If you’re a fellow curly girl, you already know that finding great curly hair products in Dubai can be next to impossible. There are a few options, but I usually resort to Amazon.
This is why I am SO excited to post this review, I’ve heard so many great things about Jessicurl and I think it’s amazing that such a great curly hair brand is now available in Dubai.
British Beauty Brands (Jessicurl’s official distributor here) sent me the Rich and Radiant collection which is specifically for thick, curly hair that lacks moisture. They also sent me the Dessata detangling brush.
A brief intro about my hair- the hair that used to be purple? It’s a stretched out, dehydrated mess. I’ve tried tons of products in attempt to get some kind of curl pattern going on but none have worked. I usually resort to braiding my hair overnight. The rest of my hair is Type 3.
A brief intro to Jessicurl- the American brand was created in 2002 by Jess, who started out on the message boards of NaturallyCurly.com. She shares her own hair routine here, and comes across very knowledgable and helpful in their instructional videos and FAQs section. She also has gorgeous hair!
The brand promises to be silicone and sulphate free, as well as vegan. While the products are not 100% natural, they’ve enlisted all ingredients here and explained them well. Their products come in two scents- Island Fantasy, Citrus Lavender or you could opt for no scent.
Now, on to the Jessicurl routine I tried. I’ve gotten 3 uses out of the pack they sent me, so here’s what I can tell you for sure: Technique is everything. My usual method left me with wiry, undefined waves but trying out the Jessicurl method left me with shiny, defined curls.
The Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream is my favorite product from the range. It’s a moisturizing cleanser that leaves my scalp squeaky clean, my hair soft, and it does not dry out my hair at all. I usually follow the no shampoo method because shampoos make my hair feel like straw, and leave me with dry, frizzy hair and a destroyed curl pattern. This cleansing cream is perfection, it lathers up and cleanses like a shampoo but it’s so gentle and it doesn’t fade my hair colour. I am 100% purchasing the full size version!
Step 2 involves detangling my hair with a wide tooth comb. This can be a breeze or a nightmare depending on how emollient your conditioner is. Both the Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and Deep Conditioning Treatment made the detangling process easier. Too Shea! is meant for regular/ daily use while the Deep Conditioning Treatment is meant to be more of a weekly indulgence. They were both lightweight and hydrating, and neither left me with any greasiness or build-up issues.
Here’s the weird part- I felt like they were both equally hydrating on my hair, but I actually prefer the Too Shea! conditioner. It’s quicker to use (you only need to keep it on for 3-5 minutes) but I felt like it had the same effect as the Deep Conditioning Treatment (which you keep on for 20-30 minutes). Also, it didn’t weigh my hair down like the Deep conditioning Treatment did, so if you have fine hair, this is a winner. I also loved it as a leave in conditioner!
After washing the conditioner out, I move on to Step 3- styling. This is where the technique comes in! I flip my hair upside down (without wringing out any water) and apply Rockin’ Ringlets on to my soaking wet hair. Rockin’ Ringlets encourages curl formation and definition, while providing light to medium hold. You only need a tiny amount of product, and make sure you scrunch your hair to help form those curls. This stuff puts the waves back into my stretched out, damaged curls. I love it!
The next step is such a smart tip that I feel stupid for never thinking about it- scrunch the hair with a cotton tshirt to absorb the excess water. It definitely speeds up drying time and helps avoid weighing down curls. So genius, yet so simple. Also, I’m sure you already know this if you have curls but in case you don’t- never use a regular towel on your hair, only a microfiber towel or a a cotton tshirt, as the regular ones cause major frizz.
I then apply a small amount of Confident Coils Styling Solution, it’s supposedly pretty potent and too much of it can weigh your hair down. It basically provides hold, definition and keeps curls frizz free. I scrunch again and then move on to drying my hair with a diffuser. I dry my hair until it’s about 70% dry because any more than that cause major frizz and puffiness on me.
I’m pretty much done at this point, I let my hair air dry which takes ages. It makes this next tip super hard to stick to but it’s crucial in curly hair care- Don’t touch your hair until it is completely dry. I’m terrible at this FYI, it’s torture for me. Can you tell by how miserable I look in the photo? Hahah!
Here’s why I’m impressed with Jessicurl- while my natural curls look fab, the bleach- damaged hair at the top of my head usually just hangs straight but with their products, it’s wavy. Like I said before, most of the stuff I’ve tried before had zero effects on this hair.
I’m definitely looking forward to using their products more and experimenting with combinations, you can combine their styling products to see what works best for you. Going through their FAQs on the website will give you a few ideas. The only negative I experienced was frizz, it could be that my hair is so dry or that I live in Dubai, but I feel like I need a little more frizz control so I’m going to give their Spiralicious Styling Gel a shot.
I only used the Awe Inspiraling Spray on the damaged hair, the rest of my hair was still curly and intact. This revived the curl pattern but I would recommend using it along with Confident Coil or using it on damp hair because the scrunching technique left me with a lot of frizz.
And finally, let’s talk about the Dessata brush!
I had never heard about it before but I wanted to compare it to the Tangle Teezer. For one thing. the Dessata brushes cost less. You also get the option of choosing from funky, colorful designs and they have a mini and original size. Ergonomically, the original sized brush is easy to hold and use. I found the Dessata brush more effective in detangling, it definitely performs better on thick hair. I also saw a dramatic difference in terms of hair shedding, this brush seems to pull out less. The only con I can point out is that it’s slightly less pain- free, but I’m ok with that since it detangles a lot better and I don’t lose as much hair.
The original brush costs AED 50 and the mini costs AED 40.
Ok, let’s conclude this super long (but hopefully helpful and informative) post.
In short, Jessicurl products are a win for me. I’m interested in trying more of their products, especially The Oil Blend and Stimulating Scalp Massage (I’ll keep you posted!). You don’t have to get the entire collection, I’d recommend trying out a cleansing and styling product based on your hair type first. They have a helpful list here.
Prices of all products are listed on the British Beauty Brands Facebook page
If you’re in Dubai: All products listed in this post are available for purchase from Britsh Beauty Brands Dubai. You can contact them on Facebook, or visit their website. Jessicurl products are also available at Zanedo.
These products were sent to me but as always, my opinions are 100% honest.