Overall, Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls deserves *1.5 planet* because while I feel the love for my hair, I’m not really feeling it for planet earth. Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls is a black-owned hair care business that takes pride in making sure their packaging and the product itself is “certified organic.” This label is backed up by the company’s product transparency of displaying the ingredients on the packaging. However, this is less impressive when this information is legally required. Also, many of the ingredients are not as familiar at first glance. This means that more research had to be done. While this is another brand that started at the kitchen table and it’s initial mission was to help people who struggle with hair maintenance, there is not much information of a mission to help the environment. This is a family owned company, but their production is primarily ran on machinery and manpower. A lot of their information can not be found easily on their website or social media platforms. I suggested to them to be a bit more transparent with their production methods and packaging content on their website. Even writing a short blog about the “behind-the-scenes” at Miss Jessie’s won’t hurt. Well, that is if things are what they’re said to be.
Using certain ingredients that included palm oil byproducts (ceterayl alcohol) and amodimethicone (a kind of silicone mixture) makes me wonder of Miss Jessie’s impact on the environment. But it turns out after some research that while the name of the ingredients are fairly complex words, they are simple ingredients that water soluble meaning they can readily biodegrade in the environment. So good for your hair and the earth? Yes, ma’am!
_PRODUCT INGREDIENTS:_ *WATER (AQUA),CETEARYL ALCOHOL (https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/gc/c3gc41338a/unauth#!divAbstract)(fatty alcohols), GLYCERIN (https://www.aciscience.org/docs/Glycerine_-_an_overview.pdf)(glycerol), AMODIMETHICONE (http://%20%20%20%20%2A%20%20for%20ingredients:%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%2A%20https//www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/curlchemist-amodimethicone-and-other-amine-functionalized-silicones)(amine-functionalized silicone),* BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYSORBATE 60, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), PHENOXYETHANOL, GLYCERETH-26, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, ALCOHOL, CITRIC ACID, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN PG-PROPYL SILANETRIOL, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, YELLOW 10 (C1 47005), RED 40 (CI16035)
The packaging is only the tube and the cap, they are both made out of “special plastic” that can be recycled. I inquired more about what this “special plastic” meant in their production process. They replied, “The plastic is made in a combination of polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic made from corn which is easy to decompose as time goes by.” The customer service rep was honest and receptive making me feel like they were not really hiding anything. That they cared about their customers concerns, beliefs, and values. And more importantly for earth’s health and well-being.
There is not much information on how Miss Jessie’s products are made on their website or social media pages. So I wrote to the company inquiring about how they are trying are impacting the environment through their manufacturing means. They responded that they use a lot of “manpower and machinery” to produce tons of products. While this is honest, I still remain a bit on the skeptical side because this response was vague. I asked specifically what their manufacturing and/or production means are like and they responded with that. While I understand that they may have a policy where they cannot disclose much details about their production means, it would be nice if they were transparent about not being able to do so.
This product is made in the U.S.A. After talking with customer service, I was informed that “manpower and machinery” are the drivers for the production of these products. This information cannot be found on the Miss Jessie’s website. All that is found on the website is the Miss Jessie story. The story of how the founder’s grandmother inspired this company’s existence. by mixing simple kitchen products like egg yolk and mayo to help with the moisture and nutrient maintenance. While this is a nice story and the use of family time is a great marketing strategy, this is not telling us anything of the producers in their supply chain.