonda Allen April 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I tried the product and it wasn’t bad. So I tried another Miss Jessie’s product “something something curls. ” well it seems like they are just biting other brands ingredients and making wild names to get my attention. The pudding they have is still my favorite. I don’t know why they keep trying to go away from what made me like them in the first place. Copying is really tiresome especially when you think a customer won’t notice!