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Carol’s Daughter Celebrates 20 Years, Rebrands Lisa’s Hair Elixir, & Launches a Mobile App

With some great launches happening this spring season, Carol’s Daughter is proving they are only getting bigger and better. I had an amazing opportunity to visit Mirror, The Salon at Carol’s Daughter located in the brand’s flagship store on 125th in Harlem last week. First off, I have to acknowledge that Carol’s Daughter (CD) is celebrating 20 years since its inception. I remember being in high school and stumbling into their first flagship store in Fort Greene Brooklyn and falling in love with cult favorites such as the almond cookie butter and the pineapple-scented hair and body balm- time really flies. Additionally, in the midst of all things becoming digital, CD has launched a new mobile app that will allow you to find the closest CD or retail partner store, check-in, and earn points for interacting with the app which will result in unlocking promo codes for discounted CD products.

Healthy Scalp Trio of Products

Carol’s Daughter is also re-branding Lisa’s Hair Elixir with new packaging including an applicator and protective cap as well as coining it the Restoring Hair Oil. The brand believes healthy hair starts with the scalp. In addition to the Lisa’s Hair Elixir, they have added the Fortifying Scalp Spray to use in conjunction. Lastly, the Monoi line has a new product called the Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum. Lisa worded it correctly when she called this trio of products “skincare for your scalp.”

Lisa Price

The Mirror Salon

The beautiful decor at the Mirror Salon

 After the introduction of the new products, Robin D. Groover, Mirror Salon collaborator, hair expert, and creator of Too Groovy Salon in Georgia, introduced us to the concept behind the salon. It was designed to be an “urban escape,” with the ultimate focus placed on healthy hair.

Robin D. Groover

The name Mirror was chosen because they wanted each individual’s beauty to be reflected back at them (this is the reason why there are mirrors all over the salon; even when you get your hair washed, you see yourself). Consultations are encouraged because they are an opportunity to get a tailored regimen for your hair. The consultation will look at hair aspects such as porosity, elasticity, density and scalp condition.

My Personal Experience

During the presentation Robin mentioned that scalp massages were standard, and that’s completely true. During my service, I really liked how Alaina (my Mirror Salon stylist) finger detangled my hair and massaged my scalp as she sprayed the Scalp Fortifying Spray. She did this all prior to washing my hair. I was impressed because when I wash my own natural hair, I usually have to detangle before I get into the shower to shampoo my hair. After my shampoo and condition using the entire CD Monoi Line, Alana added the Monoi deep conditioner to my wet hair, and placed me under a hair steamer for about 30 minutes.

Decor and Menu of services at Mirror

This was actually my first time sitting under a steamer, and my hair felt amazing after the treatment. Alana asked if she could do a natural hair style on my hair and I was like sure! I liked that she was comfortable and excited to style my thick 4C hair. She split my hair into four sections and smoothed Healthy Hair Butter onto each section (my hair was damp but not dripping wet) in a downward motion.

She then added Carol’s Daughter Heat Setting Foam, twisted my hair and added flexi rods to the ends. I sat under the dryer for another 30 mins and voila! I had very cute spiral set curls. Another plus of Mirror salon was that she talked me through each process and explained how I could do it at home.

***Thanks to Beauty Contributor, Laura A. Floyd of Blush and Beakers for covering Carol’s Daughter Mirror Salon for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

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