Mar 17, 2012

Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion

Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion (available here) - $25

A penetrating hair treatment that deeply moisturizes, detangles, soften, and conditions to improve the overall texture of your hair.  Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or dyes, petrochemicals, and phthalates.

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While I don't have the kind of hair that might need relaxer treatments, but I definitely do have thicker, dry, color-treated hair and am always on the lookout for moisturizing, softening haircare products.  I have read a lot about the Carol's Daughter, so this time I decided to try out the Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Hair Infusion kit.  This set contains:

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8 oz Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie, 2 oz Khoret Amen Hair Oil, Plastic Cap, and Applicator Tip

How to Use the Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Hair Infusion

The instructions on the box are pretty simiple.  Use the Khoret Amen Hair Oil on your scalp and the Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie like hair mask over the rest of your hair.  Cover with the plastic cap, wait 30 minutes and wash off.

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For reference, my hair looks more like the after picture than the before version, but that's only on really good days and if I have a good haircut :P
So I said the "instructions on the box," and that's because there is another set of instructions inside that mentions using the oil as a scalp treatment and a bit over the length of the hair, washing as usual, and using the Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie as a conditioner.  I guess if your hair needs a LOT of detangling prior to washing, you can use the hair smoothie to do the job.  If not, just use it as a regular deep conditioner.  On to the review now.

Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion - Khoret Amen Hair Oil

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The first thing I noticed about this oil is the smell - it's extremely "perfumed," and while the smell is not really unpleasant in itself, it is definitely strong.  The oil contains olive oil mixed in with the goodness of plant extracts such as lavender, sage, juniper, etc.  I love the packaging - the applicator tip makes application so easy, I am going to save the bottle to use for ever :D  It's a light oil and absorbs easily and easy to wash off too.  While I didn't find it very different from my usual (unfragranced) extra-virgin coconut oil treatment, if you have never used hair oils before and can tolerate the strong smell, you might find this useful.

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Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion - Khoret Amen Hair Oil (Ingredients)

Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion - Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie

The Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie is like a thick, deep conditioner.  I have tried using it both ways - using it as a mask before washing my hair or as a deep conditioner after washing (never both together).  This too has a similar strong fragrance as the oil, though it is comparatively milder.

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With ingredients such as cocoa butter and olive oil, this is a conditioner made for the coarser/thicker hair.  It washes off easily and I don't get that slippery smooth feeling that comes with silicone-based conditioners (but this does contain amodimethicone).  It leaves my hair shinier and healthier and just a tiny bit softer.  If you have fine hair, though, you might find this conditioner too heavy to use regularly, but I can definitely get away with weekly use :D

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carols daughter olive oil haircare infusion at home treatment dry relaxed transitioning natural indian reviews ingredients khoret amen smoothie conditioner how to use
Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion - Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie (Ingredients)

My take on the Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion:  Being a South Indian, oil-infusion treatments aren't anything new to me, and most homes in Kerala have bottles of coconut oil steeped in all kinds of ayurvedic ingredients.  Setting aside that bias, though, here's what I think of the Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion:
  • Easy to use.  Love the applicator for applying the oil and the convenient plastic shower cap included in the package.
  • Detangling/Conditioning:  The hair smoothie would do a good job of detangling if that is what you are looking for.  Use it as a deep conditioner if you have normal hair that doesn't need detangling.
  • This a very strongly fragranced product, and the smell does linger on even after washing.  Definitely not for sensitive noses.
  • Silicones:  Sephora lists this as a silicone-free product, but it does contain amodimethicone.  If your scalp gets flaky with silicone-based products (like mine does), use the hair smoothie as a mask and wash off with a shampoo containing any of these:   SLS, SLES, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocobetaine, ALS, or ALES.
  • Cost:  This is quite a pricey product ($25), and I found the results just the same as I get with a regular coconut oil treatment.  Cost-wise, at least, I don't think this is something I need to add to my regular haircare routine.
I probably am not the ideal candidate to try this out, but I really didn't find any extra benefit with using this for my kind of hair.  It's a good product but really not essential for me.  Do give this a try, though, if you need some serious detangling and/or heavier conditioning.

So, this is what I spent my weekend doing - washing, reviewing :D  What about you - did anything useful this weekend, watched any movies?

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16 comments:

  1. Oye Rads *hugssss* miss u lots :* me heard a lot abt CD brand too, but too kanjoos too order it online, here i am trying to test the cheaper available american brands, recently i bought Aphogee shampoo and 2 mins protein recontructor and as i usually do not use sulfate and silicone, i am syill to find a protein treatment free of those. It have raving reviews and i also found it to be quite good, and my hair is pretty healthy and breakage free anyways but still i do e treatment once every 6 weeks or so. I looking for a good cowash conditioner as here v05 isnt available and others i tried still r very forgetable.
    As i got a job i been using my weekends mostly to sleep xD but managed to watch Kahani, The grey, Woman in Black, the iron lafy and this means war lol alll r good fun but nothing to write home about. And what have you been up to?

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    1. Hi Debbb...you got a job..yayyy :D :D Me toooo busy with work all week and roaming weekends...I got a haircut finally :D :D OMG OMG you should have seen the poor lady struggling with my hair. I actually felt bad for her, but she managed to do a half-decent job and my hair looks okay. Guess I have to keep looking for the perfect hair place...

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    2. Yay me got jobs and 5 year ext too lol, now i really must learn dutch or pray to die =/. Awwww rads why would the lady struglle with ur hair?? Its lively and tame humpf i get pussed really, but u should them give Deva Salon a try it cuts wavy/curly hair only, and i am sure if you woldnt see struggle on their faces as them cut ur hair

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    3. I don't there's one here, Deb...at least not near my place. You know how people act all clueless when it comes to our kind of hair. And my hair is wavy, not even proper curly, and still people act totally confused. That's one reason why I miss Bangalore...I got the most awesome cuts there :((

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    4. Sigh...never mind...am just happy I got a cut..and sure I can make this one also work somehow..next time I will have to give her some more instructions...3-5 cuts and she will be trained enough to cut my hair properly :D :D :D

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  2. Hi Rads..

    I soo love ♥ the way you click pictures..amazing. :)
    I remember FnU used to steal your pics, I hope they have stopped the stealing business now.. :P :P

    Hope you have a lovely week ahead.. :)


    Dipti

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  3. Rads....this is the same carol ki beti na....the pics look so awesome

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    1. That one ONllllllllyyyyy!!!! I paid 25 dollars na, so I am somehow trying to make it work..but I don't know, at least for my hair, there's no requirement for this :|

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  4. thanks for the review. i have been browsing their products on sephora's shelves but they looked a bit shady to me ;) a bit pseudo new age. i am seriously hunting for something since these days i find my hair everywhere. can you please suggest something to keep it on my head rather than the floor or my son (poor thing- sometimes i see a lone curly strand hanging off his ear -its a funny yet super sad sight! )

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    1. OMG :D :D you are my hair twin...there's more of the stuff on our carpets than on my head :(( Do you do a coconut oil massage before your wash? It works for me..just that I am too lazy to do it all the time :| And oh..try Trichomania by Lush..it's quite gentle and is good if you are too lazy to oil your hair beforehand.

      My friend told me to add yogurt and vitamins to my diet..not yet started on the vitamin supplements but I am taking a lot more yogurt now :D

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    2. Oh I don't put it on my hair...am done with all those DIY topical treatments...hardly anything works for me ever :| Yogurt in the diet - because it's a good source of B12 - good for hair, nail, etc. :D

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  5. thanks so much i will get both. honestly at this point i will do anything to stop hair loss.
    so i u/s vitamins but why yoghurt? some people told me to slather it on my hair btw for shine.

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  6. you know i recently tried aveda's damage remedy leave in treatment- it left my curls sooo soft.
    also the new invati hair scalp revitalizer - my scalp felt tingly and my blow dry lasted for two days - tho i didnt see any reduction in hair loss. i am thinking of getting the damage remedy leave in . but the invati stuff is so ridiculously expensive.

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    1. So Aveda is good..I will try that next then..am all for trying out hair stuff..no wonder my hair is such a mess most of the time :D :D but I feel it's hair so easy to try new things on..won't dare to do that on my face :D And older posts have comment moderation turned on..in case you are wondering why your comments keep disappearing :P :D

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    2. Do you have any recommendations on a good hair dryer? I was looking to buy one..amn't too sure if I want to spend too much..especially if I have to lug it back to India it should work there na..but I really want a good one :| :|

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