Thursday was like a holy pilgrimage for a product junkie like me. I have wanted to try Carol’s Daughter products ever since Oprah gave them the big thumbs up in her magazine. Then Jada Pinkett, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige came on board, and they opened a big store in New York that I yearned to shop at. (Don’t get me started on New York. The resources for curly-haired girls there seem to be mind-boggling. Every time I hear about a great new product or salon, it’s in NYC. I want to go on an AfroBella sabbatical there, someday.) I was often tempted to just purchase the products online, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. The names all seemed so intriguing and mysterious. Khoret Amen. Tui. Clarity. I wanted to smell them. I wanted to feel the texture of the product before I made a decision. Finally, Carol’s Daughter products became available at Sephora. Not all Sephoras, mind you. It really annoys me that this product wouldn’t be deemed universally desirable. What’s the big demographic difference between Aventura and Dadeland Mall?

I got to Aventura Mall around 2:00. Mary J. Blige wasn’t expected to make an appearance until 5. I do love Mary, but I didn’t come to the event planning to meet her. I was there to meet Lisa Price. She’s the creator of Carol’s Daughter, and started making the products in her kitchen back in 1993. Her success story reminds me of black beauty products pioneers like Madame C.J Walker and Annie Malone. From the outset it was evident that this event would be different and special. Velvet ropes snaked a Z shaped line outside the store. A DJ booth was set up at the front of Sephora – the first time Dem Franchise Boyz and Rick Ross was played in those scented halls, I’m certain. When I met Lisa, I immediately complimented her on her fabulous turquoise and gold paisley skirt. “Girl, I got this at Marshall’s,” she laughed. That was all she needed to say. Lisa’s an AfroBella kind of lady; a bargain shopper with an eye for quality.

We chatted about shopping and she gave me very detailed and honest hair advice. She is currently wearing her hair in braids, so the Clarity Shampoo works best for her, but she also can’t resist the Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner (which I will review soon. But for the record, I love it!). She tends to shy away from oily products when she has braids, so as to not attract dust. She advised me to try the Mimosa Healthy Hair Butter (I plan to, someday), and to detangle my hair when it’s dry. Then in the shower, wash with the Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo, and condition it with the Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie (which smells like I died and went to ylang-ylang heaven). She said I should finger-curl and twirl my curls when wet in the shower, then let my hair dry naturally. I plan to try these products eventually, but I started out by purchasing the Hair Milk that I had heard so much about, and also the Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. Lisa also suggested that I comb my hair from the bottom up in the shower. I did that yesterday, and I can’t believe I was combing from the root to the tip before. What a terrible idea that was! Combing my hair with a wide-tooth comb and liberally applied conditioner in the shower made the world of difference for me. No more knots, minimal pulling, and pretty, defined curls.

I stuck around for Mary J. Blige’s appearance, even though I had the distinct impression that I wouldn’t get to meet her or take a picture with her. I was right. Although the end was a bit disappointing in that I was denied a one-on-one with MJB, I got to see how Carol’s Daughter had affected people. All shades of women came to meet Lisa, to seek her unruffled and sagacious hair advice, and to scream for Mary. When Mary strutted in, the crowd went wild and the flashbulbs started popping. It reinforced for me how weird and uncomfortable it would be to be famous. And the consequent posts on Concrete Loop and Crunk & Disorderly did that even more. Mary looked pretty at the event, but greasy and tired in the photos. And damn, the haters had a field day. But who among us hasn’t taken a terrible picture before? I know I have quite a few. Hell, even the photo I’ve posted below of me and Lisa Price is like a study between shiny and matte skin. Miami’s heat and humidity will do that to your face if you don’t use the right products (often and liberally) to combat it Both of us needed a serious touch-up. So ladies, don’t be caught looking like you rubbed some Texas toast on your forehead. Before any photo op, preserve your sexy with some blotting sheets. I wish I had. I know Mary feels the same.
It made me sad that some people were saying that they wouldn’t buy the products based on Mary’s appearance. Carol’s Daughter doesn’t make mattifier, people. It’s a line of down-home skin and hair care products made by women like me, for women like me. I appreciate the aesthetic, and I definitely plan to review more of their stuff as soon as I can.

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Angel.La says:
August 27, 2006, 9:28 pm
Great post! Yeah, I feel bad for dissing Mary, but you know you she was wrong for coming to a beauty event like that! We all love to chill, but she could have dressed up for this one. Anyway, I need to start trying out some of these products you recommend. Because by the look of your skin and hair, you know what you're talking about!
bella says:
August 27, 2006, 11:47 pm
I agree with you, Angel.La. Mary's been in the game long enough to know she needs to touch up before smiling for the camera. I'm gonna try to come up with some good STRONG anti-grease products. I need something to combat this heat and humidity! Any and all recommendations are welcome.
Julia_Claudine_Deveraux says:
August 28, 2006, 10:45 am
Of course I went to my local Sephora and they don't have the Carol's Daughter products yet (surprise, surprise) and no ETA on when they will get them either. I have not had a chance to sample them yet. I've been waiting for recommendations from others as to what I should try but know one I know has tried them either. I guess I'll have to take the plunge and just buy something on a whim.
bella says:
August 28, 2006, 10:51 am
You should try the hair milk!!! My next post will be about that product. On Naturally Curly they refer to certain products as HG, or Holy Grail products. Well, I think Carol's Daughter Hair Milk is mine. My curls are looking fly today, girl. =)
Dena says:
August 28, 2006, 3:35 pm
I wish people wouldn't talk about how Mary looks tired in those pictures. Guess what? She IS tired! She's on a nationwide tour right now, busting her butt every night! For Carol's Daughter products, I recommend the Hair Milk. It's the best! I also like the Almond Cookie Souffle. It makes my skin so soft and smells great.
Angel says:
August 28, 2006, 4:41 pm
Lisa Price is such an inspiration! She's doing big things now, I couldn't believe it when I saw her products in Sephora!
wordygrrl says:
August 28, 2006, 4:58 pm
LOVE THIS SITE!!! Love Carol's Daughter, too. I have locs and I have been using the Khoret smoothie, Rosemary mint shampoo, hair balm, milk and the Lisa's elixer for two weeks now. My shedding has minimized and the smells are Gorgeous!! Got my products on-line here in Germany.
keena says:
August 29, 2006, 12:26 pm
sista.. you are beautiful! thx for this site!
Ursula says:
September 2, 2006, 10:42 am
I have yet to try Carol's Daughters product. But thinking I'll check out the store in London that carries them next weekend.
likunta says:
August 6, 2009, 5:22 pm
Hi AB. You wrote that Lisa's hair was in braids, but I dont see braids in the pic. Also, in the prmo pics, on Oprah, on HSn Lisa is wearing a wig. So how ho we know her stuff really works? MJB & Jada endorse it butboth also wears wigs! I'm interested, but the bottles are so small & so costly.
likunta says:
August 6, 2009, 5:22 pm
PS: You should add that feature "notify me of replies" to your blog please. Thanks.
likunta says:
August 6, 2009, 6:14 pm
wow I didn expect such speedy response. Ooo Lisa has micro braids, that is why 1 cant tell from this pic. O ok then. I'll read the 'is it worth it?' link you sent. Any chance on getting a 'notify of me replies' button? Thanks!lk
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