When I wear my hair in styles that call for smooth edges, like buns and updos, I had come to rely on Eco Styler Olive Oil gel mixed with Shea Butter for hold. I would emulsify the shea butter in my palm and then add an equal amount of gel, mixing the two together. Next, I would smooth my edges with the mixture and tie them down with a silk or satin scarf until I got to work. This would usually hold my edges down for the morning, but by lunch time, the flyaways would start to make their presence known. And, by the end of the work day, my edges were usually pretty fuzzy.
So, although Eco and shea butter worked okay, I was still in search of something that could hold my edges and keep them looking relatively sleek all day. Therefore, back in November, I picked up some Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Olive Oil Edge Control Gel. I’d read some good reviews about it that indicated that it worked really well to control, hold and smooth curly, frizzy, fuzzy edges. So, when I saw it in Sally’s, I grabbed a jar.
“Haaaaaaaaated it!” LOL! Just kidding. However, I wasn’t at all impressed. It really did nothing for me and was even less effective than the Eco and shea. So, I promptly returned it to Sally’s for a full refund (this one wasn’t going under my sink to collect dust).
Then, last month, Sofn’Free sent me a box jam packed with products from their new GroHealthy line for natural hair, Sofn’Free Nothing But. Among the goodies was a nice size (8.8 0z.) jar of Mold & Hold Wax (compared to the 2.25 oz. ORS Edge Control gel). Here’s the rundown:
What they say:
Your natural hair has a mind of its own. But our Mold & Hold Wax lets you gently twist it around your little finger. Use it daily or after shampooing to create and maintain twists, locks or knots. And since it’s made from nothing but honest ingredients, there’s nothing flaky about it either.
- Perfect for twists, locks, knots and braids
- Infused with natural moisturizers
Water (Aqua), Ceteareth-20, PEG-7, Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium 46, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Polyglycery-3 Diisostearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynel Butylcarbamate.
Apply to roots and twist with fingers or comb.
As evidenced by the side of the container, this product is also petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfate, paraben, colorant and phthalates (I don’t even know what that last one is!) free. However, it is not cone free. So if you are strictly CG, then you wouldn’t want to use this product as it contains dimethicone.
The product is clear with very little scent (it has a slight smell that is almost indiscernible unless you sniff the jar and doesn’t linger). The consistency is thick, but not quite waxy. It is definitely thicker and more viscous than a heavy gel like Eco Styler or ORS Lock & Twist, but not as thick as beeswax.
I decided to try it on my edges two weeks ago when I was wearing a bunned style. I applied a very small amount, like that pictured above, to my fingertip. I emulsified it across several fingers and smoothed my edges. I then tied my hair down with a satin scarf. When I arrived at work, my edges were nicely smoothed. But, more surprisingly, at lunch and then at the end of the work day, they were still nearly frizz free!! Additionally, I didn’t experience any hardness, flakes or tackiness. I continued to use the product for the following three days with the same result.
So, the next test was on my pressed hair. I used a little bit of this every few days when my edges started to look a little fuzzier than I liked. After several applications, I still don’t have any flakes in my hair, stiffness, tackiness or the appearance of product build-up!! This is my hair Monday afternoon, after applying a little more Mold & Hold Wax to the edges and tying them down with my silk scarf while I fudged around on the computer all day.
This Sofn’Free Nothing But Mold & Hold Wax is a keeper!!! I am sooo impressed with this stuff (probably because I didn’t expect to be)! The product is very effective for me and is free of a lot of the bad stuff. Though it contains a non-water soluble cone, I use DevaCare No Poo weekly. Since that contains coco-betaine and I also tend to “clarify” with a diluted sulfate shampoo once every 4-8 weeks, I don’t expect to have a problem with build up. Finally, the amount that I need to use to smooth my edges is so minimal and the jar is so huge, I expect that I won’t need to re-up on this for 6 months to a year! And, at only $8 a jar, even if I did, it wouldn’t break the bank! So yeah, if you are still on the hunt for an effective, reasonably priced edge control product that holds all day without stiffness, flakes, tackiness or the appearance of build up, you might want to check this one out!
Edited to Add: Right now, the Nothing But line is only available online and in select BSSs. However, the company website indicates that it will be available in Rite-Aids around the country beginning in April 2012.
(p.s. I plan on doing an “epilogue” on this product the next time I do twists! I mean, it was made for that purpose and if it holds them anything like it holds my edges, we are in business baby!!)
Is this in stores or online only?
Hi Kim, right now it seems to be in select stores only (and I’m not sure which ones), so your best bet would be ordering online unless you find it in a BSS near you. However, it will be available in Rite Aids (Lisa, is that correct?) in April.
well thank you Shelli for being the guinnea pig onst again LOL I’ve had edge control for about a year and while it does hold some I don’t like the greasy left over feeling. Hence the reason it’s still in my closet. I still use it just not often. I want to try this Sofn’Free now though.
Wow, what a nod of approval for our Nothing But Mold & Hold. Thanks from all of us at Sofn’free for introducing our new style product to your readers. Your hair looks beautiful. We think the Mold & Hold is a keeper too and can’t wait to see your twists when you use it in the next round! — Lisa
Why you gonna send a PJ to the BSS at this hour?!
On another note…I just got tagged by Michelle from Radiant Brown Beauty…so TAG you’re it…head on over to curvealicious.blogspot.com and check out today’s post for your questions!
Yes Michelle, you’re right, the ORS had a funny greasy/tacky feeling too. I’m definitely interested in how you think this compares to your Jane Carter and aloe vera gel combo.
Etoile, LOL! Girl, it’s not available in many stores right now, so I’m hoping you didn’t take a wasted trip to your BSS! LOL! As to the tag, hey, I already did 25 Random Things About Me;). I’ll try to do it this weekend or maybe for Friday:).
Lisa, thanks and you know I’ll keep you posted:).
Sounds good. I have the ORS one and I have one by Curls. I’ve always disliked these types of products because of the greasy feel after. Perhaps I’ll try this one.
thank you for listing the ingredients, been searching for them since these products came out
No problem!! I know those are important for a lot of people, so I try to include them in most reviews.
Shelli, any ideas when the product is expected to hit store shelves? Trying to avoid shipping costs….
Hi Rhonda, see my reply a little higher above! April in Rite-Aid from what I understand!
I was excited to try the ORS Edge Control too and it was such a joke. It did absolutely nothing for my hair. When I get back to the US I will defintiely buy some of the Sofn’Free. Right now I’ll have to stick with my EcoStyler. Thanks for the review!
Oh my this is exactly the product Ive been looking for me and my two daughters. I just went to sof n frees site and can’t find this product. Help me I live in Wichita Kansas and no one here carries this. Please tell me that theres a site that sells this product.
Please and thank you.
Lynn, click on the hyperlink in the post! The Mold & Hold in rust is a hyperlink to the product on Amazon.com! Good luck and I hope that it works as well for you as it does for me!!
I checked this product out, and Sally’s Beauty Supply sells it for about $7.99 I think. Don’t quote price tho. But I love it.
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I definitely agree. I was a part of tge testing phase before it made it to the shelf and i must say there is no other product in its category that compares to Mold & Hold. Mr Will & friends stole my heart with this one
I won a jare of this heavenly stuff from Will Williams himself at Return of the Curls Natural Hair Event in N.C. in July. I am just getting around to using it to complete some fingercoils for myself…..I Looooooooooove this stuff! Moisture in a jar is what it is and it made my hair so easy to coil and stay coiled since I have really soft 3c hair! Get you some!
Is this product anywhere in Canada?