This will be my first post about hair! Yay.
Quick hair background: My last relaxer was in September of 2008; but because of modeling, I kept my hair flat ironed every week. This resulted in heat damage. I stopped putting heat on my hair in November of 2010 and then big chopped on April 11, 2011. I had about 3 inches of hair left. My hair has a mixture of zig zag and S curls, so I struggle with moisture and trying to keep it from feeling like a Brillo pad. I would classify my hair as 4B with some 4A around the perimeter.
SO! On to this review…
I should also inform you guys that I’m Queen Twist-Out. I don’t really experiment (yet) because my hair is so dense and it takes forever to do pretty much anything to it. I’ll learn…
The kind folks over at Nothing But sent me the entire line to check out, so I have used all 7 of these products. I’ll tell ya how I used them on my hair + how they worked out.
1. Nothing But Clarifying Shampoo: I used this shampoo when I felt like my hair and scalp needed a deep cleaning. Since I have such coily hair and it tends to stay dry, I use a lot of heavy butters and creams after spraying water on my hair. This helped to remove build-up. Plus, it’s safe for color-treated hair (which I now have).
2. Nothing But Intense Healing Mask: I used this deep conditioner after the clarifying shampoo to get some moisture back in. I try to deep condition every week, so the 16 oz. jar comes in handy. I sat under my hair steamer with this conditioner and when I was done steaming, my hair felt pretty good. I’m still on the hunt for THE deep conditioner, but this one is up there with some that I have already tried so far.
3. Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner: I have to admit that I am not a big co-washer. Wash day is a big deal for me and water just doesn’t touch my hair until it’s time to actually wash my hair. I also just read a post by Afrobella which mentions that Dr. Kari Williams, trichologist, recommends washing your hair weekly with shampoo. I’m not opposed to co-washing throughout the week, but I just haven’t had the time to do anything like that yet. I used this product to pre-poo my hair. I section my hair off into about 10 sections and then apply the cleansing conditioner and follow up with oil (usually coconut, or a mixture of oils).
Something else I learned from Afrobella’s post is that Dr. Kari Williams mentioned not leaving conditioner in your hair overnight. I usually pre-poo overnight just because it usually takes me 2-3 hours to finger detangle and apply the conditioner+oil. Soooo… I’ll have to figure something else out. Womp.
4. Nothing But Curl Sealer: I love the idea of a curl sealer. When I think of the name, I think of something that is going to seal moisture in and that’s what this says it’s supposed to do. Again, with my extremely dry hair… stuff might not quite work out the way it’s supposed to. It smells amazing, though. I’m going to try this one again.
5. Nothing But Curl Wake Up Spray: I love that water and glycerin are the first two ingredients in this product, but I do have to keep spritzing my hair with water when I use this product — and I’m no scientist, but I’m sure it’s because of the glycerin + the dry state of Indiana. This product and I might become friendlier once the weather decides to stay warm for a while. We’ll see.
6. Nothing But Curly Pudding: The product literature says this product elongates curls – exactly what I needed! I used this product after the Wake Up Curl Spray to refresh an old twist-out. Pretty much everything I’ve tried so far is great for a twist-out, but I have also used it to pull that old twist-out into a puff. I like this stuff. This was the first time I was ever able to get my hair into a puff!! With the help of an old pair of tights (yes… tights), I was able to get this stuff up there for a lazy hair day ‘do.
7. Nothing But Mold & Hold Wax: This is the first product besides regular ol’ hair gel that I have used to try to hold my edges down. Success! The consistency of this product is unlike anything I’ve ever used… but it’s really cool! What I learned is that I have to spray water both before and after putting this on my hair. It doesn’t move around like gel does. It just stays put wherever you put it, so distributing it can be a little hard without water. I had no problems with my edges all day. Very cool. I like it.
Overall, I like this line quite a bit. Not only are the ingredients cool, but the prices… Amazing. I have a $52 bottle of shampoo, y’all… and the prices for this line range from $7.99 to $10.99. I’ve been recommending this line to all of the women who say they want to go natural but can’t afford the products. That’s another story for another day because there are so many options out there; but overall, this is the most affordable line that I know of.
No Petrolatum (Yay). No Mineral Oil (Woohoo!). No Sulfates (Sweet). No Parabens (Awesome). No Colorants (Cool). No Phthalates (…Um).
What the heck is a phthalate? I looked it up for ya… and basically, it looks like phthalates are just substances that are added to products (like plastic) to give them elasticity and durability. I’m SO okay with not having phthalates in my hair products. High five to the folks over at Nothing But.
I’m not opposed to silicones being in my hair products, and there are some in this line… but I really like to advise people to do their research on the stuff that they avoid just because everyone else says they do. All of it isn’t bad for everything.
Check the line out here. You can order online and check to see where the product is sold near you.