I was facing a hair emergency, meaning my hair felt super dry and started breaking. Ouch! So I headed to Sephora to pick up a new shampoo and conditioner. Th sales lady suggested that I try Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask. But I’d never tried it and I didn’t want to invest in a full-sized tub so I opted for the Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit. The kit includes a sulfate-free shampoo, repairing conditioner and a repairing hair mask.
As soon as I got home I wanted to try the kit. The sample products in the store smelled so delicious that I could not wait to try them out. When I took the products out of the box I noticed that the bottles were smaller than the box they were packaged in and that they “sat” on a cardboard shelf within the box. That’s such a waste of packaging and a bit deceptive since I expected the bottles to be almost the same size as the box.
I immediately jumped in the shower to give the set a try, my hair really could not wait another second it was that dry. I tried the Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-free shampoo first which left my hair squeaky clean. But it also felt stiff and I certainly would not be able to get a comb through it. So I reached for the repairing conditioner, which as I mentioned smells incredible. The conditioner was a bit thin and I was hoping for something very hydrating and rich. This conditioner would be great for someone with thin hair but I have a full head of hair and found myself having to use a lot more than usual to cover the entire length of my hair
Side note: This entire set reminds of an exotic scented suntan lotion on a tropical beach! I’d have to say these are some of the best smelling hair care products that I’ve encountered.
Since the repairing conditioner felt a bit watery to me so I decided to add the Carols Daughter Repairing Hair Mask. This mask is much richer and creamier and allowed me to comb through my hair in the shower. I left the conditioner in for about 10 minutes to just to be sure that my hair was a lot softer and manageable when I was done. The conditioner rinsed clean leaving no traces of conditioner behind and my hair felt soft afterwards.
All of the products in this set contain Monoi Oil which is a Tahitian blend of Tiare Gardenia Flower and Coconut Oil. Monoi Oil is said to provide all over conditioning and it certainly felt like it did but I think a bit more of this oil would be helpful since I found this ingredient in the middle of the ingredient list. These products contain mostly water, cetearly alcohol and various other chemicals so a bit more monoi oil wouldn’t hurt. This set also claims to reduce hair breakage by 96% which only applies if you use both conditioners AND leave them on for 30 minutes.
Overall I liked the set but not enough to buy it again. I’d certainly get the repairing hair mask -the scent is that incredible. My hair is very curly with different textures and I require a gentle shampoo and a rich conditioner and unfortunately I did not find it here. I REALLY wanted to love this set after all of the reviews that I read but it just didn’t work for me.
Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Collection 3-Piece Stater Kit, $24