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Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

By January 27th, 202141 Comments

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk
Carols Daughter Hair Milk– 8oz/$18

Product Description: This light, fast-absorbing lotion for the hair is made with essential oil of lemongrass to stimulate natural oil production. Vitamins C and E provide an antioxidant boost while a hint of lily of the valley fragrance perfumes hair beautifully. Hair Milk is ideal for defining natural curls and giving hair loads of shine and bounce.


  • Lemongrass stimulates scalp circulation and adds luster to dull hair.
  • Sweet almond oil, a natural nut oil that is high in fatty acids and easily absorbed by the scalp.

Ingredients: Water, Soy Bean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil Or Lemongrass, Fragrance, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin C, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.

My Experience: Not a fan. With most CD products, I believe that a little goes a loooong way. While I can see the moisturizing potential, I had a hard time getting past the greasy and straw like feeling I was left with. The high oil content left me with piece-y, coated, frizzy curls. To be fair, my hair is not a fan of oils in excess. For those of you whose hair craves oils, this may be something to check out! I gave my bottle to a curly friend who swears by it.

Bottom Line: Not for me, but may be your holy grail!


  • ShawnTe Pierce says:

    My hair loved the hair milk and many CD products when I kept my hair at about 1/2 inch. Last fall I decided to let my hair grow and not chop (a very difficult process for me, lol) and the HM made my hair feel dry. When I mixed with a cheap conditioner it worked better. Other than the Olive oil infusion and Some of Marguerite's Magic, I have had to stay clear of CD products as my hair grows.

  • KCAS says:

    I like it, but don't love it. Before buying the regular size bottle, I tried the small one and my hair responded nicely. So, I bought 3 big bottles. I'm about to regret… I agree with those who said it's not for all types of hair. I notice where my hair makes spirals (can I say 3c?), the result is awesome!! But on the 4 areas, the HM only stays on top of my strands. Very frustrating. Also the smell is not that desirable. And if I use a dab, no result at all. I have to use a good amount.

    I only used it for wash and go.

  • Danielle says:

    I purchased the Hair Milk Shampoo & Conditioner which do not contain Phenoxyethanol and I absolutely love them! I have fine 3A/B hair and my hair feels soft and wonderful after washing. I also purchased the Hair Milk Lite which I didn't really like for my hair. It left my hair very stingy and limp. However, I re-purposed it and found that it makes an awesome (paraben free) body moisturizer!

  • Anonymous says:

    I concur with the Anonymous who said, "I believe in using a product until the bottle is finished." Additionally, one should give a product a month's worth of daily use before she makes a determination that it doesn't work.

    Last, for those who like to go on endless rants about a product being "crap" just because it didn't work for you: A product isn't necessarily crap because it didn't work for you.

  • VJ says:

    Anyone who is conscious about what they use on their body and hair should please research the ingredients being used in this product, specifically the Phenoxyethanol. Phenoxyethanol may be contaminated with carcinogenic toxin 1,4-Dioxane and affects the brain and nervous system. I think CD needs to put more time and effort into including 100% natural ingredients in all products. To use the slogan "beauty by nature" is totally deceiving when most of the products do contain chemical and synthetic ingredients that are harmful to human health. I don't care what product it is, as long as CD continues to use such ingredients in their products they don't ever have to worry about me using them again!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't use Carol's Daughter anymore either. But I think it's important to note that not everything works for everyone! You absolutely have to keep in mind we all have different hair textures, porousity, etc.

    I started using her bath scrubs back in the day and loved them. Then I started using her hair milk, hair butter, Black vanilla leave in, and mimosa hair honey. I used all of these when I had a PRESS and then a PERM. They were great and made my hair so soft! Now that I am all natural, my 4a coils and CD do not mix at all!

    If you look at the spokemodels: Jada has very very loose waves, not even curls. Mary J. wears weaves last time I checked! And Lisa herself – her hair seems curly but not kinky, and definitely not coarse. I have a white coworker who has wavy coarse hair and loves CD products! So I think her products only suit a certain hair type….

  • Anonymous says:

    I do not know what product you people are using. My daughter and I started using the hair milk, the Khoret Amen oil and the Khoret leave in conditioner. I have NEVER had such success with hair products in my life. My hair is softer, more manageabe, our hair is growing leaps and bounds. The breakage has stopped. I believe in using a product until the the bottle is finished. This product is not even finished and we have been getting so many compliments on our hair it isn't even funny. This product is phenomenal and I will use it as long as she makes it. I LOVE THESE PRODUCTS!!

  • Anya says:

    I must say that Carols daughter hair products are not that great and it hurt me and my pockets when I found out. When I bought the products they were changing the formula for the smoothie, now that its out Im going to try it. I pray it works for 4a&b hair type.

  • A. Faye Watson says:

    This is my second order of hair milk and I can't find a better product. my hair is fine and natural. It would always absorb oil and was very dry. Since using hair milk my whole texture has changed. my hair is soft, wavy, and moisture. I panic when my bottle begins to get low. Thanks Carol. Donot let those negative comments upset you. just continue to make your trips to the bank because you have a hott item. A client forever

  • Anonymous says:

    Well I love it! The smell is a bit strong but the product worked for me. I used the hair milk and hair butter for my twist out and my hair is shiny and soft and it's not FRIZZY. I love it.

  • Anonymous says:

    I, too have tried CD products (trying to patronize our businesses) and my hair felt like STRAW!!! It tangled my hair and I will never use it again. I am transitioning and have fell in love with Miss Jessies products.

  • Anonymous says:

    Totally agree, I don't understand the big hoopla about her hair products, they also left my hair greasy, piecy and not soft at all, i guess like you said it had that straw feeling, and my hair doesn't take oily or greasy products well, i can't use 100% shea butter cause its too greasy but i can use products with shea in it just not mostly. I am mind boggled how many people rave about her hair products but i guess to each his on, even her body souffle isn't moisturizing to me. Im my opionion her best products are the body butters and the chocolate sugar scrub

  • Anonymous says:

    The only thing good about Carol's Daughter is their Body Line. As far as their hair products, I pass as well.

  • Binti's Mom says:

    The hair milk is a no good for me either! I'm so glad to hear other people's reviews, because I really wanted to be a beliver. Believe it or not, I purchased it on-line from their NY store, paid $18 for the product and $9 for shipping! RAH! Since I paid so much (and because it's black owned) I've desperately tried to use this stuff, but the texture and smell are just too much to deal with! I haven't had the heart to try any of the other products because of the terrible experience with the Hair Milk.

  • Anonymous says:

    Same here..used CD when it firt came out. The hair milk was always greasy but the smell was much different. Definitely more desirable…Actually the smell was kind of yummy. My hair didn't mind it but now with the change of ingredients it hates it.. Actually I can't use any of her products for the face they break me out really really badly.. I agree back in the day when you had to refrigerate her products you were better off. Now everything is so commercialized it just isn't the same..I know it works for a lot of people I just don't know any.. LOL

  • Suburbanbushbabe says:

    HSN featured Carol's Daughter Hair Milk among other products, 2 for $20, and I swear I almost repurchased – knowing that I had already tried this product, it didn't work for me and I swapped it! HSN is so dangerous.

  • curly frie says:

    RSLE, not to get off topic but which Miss Jessie's pulled your hair out (yikes?) I used the curly merenge and was gonna buy some more.

  • Anonymous says:

    Loved loved loved the Hair Milk and the Hair Butter way back when she was still making her products in her kitchen and it could only be purchased on the internet. They actually had to be refrigerated and had expiration dates. This was even before she made shampoos and conditioners; she sold dried herbs for a rinse and recommended Natures Gate conditioner. Though I don't use her products any more (lost that homemade straight from her kitchen quality when she started getting sponsors). But I'm so proud of her and what she has accomplished. Where would all the Qhemets, Jasmines, and Darcy Botanicals be today without Lisa Price; she started it all.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't like it either. To me, it smells like Jehri Curl activator. Couple that with the fact that it's greasy makes it a thumbs down for me.

  • Anonymous says:

    hair milk is a joke, I hate to sound so cruel and I know Craol's Daughter is a black owned business, but her products suck. The hair smoothie is better, but all the hair milk did was leave my hair feeling crusty and dry! I gave the stuff away to a friend who also hated the product. I didn't mind the lemon grass smell. I heard Rihanna may promote CD products, I hope it's not the hairline.

  • Natakue says:

    my fine strands and oils do not mix. my friend gave this to me for my birthday, but i have a funny feeling it's not going to work for me so i haven't tried it yet. i'm going to get a sample from sephora first to test it out. then if it doesn't work, i'll just exchange the full size gift for something else.

  • Huh? says:

    Yeah, I have this and several other products and they make my nappy hair feel crunch and even more dry than ever. I like and am using the black vanilla leave-in. If anyone likes this, please e-mail me and I will be willing to sell it for more than half off. Thanks.

  • Anonymous says:

    It smalles like very strong lemon grass. It goes on great at first, but after a few hours my hair is dry and crunchy. I don't like this product at all, that also includes most CD hair products. It does nothing for my hair. Thank God I purchased a 12 dollar bottle.

  • Rachel says:

    I have been using CD products for about 6 months now, not necessarily because I like it,just because I don't HATE it. I had an awful, awful experience with Miss Jessie's. It pulled my hair out at the temples, in clumps!

  • Qshukura says:

    CD's Hair Milk was a no go for me as well; however for about $5 a bottle, Vatika oil is a much better investment, my hair loves it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi, I too have tried the hair milk and I didn't like the results at all. My hair is 4a and very thick. it left my hair feeling greasy and like straw. I threw it away. I think it may be better suited for looser or finer hair textures.

  • Anonymous says:

    I too tried the hair milk and got similar results. I've been using the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie with pretty good results and figured I'd give this a try. After all it won Sephora's best award. Well, my hair felt really greasy and it just kinda sat on top of it. The smell didn't do me any favors either. My hair smelt like I poured Lysol all over it. It didn't do anything for my two strand twists. I ended up throwing my bottle away. My transitioning friends wanted nothing to do with it once they saw my results and frustration.

  • InTransition_RN says:

    Again, CD products are crap at its finest. It was better when she used real natural ingredients when she was in Brooklyn… I honestly feel her commericalized products are under the guise of being for naturals but they truly remind me of Lustrasilk's Pink Lotion, Let's Jam and all those other chemically laden products on the shelves at your local drugstore. I'm so not impressed with her products and the fact that they're overpriced does NOT impress me either.
    Thank goodness for common sense.

  • SHADOW says:

    I hated this crap! First and last Carols Daughter product I ever bought. It's garbage.

    PS: How ironic was my word verification? To post this comment I had to type 'CONES' LMAO!

  • puff says:

    this left my hair with white flecks 🙁 gross.

    i am, however, LOVING her loc butter for my twist/bantu-knot outs, my hair has sheen and feels super soft and moisturised (with hardly any frizz, which is a MIRACLE). plus, it smells absolutely delicious (the best of all her fragrances, imo).

  • Alicia says:

    I haven't used this product and I would never purchase due to that ridiculous price tag. $18 for 8 ounces of product? Heck no. There are other cheaper products out there that do the same thing (or better according to your review). I think we as naturals need to get smarter about the buying some of these crazy expensive products. There are things in your own kitchen that will do a better job!

  • clarahallow121 says:

    @Butterfly73 they said your hair was too thick for it? Wow. So what kind of hair is it supposed to work on?

  • NewbieNaturalDiva says:

    I have used it for a year now and my twist out loves it. I agree with you Nikki, it makes my hair feel like straw too, but my hair gets really dry with the twist out style and when I use the Hair Milk, it seems to liven up my curls.

  • D_luv says:

    I gave away my bottle as well, to my mom who is also natural. I saw it in the trash a week later…

    I had the same effect as Nikki, and my hair seems to like oil well enough. I also agree with Anonymous that the smell was headache inducing in the extreme.

  • honeysmoke says:

    it doesn't work for my tight curls, but it's great on my daughter's curls, which are the circumference of my finger.

  • modest-goddess says:

    I have type 4a thick hair and Hair Milk did nothing for me, it felt greasy and smelled so so.

  • Kerr-Ann Dempster says:

    i thought about trying this but after getting very disappointing results fr the hair honey mimosa, and the black vanilla leave-in I decided CD is just not for me. it just left my hair all frizzy and heavily coated, but not moisturized.

  • Butterfly73 says:

    I do like the smell somewhat, but its not for my hair.
    I spoke with the young ladies @ the Jersey City store and two commented that my hair was prolly too thick for the hair milk.
    So I just stick with the Rosemary Mint Shampoo : )

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    ditto your experience. luckily i had the sampler size to rid it faster. even after pratically drenching my hair in water before applying, it only worked decently. my hair seems to love water and oil equally but this just didnt do anything for it 🙁

  • Anonymous says:

    I was mesmerized by Lisa's hair when I watched her promote this product on the Shopping Channel. Against my better judgment, I went ahead and ordered it. Your review is on point with what I experienced, plus the smell was headache inducing. I GAVE it to a friend that's transitioning, didn't have the heart to charge her or ask her for another product in exchange.

    P.S. My friend didn't like it either.

  • KeetaRay says:

    I have this, used it twice but either I am using it "incorrectly" or my hair no likey. I tried it once doing a twist out, another time when doing a wash-and-go… I felt like the product just sat on top of my strands rather than being absorbed… I'll figure out a way to incorporate it, though, since I bought it. Or give it away like u did!

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