Taming and maintaining longer hair this time of year can be as arduous a task as trying to stay dry under a broken umbrella in a downpour — and both can leave you feeling wet, annoyed, and, plainly put, over it.
Knowing that the majority of my summer travels would lead me straight to the steamiest, humid parts of the country, I knew I’d need something even lighter in consistency and more focused on conditioning my hair than the pomade we covered earlier in this series. That’s when I discovered the Brooklyn-based Carol’s Daughter brand and my seasonal hair care trifecta.
Ideal for days when your itinerary is more lax than your grooming routine, the brand’s Sacred Tiare Fortifying Conditioner, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, and Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer have collectively played an integral role in keeping my hair strong, protected, moisturized, and in place on even the hottest days in the south.
Made with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba, and notes of hibiscus and tire gardenia, the Sacred Tiare conditioner repairs and helps fight summertime frizz — and it’s gentle enough to use daily without stripping hair of essential oils. Even once I wash it out, my hair stays smooth and manageable. Major plus.
A similar product that caters to curly and kinky hair, the Hair Milk is quite possibly one of the most convenient and effortless hair care products to use this time of year. Combining almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, and the sweetness of agave, the leave-in moisturizer not only moisturizes, but it also keeps the curls of my style tight yet flexible as the day wears on. Considering it won the Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2013, it’s pretty safe to say this conditioner has rightfully earned that title.
The last product — and possibly my favorite — of the trifecta, the Black Vanilla Leave-In conditioner shares a few qualities with its cohorts, but has a unique fragrance and profile all its own. Designed for dry, dull, or brittle hair, the conditioner’s expert blend of aloe, sage, lavender, and honeysuckle adds shine and protection only rivaled by high-end salon products. Because sunrays can fry and dry hair, the conditioner is the perfect styling finisher with a rich scent that makes an unforgettable impression. From day to night, it’s got you covered…and is sure to get you noticed.
The best thing about this threesome? Each of the products is free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and artificial colors that tend to add weight to other hair care products and potentially damage hair more than they help. In a season where anything heavy just won’t do, these lightweights are ones you want to keep on the team.
The Take Away: Decided to leave Carol’s Daughter products to the ladies and more daring gents? Fair enough. But do your research and snag a few lightweight products that condition, moisturize, and protect just as well as they hold and maintain your style. The right pairing of styling products can give you hair that’s nourished AND noticeable…for the right reasons. Who wouldn’t want both?