How to Moisturize Natural Hair: Video+Links

Natural hair gets dry all year around, of course. One of the most distressful emails I get from people, or read on blogs, etc. Is the cry to end dry hair! Yes, I understand. I’ve been there. That was one of the reasons why I almost relaxed my hair while I had a teeny weeny afro. It was the worst feeling ever. I made this video in early 2009, before I decided to loc my hair. It’s one of my favorite videos because it showed a luscious fro that I adored. I doubt I will stay loc’ed forever, and when the day comes, I’ll make a few changes to regimen. Here’s the video, with a list of products (and new recommendations) below it.

I definitely think it’s best to moisturize your hair in sections. I liked to make 4-6 small afro puff ponytails with bands, and mist it with water or moisturizing spray. After that, I would add the moisturizer of my choice, then seal with oil.

Here are the products mentioned in this video:
Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream– It’s one of products that I had to use, even though I didn’t like the ingrediants. It’s overpriced, but it’s awesome. You can find it at or certain Target stores. Again, I only bought it during the Christmas buy one, get one free sale. I no longer use this product, but I loved it when I had it!

Qhemet Biologics-Amla Heavy Cream-I really liked this, but it was thick and my hair sometimes felt greasy. I used the Miss Jessie’s more.

Castor Oil- Random from Walmart, no name brand. It was $4, found it in the vitamin section.

Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner-I found another bottle of this in my cabinet the other day! It’s still great stuff!

Glycerine and Water mix-You can vegtable glycerine at your supermarket and probably drugstore. I stopped using that later in the year and instead used Oyin Handmade Juices ‘N Berries. It’s great to use morning and night, keeps my hair feeling amazing and really refreshes my hair. I’ve got 3 bottles in the house.

Grow Healthy Hair (Relaxed, Natural and Locs) with Curls!

If you watch my Youtube videos, you’ll notice that I’ve been wearing my hair in curly updo’s a lot lately. I’m absolutely loving the versatility of my locs, and the same versatility can be achieved with relaxed and natural hair. Every week, I’ve been rodding my hair with a different setting product to find the one that gives the best hold without producing dryness or any flakiness. In my 5 week experiment, the product that has worked best is Oyin Handmade Shine & Define. Honestly, I’m shocked. I’m not saying this is the best because I work there, I didn’t know the product was that good.  I’ve used it for years, and really didn’t know it was capable of the magic that I am witnessing!!! When people ask me to describe it, I always say it’s an all natural substitute for mousse, gel and other styling creams. And because it’s all natural, it works perfectly with relaxed and natural hair.

During this rod journey, I’ve tried Mousse, and now I’m searching for a bottle of lottabody to use. I used these when I was relaxed and they worked like a charm. The problem with these is that they are so jam packed with alcohol and other damaging chemicals that I was using a bunch of oils and moisturizers to keep my hair alive. (I used to dilute the lottabody in a spray bottle using 2 parts of the setting lotion and one part water.) I don’t want dry, crunchy hair, but I think I should try all options at least once, just to be fair. I was also a bit hesitant to pack a bunch of crap into my locs, for fear that I couldn’t wash it all out and it would “embed” into my locs.  I thoroughly wash (or at least thoroughly rinse) my hair before each rod set.  I guess we’ll see in the future.

As far as loose naturals, I didn’t ever find success doing my own rod sets. I’ve seen them done successfully, but I could never do my own. I found far more success doing twist outs and pin curls! When I did my own rodsets, they were always super frizzy! That annoyed me to no end. Feel free to share any tips, if you’ve got some!

So how do curls help your hair grow? Well, they don’t. But you not manipulating your hair will keep it from breaking, thus promoting length. While I was relaxed, I lived in curls.  I am positive that setting my hair helped tremendously. The technique really isn’t any different. I started out using the same rods that were in constant rotation during my relaxed days.  Remember, the smaller the rod, the smaller the curl. Since then, I’ve purchased two more sizes of rods, just to try something new. I’ll be showing them in a later post.

As you can see, I’ve got two pictures of me.  I used the white and gray rods in both pictures, which are pretty freakin’ small.  Each image shows a fresh set.  How cool is it that the results look very, very different?   Within the next few days, I will be doing a Youtube video tutorial on how I create a rod set, and how I achieve different updo’s and styles.

In the mean time, feel free to share what products you use for your rod/rollersets!  I’d like to keep experimenting to make sure I’ve thoroughly researched most options!  Oh, the versatility!

You’re Invited: The Oyin Handmade Event

Whether you have natural hair, relaxed hair or locs, Oyin Handmade cordially invites you to spend the day with us on Saturday August 29, 2009. We’ll have hot music to vibe to, independent movies playing in the media section, hand massage and on the spot hair analysis! Yep, no matter your hair type, length, and regardless of your age or gender, we’ll hook you up with what your hair (and body!) needs. Plus, there are hot tee’s, handbags, independent Black music, art and literature.

Oyin Handmade is launching a few new products, including Honey Water! This moisturizing mist for the body is simply delish and leaves the skin feeling well nourished. It comes in four scents, Black Cedar Fig, Coco Mango, Rich Almond and Original Honey Scent. Also, there’s a brand new cleanser, black soap cleansing gel. This unscented gel is deep cleansing, hydrating and it’s packed with antioxidants. Want to glow from the inside? Here you go! Plus, we are officially launching the 32 oz. bottles of the infamous Honey Hemp Conditioner! It’s about time, right? I can wax off a bottle of conditioner in no time, so this is definitely a must for me! I say this all the time, but I really wish I found this condish when I was still relaxed! It’s so jam packed with healing ingredients, it may have helped save my hair. Ah well, I have it now!

Here are the details!
Who: You and The Oyin Gang
What: The Honey Water Launch Party
Where: 2103 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD
When: August 29, 2009 2-5pm (The store is open from 12-7)
Why: Because we love you and your hair!

For more information on the brand, check out I can’t wait to meet you all!

Video: Conditioning and Detangling Tips and Tricks

Jamyla of Oyin Handmade has a ton of gorgeous, thick, naturally curly hair. One of the joys *insert sarcasm* of being natural is detangling. It’s not always that easy, or quick, to be honest. Here are some great tips and tricks when conditioning and detangling natural hair. If you’ve got a relaxer, or texturizer, this will definitely work for you too!

My Credibility and Trust To You

Hey Beauties!

I need to go ahead and address this public comment that I received on one of my Youtube videos. I was offended by it, and thought that I would tell you all the honest to goodness truth.

The reason people started taking advice from bloggers instead of magazines is because a real person lacks an obvious agenda. But when you start shilling product that you havnt even used and will not use because of your pledge to go natural, it rings false and damages the credibility you’ve worked so hard for and deserve.

I love you Erin and I’ve learnt so much from you. Please dont sell yourself out for a champagne breakfast and some free samples. And Im not saying that bloggers should not accept free samples but if that MUFE product has changed your mum’s life then let HER make a video about it.

And working at Oyin makes it difficult for you to review their product without bias. Something about this post reminded me of a pitch from a beauty pr or cosmetics sales girl.I’m not trying to give you a hard time or suggest you dont take advantage of opportunities but dont forget what gave you that opportunity Your straightforward realness!

I need you all to know that there has NEVER, EVER been a time where I have lied to you about a product for any reason, whatsoever. I am not under contract and I don’t get any additional compensation to give good press about anything. Yes, I’ve received free product. And you know what? A lot of it SUCKED. Big time. But instead of giving the companies bad press, I simply omit it from reviews. I act like they don’t exist. When you ask me about a product, if I think it’s bad, I will tell you, however. I assume that most of you trust me a good bit, and that’s why you come back for more juicy beauty tidbits. I do the same to the blogs that I read daily and the Youtube video makers that I subscribe to. I told you all about a book that I loved by co-owner of Oyin Handmade. I didn’t say it b/c he’s my boss or b/c I want a raise, I said it because the book changed my perspective on my dreams and aspirations. I don’t go on and on about Oyin because I am employed there, I do because I’ve used the products and been doing research on them for years.

All in all, I didn’t mean to rant on my own blog, but I really thought that I should clarify this for everyone. I LOVE my blog and what I do, it’s so much bigger than a passion for me, since I wanted to be a beauty editor at a publication. So thank you to all of you who truly trust my word and my opinion. I’ll be here to serve you all the best way I can. Much love!