Product Review: CARA B Naturally

Ok, for those of you who are aware of our recent CARA B Naturally (CARA B) skincare review, then you know we are very excited to try the hair product line.  Cuz “anybody that know me” knows I love me some hairproducts.. OK?!?  Well, we had some amazing results on BBH’s skin with CARA B skincare line (heck I’m using it myself now, LOL!), and are really pleased with the company as a whole with regard to its mission and natural product certification, naturally:)   Here’s a quick recap from our CARA B  skincare review:

GETTING TO KNOW CARA B NATURALLY (CARA B)

First and foremost, CARA B products (except for 1) are “Certified Natural skin and hair care for ethnically diverse babies and children.” By certified they mean the Natural Products Association (www.npainfo.org). Those folks set the standard. CARA B products are free of parabens, petrolatum, sulfates, and other chemicals and have no artificial colors or fragrances. A BIG plus for sensitive skin BBH’s out there.

CARA B believes “our children’s skin and hair is naturally beautiful and should be treated as such“ and their slogan is “Children Are Always Beautiful, Naturally“, thus the acronym “CARA B” in CARA B Naturally (supacute!). They also have initiatives such as Giving Back, Naturally, a program dedicated to “partnering in the health and well-being of babies and children in our local communities.”  Well, let’s dig in shall we?

Review Time

Once again, gotta give the cutie patootie packaging its due.   Pretty stankin’ cute.  I LOVE the extra touch. I’m so BIG on packaging!!!  Golly.

(Although products were provided to Baby Big Hair for this review, I was not compensated to provide my personal opinion on CARA B products.)

To prep for hairwashing, I pre-pooed BBH’s hair as usual, but with the CARA B Leave-In Conditioner / Daily Moisturizer mixed with a little olive oil.  Sectioned the hair off and called it the evening.

CARA B Shampoo/Body Wash  (see ingredients list here, also see review as a Bodywash here)

  • Price: $11.00 for 8 fl. oz. bottle. This is consistent with other natural organic hair care products, BUT this product is certified natural which is a huge plus.
  • Smell: Very, very light, soft and fresh smelling. A baby powder meets vanilla or sugary sweet smell.
  • Consistency:  Not super light, but far from thick. Almost transparent.  Like vanilla extract w/a light corn syrup consistency.

Similar to using as a Bodywash, the lather as a shampoo is really good.   Cleanses really well.  Took only a few washings to remove product from hair. I like the product due to its lightness and cleaning performance.  And of course, I love the smell!

CARA B Leave-In Conditioner / Daily Moisturizer (See ingredients list here)

  • Price: $13.00 for 8 fl oz.  This is a $1 more than our current staple Leave-In Conditioner, but CARA B’s doubles as a daily moisturizer, so technically your getting 2 products for 1 (Genius!).
  • Smell: Same as the Shampoo/Body Wash – very, very light, soft and fresh smelling. Again, baby powder and a vanilla or sugary sweet smell.
  • Consistency: Its rich and creamy, kind of like the CARA B Body Lotion but not quite as thick.  Its not runny all.  I would say its comparable to a styling milk, but on the thicker side.  Best I can describe it.

I applied the  the product to each section, working my fingers through.  Now BBH has a TON of hair and slippage is key for us for easy detangling.  This product, though moisturizing,  did not have enough slip.  I compensated for this by applying more product, but  never got the slip I wanted.  But I was successfully able to work the product through all the sections with a wide tooth comb …

CARA B Moisturizing Hair Mist  (See ingredients list here)

  • Price: $10.00 for 8 fl oz. For what it did for BBH’s hair (below).  Well worth it.
  • Smell: Same as the Shampoo/Body Wash – very, very light, soft and fresh smelling. Again, baby powder and a vanilla or sugary sweet smell.
  • Consistency: Water based of course.  Reminds me of coconut water…
AHA!  Now that’s what I’m talking about.  This product gave me the slip I was looking for, not crazy slippage, but definately slippage.  I would say its comparable to my spray bottle mixture of water and leave’in conditioner (sans oil).  I’m thinking I should have sprayed her hair  with this 1st prior to applying the leave’in just for the added slippage for easier and quicker detangling. Alright now, we’re back in business baby!  I whipped out our modified Denmen brush to evenly distribute the products.  Oweee! Look at this lightweight definition!  Well HELLO CURLS! Totally didn’t expect that…

Styling

I then began to style her hair.  I opted not to do small twists this go’round and did simple twist ponies.  Her hair felt incredibly soft, like baby hair soft.  As I worked through her hair to style, I spritzed more of the Hair Mist to keep it wet and detangled.  Here are our results..
In Summary

BIG-Ups
This line of products is really light, not greasy, and left her hair incredibly soft. Like the skincare products, I am LOVIN’ the smell. Among the above three products I would have to say the Hair Mist is my favorite. Very good for detangling and styling  Her hair just hearts it and we could’ve used more of it. It’s really light has great shine and dries with just a tad of hold. I also love how the most commonly used products serve as dual functions (i.e. Shampoo/Bodywash and Leave-In Conditioner/Daily Moisturizer).  Ya’ll Product Junkies out there know exactly what I mean…

Cons
The Leave-In Conditioner did not have the slippage I like especially for the thicker portions of BBH’s hair.  I did notice that the finer portions of her hair detangled with ease.  Again,  in retrospect I would have sprayed her hair with the Hair Mist first to lay the ground work for the Leave-In.  That would have cut back on detangling time significantly.  I’m really anxious to try the Leave-In as a Daily Moisturizer on her dry hair.  I’ve been looking for a good “hair milk” for ages and it’s what had me curious about CARA B all this time.    Regarding the Hair Mist, I’d prefer it to be sold by the GALLON with a HOSE attached to it, LOL!!! Just ‘playin…  I’m jus’playin..  But trust,  I was doing massive “finger crunches” with that bottle to coat alllllll that BIG HAIR!  So, a nozzle that lets you alternate from “sprtiz”, “spray” and/or “stream” would be optimal.

All in all, good stuff folks. Think imma play around with this line a bit to find the “perfect combination”  for ultimate moisture and hold (*queue music* Perfect Combinationnnnnn, Hair plus CARA B! a Perfect Combination, we couldn’t ask for any betterrrrr!) LOL! I kill myself ~Let me stop typing…

Go’Head Baby!

**PS –  Check out another CARA B review from fellow blogger, Curly Hairdo Ideas, here.
*** PSS – CARA B is has gone BOGO!!  For a limited time, Buy 1 get 1 free + free shipping on orders over $25!!  If it were not so, I would have told you!! Get details at www.mycarab.com. Be Curly!

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