Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Starter Kit

When I first decided to really go natural, my friend referred me to the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk line. I had heard of it from a few YouTube reviews and was excited when my friend was able to secure me a starter kit for free! It’s good to have friends in retail. The kit came with four two-ounce bottles of their Hair Milk Co-Wash, Original Hair Milk Moisturizer, Hair Milk Lite Moisturizer, and Hair Milk Style Pudding.

Considering I got this around Thanksgiving. most of my original product is gone.

Stock photo! Considering I got this around Thanksgiving, most of my original product is gone.

After taking out my sew-in I decided to go full force into the kit like a kid on Christmas morning. I clarified my hair with an ACV rinse and started with the Hair Milk Co-Wash. The smell really didn’t tickle my fancy but I figured as long as it works what does it matter. After the Co-Wash, I plopped my hair with a t-shirt (I had read somewhere that t-shirts were better than towels) and applied a generous amount of the Original Hair Milk Moisturizer. The moisturizer isn’t that thick and the recommended quarter-sized amount seemed laughable, so I used about a quarter-sized amount on each of my four sections of hair. After working that through with a wide-tooth comb, I then smoothed the Style Pudding and set on making my two-strand twists. I tied my hair up with my satin bonnet and hit the sack.

The next morning I started taking my twists down and I could tell that this was going to be a disaster. As I touched each twist I noticed that they were dry…and I mean straw dry. Usually when I air dry after a wash it takes at least 16 hours but this had not even been 12 hours. Taking each twist down I also noticed that there was no curl definition, at all. Each unraveled twist revealed a great big ball of frizzy afro mess. By the time I got to the end my hair looked worse than it did before I washed it! So I washed my hair with my regular shampoo and conditioner and tied it up in a bun for a few days.

I tried again a few weeks later, this time without clarifying with the ACV rinse. I figured maybe it was the apple cider vinegar that dried my hair out and maybe it just didn’t mesh well with my Carol’s Daughter kit. Nope. Same results, same disappointment.

So I decided to give up on the Hair Milk line moved onto other pastures. My experience with it wasn’t great; in fact I honestly can’t find anything that I liked about it. I wasn’t a fan of the scent, the moisturizer didn’t moisturize, and the styling pudding couldn’t hold a curl. I’m just happy that it was gifted to me or else I’d be pretty upset that I wasted $24 on it. Now I did go on and have success with the Monoi Repairing Collection but I have found other brands that are cheaper and I get the same results.

That Monoi Repairing Mask is kicked! Good stuff.

That Monoi Repairing Line is kicked! Good stuff.

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk line is a no-go for me but everyone’s hair will have different reactions to products. Has anyone else had a better experience?

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Wash Day!!

Every natural has a set wash day where she spends probably anywhere from 1 to 3 hours cleansing her hair. For me, it generally takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete my regime. I do like to switch it up a bit every week depending on the state of my hair and today I need a good deep conditioning.

On deep conditioning days I usually start with a hot oil treatment with a mixture of about three oils before I wash my hair. This helps not only helps with detangling but it also preps my hair for the stripping effects of the shampoo. Today I’m going to use a blend of Castor Oil, Soy Oil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). Castor Oil is a good thick oil that stick to the hair follicles. Soy oil is good for moisture, protein, and it just has a really pleasant scent. And of course EVOO, the standard go to for many naturals, which is good for conditioning, vitamins E and A, and also helps with dandruff.

Today is the day where once a month I use a shampoo to thoroughly get rid of the build up of any product that I may have missed during my co washes. For now I am using Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo but I am not using the Monoi Conditioner because I honestly do not like the way that it makes my hair feel after use. I’m going to stick to my Tresemme Naturals because it has more slip and makes my hair softer after use.

For my deep conditioning treatment I’m using Nothing But Intense Healing Mask. deep conditioning

I like this particular brand because it:

  1. Provides excellent bounce for my curls.
  2. Makes my hair soft.
  3. I really, really like the smell.

I never really understood why it’s called “Nothing But” when half of the ingredients are obviously man-made. But it seems as though many companies view not having Petroleum, Mineral Oils, Parabens, or Phthalates as “natural”. If you’re one of those girls who is trying to go the all-natural route, then you should probably look into making your own deep conditioners because there are very few companies that make truly organic treatments. The first five ingredients listed in a product usually yield the largest concentration. Here are the first five ingredients listed in the Nothing But Intense Healing Mask:

  • Cyclopentasiloxane — Provides a silky feel and shine without weighing hair down with a greasy residue.
  • Dimethiconol — A non-greasy lubricant that adds shine.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol — Derived from coconut oil, it provides creaminess to the product.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride — Acts to combat frizz and static.
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil) — A natural moisturizer.

After rinsing out with cold water, I’m using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on partially dry hair as my leave in. To seal in all of this moisture, I’m going to my standard Castor Oil mixed with Soy Oil. I also add a bit to the edges of my scalp and to the nape of my neck to promote growth and strength. After my wash, I think that I’m going to go back to my two strand twists for the rest of the week. I sometimes leave them in for up to three days before I wear a twist out style to ensure that my hair is fully air-dried. I’m also a low manipulation chick and I try to minimize stress on my hair down to maybe three nights a week.

What’s your favorite deep conditioning treatment? Do you switch between protein and moisturizing products or stick to one product?