A very Good Hair Day

Nothing But featured at the Good Hair Day Series

Hair expert Will Williams attended the Good Hair Day Series event in Atlanta last Sunday. In addition to bringing his knowledge and expertise, Will took plenty of product with him too!

Our sister brand Nothing But provided samples for attendees, plus two sets of product for demonstration (and possible giveaway). Our friend April B was the stylist working with Will and Nothing But for the demo.

Shoutout to the fabulous April B and the Good Hair Day Series!

Natural hair terms you should know!

Being natural has become a way of life for some and there is terminology that we all need to know (as if keeping up with products and technique wasn’t hard enough)! So here is a short and sweet lesson to expand your natural hair vocabulary.

TWA – Teenie Weenie Afro

BSL – Bra Strap Length

Transitioning – The period of time since your last relaxer

BC – Big Chop (cutting off all of your relaxer)

Co-Wash – Skipping shampoo and cleaning  your hair with conditioner.

EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

These are just a few of my favorite and most used terms. Hopefully this helps some of you ladies who are NN (Newly Natural) or thinking about going natural!!

One Word About Golden Gabby’s Hair: Relax.

What a gal, this 16-year-old Gabby Douglas. She won two Olympic gold medals in gymnastics and so many of our hearts this summer – all while unwittingly adding a new dimension to the widespread and sometimes divisive conversations about natural and relaxed textured hair.

What started with snide comments on Twitter about the way Gabby styled her hair during competition caused Team Natural and Team Relaxed to unite in her defense.  How great was that to see?

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If you don’t know already, Gabby apparently has her hair chemically relaxed to make it easier to slick back tight, so it won’t cause distraction to her while training and competing.   However, her choice to relax didn’t deter Team Natural from shooting down any critics of Golden Gabby.  Of course not.  Who wouldn’t defend her?  The beauty of relaxed versus natural is that there’s a choice.  Some women and girls “join” one team, some “join” the other.  And some change from one camp to the other.  It’s hair.

So there she was in London, adhering to the local Keep Calm and Carry On motto, and she responded with spunk and grace to the criticisms spewed her way.  She pulled back her hair, won some Olympic bling, and is now headed home to Virginia Beach with her mother.

My thoughts?  Gabby’s hair is just fine.  Period.

Why would anyone make a public and negative comment about a girl’s hair if that very girl in question was doing anything other than participating in a hair competition?

I’m not saying that Gabby earned her right to wear her hair because she was earning her way to Olympic history.  I’m saying Gabby should wear her hair how she wants, because she’s a living, breathing human being.  She happens to be a very cute and accomplished human being with a lot more than hair on her mind, but that’s beside the point.

I hope that when Gabby starts her 40-city “Tour of Champions” series around America that her hair is never once mentioned in the press or at the events.  That her flips on the mat and in the air are the focus, not hair gel and barrettes.

I can’t wait until she and her teammates come to Atlanta.  I’ll be there yelling, “Here, here,” not “Hair, hair” to Miss Gabby the Olympian.

Naturally Judged?

There are a few things about me that are not secrets; I am natural, I straighten my hair and I don’t care. Although I never considered the fact that straightening my hair makes me less natural, I found out after a trip to the beauty salon it does! At least to some people.

Living in Atlanta has its pros and cons. The largest con if you a woman with natural hair is the humidity. Some days upon stepping outside I can feel my hair swell up. If you are natural you know the  feeling. You immediately know that whatever ”look” you perfected in your bathroom mirror is no longer cute.

Being that this is my second natural summer, I had a game plan. I got a sew-in! Which in fact saved my look and hair. I only have a small part of my hair out and the virgin hair doesn’t go crazy when I step outside. After a recent trip to the hair salon to get my extensions washed and straightened, I ran into an old natural hair friend.  The first thing she says to me is, “Oh so you aren’t natural anymore?” I was shocked – I told her I was. She proceeded to tell me that if I wanted to wear my hair straight, I should have kept my relaxer.

So ladies I ask you this, where is the “So you want to be NATURAL” rule book? Why am I less natural because I can appreciate a good straightening from time to time? Why does everything have to be a competition? We need to support each other on this natural hair journey. My hair is just as healthy as the next naturalista and I like to be versatile. So I said it before and I will say it again.

There are a few things about me that are not secrets; I am natural, I straighten my hair and I don’t care.

Natural is Nothing But…

At the Natural Hair Show in Atlanta, Nothing But asked women what it means to be natural. See what they said, and let us know in the comments what you think!

Box Braids!

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From Beyonce to Solange Knowles, long & flowing to a high topknot – box braids are everywhere! What do you think about the look?

Caring for your extensions

Maintaining extensions? Let Sofn’free and hair expert Will Williams (with the help of the talented stylist, Tiffany) show you some helpful tips & tricks in this how-to video!

Nothing But & Afrobella in NOLA!

Sofn’free’s sister brand Nothing But sponsored Afrobella to attend action-packed Essence Music Fest a few weeks ago in New Orleans! Let’s let her photos do the talking…

Nothing But & Will Williams, ready to impress. Image courtesy Chuck Olu-Alabi and Afrobella.

Style everywhere you looked. Image courtesy Chuck Olu-Alabi and Afrobella.

Miss Afrobella makes the rounds! Image courtesy Chuck Olu-Alabi and Afrobella.

Check out the rest of Afrobella’s stories & photos from the weekend:
Nothing But FUN at the Essence Music Festival!

Nothing But Natural Beauty at the Essence Music Festival!

Afrobella at the Essence Music Fest

Did anyone make it to New Orleans for the Essence Music Fest last weekend? Sofn’free’s sister brand Nothing But sponsored the Afrobella on her trip – we’ll be sharing her trip, full of music, celebrity interviews, and beauty-goodness! Our own Will Williams was be on the scene too, sharing his beauty expertise with all the ladies at the fest!

From miss Afrobella herself: Look out for recaps, gorgeous photos galore and lots of tweets about what’s happening as it happens. And if you see me in the streets of New Orleans, say hello!

Free products at Sally Beauty!

Did you know that Sofn’free’s sister brand Nothing But has 20 gift cards (for $50 each!) to give away to Sally Beauty Supply? Sally Beauty Supply is carrying their full product line, and they wanted to share the love!

To enter, head to the “Get Nothing But for Nothing” application on the Nothing But Facebook page! THe promotion only lasts another few weeks!