Although, I am always hearing rave reviews from others about Carol’s Daughters’ products, I had yet to drink the Kool-Aid. I tried one of their products a year or so ago and the results were just… meh. However, I’ve recently been trying really hard to stop relaxing my hair and am open to just about anything that will make my hair look and feel how I want without having to resort to relaxing it. Truthfully, I think that relaxing has become more of a habit for me than anything. My hair is in good condition and pretty easy to style, but as soon as I see my hairline starting to get a little curly, I reach for the “creamy crack”.
My hairstylist has been trying to get to stop relaxing my hair for year, but recently he said something that really resonated with me. By relaxing my hair, I’m not allowing my hair to go through the natural changes that hair goes through as it ages, thus making it more vulnerable to breakage and other damage. Aging? *light bulb goes on* Ok, now I’m listening. Confident that I can’t just quit relaxing cold turkey, I decided to try Carol’s Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 kit.
The kit is a 3-step kit including a purifying cleanser to remove product build-up, scalp spray to reinvigorate and stimulate scalp follicles and an anti-breakage treatment to condition hair and protect it from breakage at the extra vulnerable point where natural and relaxed hair meet. I tend to not love multi-step products, but this one is worth it. After applying the purifying shampoo and rinsing it out, I found that my hair did not have that stripped, moisture-lacking feel that it does when I’ve used other purifying shampoos. The next step is to part your hair in one inch strips (starting over one ear) and spray your scalp. The scalp spray stays on for 15 minutes or so before being rinsed. The final step is the anti-breakage treatment which stays on your hair for a minimum of 15 minutes. If you have the time, it is recommended that sit under a hood dryer to let the treatment penetrate the hair shaft even more. After rinsing out the treatment, I sprayed my hair with Hair Rules Blow Out Your Waves and styled as usual.
The result was hair that was incredibly shiny, smooth and silky. It truly felt like my hair was freshly relaxed (sans the chemical smell and the residue since I can never rinse all of it out). Even my hairline is more manageable, not as smooth as if I had just relaxed it, but enough so that I’m not tempted to relax my hair. The kit includes enough of each product for several washes. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact of using this kit over the coming weeks and months. I must confess, I think I’m starting to understand the obsession with Carol’s Daughters’ products. Consider the Kool-Aid drank.