Product Spotlight: Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm

Now I’m no stranger to Carol’s Daughter, my family’s been using Lisa’s products since she was still based in Brooklyn! This is the first time however that I’m using their Hair Balm. My mom must probably it a while ago but it’s been sitting in the beauty cabinet for months, and I never noticed it back there until I took an “inventory” of the beauty products we have in the house and decided to try it out.

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Initially I used it on my twist out fro as a daily conditioner in between washes. While it does help to condition my afro I had to use a lot to get it to make a difference, so I think I’ll be using the Kinky Curly or Karen’s Body Beautiful more for that purpose.  Now that I’ve blown out/flat ironed it (I’ll do a spotlight on the Hair Rules products I used a bit later) I was looking for something to put in my hair that wouldn’t make it curl back up again. The Hair Balm was perfect! It immediately added a shine and softness to it, that wasn’t like a synthetic hair shine but a healthy natural shine, which I loved. It smells amazing also, I can’t explain the scent but know its GOOD! Now I’m wishing I didn’t use so much of the bottle on my afro and I’d have more to use now, but it’s $13 and I’ve been using it for over a month with about 1/3 left. One drawback: it leaves my hands very greasy when applying and if I, or anyone else, touches my hair my hands end up greasy again :-/ Not a huge deal though so I’m still putting this on my list of favs!

Heat Protectants, Flat Irons and Poofing!

Since I’ve taken my locks out I’ve been weary of exposing my hair to excessive heat (fyi: the lock take down process make hair sensitive for a while) so I’ve only been under the dryer for my weekly deep conditions. I tried flat ironing my hair for the first time this week. I can definitely say it’s an experience I won’t ever forget but will hopefully be improving on in the coming months.

I was advised to use a heat protectant, and after perusing several beauty supply stores I tried IC Fantasia’s Heat Protector Straightening Serum after my usual wash/condition + blow out. It wasn’t the product I was looking for but I was excited to try out the flat iron so I went for it…and it was AWFUL! The serum made my hair very sticky, dull and a bit lifeless. I ended up washing the entire thing out with Peppermint Soap and starting all over. I was really surprised at IC Fantasia for the poor quality of the serum, I’ve used their styling gels before and were satisfied with them. This serum however promptly banished to my canister of shame a.k.a. the garbage can! I’ve been advised to try Motions and Smooth N’ Shine products so reviews on both will come.

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