12 posts tagged "Carol’s Daughter"
Mirror, the new salon in Harlem from Carol’s Daughter, is very aptly named. Sure, there’s that impressive, reflective rectangle hanging above the shampoo bowls (“so stylists can show clients haircare tricks while shampooing,” according to owner Lisa Price), and the mirrored discs that decorate the back wall. But the correlation more so stems from the destination’s focus on helping its clients see their true—and best—selves. “When a client comes in with a photo of a hairstyle, of course we can try to get her there. But our objective is to first understand and appreciate the person who’s walked in that day,” says Price. The beauty brand founder, who branched out into the service industry at the persistent requests of her core consumers (“people who come and shop with us for haircare products who were asking, how do I take care of my hair?”), achieves that by training her team of stylists to give each new client an extensive hair evaluation: First they spritz hair with water and gently stretch curls to assess metrics like elasticity, density, and porosity; then, client and stylist settle on an accurate description of hair texture together—think: silk, cotton, or wool. “Some people who are new to natural [un-relaxed] hair have no idea what the real texture of their hair is. They use words like rough, dry, and brittle. We use fabrics as descriptors because they’re neutral words—they don’t carry negative associations,” Price explains. Particularly effective among Mirror’s services is strand-by-strand conditioning, during which stylists divide hair into four sections and meticulously apply a moisturizing treatment, from root to end. And while relaxers are a no-no here, Mirror’s special ionic blow-dry/ceramic flat-iron combo will leave all hair types—from barely-there wavy to all-out curly—moisturized and sleek.
Mirror, The Salon at Carol’s Daughter, 24 W. 125th St., NYC, (212) 828-6757.
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter natural hair- and skincare.
The Product: “A product that I don’t use but has a warm place in my heart is Pond’s Cold Cream. It was something that my mother put on her face. When you’re a kid, you don’t realize where certain smells come from. But about two years after my mom passed away, I saw a jar in the drugstore and I purchased it just so I could smell her face. When I was younger, the scent was my mom—it was soft like her skin and cheeks. Now I can smell the different components, the beeswax and lanolin-like ingredients in it. But I wasn’t sensitive to that when I was a kid. My mom would apply the cream in the morning and night. She was really lucky to have clear skin that never got irritated. She didn’t do a lot of special facial things and was very no-fuss: She just washed with Ivory soap, put on her Pond’s Cold Cream, and never tried to cover her freckles with makeup. Now we have a product in our line called Face Butter that I use, and my mother used, too, before she passed away. But I still keep the jar of Pond’s in the medicine cabinet for the memory of her.”
The Fragrance Foundation’s annual FiFi Awards have gotten exponentially more glamorous as celebrity fragrance has become an increasingly important revenue generator for the perfume industry. Usher made reporters blush last year when he accepted his Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award for his eponymous scent, and last night it was Fergie and Halle Berry who added some star power to the proceedings. Wearing her new-for-summer eau, Outspoken Intense, and a custom-made Max Azria gown, Fergie took home the New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her debut scent for Avon, Outspoken. “I’m already working on a third,” the blonder-than-usual Black Eyed Peas front woman told us. Berry, who was whisked past press and hurried inside wearing a black cutout gown, nabbed the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her iris, neroli, peach, and vetiver scent, Reveal.
Mary J. Blige also made a cameo at Lincoln Center to celebrate her Sales Breakthrough of the Year honor for My Life, the Carol’s Daughter flacon that sold 60,000 bottles in less than five hours when it debuted on HSN last summer. Blige, too, has her foot on the gas as far as fragrance plans go. Blossom, which she was wearing last night, is due out in August and will also make its debut on HSN. “We must be on a roll with this fragrance thing,” she said.
Other winners included Gucci Guilty, which topped the Women’s Luxe category; Balenciaga Paris, which took home the Women’s Specialty Luxe prize; and Six Scents: Series 3, which was named Indie Brand of the Year. As for the FiFi’s latest category, the Consumer’s Choice Award, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell and Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods for Men came up big. The people have spoken.
Before Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price had access to rare monoi oil, she tried to mix it up in her kitchen, not unlike how she developed the other homespun skin and hair savers in her wildly successful beauty brand. “It satisfied that curiosity,” Price says of her experiments with the prized Tahitian ingredient. But much like her nascent company, her curiosity about the fragrant coconut oil continued to grow. Derived from the first press of special coconuts grown in coral-infused soil, monoi gets its soft, sweet scent from tiare flowers steeped in the emollient oil. Over the past few years, Price has tracked down a rich form of monoi butter and subsequently put it into a new, repairing haircare range. The product trio includes a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask, all of which have been infused with hibiscus extract and bamboo water to moisturize and strengthen strands. The mask has become a fast favorite, as its virgin coconut oil base is so lightweight, it doesn’t weigh our hair down. It may soon have some competition, though; Price let it slip at a recent event that she hopes to market a pure form of the oil as a body butter in the near future. Stay tuned.
Carol’s Daughter is going “polyethnic” with a new multiracial ad campaign starring Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks, and Cassie—all of whom embody different types of mixed-race beauty. The brand is trying to position itself as the go-to destination for all skin types and colors. [WWD]
Katy Perry’s Purr, Gucci’s Guilty, and Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel all won big at last night’s U.K. Fifi awards, which may be a sign of things to come at the annual event’s U.S. program next month. [Elle U.K.]
When in doubt, juice. That’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s motto. The svelte blonde’s favorite snacks include coconut water and kale juice, which she mixes with lemon, water, Vitamix, and agave. Paltrow admits that she does have a weakness for barbecue potato chips, though. So she is human! [Daily Mail]
Believe it or not, there is one product that the Kardashians have yet to co-opt for their beauty empire: nail polish. That all might change, however, as the sisters are rumored to be in talks with OPI to work on their own color collection. Make that Kolor Kollection. [Fashion Etc.]