Hola Chicas!

The results are in…and the winner is……….. Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie.

But let me tell ya, it was the unlikely champ. I’ve never been a Carols Daughter fan. I tried the Hair Milk back in the day before the reformulation and wasn’t impressed. Soon after that, they became very commercial and compared to other lines, their ingredients left much to be desired. I recently received a box of her products to review and the Hair Smoothie was amongst them.

After a long over due henna treatment, I deep conditioned with Heaven in Hair on one side, and Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie on the other. When I applied the Heaven in Hair (HIH) it glided on like butter! It was the perfect consistency — thick, creamy, and slippery. It felt so good initially that I was planning on styling with it later that day. I truly wanted to love it.
The Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie (BVHS) while wetter and less creamy in consistency, went on a little rough and didn’t give me the slip I crave. I was shocked considering that one of the first ingredients is amodimethicone (I was thinking it would behave like the Pantene DT Mask). I put on my plastic baggie and micro heat cap and went about my business for 2 hours.

Finally, it was time to rinse. When I took off the baggie to assess the situation, I was very surprised to find that the HIH side was hard and straw like…it felt horrible! The BVHS side, while still not very slippery, was soft and supple. It was much easier to work with and detangle under the water stream. Needless to say, I didn’t expect these results. I was really feeling the HIH ingredients — its cone free and contains lots of yummy butters. I guess my hair likes what it likes, regardless of what I think should be good for it.

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie– 8oz/$19


Product Description:
The ultimate “smooth operator.”

This wildly essential Hair Smoothie tames your stressed-out hair with a mix of oils and butters that intensely condition and detangle.

  • Detangles and conditions hair on the spot with a rich emulsion of natural moisturizers
  • Features the intoxicating notes of warm vanilla and fresh coconut to feed the senses and soothe the soul
  • Boasts Sunflower Seed Oil, Rapa Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Shea and Cocoa Butter for the ultimate in conditioning.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Olea Europaea (Olive)Fruit Oil, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Prunus Amygdalys Dulcis (Sweet Almond)Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) germ Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Potassium Sorbate, (and) Hexylene Glycol, Aspartic Acid, polysorbate 20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tetrasodium EDTA, Simethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair- 8oz/$24 or 16oz/39.95

Product Description: This moisture treatment is heaven for your hair! Experience maximum hydration from the rain forests of Brazil. Infused with Cupuacu, Murumuru and Cocoa seed butter. A wonderful deep treatment conditioner. Allow the botanicals to penetrate for 15 to 30 minutes under a plastic cap.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aqueos Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schonanthus, Humulus Lupulos (Hops), Melissa Offcinalis (Balm Mint), Rosemarinus Offcinalis (Rosemary); Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-7, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaco) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Citric Acid, Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol, Fragnance, Blue 1, Yellow 5

I’m not a fan of either of these ingredient lists. WAY too many names I can’t pronounce. Check out the NC.com reviews of HIH, you’ll see that I wasn’t the only one with this adverse reaction. I wonder which ingredient, or ingredient combo my hair hated. By the way, the HIH smells medicinal and has a lime green color..weird. The BVHS has a vanilla and cocoa smell that while not the greatest, is definitely not over powering.

In other news, the BVHS side felt so wonderful that I decided to leave a little in and style with Oyin’s Shine and Define Sytling Serum. I’ll give my review tonight…all I’ll say for now is that my hair looks great!

Will I purchase the Carols Daughter Hair Smoothie again? Maybe. It depends on how my hair holds up today.

Later Gators,
Nik