23 April 2012

Girls With Curls | Softn'Free's "Nothing But" Natural Hair Collection | Photos + Review

So you know that I'm still on my quest to find the best natural hair products or at least the ones that work best for me. Which is why I'm always enthused to try new products! Softn'free has introduced Nothing But,  their new full range natural hair care line. The collection includes seven products, each designed to take care of your specific natural hair care needs. The unique thing about Nothing But is that while they don't consist of 100% natural ingredients they are free of the 5 common harsh ingredients found in most hair products including; petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, colorants or phthalates. 

Products in the collection include a Clarifying Shampoo, Cleansing Conditioner, Intense Healing Mask, Curly Pudding, Curl Wake Up Spray, Curl Sealer and Mold & Hold Wax. Check out my review of the entire collection below.

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Clarifying Shampoo & Curl Wake Up Spray

The Clarifying Shampoo is designed to gently cleanse the hair and scalp. I really like this shampoo mainly because of its cleansing properties. I have oily hair which means that there's usually a build up when it's time to wash my hair so using a shampoo that has the ability to get my hair squeaky clean is ideal for me. The shampoo lathered really well and the formula is rich so a little goes a long way. I haven't had a chance to use the Curl Wake Up Spray yet but it is a virtually weightless natural shine booster, that is supposed to make curls rise and shine. 

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Cleansing Conditioner & Intense Healing Mask

The Cleansing Conditioner is a gentle co-wash that's designed to leave the curl pattern intact after cleansing. After shampooing my hair I followed up with the cleansing conditioner. The formula of the conditioner didn't have the thickness that I'm used to but I suppose that's because of its "cleansing" properties. It didn't really work well for my hair because the product didn't really help to detangle my curls. I have to admit that's a huge let down for me because detangling is the most important part of my hair routine.

The Intense Healing Mask is formulated to give curls the ability to absorb moisture from all sides, balancing each strand's porosity. Ringlets and spirals become strong and resistant to breakage, even when combed. After cleansing my hair with the shampoo and conditioner I followed with the Intense Healing Mask, per directions I combed it through my damp hair and left it on for about 10-15 minutes. While I haven't used this mask long enough to see it's healing properties I did notice that my hair felt smooth and tamed as I rinsed it out.

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Curly Pudding, Mold & Hold Wax & Curl Sealer

The Curly Pudding is a smooth textured cream that's perfect for wash-and-wear styles including curls, locks and two-strand twists. I have to be honest that I don't have an avid interest in puddings and creams on my hair because they don't always give me much curl definition.

The Curl Sealer is easily my favorite out of the collection. It's designed to add shine and maintain moisture. It definitely delivered, it gave my hair tons of definition and minimized the frizz! 

The Mold & Hold Wax supposedly has a non-flake formula that makes versatile styling of twists, locks and knots much easier. As soon as I opened the wax I was extremely intimated because the formula is really stiff and appears to be hard. I have semi-fine hair so using this all over my head was not an option for me because I feared it may cause crunchiness or breakage. Now it may work well with styles like braids and twist-outs but I don't do those much. Instead I used it to tame my edges and it definitely works like a gel. Unfortunately once it dried it did flake up so I'm glad I didn't use this all over my hair. 

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Curly Pudding
The texture is super creamy! 

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Mold & Hold Wax
The wax is really thick and sorta hard but it begins to melt as you rub it through your hands.

Below are my results after trying a wash and go using the Nothing But Curly Pudding As you can tell I didn't get a whole lot of definition and there was a little frizz and quite a bit of shrinkage but overall my hair came out okay once it dried.

I decided to try the Curly Pudding out on another style, this time a braid out.I separated my wet hair in four sections then set each section with the curly pudding and  had a total of eight braids. I allowed it to air dry overnight and took them down the next day.

Here I separated each section with my fingers to make it fuller. 

This time I tried my luck again at another wash and ago but using the Curl Sealer.
I liked my results, my curls were more defined and less frizzy.

Glow: All of the products in the Nothing But Collection have sort of a citrus smell which is indicative of their cleansing properties. I like that about the shampoo specifically because I tend to gravitate towards shampoos that promote squeaky clean hair. I also really love Nothing But's "honest care" approach by labeling the key ingredients that are not included right on the front of every container. The entire line is also very affordable which is a huge plus! 

Glare: The cons for me were that out of all these products none of them really brought focus on detangling and every curly girl knows that a good detangler is a must have! Also I didn't really feel as though the conditioner was that moisturizing on my hair and out of the bunch it is my least favorite.The Curl Sealer seemed to be the most moisturizing out of the entire collection for me.

Would I Recommend It? The important thing to remember is that everyone's hair is different and will react differently to various products. So the key is to discover what works best for your hair type. While a couple of these didn't necessarily work that well for my hair they may do wonders for someone else. I would definitely recommend the shampoo, curly pudding, and curl sealer. Each of these worked pretty well on my hair and I can honestly see myself using them again.

Where To Buy: Softn'Free's Noting But Collection retails from $7.99-$10.99 and is currently available at select beauty supply stores nationwide. To purchase or to learn more please visit http://www.nothingbuthaircare.com.
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  1. Hiyee, thanks for doing a product review on this curly hair product for I am forever searching for products to use on my curly and thick mane. My hair looks really similar to yours too! What do you normally use on your hair??? I use garnier fructis mousse and anti-frizz cream but I think my hair is starting to become immune to it… haha.

    1. Hey Candace!I normally try to go light and just use a leave in conditioner or a mousse. I like quick and easy (because i'm lazy lol) so I prefer wash and go's! Right now I use Moroccanoil's Curly Defining Mousse (I'll do a review on that soon) and sometimes I use Mixed Silk's leave-in conditioner. I'll have to check out the anti-frizz cream you mentioned because I need something to tame the frizz lol !!! Thanks for commenting ^_^


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