Ever since becoming a natural head, I have LOVED Oyin Handmade products. I use them in very heavy rotation. While blogging on my bed right now, and looking at the circumference of my bedroom, I can see Juice N’ Berries, Honey Hemp Conditioner, Whipped Pudding and Shine and Define! I always knew they shipped from Baltimore, but now, I can shop til I drop in the store, minus shipping charges! They will also be selling independently produced music, art, films and things of the like. Sounds like my kind of place! They are only open on Saturdays, so don’t go popping in there whenever you want!
I just ordered my second jar of Shine and Define Gentle Styling Serum from Oyin. As you may remember, I wrote a post about Oyin products earlier this Summer. And I’ve found yet another use for this bad boy!! I told you all that it helps bring out coils on wet hair. But, now that I have started to twist my hair, this is my BFF. I like to twist on clean, dry hair, becuase it makes the length of the twists longer, in my opinion. So, I like to section off the hair, and add a dime sized amount of this serum to slightly dampen it. I make sure to coat as much of the hair as possible. After I’ve twisted the hair, the ends curl right up! Every few days, I run a bit more about this through my twists to control flyaways. I freakin’ love this stuff!!! I wasn’t a big fan of twists, I’ve said it in a few videos. But in the You Tube video below, I’m rocking my second ever set of twists! I pinned them up to give them a different look.
Also in this video, the winner of the Billy B. Beauty Brush Set!!!
I’m really starting to convert myself over to the fully natural side. Many of you have suggested using products that are all natural, because natural hair doesn’t need or can’t sustain all of the drama packed into products for those with relaxed heads. I can somewhat see the reasoning behind all of this. So, within my months as a natural, I have brought several products from Oyin Handmade, a company that many people have recommended. I have read about them on several videos, forums and websites. My latest purchase was recommended from Reniece, The Weave Specialist. Since she does the most fabulous hair that I have seen in a very long time, I went and purchased a bottle! She said that Juice and Berries is a great moisturizing agent, and since my hair seemed a bit dry, she told me to go ahead and try it. I’m waiting for it to arrive in my mailbox any day now. When I actually think about it, I own quite a few things from the company. I’m on my third bottle of Honey Hemp Conditioner, which smells insanely delish. It can be used as a wash out or leave-in conditioner. It’s not super thick, and really brings out the curlies!
My new obsession started when I tried the sample pack about a year ago. I didn’t really understand my natural hair then, and I don’t fully understand it now! But, I seem to understand a few more things now. For instance, Shine and Define didn’t do anything for me when I bought it. Then, a lady told me to section my wet hair, and run this through. Out of no where, COILS!! Wow, all that time I had this in my little stash, and it works great!!! Also, I forgot all about Whipped Pudding!!! It smells like chocolate, it’s based with shea, and really makes my hair feel great. I just read the description, which states that if you mix it with honey, it makes a great pre-shampoo treatment!!! Amazing!!!
Oh, Guess What?!? There is a sale going on right now!! If you purchase between August 10th and August 31st, you’ll receive 10% off of your order! Check out the details here.
If you are on the East Coast like me, I hope you are enjoying this BEAUTIFUL warm front that has come in. It feels like those first beautiful days of Spring were you want to just hang out outside and enjoy the good life. I am a total Spring/Summer junkie, and this is getting me ridiculously excited for the months to come!
Are you Spring beauty ready?? If you are like me, you embrace trends and try to make them your own. You use guidelines and tweak them. You just love to be your own person, all the time. Well, last year, I reported the Spring/Summer Fashion Week beauty trends, which you can find here.
I interviewed MAC Director of Makeup Artistry Bianca Alexander, who told us the key aspects for beauty. Among the list, she included “soft, candlelit” skin, and strong eye lashes. This is great news, it gives us the opportunity to look “made up” without looking “made up”.
I’ll be getting my micros in this Thursday, so I have to go ahead and enjoy this head of hair that I have. Here are a few of the products that you all MUST know about and enjoy!
Aveda Damage Remedy and Sap Moss are my all time favorite hair products thus far. Using Damage Remedy to prevent damage and breakage is the best idea yet. I use the conditioner and restructuring treatment once or twice a week. Sap Moss is my everyday moisturizing line. I can run my hands through my hair without a problem, and I definitely have much less shedding than ever before. My hair is retaining its length because of these products! (I’m going to get a bottle with a spout, and dilute the shampoo and conditioner so that I can use them while I am braided.) These lines are great for natural and relaxed heads. Too bad I didn’t find out about Aveda haircare a year ago, my relaxed hair might not have been so damaged and thin!
Mixed Chicks products are genius. I never knew how many curls that I really had until I used the shampoo, deep conditioner and leave in conditioner from this line. My natural spirals came to existence using this stuff!!! I already gave you the scoop with Aveda’s Be Curly Curl Enhancer, and the four of these products together are UNSTOPPABLE. These work well for naturals that have a natural curl pattern. If you don’t have a pattern, I’m not sure how much these products can do for you.
I also really, really love Redken’s Hair Cleansing Creme. It’s a clarifier, which gets rid of all the old product buildup that sits on the scalp and in the hair. It leaves your hair super squeaky clean afterward. It doesn’t necessarily strip the hair, but you need to use a good deep conditioner afterward. Whether you are relaxed or natural, this is something I highly recommend.
Back when I was relaxed, I loved Miss Key 10 en 1 conditioner. The site says that “Super Conditoner 10 en 1 contains a mix of the 10 most important products for hair damaged by dyes and sun’s harmful effects. It is tropicalized for all hair types.” I used it overnight or while I was just hangin’ around the house. Just put some in my hair, put on a shower cap to let it really penetrate, than put on a scarf or a wig. It was more of a pre-shampoo or a pre-deep conditioner. I’d follow up with Mizani or Keracare products, you’ll get the scoop on them later!
And as I close this post, I will again rave for Boundless Tresses. I use it daily, and my hair has been growing like a weed. I have all of my edges back! I trimmed my hair a week and a half ago, and I honestly can’t tell. I’m not saying I get an inch of new growth a week, but I definitely get more growth than I naturally would. My hair grows slower than you can imagine, stupid slow. This serum is odor free (but there is also a bottle that you can purchase with a scent) and will last you for a month or so if you use it as directed. I will never run out, because when I am low, I always have a new bottle being delivered! Check out her testimonial page, those reviews are true!
If you are trying to make your relaxer or braids last and stay fresh, don’t use it. Your hair WILL grow, thus destroying that fresh look! Gotta love it!
Just an FYI, I don’t make money from mentioning any particular product, so I have nothing to gain by telling you all about my beauty finds! I have many more product lines to let you know about, including Keracare, Mizani, Elasta QP, Frederic Fekkai, Kiehl’s, and many more!
Enjoy, discover and let your hair thrive!
The ladies at LHCF directed me to this site for natural heads. Since I am natural now, I thought I would give it a try. I bought the Sample Pack for $15 with the best of the products included. The site description says “Oyin Sample Packs are a great way to become aquainted with our products and they way they work together, without committing to the full sized packages. The 4-piece sampler contains generously sized 2 ounce containers of Honey Hemp Conditioner, Greg Juice leave-in spray, Shine & Define coaxing serum, and Whipped Pudding (which can be used as rich moisture on either hair or skin).”
So here is my breakdown. The Honey Hemp Conditioner smells like heaven, literally. Almost like a honey based lemony custard. It is somewhat thin, but does the BEST detangling that I have ever witnessed. I used it as a leave-in as well. Greg Juice is a leave in as well, but I used it more as a spritz to wake my hair up, if you know what I mean. Shine and Define smells like lemon custard as well. I did a few two strand twists, and they held up pretty nicely using this. Lastly, Whipped Pudding. How I love thee! Lightweight, smells like cocoa butter, it moisturized my hair unbelievably. I combed right through my hair with ease. So, I would advise you to try the sample pack, just to see what works for you and what doesn’t. I’ll be purchasing the full sized Whipped Pudding and Honey Hemp Conditioner ASAP. I would assume that all of this works well on relaxed hair too! Check out the entire line of Oyin products!
Completely OT…but aren’t these the sexiest heels ever??? I couldn’t resist, I put them on my Neiman’s charge! Check out the Marc Jacobs pumps here!