Pantene Truly Natural Review

If you’ve been around the hair care world at all you are probably familiar with the term “PJ” or “product junkie”. A product junkie is one who, even though they have their favorites and staple products, can’t help but try new products occasionally out of curiosity. When I heard about Pantene’s Truly Natural line I was curious and had to give it a try! (Yes, I am a self proclaimed Product Junkie).

Pantene Truly Natural Review

There are 5 products in the Pantene Truly Natural Collection:

    • Clarifying Shampoo
    • Deep Conditioner
    • Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
    • Defining Curls Custards
    • Shine Serum with Argan Oil

The shampoo in this series is thick and creamy, I was pleasantly surprised by its texture and ability to cleanse without stripping the hair. It does contain sulfates, but didn’t seem to dry her hair out. Overall I like this shampoo, but plan to err on the side of caution and only use it once a month or so for clarifying. Both conditioners are thick, creamy and silky in texture, they are decent conditioners both with a little slip, I do prefer those with a little more slip for an easier detangling process. The defining custard is also thick and creamy in texture, I used this product for a wash n go on D and had good results (photo’s below). The product defined her curls and left them soft and bouncy…none of that stiff and sticky feeling that we dislike so much. There was an itsy bit of frizz, but it happens. The serum I actually tried on mine and D’s hair and is mine now. I love it. It leaves my hair so soft, silky and shiny but not oily and greasy. I love that it is thicker than just plain argan oil, so it doesn’t drip or run as easily.  I do prefer to use just straight argan oil in D’s hair though, another reason I jacked the serum for myself. With a fresh clean scent, these products smell great… D says they smell like flowers (and she loves flowers!).

On to the results and photo’s (if you’d like to see a photo of D’s natural hair with no product in it for comparison click here) …

    I washed D’s hair using the Pantene Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo, I decided to try out the Co-wash condish as well, then followed with the Truly Natural deep conditioner. I used my fingers and a wide tooth shower comb to detangle her hair in the shower. Once she was out I added some of our usual moisturizer, I followed that up with the Truly Natural Shine Serum, then proceeded to rake the Defining Curls Custard through her hair with my fingers.

Pantene Natural lineI let her hair completely air dry:

Pantene Truly Natural
Pantene Natural

I pulled her hair onto a loose bun and covered in with her satin sleep bonnet. The next morning I took it down and here are the results:

Pantene Naturals

Overall, I found the line ok, I do prefer to use products with more natural ingredients. They do contain coconut oil and argan oil, which I love and conveniently the Pantene Truly Natural line is readily available at Wal-Mart and other local retail stores with products in the natural series starting at $4.99…not bad at all.

Giveaway Time!
Win the entire set of either the Pantene Truly Natural or the Pantene Truly Relaxed products (one set, winner’s choice)!

To be entered to win simply:
-Leave a comment below telling me which set you’d like to win (Natural or Relaxed) – (if you choose the Truly Natural series, let me know which product you want to try most, I’m curious)!
-Be sure to enter your correct email address on the comment form, so I can contact you if you win!
-This giveaway will run from June 3 – June 10, the winner will be chosen randomly.

Updated 6/11/2013:
The giveaway portion has ended and a winner was randomly selected using the random number generator. The #12 was selected, so the 12th comment left on the post is the winner! Congrats Lakisha C!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Dry Scalp vs Dandruff or Cradle Cap: Natural Treatments

Dry Scalp vs Dandruff or Cradle Cap Natural treatments

Dry Scalp vs Dandruff or Cradle Cap

It is a common misconception that dry scalp and dandruff are the same thing. They are not. Dry scalp is… well dry. Dandruff is the result of an oily scalp, and is also called cradle cap when it affects babies. Both dry scalp and dandruff can cause flakes and an itchy scalp, but it is important to distinguish dry scalp vs dandruff or cradle cap in order to determine what treatment is needed. Dandruff or cradle cap is caused by overactive sebaceous glands and keeping the scalp oiled with this condition can make it worse. Dry scalp on the other hand can be effectively treated with moisturizing oils.

We’ve experienced all three in our household, my son has had cradle cap off and on since he was born, my daughters scalp occasionally gets dry and from time to time I get dandruff.

Dandruff and Cradle Cap Treatments

Generally no treatment is needed for cradle cap, babies typically outgrow the condition. You can, however, use a little bit a of olive or coconut oil (I know, I know, I said no oils, just be sure to wash it out) on the affected area for about 15 minutes to help loosen the scales, then use a comb or brush to gently removed them and wash the oil out with a mild shampoo. Do not scrape or pick the scales off because more than likely hair will come out as well, causing hair loss.

cradle cap scale hair loss natural treatment


Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Dandruff
You can also try doing an ACV rinse or Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.
-Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar add 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle
-Spray directly on your scalp then gently massage in to loosen up any build up
-After 3 minutes rinse well with cold water.
This is a tip I saw on the Naturally Beautiful Fan Page.

Brown Sugar Treatment for Dandruff
I’ve also read about (but never tried) using brown sugar for dandruff. If you’ve tried all the dandruff shampoos that you can buy and still your dandruff persists, try out this homemade treatment instead:
-Mix two parts of brown sugar with one part conditioner
-Apply the mix to the scalp
-Leave on for about 3 minutes

Essential Oils for Dandruff
You can also create a mixture of an essential oil that is effective in treating dandruff and pretty much any carrier oil. Refer to our list of essential oils for hair care to see which essential oils are best for dandruff.

Dandruff Shampoo
If all else fails dandruff can be often also be treated with a sulfate / dandruff shampoo such as Head and Shoulders, using this dandruff shampoo once a week is usually enough. I typically don’t have to use Head and Shoulders a whole lot, maybe once a month or so, if it gets too bad.  (This one isn’t a natural treatment.)

Natural treatments for dry scalp flakes


Dry Scalp Treatments

Moisturizing the Scalp

A few weeks ago I noticed D’s scalp was getting a little dry and flakey, I knew it couldn’t be that she had dandruff so it must be dry scalp.  I promptly went to our favorite hair care products website, Bee Mine, to order some of their Bee Lovely website to treat her dry scalp. I massage this into her scalp after washed and several times a week. It works wonders. This product contains shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil and a blend or essential oils. You can get it (and any other Bee Mine product from their website and receive 10% off by using our reader discount code UTHMFALL.

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Essential Oils for Dry Scalp
You can also make your own mixture by using an essential oil that is effective in treating dry scalp and pretty much any carrier oil. Refer to our list of essential oils for hair care to see which essential oils are best for dry scalp.


Do you know of a treatment that is not listed above? Share it in the comments below.

Untrained Hair Mom

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves: Beginners Checklist

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves: Checklist for Beginners

Not all of us come by hair care “know how” and skills naturally. I know how overwhelming and frustrating it can be when your beginning to learn how to properly care for natural hair. You’re not sure where to start, you don’t know what products to use or in what order to use them. While I may not be able to tell you exactly which products will work best for your child’s hair, I can tell you what products we use and love and provide you with a handy natural hair care must-haves beginners check list. You can refer to our hair care routine to see how we use these items and what specific hair care products we use. This list below will hopefully get your started and provide you with the basic natural hair care essentials and why you must have them! (Below is a printable checklist for you as well.)

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves

>>Satin bonnet/sleep cap/head wrap and/or satin pillow case – This aids in preventing the hair from breakage and tangling and also protects the hairstyle.

>>Sulfate Free Shampoo – Sulfates and other chemicals can be harsh and dry out the hair, moisturizing shampoo is best.

>>Moisturizing Conditioner –  You will likely need a lot of this!

>>Wide tooth comb – Using a wide tooth comb or even your fingers to work through the hair and tangles results in less breakage and damage to the hair.

>>Water based moisturizer (petroleum/mineral oil free) – Water is the key ingredient to moisturized hair, you want to start with applying a water based moisturizer to wet hair and then seal with an oil or butter, this is known as the LCO Method. Or you may find that applying oil to your wet hair, then sealing with a cream moisturizer (the LOC Method) works better for you.

>>Oil – To seal in moisture  (coconut, extra-virgin olive, castor, jojoba, grape seed are examples of good natural oils. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter are examples of butters).

>>No-metal cloth hair bands (like Goody or Faded Glory) – These don’t snag and rip the hair out or cause breakage like the elastic bands with metal.

>>Detangling Product – You may find that you need a detangler or leave in to aid in the detangling process.

>>Moisturizing Styling Product – You will want a product that provides hold but doesn’t dry the hair out.  Creamy holding products and moisturizing pomades usually work well and don’t leave the hair stiff, crunchy and dry.

 Naturally Curly Hair Care: The Big Hair Checklist! Pinning now, I will need this!!

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves Printable Checklist:

natural hair care checklist for beginners

I hope this checklist helps get you started, feel free to share with you friends and family. You can use the social share buttons located at the top and bottom of the post. Also feel free to leave your hair care must-haves in the comments section below if it’s not mentioned above. Happy Hair Journey!!

Top Hair Posts of 2012

top hairstyle posts 2012

Happy New Year Untrained Hair Mom readers!

First,  I want to wish you all the best in 2013!! I also wanted to compile and share with you all a list of our top hair posts of 2012. It’s always fun to see which blog posts are the most read posts on my blog. It lets me know what my readers like best and what to post more of! Did your favorite post/style make the list?

1. Cute, Easy Cornrow Style for Kids – So it’s obvious that you guys like cute easy cornrows style..hey, me too! We will be sure to do many more cornrow tutorials this year now that we have cornrowing master Mo Plaits on our blogging team.

2. Cornrowing for Beginners: Tips and Easy Styles – I know that learning to cornrow can be very challenging, I still struggle with it sometimes, so it’s nice to have some easy styles and cornrowing tips bookmarked for reference.

3. Hairstyle Tutorials – The categories of hairstyle tutorials page came in at  #3, this page contains a list of our hairstyle categories that we have tutorials on such as cornrows, bun styles, twists, faux hawks, etc…

4. Cindy Lou Who Hairstyle Tutorial – I actually did this style and created the tutorial on it in 2011, but it was still a big hit this year!

5. Dread Loc Care, Maintenance and Styles – This was a fabulous guest post by “Loc Star” with some beautiful loc hairstyles.

6. Natural Hair Growth and Retaining Length – This post documented D’s hair growth over the past couple of years and what I attributed her hair growth and length retention to.

7. Cornrows and Beads: Hairstyle for Kids –  This is one my favorite styles! I’m so glad to see it on the list of most viewed posts this year, that means others liked it, too!

8. Winterize Your Hair: Natural Hair Care Tips for Winter – Did you know that hair needs change in the colder months? This post contains 6 simple tips for winter hair care.

9. Hair Care Routine – Caring for natural curls can be challenging and lots of questions come up along the way, I’ve shared D’s hair care routine in hopes of helping others while learning to care for their child’s (or their own) natural hair.

10. Cornrow Faux Hawk – Another one of my favorites, I love mohawk and faux hawk hairstyles.

But wait…

There were a few of my favorites that didn’t make the top 10 list but they were very close and I think they’re worth a mention as well:

Wash and Go Series: Battle of the Styling Products – I actually loved this entire series, it was fun to experiment with different products and report the results of each for you all. Oh and the giveaways were fun, too!

Updo: This is a super cute and simple updo style that can be done on any hair type.

Natural Hair Straightened and Trimmed: Because I see so many questions about trims and cuts in the natural hair care community I had to share our experience with trimming natural hair.

So, there you have it…the most read posts on Untrained Hair Mom in 2012. What was your favorite post?

Maintaining Yarn Braids

Maintaining Yarn Braids

Maintaining Yarn Braids

D had yarn braids aka genie locs back in October / Early November, that was my first time ever doing them and they lasted about 3 weeks. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t get many great photo’s of her yarn braids and the styles we did with them during those 3 weeks (she wore them half up and half down the majority of the time anyways), but I wanted to share a little bit on maintaining yarn braids.

Yarn Braids

How To Maintain Yarn Braids

I made sure to keep her hair well moisturized when the yarn braids where in, moisture is, of course, a very important part of maintaining yarn braids
-I sprayed them daily with Bee Mine Juicy Spritz followed by water mixed with Bee Mine Hair and Scalp Moisturizing Oil
-Every other day or two I would add a little bit of Bee Mine Hair Milk for some extra hydration
-After 2 weeks I washed her scalp with the Bee Mine Cleansing Shampoo Bar (if your interested in Bee Mine Products, you can receive a 10% discount using the checkout code in our sidebar on the right of the page)
– At night I put her yarn braids in a loose ponytail and covered them with a satin bonnet

I did have to redo several braids in the front along her hair line…a few times actually, but the braids in back held up really well.

How To Style Yarn Braids

These are basically box braids and there are so many ways to style them. As I mentioned above she mainly wore them half up and half down and loved them that way, so I didn’t do a lot with them as far as styling. A couple French braids here and there, I split the top/front half into two ponytails and she rocked that for a few days, then I braided them to switch it up a little bit and that was pretty much it. For more style ideas for box braids and yarn braids you can check out our box braids post.

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As I said before we had a little trouble with the front braids wanting to slip out, after about 2 1/2 weeks I decided to take them down. The take down process actually took longer than I thought it was going to and I ended up leaving the back braids in for a few more days. I did a couple buns in front and an updo style. Again, I apologize for not having great photos of the yarn braids and styles we did with them.

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Have you done yarn braids on yourself or your kids? Do you plan to?

Untrained Hair Mom

DIY Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

yarn braids tutorial

I’ve been wanting to try yarn braids aka genie locs on D’s hair for some time now and even more so since we had to cut so much of her hair off. While I would love to try something that looks more real, like hair extensions, I don’t have the skills for that just yet and since high end salons like Rush Reading are out of the questions, we had to settle for some DIY yarn braids. Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs can be a good protective style if the hair is well taken care of during the duration of the style. Since yarn can dry the hair our it is uber important to moisturize daily. I will talk about how we moisturize and what we use later on in the post but first I’m going talk a little bit about the yarn braid installation process.

yarn braids on kids

Items Needed for Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs:

>>Acrylic yarn (I used the Red Heart Brand) **Do not use wool yarn, this can loc the hair

>>A thick moisturizing cream (I used Bee Mine Luscious)

>>A holding products/gel (I used Curls of the World Just the Flax gel)

>>Spray bottle of water for the yarn

>>Wide tooth comb

>>Pintail comb

>>Hair Clips

>>Lighter (for burning the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t fray)

>>Scissors for cutting the yarn (oops, left those out of the picture)

items for yarn braids

How to Put in Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs:

  • See how post on How to Cut Yarn for Yarn Braids
  • To prep for the yarn braids I washed D’s hair, deep conditioned and then moisturized and banded it in 4 sections (parted down the middle and again from ear to ear, making 4 sections, 2 in the front and 2 in the back).
  • When it was time to start the process I did one section a time starting in the back at the nape of her neck. I applied a generous amount of Bee Mine Luscious moisturizer to EACH small section before I added the yarn and braided.
  • I used 3 pieces of yarn per braid, which I sprayed with water prior to adding it to the hair (this helps keep it from drying the hair out).

There are several different techniques that can be used for putting in yarn braids. What I did and what I recommend is trying a few of the different techniques to see what is easiest and what works best for you. I learned by watching the following 3 yarn braids videos: BlackOnyx, AfrikanHairGod and MsChanda.

yarn braids

Tips for Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

The entire process was trial and error for me, this was the first time ever doing yarn braids and it was a learning experience. Next time there are a few things I will do differently and they are:

>>Smaller Braids – the braids I did this time were kind of medium-ish sized box braids, I think smaller braids will work better.

>>No Parts – instead of parting I will just gather small, random  sections of hair for the each braid.

>>Tighter wrapping of the yarn – I was worried about wrapping the yarn too tight at the root so I kept it fairly loose, next time I won’t be so afraid to make them tighter because the yarn does loosen up.

>>Use a gel/holding product in addition to the moisturizer – When I first started the braids I wasn’t using a holding product, only moisturizer, then ends of her hair were poking out of the braids, so definitely use a holding product.

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

genie locs yarn braids

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

Overall I am happy with the yarn braids and D just loves them! Have you ever done yarn braids? Are you thinking about it? If you have D and I would love to see photo’s! Please share them on our fan page!


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Untrained Hair Mom

Wash and Go Reader Submissions Pt 1


We are starting to wrap up our wash an go series, we have just a few more products left to try out and we wanted to see YOUR wash and go’ we asked you to send us your photo’s for a chance to win a mystery prize! Thanks to all who submitted photo’s… now let’s get to it…

1. Stephanie O from CT

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2. Tav and Goldilocks: Wash and Go using Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Leave-In and Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer only

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3. B’s wash and go

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4. Mini wash and go sent in by Crystal

Different Kinds of Curls
5. Aunt and Niece wash and go’s using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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6. wash and go with Little Miss Fuzzy Head – Happy Hair Fusion

cantu shea leave in
7. Miss Isa, turning 3 in August, wash and go with Cantu Shea leave-in

Bee Mine Bee Lovely Daily Moisturizing Conditioner
8. Using Bee Mine Bee Lovely Daily Moisturizing Conditioner only


A BIG thanks to everyone who sent in their lovely photos! Part II will be continued tomorrow when all the photo’s have been shared, the winning number/photo will be randomly selected using

Wash and Go Series: Curls of the World Defining Gel

This wash and go was done using Curls of the World Just the Flax Defining Gel. As with each wash and go shown in this series I washed, conditioned/detangled, then applied the product by raking my fingers through D’s hair in sections and let it air dry. The cornrows had been done on dry, stretched hair prior to the wash and go on the rest of her hair.

natural hair gelThe Product:

Ingredients: Flaxseed Gel, Aloe Vera Juice, Glycerin, Rosemary Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate (a natural preservative)

Scent: Almost no scent, very light, kind of sweet natural scent

Texture: Thick liquid, non-sticky gel

Price: $10.99 8oz



Performance and Results

Still damp:

Curls of the World ReviewCurls of the World Defining gel Review

Next morning after being pine-appled for the night:

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Later that day after school:

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My thoughts:
I was pleased with these results, her curls were soft and well defined. Most gel give a stiff hold, are sticky and somewhat gooey, but this gel is more of a thick liquid, not sticky at all and did not make the hair stiff. Her hair stayed well moisturized throughout the duration of the day and the frizz was, for the most part, kept to a minimum. What are your thoughts? Have you tried this product or any products from Curls of the World?

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