Looking for a new styling system? Product Review: Sofn’Free’s Nothing But

I’m so excited to review a brand new product line by Sofn’Free’s Nothing But…”Nothing, what?,” you say. Their claim is Nothing But the best ingredients and nothing but honest hair care at an affordable price. And you know what? I believe them. I had the opportunity to try the full product line which includes a Clarifying Shampoo, Cleansing Conditioner, Intense Healing Mask, Curly Pudding, Curl Sealer, Curl Wake Up Spray, Mold & Hold Wax. I used each product according to the directions to construct the style you see. I committed to using the product in my daily routine to give a complete review.

Before I get into the results, I had some very specific questions about the products. There is a lot of conflicting information on whether or not you should practice the “No-poo” shampooing method or stick with traditonal shampooing. Furthermore, I wanted to bring clarity to when and why you should use a clarifying shampoo. So, I decided to ask the experts at Sofn’free, Nothing But.

LYN: You recommend every week or so to cleanse the hair and scalp with Nothing But Conditioning Cleanser. What makes the Cleansing Conditioner a cleansing agent?
Nothing But: The Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner is a conditioner that acts as a light cleanser while it coats the hair cuticle. The cleaning part comes into play when the conditioner’s surfactants surround dirt, dislodge it, and rinse away.

LYN: Why should it [Cleansing Conditioner] take the place of regular shampoos in your hair regimen?
Nothing But: Buildup of sebum (oil produced by the scalp), styling products and everyday dirt could hinder hair growth and manageability. To ensure hair is clean but not stripped of moisture, Will Williams (Master Cosmetologist and Director of Education for Nothing But) recommends upgrading one’s shampoo experience by alternating cleansing formulas throughout the month, choosing from among a sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash and a clarifying shampoo.

LYN: Why should you use a clarifying shampoo only once a month?
Nothing But: Curls worn with true curl definition that require multiple layers of holding, molding or curly-enhancing products could require up to bi-weekly clarifying. It’s personal. However, every hair type requires at least monthly deep-cleaning washes, even dry hair, as long as deep conditioning follows to replace the conditioners. A deep cleanse removes product buildup, heavy minerals and salts, medications and chlorine. Since sulfates found in some shampoos could strip natural hair oils and affect color, avoid shampoos that contain them (our Nothing But formula has none).

My thoughts about each product:

Cleansing Conditioner
I’m sort of old school, so I was skeptical about using a “conditioner” to wash my hair. I know that conditioner has surfactants  which clean the hair, but it still didn’t seem “right.” Well, after I tried the Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner, I’m a new “believer.” It was not really sudsy, but my hair still felt clean. It felt much softer than when I use traditional shampoos. Of course, you can still use this product as just a conditioner.

Clarifying Shampoo
Let me pause and say that all the products smelled really good…and that is important because no one likes smelly hair, no matter how good the product is. The shampoo did a really good job of removing buildup and residue from my hair. It was nice and sudsy. My scalp also felt clean and fresh. Like with most clarifying shampoos, my hair felt “squeaky” clean which means time to restore moisture with really a good conditioner.

Intense Healing Mask
After washing with the Clarifying Shampoo it was important to follow up with a deep conditioner like the Intense Healing Mask. This product is designed to restore damaged brittle hair. I can’t say that my was damaged and brittle, but certainly after having your hair in one style for a couple weeks it could use some TLC. My hair felt smooth and strenghtened after use.

Curl Sealer
This product is a great moisturizer. It became my go-to product to quickly revive dry hair and seal in moisture. The product does the job without being cakey. The curl sealer quickly absorbs into the hair strand and seals the cuticle without that white residue.

Curly Pudding

You know, the funny thing about my hair is that the curly pudding immediately gave me and defined curl pattern when used on wet hair, then after about 20 minutes it shrivels back up into a tiny afro. The Curly Pudding did give me a really nice twistout. It was soft and well-defined. I used it to refresh dry twists at night as well.

Curl Wake Up Spray

A very fitting name, the Curl Wake Up Spray does a fabulous job of reviving old, tired hair. This product also became my go-to product to bring moisture back to my old twistouts. Then I used the curl sealer to seal in moisture and the Curly Pudding to set my twists. Great styling trio!

Mold & Hold Wax
To date, I have not used a product that was able to tame unruly edges like this one. Seriously. I was very impressed that a non-gel product could make my edges stay up. My only issue was that when used on dry hair it can look a little waxy. To work around that, I added some herbal oil over it to smooth the product into the hair. The Mold & Hold Wax also did a nice job of setting my flat-twists. I kept them in for a couple weeks and did not experience any flaking or build up. Great product for tightening up locs.


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