NothingBut The Basics: 2nd-3rd-4th-5th Day Hair! (+FINAL GIVEAWAY)

Sure it might be nice to get up in the morning and have the time to give yourself a fresh new style every day, but uh let’s be real: that’s just not happening.

Whether you wear a wash’n'go or twists, styling fresh is not only time consuming but also has the potential to be super damaging for your hair! The key then is to figure out how YOU, yes you, can rock 2nd Day hair.

Heck with the proper styling product and sleep routine, I’ve even gotten 9th day hair ! Here’s are my two keys for rocking 2nd (to 9th!) day hair:

1. Make sure you protect your hair when you’re sleeping. This doesn’t necessarily mean 3 hours of retwisting or rebraiding before bed, but use a satin sleep cap, scarf or pillow. Watch this video of my nighttime regimen to see how how I like sleep to preserve my curls!

2. When going for hair on the 2nd to 9th day, remember: THERE IS ALREADY STYLING PRODUCT IN YOUR HAIR. The key is that you need to reactivate it! How? With moisture! Check out this where I show ya how it’s done!

Pretty easy, huh?

Alright, now it’s time to get into our FINAL week of NothingBut Trivia. Here’s this week’s final question:

What are the top 3 reasons for breakage in natural hair, according to Nothing But’s resident expert Will Williams?

The answer can be found on NothingBut’s website.

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NothingBut The Basics: Defined Curls (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Ah yes, we are back with WEEK THREE of NothingBut The Basics. Our topic this week is DEFINITION as in, how to get those frizz-free coily curls. Let me start with a few truths about definition:

  1. Some hair has a more defined natural curl pattern and others don’t!  That’s just how we were born, but there are styling tools and techniques that can create defined curls on any hair.
  2. Defined curls are NOT the be all end all.  In fact, the more on-trend look is to rock the frizz and undefined curls.

Now that we’ve got that straightened out, check out this video where I discuss the three techniques and products to achieve defined curls on all types of hair long, naturally defined curls to TWA’s!

Now you know what time it is!? That’s RIGHT! TRIVIA! This week’s trivia question is:

 

What color is the label on top of each jar of Nothing But Mold & Hold?

The answer can be found on the NothingBut website.  To enter fill out the form below with your information and the correct answer.  The winner, picked at random, will be announced next week!

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NothingBut The Basics Week 2: MOISTURE + Giveaway!

We are back for our second week of NothingBut the Basics with a lesson on the never-ending quest for us naturals: MOISTURE.

Finding— and keeping— moisture is the ultimate goal for naturals.  Check out this week’s NothingBut The Basics video where I dish on the top three ways to hydrate our natural hair.  (And the first one I am very very serious about!)  The winner of last week’s trivia (selected at random) is ALSO announced in the video so make sure check it out to see if you won!

 

This week’s trivia question is:

What type of oil that is found in Nothing But Curl Sealer is a natural moisturizer for the hair?

The answer can be found on the NothingBut Website.  Enter your information and answer in the form below and stay tuned next week to see if you won a full set of NothingBut products!

 

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Four Weeks of Giveaways ($60 value) with NothingBut the BASICS!

Today I’m kicking off a new 4-week series called NothingBut the Basics, where I’ll be discussing, you guessed it, THE BASICS! For newbies and veterans alike, I thought it would be good to kick off the year with a refresher in natural haircare. AND with each installation I’ll be giving away a full set of NothingBut products to a lucky, trivia-answering winner. Sound like a plan? Great. Let’s get started.

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NothingBut CLEAN

A squeaky clean head of hair…ah…there’s nothing like it. Except that in today’s day and age with all of the sulfate-free and co-washing cleansers available on the market, the products that can get our hair as clean as it sometimes needs to be are often over looked.

Co-Washing Vs. Clarifying

Here’s the deal: depending on what products you’re using, co-washing can only get your hair so clean. It’s true that it’s one of the cleansing techniques that retains moisture the most, but relying on only this technique can sacrifice the health of your scalp, follicles and hair. Why? Two words: BUILD UP.

I don’t care if you’re using only juices and berries and the purest of oils , build up is inevitable. We sweat, we scratch and we live in smoggy cities, all of which contribute to build up on our hair (and bodies, but that’s why we wear clothes. Er, one of the reasons.) Watch out for build up if:

  • You use products with silicones and ONLY co-wash or use gentle cleansers
  • You work out frequently
  • You are a living, breathing human being.  It’s happened to me.  It will happen to you.

A couple weeks ago, I was co-washing my hair in between full clarifying washes and as I was rubbing my scalp my nails were digging up all this white GUNK.  It was SO gross and there was SO much.  THIS was build up an I knew just what to do!  I grabbed my NothingBut Clarifying Shampoo and it with a bit of massaging it into my scalp and rinsing, it was all gone.  You heard it here first—it works!

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Build up can cause scalp issues such as flaking and itching. It can also cause dryness in your hair. The key is to remove build up and start from a clean slate by using a clarifying shampoo.  Depending on your level of physical activity and the products that you use will dictate how often you should clarify your hair.  As an individual who works out and uses products with silicones, I clarify once a week.  You might need to do so less, but everyone should try to at least once a month.

If you’re reading blogs and forums and keep hearing people use the S-word (stripping), it’s not necessarily something to be afraid of!  The goal of these products IS to strip your hair of all unwanted nasties that may be lurking in there.  After you use a clarifying cleanser, you can surely put moisture back in by a conditioner and/or a deep conditioner; when you do, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your hair is soaking up ONLY the goodness.

Trivia Time

So you wanna win your own FULL SET of NothingBut products? Here’s this week’s trivia from NothingBut’s resident hair expert, Will Williams:

What are the six “NO” ingredients that NothingBut products list on the label that they avoid when making their products?
The answer can be found on Nothing But’s Website!

Fill out the form below to enter! Winner will be announced next week!

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