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!

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  • 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!