Carol’s Daughter “Black Vanilla” Line: My Favorites

So this one time on Instagram my cousin and I won a Carol’s Daughter and Walmart collab giftcard and I balled out haaaard at www.walmart.com. I couldn’t have the Walmart in-store experience since, well, there aren’t any Walmart stores in Brooklyn, New York. The online shopping experience was great however. I was able to browse the products very easily and even got a few extra things other than hair products because the prices were that great. I was able to get a watch for my daughter for about 4 bucks. I bought myself a black jumpsuit for under 20 dollars and a microwave egg cooker. Don’t ask me why I got it because I don’t cooks eggs in the microwave but I had about 5 bucks left on my giftcard and I had to pick something up before checking out online.

My hair goodies (and misc goodies) all shipped and were delivered in about a week! Wow! This online shopping business is quite expedient. I have to admit that I am not much of an online shopper. I really like to see the goods that I’m buying. I cannot stand buying something online and have a certain expectation of what the product looks like and then it’s delivered and I’m stuck on sadface. Well, it did not happen here. Walmart delivered!

The Carol’s Daughter products were a real treat. It was great to have the full line and I can’t wait for shampoo days. I’ve used a majority of them before so I am a fan.

Let’s dig into my favorites:

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The championship lineup. I made sure to order a shampoo, conditioner, leave in treatment, detangler, curl creme and hairdress. A full line is really essential for styles that are well defined and long lasting.

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I have tried the “Hair Milk” and love it but have never tried the “Styling Pudding”. I live for a great curl pudding. I’m not sure how my curls survived before the invention of a good pudding. 

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Now THIS “Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner”, I really enjoy using. I spray it directly onto my scalp when my hair is braided or onto my hair when I’m wearing it curly for moisture, shine and just overall healthy hair. It is a staple of mine. 

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I’ve tried the “Black Vanilla Shampoo” but this is the first time that I’ll be trying the “Black Vanilla Conditioner”. Did I mention how amazing the Black Vanilla line smells? Yeah, it smells amazing. These two will leave your hair smelling great but not overly perfumed. 

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I received a small sample of this “Combing Creme” in an Essence Beauty Box and fell in love instantly. I normally detangle my hair and my daughter’s hair with spray detangler. You know the kids detangler you get from the drugstore. That was my staple but now I have a new one. This creme literally melts the tangles away. It makes combing through freshly washed hair so easy. Great for kids wash days.

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This is so nice that I had to list it twice and look, there’s a wuttle baby version! I have been a fan of the “Mimosa Hair Honey” since Carol from Carol’s Daughter was selling her line out of her Brooklyn storefront. I tell you no lies. This pomade and I go way back. This pomade does not leave your hair dry and lackluster after use like most pomades that I use in my daughter’s and my hair. The shine and smoothness that it adds to the hair is incredible. Cruly hair is prone to drynesss but a little bit of this everyday goes a long way and helps to ward off the dryness. 

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Bae.

Have you tried this Carol’s Daughter line? How do you like it and what are your favorites?

Wash Day Rituals: L.O.C and Wash n Go.

So it’s been a busier than usual hair week for me. I decided to do a “Wash n Go” early in the week because I wanted to try a Pantene Mousse instead of a curl cream. Before curl creams, my only weapons for curly hair  victory was the mousse and gel. The mission was always to find a gel and mousse that did not leave my curls crunchy and hard. Crunchy curls are no fun to feel or detangle. I popped in to Walgreens/Duane Reade in NYC and saw they were having a BIG sale on hair products. They had an amazing 3 for 2 deal and I was there for it. I ran out of Pantene shampoo and conditioner and decided to re-up and then thought about trying the mousse for the wash and go. I saw “volume” on the canister and was sold. My hair has been thinning and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older of if my hair is just plain old damaged. I’m a lover of “big hair” and anything selling me volume is considered sold.

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The Pantene Trio.

It guaranteed volume and that’s what it delivered honey! My hair was big and I was loving every minute of it. The only thing I added to this combo was some hair oil. Curly girls know that dry hair is the devil.

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The curls were soft and bouncy. Just the way I like them.

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So after about 3 days of volume and big girl curls, it was time to detangle (insert scared emoji face here). It really was not that scary. The front of my hair always detangles easily but the back, eeek. The nape is always a bit scary because this is the portion of your head that rubs against your coat or sweater and those elements cause the hair to tangle. I whip out the large tooth comb and my spray detangler and get to work and the hair was detangled in less than 15-minutes. The next day was a wash day for both my daughter and I and thought that the L.O.C Method would be good for getting some oils and moisture back into the hair and prepare for buns and braids.

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L.O.C Tools

 

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Right, L.O.C Method? What’s that? Look above. I like the method and quite frankly, you were probably doing this before someone coined it as a method. After doing the L.O.C, I like to braid or plait my hair. I feel like everything is soaking in and I don’t have to worry about putting my hair through another detangle session anytime soon.

Which rituals have you been using lately?

What are Your Summer Hair Essentials?

Summertime is upon us and not only are our clothes more cool and carefree, so is our hair! My styles range from free flowing curls to high buns. Me, like most, have some products that are always in my hair stash and others change along with the styles that I choose to wear.

When I’m doing loose and carefree curls I opt for a curl cream or a curl custard. I opt for a “wash and go” or a “braid out” to achieve curly styles.

This is a "wash and go". To keep curls defined I apply a custard or curl cream after I wash and condition my hair.

This is a “wash and go”. To keep curls defined I apply a custard or curl cream after I wash and condition my hair.

A curl custard like this one from Pantene does the job for free flowing curls or an up do. The Eco Gel is every curly girl's must have for keeping stray hairs at bay.

A curl custard like this one from Pantene does the job for free flowing curls or an up do. The Eco Gel is every curly girl’s must have for keeping stray hairs at bay.

A great shampoo is essential for ridding your hair of products without having a drying effect. This Cantu shampoo does just that. The Carol's Daughter Hair Mimosa is a staple for me. I gives my hair sheen and moisturizes without being extra greasy. Remember, dry hair breaks! The LottaBody Edge Control keeps these edges in check.

A great shampoo is essential for ridding your hair of products without having a drying effect. This Cantu shampoo does just that. The Carol’s Daughter Hair Mimosa is a staple for me. I gives my hair sheen and moisturizes without being extra greasy. Remember, dry hair breaks! The LottaBody Edge Control keeps these edges in check.

Finding the right products to keep your hair protected and cute in the Summer sun is Just as important as your denim shorts and flip flops.

Finding the right products to keep your hair protected and cute in the Summer sun is Just as important as your denim shorts and flip flops.