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Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Product Review

Updated on July 14, 2013


Welcome to my review of Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Product Review. I purchased the "original" Hair Milk product in July/2010 along with her Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner (which I will review in a separate session) from the Carol's Daughter website:

My first opinion, when researching this product, was that most people either LOVED it or strongly DISLIKED it and discarded or gave it away to someone else.

Product Description

Carol's Daughter defines this product as the "original curl definer."

Curly girls’ hair favorite for 13 years, Hair Milk The Original Curl Definer. This quenching, fast absorbing lotion defines, tames and restores luster to natural curls while conditioning. Made with essential oil of Lemongrass, Vitamin C, and Sweet Almond Oil for bouncy, soft, yet completely manageable curls.

Hair Milk The Original Curl Definer Benefits

  • Apricot Kernel Oil – Increases moisture
  • Cocoa & Shea Butters – Condition the scalp and hair
  • Vitamin C – Protects from environmental damage
  • Lemon Essential Oil – Gives this formula it’s energizing and uplifting fragrance
  • Paraben-Free, No Petroleum, Mineral Oil or Artificial Color.


Carol's Daugher Hair Milk Ingredients


Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Beeswax, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

My Review on CD's Hair Milk

The instructions for usage was quite simple:

"Apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair and style as desired. Add more as necessary."

To fairly assess the product, I first washed my hair with Suave Strawberry Shampoo, followed by the Suave Strawberry Conditioner which I "completely" washed out.

Since my hair is still short, I'm a "wash n go" hair wearer. I applied the Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Ben Leave-in conditioner on my wet 3b/c hair. What you will notice right off is the lemongrass smell. This has been a bone of contention with Carol's Daughter products. Some feel as though the "natural" smells of her products are too strong. However, with this product the smell gets lighter as your hair dries.

I then applied the Hair Milk (dime-sized) to my tresses. The hair instantly starts to curl and define. I then waited for my hair to dry.

My Results :

After my hair dried I found sections to be very frizzy, this is typical of 3c-textured hair. I re-wetted my hair and applied 3 more dime-sized portions to my hair. Upon drying, my hair was curly but not as "smooth" as if I had used my Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel.

I remembered a review where a young lady went back to Carol's Daughter to discuss her similar results with the Hair Milk that I had and the salesperson suggested that she use the Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey over the Hair Milk to better control the frizz. I then ordered the Mimosa Hair Honey. When I received the Hair Honey I started fresh again with washing, conditioning, and applying the Black Vanilla Bean Leave-In conditioner by Carol's Daughter.

With this application of Carol's Daughters products, found that this gave a much better control on the frizzing issue. However, I did find that you have to find the "perfect" balance of dime-sized portions and Mimosa Hair Honey. If not, the hair feels "extremely" greasy. Carol's Daughter has tried to alleviate this issue by providing a "lite" formula of the Hair Milk.

My hair is extremely hair and doesn't have the weight to weigh down the curls so I need a product that allows me to have more "hold" to my curls. I found that the Hair Milk, unlike "Mixed Chicks Conditioner" does not have a "holding" power to it. It seems to function mainly as a curl definer.

I have tried the Hair Milk with the Eco Styler Olive Oil gel and it worked wonderfully with it.

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Video

Pros and Cons


  • Product applies easily to tresses.
  • Defines Curls
  • Natural Ingredients Appeals to Natural Hair Wearers


  • The Lemon-grass smell may turn users away
  • The price ($20.00 for 10 ounces) You can find a cheaper option to achieve same/or better results.
  • Can be extremely greasy if you use too much.
  • Not easily able to refresh hair with this product -- needs to reapply.



I immediately LOVED the lemon-grass smell of Carol's Daughter Hair Milk. I did think the product was a pricey purchase but the natural aspect of the product swayed me to purchase. Especially, when trying to get away from the unhealthy "cones" found in hair products.

I will probably use the product intermittently with others from my product arsenal. I'm hoping that I will have better results when my hair gets longer. The product doesn't "hold" but hair is usually nice and soft.

I did notice that usually I can refresh my hairstyle with just water but find with this product that I need to reapply the Hair Milk causing hair to feel too greasy.

Let me know whether you like or don't like. Maybe you have a solution or recommendation for usage of the product!

Until next time, I'm Naturally Me!

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Never heard of this product. Can see why some may want to stay away from it:)