When there’s nothing on TV, I tend to go to the home-shopping stations and veg out. The Joan Rivers collection? Jewelry? Old Lady Clothes? Wait, I already said the Joan Rivers collection. (I love Joan Rivers, but her QVC appearances are funnier than her comedy, in my opinion. Maybe it’s the enthusiasm about a pretty basic pashmina for three easy installments of $29.99 juxtaposed with her position E!’s Fashion Police. Irony.)
But one bit of HSN I was watching subliminally wormed its way into my brain, and when I ran out of my Moroccanoil hair mask that I paid over $40 for, I was reminded of Carol’s Daughter. I could still remember the sounds of the satisfied customers calling in about how heavenly the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask smells. So I gave it a whirl, and am I glad I did!
From what I understand from an article I half-read a few weeks ago, monoi oil is a type of coconut oil that’s been enriched with or filtered through gardenias, giving it this awesome, luxurious scent that lingers for days. I’m honestly more certain about how hypnotic the scent of this hair mask is than how monoi oil is made. One whiff and you’ll be hooked.
But the best part is, this conditioner has even changed my hair texture to a smoother wave pattern when it air-dries.
The Monoi Repairing Hair mask claims 96% less breakage with one use, and I believe it. My hair already feels longer, stronger, and more humidity-resistant. Can I also add my hair also looks more presentable now too?! Win!
It says in the instructions, for a deeper treatment, to sit under a hot drier. I just like to pop a plastic bag on my head (not over my face) and chill for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and let the heat of my head be the “dryer” so to speak. I would also like to add that I envy anyone who owns a hooded dryer.
This mask is definitely has reconstructing properties, so sometimes it’s good to use a moisturizing conditioner in conjunction with the mask to keep hair soft as well as strong. See, you need to keep a good balance of both moisture and protein in hair. Too much protein can even exacerbate damage and breaking.
With all my hair’s been through, from the Sun-In to multiple bleachings and highlights to correct the botched bleach job, I need to use a hair mask at least once a week because I refuse to cut my hair. When I use it, the other conditioner I use does not matter at all quality-wise, since this mask does contain a lot of moisturizing oils.
One interesting word of caution that I came across surfing the web and looking through forum upon forum on haircare: if you heat-style with oils on your hair, your hair will literally cook like food on a frying pan. Now, I don’t know if this is true, but it sounds scary enough for me to avoid doing anything like flat-ironing to my hair when I use oil-based hair products.
This isn’t a big deal for me now, though, since I am no longer a slave to heat styling. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Mask is helping me learn to love my natural texture.