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January 26, 2011

Curly Nikki Reviews Miss Jessie's Buttercreme


Hola Chicas,

So y'all know I'm off the wagon, right? In the past couple of weeks I've perused the hair aisles at Target and Ulta looking for the ultimate product to set my Dry Twist-n-Curl. I've spent 60 dollars and wasted time and effort. But I really need something to provide hold, lasting moisture, and lots of shine. Don't get me wrong, I love CURLS Souffle, I just wonder if something can keep my hair softer and moisturized past day three.

The morning after I returned the truck load of diapers to Target, I went back and hit up the 'boutique' hair product aisle. I've read countless (mixed) reviews of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding, Meringue, and Curly Buttercreme. The consensus is that the Buttercreme is the best product on the line- providing moisture, definition, and hold. Also, their tutorial recommends you use it on dry twist-outs.

Now, for those of you that have been following me from day one, you know how I feel about MJ. I can't knock their hustle. Their marketing is impeccable... genius even, Miko and Titi's hair is stunning, but the ingredients in their products... eh. I've become lenient over the years, dibbling and dabbling in silicones and commercial products, but I've managed to stay away from 'pore clogging' mineral oil and parafin. Ladies, I got caught up... curiosity was killing me and many of my hair idols seem to really like the Buttercream for sets. Plus, I checked out THIS ARTICLE on mineral oil and coconut oil, and finally convinced myself to give it a try. I looked over my shoulder, picked up the 28 dollar (Father Abraham!) jar of MJ, and slyly slipped it into my basket. True story... like I was afraid one of y'all were going to see and judge me!

I've used it twice... both times on dry hair. It's thick, creamy, and smells like Thin Mints. I was light handed the first time, and a little heavier handed the second use. Both times my hair was left frizzy, limp, and ridiculously greasy. I hate 'feeling' the product on my hair. Sadly, it's a no-go. I can see how this product could potentially help protect my fine strands (the way Ultra Sheen did when my mom was doing my bra strap length hair in the '80s), but it's not for me... way too heavy. On a positive note, my hair was very soft and felt moisturized for 4 or 5 days. I'm assuming the emollients in the cream made my hair soft, which is not to be confused with moisture... this product would probably be good for sealing in a water based moisturizer.

I went shopping in my hair closet last night and decided that today, after a wash, and condition, I will give the KeraCare Naturals Butter Cream a try. I'll report back soon!


Have you tried MJ's ButterCreme? What did you think?

98 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

HAHA!! Girl, you are hilarious!! I must say that you did MUCH better than I did. I can't get past those PRICES, LAWD JESUS!! NO ma'am. I am glad that you wrote this review, and we have the same type of hair so I will repectfully decline MJ's products. Thanks for sharing this! :-)

Anonymous said...

LOL @ you thinking that you'd get caught buying the Miss Jessie's. LOL!!!

I used to be hooked on the Baby Buttercreme. I like the way it smells better than the Curly Buttercreme - the Baby Buttercreme smells like custard. I used to use it on my daughter's natural hair because of the smell and the way it "seemed" to provide a lot of moisture. I also used to use it on my edges (when my hair was relaxed. Well, after a while (meaning years) and who knows how many dollars later, I admitted to myself that the product seemed to add a lot of buildup to my daughter's hair. And I started to notice that as I started transitioning to natural, the Baby Buttercreme was irritating my edges! I started seeing redness and itching around my edges. I started using more natural products (like Bee Mine, Jane Carter) and I noticed that there was no irritation and no buildup. Best of all, I liked the cumulative effect the natural products seemed to have: they seemed to condition my hair, the more I used them.

Sheik ;-) said...

LOL! yeah the prices are what I can't get over either. I must say I have tried it...only by going into my aunt's stash of junkism but I wasn't impressed I have very thick hair and it just weighed it down :(

Anonymous said...

Nikki,

This is my first time commenting. I've been following your site for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it! Thanks for continuing to provide information regarding natural hair styles, products, etc. I also love how friendly everyone is on the message boards. Tis' a beautiful thing :)

At any rate, I've also tried MJ Buttercreme & Baby Buttercreme. It is very heavy and it does make your hair feel weighed down. I have pretty dry hair so I was looking for a heavy product but I think the Buttercreme is a bit much. Plus, I can't afford it (I got my jar at a trade show). Maybe it just isn't for everyone.

:)

Anonymous said...

LOL! Nik you are hilarious. Thanks for being so real. I had a similar experience with their products, but I kind of like the Stretch Silkening Cream.

Anonymous said...

Even though the Curly Buttercream was a no go, there is a lot of junk science floating around on the internet about what products you can and can't use. I'm kind of tired of people who don't understand basic chemistry insisting that they know what you can and can't use on your hair. Mineral oil doesn't clog your pores in your scalp. I don't know who ever made that up. While there are other oils that are more similar to sebum that you can use, you won't stop your hair from growing by using cheaper mineral oil products, and people should pick things that agree with their hair and skin (so for example, some people might have allergies to certain things). These mass produced items that are made in the U.S. do have to pass certain standards and are regulated by the FDA.
I think that the Buttercream can work for hair that likes heavy products. I have a friend who uses it, but her hair is a different texture.
I wish more of us studied chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry in college and grad school so more of us knew when we were being sold a false bill of goods. Some of the stuff I read people repeating online is ridiculous and a little embarassing.

Anonymous said...

P.S...I am SO SO glad that Naturally Curly got an actual chemist/polymer scientist to explain this all...I hope a lot of people read that article and stop spreading nonsense.

kitka82 said...

The Curly Buttercreme was aight on my thick kinks. I grabbed the 2-oz jar at a BSS for nearly $10! Yeesh.... For $10, I want 2 oz of pure magic! Or diamonds...

Sike... seriously, have you tried Donna Marie's Super Buttercreme? It's much lighter, still creamy, but fluffy and not oily. Also, I think it's like $12.00 for an 8 ounce jar.

Dana said...

Hilarious!!!!

Ok... so this is my second and final time going natural. On my first go around I used MJ's products faithfully for the first two months of having a TWA. I BC'ed in July and my hair even though very short was big! MJ's was the only thing that would defrizz and tame my curls... However it wasn't conductive to my budget and it was a little drying. The buttercreme was great at first, but was super greasy, and I couldn't take it. The Curly Pudding made my hair super dry and sticky! I lightened up and wasn't using as much and that didn't help either...

The only products that I would buy of the MJ line is the Curly Meringue & the Baby Buttercreme... That worked best in my hair.

Now that I'm natural again, I can't bring myself to buy their products. Even though I see them everytime I go into Target. I just can't do it...

Anonymous said...

I have tried Curly Pudding & Curly Buttercream more than once. I love the way MJ's products smile, but my hair just doesn't like them.

Anonymous said...

When i first BC'd back in March 2010, MJs, Buttercreme and quick curls was GREAT for my TWA. After reading your blog and product reviews, and having about 6 inches now, I have been using KeraCare with love. I recently went back to MJ in my prodauct closet, after running out of Keracare, and it softened my hair but made it super DRY, if that makes sense....yeah my locks dont like it anymore :-(

Sarah

Anonymous said...

that was insanely hilarious!
i tried the baby buttercreme sample and it was just ok. i liked the smell and everyone else, but it didnt do much style/moisture wise. Shame.


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CURLYNIKKI said...

thanks ladies!

Sarah, which KeraCare products are you using?

Anonymous said...

I picked up the Quick Curls from Target for $32. My husband looked at me like I was crazy. I used it and it was just ok, but not worth the price tag. I returned it and got my money back. I went to Target today and noticed that all of the Miss Jessie's products are on clearance. I wonder if they are discontinuing the line from the Target stores?

Anonymous said...

My sister loves MJ's Curly Pudding (but she also likes really really flat hair, go figure), I tried a bit of it when I was transitioning on my new growth and it did define the curl pattern and provided hold but it didn't provide any moisture - isn't it supposed to?? I don't think I should have to use 5 accessory products to make one $30 product cooperate. That one was a no-go for me.

Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone
I am currently transitioning I just started 2 months since my last relaxer. Should I start using products for natural hair or relaxed hair since the majority of my hair is still relaxed? Thank you so much for this site Curlynikki. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Carla said...

The price plus inferior ingredients always turns me away. Thank you for the balanced review!

Breanna said...

Target will take back any of the MJ products whether opened,used or not lol..lol. Believe I know I've tried 3 of their products and returned back because of smell or didn't like how it made my hair feel. I got my money credited back to my credit card in 2 days.

I actually like the baby buttercreme that I got in the BOGO that I had purchased in the 16oz. I sent off the 2nd one to a newbie along with some other items. The CB is good, but the peppermint smell was to strong, and the CP loved the smell but hated how my hair dried feeling like straw.

Samantha said...

Well I've never used the buttercreme, but I've used the baby butter. I find it's a lot better than their other products, especially as far as build-up is concerned. As you said, it did make my hair feel soft, but the friz and poofiness (not a real word, I know) was unbearable. It also took at least 3 shampoo sessions to get all the residue out....it's probably the wax that's included in most mj products.

Anonymous said...

@Breanna - Love Target's return policy. I was very hesitant about spending 32 bucks. I was willing to give it a try but didn't love it. Got my money back no questions asked.

Breanna said...

Check out this Henna tutorial that "Thesistahchick" fellow youtuber did on her hair.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoWWbz9QZZU&feature=player_profilepage

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It looks really good, now I didn't buy it myself. I brought the Henna & Placenta Mask from the BSS store. Have any of you ladies tried it yet, and did you like it or not?

Anonymous said...

First two thumbs up, I refused to spend the money on that jar, but I did purchase the 2oz bottle for $9. That in of itself was ridiculous but I wanted to try it and thus I did. It was one of the first lines I tried when transitioning. I did not like it at all. It left my hair greasy feeling which I hate. I have thick fine hair so oily things on my overall head is a no-no. But recently I pulled it out again for a bunnining experiment and for my edges. And I must say for helping my fly aways lay down when I want a bun or a head band is where it's at for this product. And I am light handed with it. Needless to say I am getting my $9 dollars worth because I purchased it in August and still have half left. It is good for 4-5 day hair when you need something to help wrap it up and keep it pushing, but I would never use on my whole head wet or dry. This also holds true for the baby buttercreme. a little goes a LONG way.

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of the baby buttercreme (it smells beter), for my dry hair it gave me the feeling of moisture that I needed. I don't use it as much as I used to though bcs it costs too much and my hair loves coconut oil just the same.

Anonymous said...

@ Nikki- girl, I would have been looking around too! I was secretly hoping it didn't work for you. LOL! Why? Because what works for you, seems to work on my hair too and I didn't want my pj seduced! LOL!

cmongood said...

I detest the smell. I only own it because it came with the 4a curly cocktail. It's icky and pointless and now I need your help finding something better.

KIMBERLY said...

I personally would like to thank MJ, had they not put their product at Target i would hv never found SheaMoisture curl enhancing smoothie! the BC and BBC was very greasy my hair was weighed down and when i washed it out my hair felt like a brillo pad not to mention all that heavy oil product had my face it a state of constant acne outbreak...everything is not for everybody!!!!

CURLYNIKKI said...

I already feel less motivated to do my hair, lol. I'm so tired y'all. I'm putting off today what I can do on Friday. Rocking this dry arse bun for 2 more days :)

Anonymous said...

Nikki you are outrageous! Too funny about looking over your shoulder at the store. I won't tell nobody! I personally like Miss Jessies Curly Pudding and Baby Buttercreme. No two heads are a like!

kisha said...

i must say when i bc'd last year i used the curly and it tingled on my scalp, i learned the hard way how much build up u get from consistently using it everyday and have to thoroughly wash WITH poo to get it out.

as my hair got longer i used the baby creme, yes im a sucker for punishment but surprisingly i liked it better than the curly! it made it softer and i got hold but after about Day 3 or 4 it feels icky n gooky :( furthermore...i can see why it would be on clearance...dont nobody wanna pay no dmn $30 for an 8 oz (other than nikki, lol) and im NOT payin $50 for a DC...i take part in the BOGO's only!

Regina said...

Wonderfully balanced review, I feel the same way about the buttercream and I really wanted to like it.

Anonymous said...

Nikki - I can't stand most of the MJ products but the Curly Meringue is great! It is light, smells good and gives me a great hold past 3 days! Happy twisting.

Anonymous said...

CN, I just HAVE to thank you for this article because it taught me why my hair HATES coconut oil: "Those with very porous hair may find that coconut oil penetrates too much into the interior of the hair, which can cause its own set of problems such as frizz, greasiness, and limp hair" which is exactly what happens when i have applied coconut oil to my hair EVERY TIME. I thought something was wrong with me, why would such a glorified product do me wrong, now i see it is probably because my hair is highly porous!!

shamigreen said...

LOL... Raise your hand if you'd like to browse Nikki's hair closet... I know I would :)

naturallytia.com said...

Great review! I have some MJBC as well as other MJ products in my stash and found that if I use very little of it on wet hair after applying my leave in it works well, keeps my hair soft and moisturized. The price doesn't really bother me because it lasted me all year (til the next BOGO sale). However, there are products that work better on my hair so it's not a HG for me. Hope you find something that works for ya and can't wait to hear about the Keracare, my inner PJ has been eyeing it!!

Anonymous said...

It's funny you posted this today, Nikki, b/c I recently purchased the trial size jar of Curly Pudding. After using it last night, this morning, I woke up to the best braid out I've ever done. I did a dry braid out with cornrows and satin rollers on my ends. I dampened the braids lightly afterwards. I'm 14 months post relaxer. My hair is shiny, soft,frizz-less and big. Just what I wanted!
MJ has it's negative features (price and ingredients) but it gave me great results! I'm adding it to my arsenal.

Ivy said...

I haven't read all of the comments, but I live in the NYC area, and you can go to Ricky's and get a small size for 7 bucks. It's enough to twist your hair up about twice. Plus Ricky's has LOTS of hair products.

Anonymous said...

Okay went to Target today to get some Miss Jessie's and they were all marked down and I was told they were being discontinued in target. What gives????? Do I have to go back to paying shipping?

Mahogany Soul said...

Qhemet Biologics Amla heavy cream has a similar consistency but isn't greasy. it also leaves my 4a/4b hair moisturized for days. The price is definitely way better and that 8 oz jar I have will last me through the winter as little goes a long way :)

Anonymous said...

If you're experiencing dryness...Have you tried Kimmaytube's leave-in? I use it regularly and it keeps my hair moisturized for 7 days.

Devonee said...

Mahogany Soul, I like QB Amla and Olive Heavy Cream too. I mix it with QB Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm. I'm not too fond of MJ Buttercream (too heavy), Pudding (too flakey) or Meringue (too flakey). I do like the Super Sweetback Treatment.

DvaAuNaturel said...

@Anonymous 1:52 PM "These mass produced items that are made in the U.S. do have to pass certain standards and are regulated by the FDA." That does not mean those products are good for your or are necessarily safe. We hear all the time in the news about products and some of the foods that our FDA regulates get recalled and/or get contiminated (remember spinach and e.coli, beef recalls, PhenFen, etc.). Check out recalls here http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm. Thank goodness for the chemist who do exist on these blogs. As long as we understand the basics we're good - we don't need to be certified chemists or studied chemistry in depth if that was not a major. Don't be embarrased. If you have the knowledge, pay it forward and share with others in some forum. I don't even know why I'm saying all this. I guess your post was just a little condescending and unnecessary IMO.


Anyway, I used to use Buttercreme and it was greasy. LOL @ Nikki sneaking around in Target buying MJ. Wish it would have worked for you but it sounds like you have plenty of alternatives in your product closet ;-D.

Anonymous said...

You should have tried the baby buttercreme, the curly buttercreme is a bit too greasy for me also, baby buttercreme is the best thing from miss jesses

Melodee said...

Nikki you keep me rolling!

My PJ'ism started with MJ and I bought BIG jars of Curly Pudding, Baby Buttercreme, AND the Curly Meringue!

My hair tolerates MJ products for maybe 4 days and then I end up with frizz and no curl definition. I'm trying to use up all of the crap that I have bought, before I continue my search for the ultimate product (whatever it may be).

If any of you ladies have any suggestions for a light weight styling product that moisturizes and doesn't cost me my first born let me know!

Anonymous said...

I tried baby buttercreme as a sample and ended up leaving it at my boyfriend's for his daughters. Left my hair greasy but not moisturized. Sill have 16 oz size of curly pudding and meringue sitting in the bathroom both leave me with snowflakes and dried out twists. Hello Uncle Funky's Daughter curly magic and extra butter my staples!

Breanna said...

FYI ladies "BeadsBraidsBeyond" is giving away 2 Tangle Teezer Magic Flowerpots on the blog for the kids.

http://beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.com/2011/01/were-giving-away-two-tangle-teezer.html

Anonymous said...

I always appreciate an honest review. I started using MJ during my transition from relaxed to natural. It was the first products I purchased and I went IN! I bought all the sample sizes and fell in love with the smells. MJ is what allowed me to transition so long and made both of my textures manageable. Once I BC'd, MJ had to go. Pudding wasn't working in my coils and I hated how much product it seemed I needed just to get it to perform the way I wanted...and the price..LAWD! But, it was love at first sight, and if my hair liked it now, I would totally slap on some Baby Buttercream as a sealer... I ain't gonna lie, lol. Smells amazing and smooths down some mean edges...haha!

Anonymous said...

@Melodee, try Hydrathermal Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion.

healthyhairjourney.com

The growth is attributed to the emu oil in it, but its super lightweight, smells like vanilla icing and wow it makes my hair super soft. 8oz for $18.99 I think. A little goes a long way. It's a staple for me.

Anonymous said...

Miss Jessie is OVERRATED!!! It's way too expensive and there are so many other products that do just as good if not better than them for way less money!! Sorry Miss Jessie you are too expensive we are in a recession!

Ladybug said...

Nikki, love ur site! It has made my life so much easier. About Miss Jessie's Buttercreme - hated it! I have two jars in my house from last years BOGO sale. 1. It stinks - I don't like minty things in my hair, too medicine-y. 2. Too greasy. 3. It does not crossover to wet sets (that is a double suck for me).
I did like MJ's Curly Pudding for my wet sets. And the frangance is wonderful.

Claudette said...

You might like the baby buttercreme. I hear that it's a lot lighter. I'm considering retrying it. I forgot why I stopped using it. I recently bought an 8oz 70% full jar of Carol's Healthy Hair butter for $7 (that included s&h) on lola's green hair so I'm excited to try that.

Anonymous said...

I've never used Miss Jessie's products. Though I have been curious, the price tag stops me cold, lol! I have been using the Keracare Natural Textures line for the past month and I like it. I think I need to play with the products a little more and see how they fare with other products that I use, but as a line of products, they are pretty good. If they become more available in stores I might be inclined to put them in my rotation regularly. I've used the Cleansing Cream (love) the Leave-In Conditioner, the Butter Cream and the Twist and Define Cream. Pretty decent prices too compared to what I've paid for other products!

Anonymous said...

I tried this when I BC'd a few years ago (bought a sample size that was still pretty expensive at about $7-$9) and thought it was just okay. I felt it just kinda laid on top of my hair. (Kanye shrug) ~KF519

Anonymous said...

I didn't have any luck with Curly Buttercreme or the Baby Buttercream. I HATE the smell - I feel like I smelled like toothpaste! My husband has had a lot of success with MJ's products. He uses the CB when his hair is low and Curly Pudding when it is fuller. The only MJ product that I swear by is the Quick Curls for wash-n-go. And I only buy their products when they are BOGO! Too expensive!

Stacy said...

LOL...I thought that MJ's products were all I should use at first but quickly learned that the price and build up were not worth it. I do like their conditioners though. My hair responds well to Jane Carter's products. I have tried Curls and Keracare and by the second day it left my a little dry. :(

Anonymous said...

I am going skrate to Target before work tonight and stalk the MJ for clearance prices.

My 4b/c curls are fine and dry - I tried the Baby Buttercreme for my twistouts a few weeks ago, and now I'm no longer ashamed if anyone touches my hair.

If loving you is wrong - I don't wanna be right...

~Thetruthisoutthere

Anonymous said...

I used to love them as well but the product build up and heaviness is only great when needing to have the hair smooth for a bun or a puff. My new thing for dry twist outs--aloe vera gel from TJs and carefree curl gel activator--YES, CARE FREE CURL! Go light on the activator. The moisture and definition cannot be beat!

Peace and Blessings All!

Anonymous said...

I first tried Miss Jessie's Buttercreme because of their BOGO sale and all of the hype surround the company. It's a good product but it's not worth the price. I'm a broke college student and spending that amount for a product that does not consist of the best ingredients is NOT a good investment. I stopped using it 1. because I noticed my hair actually grew slower and 2. it left my hair feeling way too greasy. I sold the other Curly Buttercreme on Ebay lol. I went back to Shea Moisture products which are cheaper with MUCH better ingredients.

Anonymous said...

I only tried baby butter creme as well as curly pudding. if you are going to have cheap ingredients, then don't charge me 58 dollars. it is like whole foods charging more money for regular pesticide ridden fruits and veggies. What is your line of reasoning? Anyways..Return it! get your full refund, or exchange it. As for curly pudding if you are curious, it leaves white residue on a fierce looking braid out. mad me so sad

Anonymous said...

lol at nikki at target. Great review, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh and I hate the regular buttercreme but find the baby one to be a little lighter, still greasy though.

Anonymous said...

I purchased the 8 oz baby buttercreme & curly pudding during their BOGO sale. My hair LOVED the curly pudding - I had the best braid out ever and it smells so good. And I didn't have the FRIZZ factor going on! I also like the baby buttercreme; used at night to moisturize hair before bed. Due to their pricing, I think will only purchase during their yearly BOGO sale.

Bronxgirl said...

I am a child of depression era parents. I just couldn't open my purse to pay those kind of prices and I am well beyond the age of believing in 'miracle' products! Reviews have not been particularly kind to MJ products. They speak for me...NEXT!

Anonymous said...

I recently bought Miss Jessie's baby Buttercreme during their BOGO sale. On the first use I liked how my twists came out but my hair was very very greasy. I could not even put my hand in my pair. I absolutely hate feeling greasy hair like that. On day 2, my roots were just as greasy but looked dry. I am hell bent on using all the product since I paid so much for it but I give it a thumbs down. No Ms Jessie for me anymore.

Amber said...

I tried Miss Jessie's because it worked so well for a friend of mine. I wasn't impressed with what it did for my hair. I got better results with cheaper products so I'm never buying it again.

Tiffani said...

I am so glad to have read this post today!!!!! I have had this product for about 2 years now and have struggled with how to use it and thus only using it sporadically along with the Curly Pudding. Btw I still have NO idea what anyone could use the Curly Pudding for, it's just bad news all over. So, I had just reviewed it on naturally curly.com's Product Search and it didn't have very high reviews. Just two days ago I put in on my natural curls and I loved that it defined them without making it crunchy but it still left them feeling greasy and weighed down. I have a really small jar that I got from a "natural" salon in Charlotte bc lord knows they are super expensive and I hope you take yours right back to Target with their lovely 90 day return policy. I am still on the fence on finding the right product to give me moisture and definition and not leave my curls crunchy.

Anonymous said...

ok, i have crossed the buttercream off of my list of MJ products. My hair likes their products other than the buttercream. i have had stylist tell me that i have the hair for the buttercream, but it leaves my hair sticky icky. I usually use the curly meringue. however, i always, always put a mosturizer under mj products. if i don't it will come out hard. I don't know what the difference is, but that is the only way it works for me. I have realized also, i can't really use mj products with high humidity areas. i have switched to shea moisture and curlz products that don't have glycerin.

Andrea S said...

$28???? I was in Target yesterday and it was on sale for FIFTY-THREE DOLLARS AND EIGHTY FOUR CENTS (yes, I needed to spell that out)! If ever I deceide to purchase it, I expect a magician to jump out of the jar and style my hair into something ferociously fierce that last at least a week.

Anonymous said...

I have been using MJ's products for years, and I love the Curly Buttercream during the winter. Honestly, winter in Chicago and Eastern Iowa -- I need something heavy on my hair, because my hair and skin are so dry. I guess it is a little oily, but I have tried almost every non-gel styler, and NOTHING else works to style my curls. I use the ecostyler during the warmer months.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why MJ's products are so expensive. I would understand if there products were natural but there not. Kinky curly cost less than Miss Jessie's and Kinky Curly has natural ingredients.

tweet said...

I tried it too nikki and like you it left my hair so greasy that i couldnt comb through it and this was my third attempt before discarding it

Anonymous said...

I am not an ingredient guru so the ingredient list wasn't as big as a turn off as the price... however, I heard all the rave reviews, bit the bullet and spent 38 bux (there was no sample size at Target). None the less, the product was greasy and waxy on my hair...I had no idea that I could've returned it for a refund... I hope I can find my receipt!!!!!!!!!

Afrochic

Anonymous said...

I brought the product last year on the buy get one free promotion. all I can say I won't be buying it ever again..it just sits on my hair no moisture. I brought it last year december and i still have the jar half full. I'll just stick 2 Anita grant which now delivers free across the uk :D

East African Londoner

lynis said...

Honestly, I'm not impressed with any of the MJ products. I've purchased the Curly Pudding, Curly Buttercream, Baby Buttercream, Curly Meringue, Stretch Silkening Cream and the Super Sweetback. Yes, I admit I am a product junkie, but most of them were in the 2 oz size just so I could try them. I was not impressed at all. I love Shea Moisture on my hair and Jane Carter Solutions Twist & Lock for my coils. MJ is way too expensive and it has yet to give me the results that I was hoping for. So I'm with you Nikki. Just because it costs a lot, doesn't mean it always works.

Kellistarr said...

I really like the MJ line. Me and the Curly Meringue, we get along, swell. I mean that is truly one of my hair's best friends! Right now, it is my top rated curl cream because it gives me that definition, hold and shine all in one product. I also get 7 day hair with this awesome stuff. I've got no problems with either of the butters; Quick curls is great; love the conditioning treatments and shampoos. Yep, I really like this line. These products last a long time and I usually use the stylers and the butters (baby buttercreme being my favorite) on wet hair. Trust me, I have tried some products, will continue to do so, but the MJ line is always on my list!

DOO'S N DONT'S said...

Nikki and Others who have commented,

Thank you for saving me some "dolla dolla bills ya'll".

I recently reviewed the curly pudding and the end result is a no-go as well. I was going to buy the buttercreme but probably won't now that i've read the reviews here. I'm curious about KeraCare now.

Tyne

Mbamom said...

MJ's are my staple products. I love the curly buttercreme!! If is funny what works for some may not work for others. I got tremendous growth from the MJ Sweetback treatment. I use the these two as well as the white unscented pudding. I have the 8oz purple pudding for two stranded twist that I need a lot of hold on. But I am beginning to believe that the two strand twist is not the style for me. I just can not get the finished look to please me.

Mella said...

Love this site. :)

Your one line about MJ was pretty good: indeed, they have a great hustle going on. I, for one, in the part of my journey where I was making every attempt in the universe to learn how to better style my natural kinks, actually plunked down the $500 to get my hair styled by the two genii themselves on a trip to NY a few years back. Did I learn a tip or two about styling? Yes. Was my hair cute? Hella, though nothing I can't do on my own now that I'm more practiced. Worth it? Yes, but only because it was getting a peek behind the curtain at the Emperor of Oz. I was flat out told what the limits of my hair type were (which aren't true by any means) and was pressured (repeatedly!) to get their version of a texturizer, as that was apparently the only way I would experience a 'defined curl.' In spite of my experience I went on using the curly buttercream because it did, indeed seemed to make my hair feel softer. Little did I know at the time that softer /= presence of moisture. Now that I know about other products, I'm happily off the MJ wagon entirely. (BTW, the Curly Buttercream only worked for me as a wet twist out anyway)

For those that don't know about the Emperor of Oz... he's just another dude, y'all.

ChicaRizada94 said...

I could never use MJ. I refuse to hand over nearly $40 for less than 10 oz of product! Also, one reason why the Curly Pudding might be making your hair dry: it contains disodium EDTA, an ingredient usually found in shampoos (near the end of the ingredients list, but still). It's fine if you're washing it out, but it's drying when left in. Also, it includes violet ext. 2, a harsh, irritating dye used in purple-tinted hair products.

Anonymous said...

at the moment Miss Jessies products are buy one get one FREE at Target. I LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

If you go to Amazon.com, you can get the 16oz Baby Buttercreme for $24! Cheaper than the BOGO sale. I got the Buttercreme and the Curly Pudding. I know $24 is still expensive, but that is a huge drop from $58!! :)

Anonymous said...

I used to look forward to the BOGO sales for MJ and I would sacrifice to buy - it was the ONLY time I would purchase/stock-up due to expense)! I loved the cleansing conditioner/shampoo, Curly Butter Creme, and the Curly Pudding (made my 2-strand twists crisp,last longer & smelling great). Over year ago I had to make a strict lifestyle change in my diet due to a break down of my immune system. I had to eliminate processed foods, all sugar, antibiotic/hormone ridden foods and another holistic doctor advised not to use hair & skin products with parabens, disodium EDTA, propylene glycol, etc. As you know, these ingredients are in many topical and food products we use daily! Well, MJ has some of these ingredients in them! I am not knocking MJ as I use to recommend them to many and neither am I knocking any other "natural" products because I have used what worked on my hair and liked some of them in moderation. I am not fully educated on what the effects of these ingredients are long-term as I am no biologist, physics, etc. (Thank you Curly Nikki for your piece on Ingredients & citing resources on 11/28). Although I am much better now, my situation is a bit sensitive due to my health but it's a blessing in disguise because it made me more aware & able to help others. I realize any organic or natural product has to have some kind of preservative in order for it to last longer than a few days/weeks but I just don't know at what cost. I am just venting (thank you for listening) because I am a little disappointed I have to put off using one of my favorite MJ products. I love Naptural85's youtube vids of how to make natural shea butter creme and flaxseed gel and I believe the gel will give me the same result as the curly pudding. Of course I love all the ideas and information from CurlyNikki's wonderful blog (I'm thinking about doing henna treatments). I also use Shea Moisture and Jane Carter Solutions. So, I'm still grateful...just wanted to share. :)

Anonymous said...

I just switched back to Kinky-Curly Curling Custard from Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. I loved the smell, but I just wasn't getting the curl definition that I wanted. I still love the Curly Buttercreme, though. It makes my hair soft and manageable and doesn't feel too heavy for everyday use. But I only put it on my hair, not my scalp, which is another story all together.

Shellz said...

I just stumbled on this gem of a page!So far I love what I have read. I am currently transitioning to natural, so while I am wearing braids to grow out my perm I need this information to help me prepare for my natural hair! Pardon me while I take in all of this wonderful information!

cktall said...

I am adding my 2 cents after reading all of this on MJs buttercreme. I felt it left my hair oily - just lots of oil residue and I am not used to that. I took my twist out while wet and the shine was amazing and it dried just like that - shrunk a little more than usual but I think that was because I took the twist out while wet. I paid 32 bucks for this at a local Target - and will never buy it again.

Anonymous said...

I am also transitioning for a year now, decided to cut the relaxer out and try MJ's products after getting ideas from other ladies who are natural. It is definitely expensive, on top of heavy and greasy. I purchased the curly meringue and the buttercream. I've wasted $60 on two products that I've used maybe a dime size of. I can't return it because my daughter purchased it from a Korean store instead of Target. I now use the Kinky Curly Custard which produces a great curl.

Anonymous said...

Wow. My hair must be really different from most other kinky/curlies on this thread, because my experience with Miss Jessie's CBC has been great. Is it expensive? Yes. But a little goes a long way. My first 8 oz. jar lasted a month and a half, which I don't find unreasonable at all. My hair LOVES moisture and CBC does the trick when it comes to moisturizing and elongating my kinky curls. I did the "big chop" three months ago. My natural is still quite short, so I don't mind a little "puffiness." I've read several comments here about CBC weighing down the hair. Perhaps I'll experience the same thing once my hair grows out more, but so far so good.

livelovelaugh331 said...

I need that keracare buttercream review in my life. I got the twist define and cleansing creams based on your other review and loved them. Can't wait to hear about the butter cream.

Emily said...

I did a big chop New Years Eve, so I only have a few inches of hair but the baby buttercreme works well for me. I just recently bought it and the times I have used it my hair has been noticeable softer and shinier. I have a spray bottle that I mix olive oil, kinky curly leave in, and water. I spray this on first then use the baby buttercreme and sometimes a little coconut oil to finish. I wash once a week and I use kinky curly custard but try to ise it only on days I wash. This is working great so far but I'm sure I will have to make some adjustments as it gets longer.

NegRican said...

I'm not impressed with MJ, Mixed Chicks, or Kinky Curly not on my hair anyway. I actually love Carol's Daughter products almost everything except the Black Vanilla line. I also love the Organix ine of products, especially Argan oil. I REALLY wanna try Kerastase/ Kercare but it's SO pricey. Kiehls is also a good line and not TOO expensive.

Anonymous said...

I always appreciate the honest reviews. For me, I actually love this product, but only for protective styling (twists and braids). I wouldn't recommend twist/braid outs with this product. My hair is fine and extremely dry. Using this product left my hair soft, silky, and bouncy, even though it is a heavy product. My only negative comments would be that you have to use a clarifying shampoo to get it out (I dislike clarifying shampoos) and its too expensive. I am still looking for a cheaper alternative, but until then I have yet to find a product my hair likes better and I've been natural 4 1/2 years!

Anonymous said...

I loved reading comments on here, It is interesting to find out how products from different people.I have very thick hair which has a natural curl pattern. It just seems to drink up, literally, everything I put on it! My loves loves Ms.Jessies for everything! Finger coils, two-stand twist, braid out, wash and go --it works great!! I will however opt not to use the Baby Buttercream because of the mineral oil content.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read all of the reviews, but I've heard that kinky curly is a wonderful product. I live in po-dunk Oklahoma which offern NOTHING for women of color. If anyone has tried "Kinky Curly" would you please write your review.
Thank!

Kadie said...

I've tried the kinky curly knot today on wet hair and it honestly detangles REALLY well. When applied to wet, sectioned hair, it has great slippage and I can easily slide and detangle with my fingers.
I also tried it with the kinky curly curling custard, and noticed the curl definition although my sister couldn't so well. I'm not sure if I put too little for the difference to show real well, but my hair was fairly soft as it dried.
HTH

braddycurl1 said...

I tired the MJ Buttercreme and the Baby Buttercreme on two separate tries. I even washed with the shampoo and conditioner and my hair was a mess. It was greasy, frizzy and made my curls limp. I couldn't make it pass day one. The smell was really too strong, made me a little sick. I was able to try the products from a friend so I'm glad I didn't have to waste my money.

I had to use a cleanser to shampoo with and go back to my old-tried and true CURLS. My hair is back to normal.

Meli H Bailey said...

Carol's Daughter black vanilla does nothing for 4b hair. It does not promote curls or anything and the leave in is super liquidy. It provides no slip and does not help with detangling. the vanilla hair smoothie does make my hair soft but does not promote curls. All in all Carol's daughter is a waste. pay attention to your hair type before trying that

Sydney said...

I love MJ's but the Curly Buttercreme is pretty thick. I prefer to use the Baby Buttercream to smooth my edged and the root portion of my hair when I put it into twists. I love, love, love their Rapid Recovery. It's the best DT I've ever used. I've never tried using the buttercreme to set a twist out. I use shea leave in and argan oil on top to seal.

photogenic305 said...

I love The Curly Buttercreme.I have used it on my twist out and I really like it.
I have not tried any of the other products.

Aisha W. said...

I, too, live in "Po-dunk" Oklahoma. Lol. I live in Southeastern OK and even I have been able to find Kinky Curly not too far from my town. I have to drive 30 minutes to Fort Smith, AR... but it's at the Target there. Lol. Also, if you're not too far from OKC there is a natural hair shop on 29th street in Del City and one in Moore (but I can't remember where). It's called Go Natural 24/7 and their website is gonatural247 dot com. Oh, and a Wholefoods opened fairly recently in North OKC and they sell Kinky Curly as well as other natural friendly products. Moreover, if you live in the vicinity of Tulsa there is a Wholefoods there. Even here in OK, there's stuff... depending on where you live. I know this is an old post, but if you happen to see this I hope it helps!!! Oklahoma may be a bit behind on some things, but the natural hair scene is growing.... even where I live!

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