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REVIEW | CAROL’S DAUGHTER MONOI COLLECTION

I received the Monoi repairing sulfate-free shampoo and repairing mask as a gift. This collection is the “#1 selling hair collection in the U.S. right now”* made with ”Monoi oil… the Tahitian secret to longer, stronger, invincible hair.”*

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(REPAIRING) SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO**, 8.5 oz, retails for $20

The Carol’s Daughter website says this product is perfect for hair damaged from coloring (which I have) and has “no sulfates, no parabens, no petroleum, no mineral oil, [and] no artificial colors.”*

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

  • sleek bottle
  • comes sealed
  • noticed product claims “after 1 use, 96% less breakage!” when used with the hair mask
  • smells good

PRODUCT CLAIMS: …to condition with the Monoi oil, detangle with the hibiscus extract, and cleanse with the coconut surfactant. 

DIRECTIONS: Apply to wet hair and massage into scalp until you see a good lather. Rinse, if needed, repeat.

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(REPAIRING) HAIR MASK**, 7 oz., retails for $32

The Carol’s Daughter website says this product works “to really fortify fine, fragile, or chemically-treated hair” (which I have) and has ”no parabens, no petroleum, no mineral oil, [and] no artificial colors.”* 

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

  • small bottle, less product than the shampoo
  • comes sealed
  • smells good, like the shampoo
  • very thick and creamy (can hold the bottle upside down and the product will not spill out)
  • worried I’ll use this product up fast

PRODUCT CLAIMS: …to condition with the Monoi oil, strengthen your hair with the bamboo water, and rebuild your hair with hydrolyzed silk.

DIRECTIONS: “Massage gently into clean, wet hair, giving a little extra love to your frazzled ends. Leave the treatment mask on for 5 to 7 minutes and then rinse well. For an extra-deep treatment, put on a shower cap and sit under a hood dryer for 10 to 15 minutes.”*

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RESULTS:

Shampoo:

I did not pre-poo my hair with any products but I did detangle the night before. I wet my hair and then lathered the product unto my scalp in four sections. It felt similar to other sulfate-free shampoos when I was cleansing; my hair did not feel completely stripped, but it did feel clean. When I rinsed my hair, my hair was soft and my curls were clumped together. I was impressed. However, this product didn’t do much for me in terms of detangling, like it advertises. I could not get my wide tooth through my hair and could barely get my fingers through.

My hair with no product after shampooing:

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Mask: 

The mask is very thick and hardly has any slip, however, it was a great detangler for my hair. I applied product from ends to roots and detangled with my wide tooth comb. I let the mask sit on my hair for 15 minutes under a plastic shower cap while the steam from the shower helped the mask to penetrate my hair strands. After, I rinsed the product out with cool water. Again, my hair felt very soft to the touch and looked conditioned.

My hair with no product after conditioning with the mask:

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really like these products together. I think the shampoo will last me a long while because I mostly co-wash, which is great since it’s on the expensive side. I’ve been looking for a great sulfate-free shampoo and I think I found it. I noticed less broken hairs while detangling with the mask, so I do believe it helps strengthen hair in just one wash. I can’t wait to see how it’ll help my hair over time. I intend to make these products a regular part of my regimen. 

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*All quotes pulled from carolsdaughter.com. 

**Read more about the products here.

Question of the day:

I’m curious and would like to know your thoughts on this manner. Most of us have been brought up, even if we’ve been natural all of our lives, to straighten our hair for special occasions.

So my question to you all is: do you plan on wearing your un-straightened hair at your wedding? / did you wear your natural hair at your wedding?

NHDC 2013 Challenge — Mid-way Mark: Let’s Talk!

Hi all,

If you’ve joined me on this challenge of mine, it’s time to chop it up!

It’s July 1st and it’s time for me to open the blog up to a discussion about what worked for some people, what didn’t work, and what progress was made so far with this challenge! 

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I’ll start by saying that finger detangling (#5 on the list) has NOT worked for me! I don’t think I’ve done any all year—I just don’t have the time. Currently, my hair is in a protective style, and I’d like to continue that through the remainder of the year because between late February and early June, I wore my hair out A LOT, mostly in braid outs, and I think my ends need to be tucked away for the rest of the year.

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Feel free to drop a comment below about the changes/ lack of changes you’ve seen to YOUR hair! Or just write something in the ask box. So, what’s up?!?

Extending the contest until the 30th!

I wasn’t around to answer questions and whatnot because I was so busy, so I’m extending the contest for a few extra days until May 30th.

Submit a pic of yourself and why you rock your natural hair and don’t care about society’s standards of beauty when it comes to hair! Guidelines here.

Super bored with my hair! Living on youtube, looking through style videos… just one of those days. 

Just realized this month is the 2 year anniversary of this blog!!

Wow! 2 years and 4,500+ followers later… I have learned so much from you all—from your questions, suggestions, and submissions, I have been able to grow in my natural hair journey. I started this blog off originally to encourage myself along my natural hair journey. I never expected so many of you all to respond so positively to my blog and bring even more to it—with your questions, suggestions, and wonderful submissions. Thank you!

Also, be on the lookout for something special in the upcoming weeks!

Encouraging words and compliments.

Today as I stood in line for an omelete in the dining hall, a friend of mine told me how much she loved my hair, and that she wished she had kinky hair

I’m sharing this for all the type 4 girls who still haven’t gotten to the point where they’re able to embrace their curly, kinky hair. Your hair is just as beautiful as hair that falls under other categories. There are girls out there with looser curls (or no curls at all) who covet and/ or admire your hair as well, not just the other way around. For all you may know, you could someone’s hair crush. :)

Anyways, be beautiful, as always.

(And I will get to submissions soon! Super busy, but I wanted to make this post before I forgot it.)

- xoxo, Bri 

NHDC’s 2013 Natural Hair Challenge: Update (2/11/2013)

Hi all!

I finally picked up the Shea Mositure Curl Enhancing Smoothie (now at my local CVS!) and some Eco Styler Gel with olive oil (maximum strength). 

I plan to take out my braids this weekend, so hopefully next week I can rock some well-defined, bouncy twist outs! 

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Also, I’ve been trying to go through my submissions, but each time tumblr takes foreverrrrr to load. Idk what’s up. But hopefully they fix it soon so I don’t have to wait forever for one post to upload. Sorry about the wait!

Sidenote: Don’t forget to tag your posts with #nhdc 2013 challenge so I can see your progress and/or challenges with your hair this year!

xoxo, Bri

Encouraging everyone to join the NHDC 2013 Challenge and post their January 2013 length check pics!

Don’t forget to tag them with “nhdc 2013 challenge” or you can submit them to the blog selecting the same tag. :)

NHDC’s 2013 Natural Hair Challenge:

Here are our guidelines for the challenge:

1) Drink LOTS of water. Personally, I drink coffee, and as a college student, I don’t plan on giving it up! Lol. But if you’re like me, don’t forget to drink plenty of water everyday too!

2) Keep your hair in low manipulation/ protective styles. Especially if you live in freezing cold areas like myself, you’re going to want to protect your ends from elements.

3) Trim ONLY when needed.

4) DC every 1-2 weeks.

5) Finger detangle as much as possible.

6) Only shampoo the roots of your hair! 

7) Moisturize daily, at least the ends of your hair if that’s all that’s needed.

8) Use heat no more than once every 2-3 weeks. I generally go 1-2 months without heat, so it is possible!

9) Post pictures of your hair’s progress on your blog tagging it with “nhdc 2013 challenge,” so I can check you out! I’ll be tracking that tag. 

10) Be patient with your hair. :)

Disclaimer: As a part of the challenge, I don’t plan on telling everyone a detailed lists of specific products to use, but if you’re doing the challenge, add these things to the regimen that already works for you! On July 1, 2013, half way through the year, I will open the blog up to a discussion about what worked for some people, what didn’t, and what progress was made in this challenge! 

Have a happy new year and a happy challenge! :)

(Source: naturalhairdontcare)

Follow the beautiful NHDC♥ Natural Beauty of the Month & Belle Amour Blends Contest Giveaway 1st and 2nd runner ups! @whateverbrilikes and @unspokensorrow

Reminder: The NHDC/Belle Amour Blends contest giveaway starts tomorrow!

Here are the guidelines. Please follow all guidelines (they’re simple!), or your submission will not be eligible for the giveaway.

Good luck to all!

Clearing out the queue tomorrow in preparation for the contest giveaway!

Again, the contest giveaway is July 5th-7th, 2012. Here are the guidelines if you haven’t seen them yet!

Please REBLOG and share this with all the naturals you know on tumblr!

Natural Hair, Don’t Care♥ & Bella Amour Blends presents the… 
NHDC♥ Natural Beauty of the Month & Belle Amour Blends Contest Giveaway!!!!

The 1st place winner will receive: 1) 1 4oz. container of Belle Amour Blends Luscious Leave-In Conditioner in the scent Honey Vanilla and 2) they will become the new icon for NHDC for 1 month. (Please check out the Belle Amour Blends site for information about their 100% all-natural hair and skin products.)
The 2nd and 3rd runner ups will receive a HUGE promotion to 3,400+ followers on the NHDC blog during the following week after the contest giveaway.

Contest Guidelines:

1) Submissions for this contest will be accepted from July 5th, 2012 to July 7th, 2012.
2) When submitting a photo, please select only the tag “nbm contest giveaway.”
3) Copy and paste the text: “NHDC NBM & Belle Amour Blends Contest Giveaway" on each submission.
4) Contestants can submit a maximum of 3 photos for this contest giveaway. 
5) Submissions must be of quality photos.
6) You must reblog these contest guidelines and be following both NHDC and Belle Amour Blends on tumblr. 

(**Note: This contest giveaway is to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of NHDC and show my appreciation for the support over the past year… Good luck to all contestants!!)
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