When I was in New York, I did some damage in Target and purchased Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask. It was a pretty good price $6.99 for six ounces. Now, I’ve heard plenty about Neutrogena and their products. I don’t think I had seen the Deep Recovery Mask in Toronto, so when I saw it, I had to pick it up. FYI, bolded ingredients can be shady.
water, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol, ethylhexyl isononanoate, behenyl alcohol, meadowfoam (limnanthes alba) seed oil, cyclohexasiloxane, olive (olea europaea) fruit oil, sweet almond (prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil, steramidopropyl dimethylamine, behentrimonium methosulfate, amodimethicone, panthenol, glycol stearate, ceteth-2, hydroxyethylcellulose, phenoxyethanol, methlparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, fragrance.
I’ll tell you now – I’m not impressed with some of the ingredients, but because I’ve heard a number of positive things. So, what the heck? I picked it up.
On another day, when we were traipsing along Broadway, I came across Ricky’s NYC and decided to pick up Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment. A two ounce jar for $7.99 – I know, it’s a bit ridiculous, but I’ve used this product before and I’ve liked it. It’s a strong deep conditioner.
water, cetyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, stearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, behentrimonium methosulfate, lauryl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrogenated vegetable oil*, hydroxyethylcellulose, ceteareth-20, fragrance, butylenes glycol, dimethicone, dimethiconol, cyclohexasiloxane, disodium EDTA, citric acid, DMDM hydration, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, yellow 10, orange 4.
*I have a problem with paying lots of money to put margarine in my hair. That is all.
I don’t love the ingredients, but I did love how it worked on my hair.
But notice there are very similar ingredients in both – especially in the first five ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane and behentrimonium chloride. Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients (I’m excluding water) they have in common, thanks to tightlycurly.com:
Behentrimonium chloride (good): Used for detangling and as an anti-static ingredient and emulsifier.
Cetyl alcohol (good): Common ingredient used as an emollient, thickener, and keeping the product mixed together. Non-greasy. Can be made from coconut fatty alcohol*, or synthetically. Not found to be an irritant. Begoun (Cosmetics) pg 1264. Also used to increase foam, and to make a product less transparent. Used in a wide range of products, from hair conditioners to facial cleansers [Gottschalck pg 332]. Cetyl alcohol is the oldest known of the various fatty alcohols. It’s been around since 1813. It is known as being a very safe ingredient, and is very compatible with other ingredients [Hunting (Conditioning) pgs 147-148]. (*Eeek! I hope that most of the products that I come across with cetyl alcohol in them—and a dang lot of them have this ingredient—are made from synthetics and not coconut.)
Cyclopentasiloxane (aka Cyclomethicone) (Good): A type of Silicone* known as a Cyclomethicone. Used as a hair and skin conditioner and increases slip in lots of products, including lipsticks, makeup, lotions, and conditioners [Gottschalck pg 491, Winter pg 179]. This helps the comb (or Denman) glide through our curls much easier. It tends to have a drier feel than other silicones once it dries. (*I don’t know about silicones being good, but I don’t not use them. Meh, to each, his or her own – if it doesn’t work for you, put it down.)
Behentrimonium methosulfate (aka BTMS) (Okay): Thickener, conditioner, detangler. Leaves a nice “powdery feel”.
You can look up your own product ingredients using Tightly Curly’s Ingredient Dictionary. Good stuff! (I would think that she looks at many of these ingredients from a conditioner perspective because that’s what she uses, aside from shampoo. Although she disagrees with some of the knowledge floating around the web about certain ingredients, it’s good to find an alternative opinion. As I always say, figure out and use what’s right for you – don’t depend on what other people say.)
Although some of the ingredients are in a different order, they’re still in there (dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, hydroxyethylcellulose, behentrimonium methosulfate and fragrance). So, I’m wondering: is Miss Jessie’s any better than the Neutrogena? Is Miss Jessie’s worth more for four ounces less?
I started with Neutrogena and followed the directions: After shampooing, apply a small amount to wet hair, concentrating on ends. Let penetrate for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse well. Style as usual. I washed my hair and used probably more than a small amount of the product to my hair. I rinsed it out relatively well and added my leave-in conditioner. I twisted my hair in medium sized twists and let it dry. The hair was soft and felt strong.
Next up, Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment. The directions are to smooth a tablespoon or more onto wet hair. Detangle with a wide tooth comb. Leave in 10 minutes. Rinse and style. My hair loves this stuff — it leaves it feeling strong and silky. I twisted my hair again in medium sized twists and let it dry. Like usual, my hair felt great.
So, what’s my verdict?
I’m so not a scientist and I don’t know how everything works together to create a product that my hair likes. I just know what my hair likes. Both Neutrogena and Miss Jessie’s treatments are good and my hair likes both of them. But, to be practical, spending a lot more for a lot less product that will give me a similar result doesn’t sit well. What it comes down to is both are good, but price makes Neutrogena a better buy. I like Miss Jessie’s products for different reasons, including I like buying from a Black-owned companies. Unfortunately, my pocket won’t allow me to spend the amount of money that is required to support a Miss Jessie’s habit.
So, for me, I’m going to work with Neutrogena.
What do you think? Who’s used Miss Jessie’s or Neutrogena – what’s your verdict?