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Fly Natural Hair Daily: Protective Updo Style

This gorgeous corn roll, updo and two-strand twist pompapdour is the perfect style to keep you looking fly and your hair protected. Of course, this is not a DIY style unless you are seriously talented and have eyes in the back of your head. 

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“What am I supposed to do with this hot, tangled mess?” Best Practices for Detangling

Come on…don’t tell me you’ve never had this moment before.

Having long, kinky hair is a blessing and a challenge at times. With longer hair comes more styling options, but also longer detangling time. Leaving the hair loose in an afro or old twistout for too long is a recipe for disaster. The strands of hair and shed hair start to tangle into each other, forming knots. Long gone are the days when getting your short hair to bounce back with water and leave-in conditioner was all you needed. Sectioning, patience and TLC are the best ways to deal with hair that is having a hard time. My average pre-shampoo detangling time is about 30 min. In the shower time is about 30 minutes and out of the shower time (detangling) is about 30 minutes. Here are some detangling practices that I find most helpful.

1. Pre-poo
It is so necessary to use an emollient oil or conditioner to smooth and soften the hair prior to shampooing. Take the hair section by section (I do at least 1 or 2 square inches at a time) and GENTLY work and comb the product through the hair and loosen tangles and knots. I used to use olive oil (or whatever was available) to pre-poo, but I find that conditioner works better because I’m adding moisture at the same time. It’s also helpful to add oil (just pick one…) to your conditioner for extra “slip” to combat resistance and breakage when loosening tangles.


2. Finger detangle
Your fingers can feel for knots and maneuver to loosen them better than a comb. Be sure to use your fingers first to detangle before applying a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage.

3. Wide-tooth Comb
I’m not sure of the name for this comb, but I love to use the “feather” comb with the larger teeth on one side, smaller teeth on the other and 3-tooth pick on the end. If my hair is really jacked up, I’ll start with the pick end first on a small section to loosen hair, then work on it with the large-tooth side, and then further smooth out that section with the smaller tooth side. This method has really cut down my detangling time.

4. Two-strand twist detangle
So, once you smooth out a section of hair, it is helpful to put it in a two-strand twist to keep it out of the way, and to keep the hair stretched. It is also helpful to wash your hair with the two-strand twist installed and cleanse the hair section by section to reducing tangling.


5. After shampoo sectioning
Once the hair is washed, I personally find it necessary to repeat this process of sectioning and twisting on wet hair with a good leave-in conditioner or milk and oil. I leave the twist in to keep the hair stretched until I am ready to style because my hair immediately shrinks down into a small (tangled) afro after washing. And, if I let that happen, what was the point in all the detangling I did before?

Share your detangling tips (or woes) with us!

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.


Check back in later for a tutorial of the two-strand twist updo style (with options) in the pictures. Like our Facebook page to stay update-to-date on new posts, product reviews, and topic discussions.

Taking Down Mini-Twists Without Damaging Your Hair

mini-twist roller set (view tutorial)

As many of you know, I love doing dry mini-twists (view tutorial). There is sooo much versatily in them. It almost gives you the feeling having loose straight hair (not that straight is better…lol). But all good things must come to an end. A good rule of thumb is to take down mini-twists after 3 weeks before the hair starts to loc. (I’m guilty of leaving mine in longer…) For me, taking them done is a process.  Here’s the thing, if it took me almost 8 hours to do them, it will take about half as long to take them down. There is no way I would have to time to do that all in one sitting. So, I wear my hair twisted and untwisted over the course of several days until all the hair is untwisted. I even untwist while sitting at my desk at work. Crazy? Maybe. Realistic? Yes! Here’s my process and pics.


The Takedown Technique

hair partially untwisted-love this…

First off, I get my jar of stiff herbal oil (not grease) and coat the twist from root to end. It is important that your fingers and hair are coated with oil to prevent breakage. You can use a liquid herbal oil, but I just find it more cumbersome. I would not, however, use a smoothie or butter creme for taking down mini-twists. I find that the wetness of these products gives me more tangles. If you want to nourish your strands as you take your hair down, mix oil and a little shea butter.

back view-I know there are
some twists that I missed. lol

Let Your Fingers Do the Work

Full Mini-twistout

I begin untwisting at the nape of the neck and work my way up along the edges and temple. I leave the front for last.  I start in the middle of the twist and poke my index finger in between the two strands and slide it down pulling the twist apart. Then I repeat that step at the top of the twist and slide the rest of the twist apart. Sometimes the twist does not pull apart easily. The hair that was shed during the course of time gets tangled into the hair forming a knot. Here’s the part where patience is a virtue. To save your hair, dab some more oil on the tangle and carefully remove each strand from the knot. Sometime rolling and unraveling the knot in between your index finger and thumb will loosen up the hair, making it easier to pull apart the strands. I do not use a comb.

After Care
If your hair and scalp is not too dirty, flaky or itchy, you can get away with wearing a mini-twistout for a few days. The crinkles that are formed are really pretty. I would recommend applying a light coating of your favorite hair lotion, milk, smoothie or creme to add moisture to the hair. Believe me, you hair is thirsty after being twisted for so long, especially if you did wash or apply water during that period. After removing mini-twists, really baby your hair and be kind to it. Follow up with an intense moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioning. If you like this post, you will also like our Facebook and Twitter Posts