Late-summer heat and humidity pose a challenge for those seeking luxurious locks. To help solve this problem, we talked to Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price about hair care and her new Manoi line, which uses a rare Tahitian oil to moisturize frazzled hair.
LN: HOW DID CAROL’S DAUGHTER GET ITS START?
LP: We started as a business in 1993. At first, it was my mom encouraging me to sell my products at a flea market. Prior to that, I had been making things in the kitchen for myself and for friends and family as gifts. It was like playing around with cooking recipes, like making a new kind of cupcake or spaghetti sauce and saying to them, Here, try this. I did really well at the church flea market, and while I was there, I got another flyer for an upcoming outdoor fair. I ended up selling that whole summer at local craft fairs on the weekends. In 1996, I quit my TV production job to give birth to my first child, because I felt that if I kept working, I would be handing my paycheck over to a babysitter. So making these products became my job, along with being a mom.
LN: DO YOU STILL USE A LOT OF INGREDIENTS PEOPLE CAN ACCESS OR FIND IN THEIR OWN KITCHEN?
LP: Not always. Something like Manoi is very difficult to find. But we do use a lot of ingredients people can understand and pronounce. When it’s necessary to have a synthetic ingredient to achieve efficacy of the product, we use a safe synthetic and not something that would be unpopular in places like health food stores. You could add mineral oil to a hair oil and make it less costly, but it’s just is a filler that provides no benefit to the hair. We’re more about really giving the customer quality products.
LN: CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE MANOI OIL USED IN YOUR HAIR CARE LINE?
LP: The first time that I heard about Manoi, I was sitting at my computer looking for new ingredients and fragrances online. I was so intrigued by it: how it’s made and how sacred it is. You take gardenias, which, to me, are such an exotic flower, and infuse them into coconut oil. The Tahitian folklore says that women would use this on their hair and skin to protect it from the sun. It was so over the top, I thought it must be amazing, but I couldn’t get it at the time. Years later, I met with a lab that was importing it from Tahiti, and that’s when we started developing the hair care line.
We’ve done tests on the line, and after using the shampoo and mask together, you will have 96 percent less breakage. It also smells incredible—the fragrance is gorgeous!
LN: WHAT ARE SOME THINGS WOMEN SHOULD KEEP IN MIND REGARDING HAIR CARE?
LP: Everyone should look for sulfate-free products, because the bubbles are not necessary for cleanliness, and it’s possible to have bubbles without sulfates. Inexpensive detergents that can be used as fillers, can strip color and natural oils, and they’re not necessary.
The next thing to think about is to identify a shampoo that works for you: your hair type and the way you style your hair. You might need two shampoos; one for when you’re wearing your hair curly and another for when you blow it out because you will need extra hydration. Long, thick hair will need a shampoo that helps detangle and makes it less susceptible to breakage. People don’t have one eye shadow and one lip gloss; they have different colors for different looks. Your arsenal of hair products should be like that: You need different tools to achieve different looks.