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.”*
(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.”*
- 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.
(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.”*
- 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.”*
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:
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:
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.
*All quotes pulled from carolsdaughter.com.
**Read more about the products here.