Rachel’s back… a 23 year old student who currently resides in Louisville, KY. She decided to transition in November 2008, and more than a year later, she is still going strong and has become well versed in dealing with the ‘terrible twos’! This is why Ms. Rachel Neirene is our new Transitioning Guru! Today, she reviews Oyin Handmade Products!
YAY FOR PRODUCT REVIEWS!!!!! So I think I stated in my last post that I would be posting a review for the Oyin products that I received in the mail. Lets just say I had a very invigorating experience right from the start. As soon as I opened the package the aroma of all the products just went to my head and I was in heaven. 🙂
Of course, as usual, I did my deep treatment with my avocado mixture. But this time, I added some punch to it–some Honey Hemp Conditioner and some Greg’s Juice. Yum! That was my reaction as well as my hairs reaction. It soaked it up like water!! I then proceeded to rinse out my hair and then did a co-wash with the Honey Hemp conditioner. Here are my thoughts on that process:
Detangles like a dream
Hair stays soft EVEN after you rinse out your hair
Hair looks healthy and has great shine.
I am happy with the products.
After I finished rinsing my hair, I went to styling. The Shine and Define made my hair feel silky smooth and my hair was sparkling like diamonds. I was in love. Plus it smells so good and it didn’t weigh my hair down too much-I didn’t want to have three heavy products in my hair. I then added some whipped pudding and let me tell you, it was hard for me not to just dip my finger in and go to town. It smells just like chocolate cake. And if you’re not careful….well…..you know…..my hair felt very moisturized at this point. I was happy. I then separated my hair in sections, oiled my scalp with Aveda Beautifying Oil, and to each section I added a little more of both the S&D and WP. I then added some of the Whipped Shea Butter to my ends. Oh how that Whipped Shea Butter melts in your hands! It’s a wonderful experience. And then of course I got distracted and put some on my ashy knees. Heaven. I went on to braid each section and put a scarf on and called it a night. I kept my hair tied up for the next couple of days. When I finally took it down, my hair was shiny and frizz free! Sorry I didn’t take any pics! I owe ya!
I just ordered the 4 piece sample hair kit. From all these reviews, I can't wait to receive it! So excited. Tell you how it goes!
I just recently purchased the sample pack. I used the samples upon receipt and ended up placing an order to try the other items that same week because I was so happy with how my hair smelled and looked. I am very happy with my purchases. My stash includes the honey hemp conditioner, poo bar, whipped pudding, shine and define, the juices – greg and berries, and the burnt sugar…I am on my second month relaxer free and everything is going great. I wash with the poo bar, follow up with the honey hemp conditioner, shower cap it, rinse after and hour or so (if i do not plan to set I leave in), spray on one of my juices, rub a bit of whipped pudding through the hair, back it up with some shine and define while focusing on my edges, two strand twist, set the twists on rods, air dry or sit under the hooded dryer, untwist/separate and I am good to go. I have the softest curles and I am a bit cute if I must say so. There is no dryness at all. When the curles get a bit old…spray on your juices, add some light pudding and whip (focusing on the ends to prevent frizz), reset those twists and you are good to go again. I am so happy that I found Oyin Handmade because my product research was a bit much. This is the first brand that I chose to try for my transition and I am sticking to it. Give the products a try. You wont regret it. Atlanta, GA
I am so happy for these reviews because Oyin is next on list for my TWA.
I have the honey hemp, burnt sugar, WP, SaD and juices. It is great- as I live in Texas, so the humectants are constantly working for me! I must say that if you don't add a little oil to your hair with just the shine and define and whipped pudding, your tresses could get a little dry.Keep in mind: a little goes a long way. The juices are great- spraying them on my hair to fluff and re-moisturize me twist out (or even my bun) before bed is heavenly. If you are on the fence, try the sample pack. If you had a bad experience, try the products again with your staples. If anything- every woman should own the honey hemp for detangling… it's the best ever.
@sky, I diluted the HH with water in a spray bottle, I think that may help keep your hair from feeling hard. I think I am going to have an OYIN party….haha…
Along with Sarah I was able to help bottle, fragrance, and label products. We received so many goodies! The Shine and Define mixed with the Whipped Pudding is my staple twisting combo. This combo with some Burnt Sugar on the ends, leaves my twist outs soft, shinny, bouncy and touchable for 3-4 days, before I re-twist.
@dkan71 The Burnt Sugar does get hard, just warm it and mix it back together yourself. That stuff is heavenly. I use it to seal my ends and smooth my edges all the time. The smell is just extra, read the ingredients, its some nourishing stuff.
Above all, I love that it is truly handmade, every single thing about each and every product you get from them is hand mixed, hand labeled, and just cared for with love. The Mixtress and her family are truly great people, and that alone is worth at least trying the products.
@Anonymous…i am almost 18 months transitioning and the honey hemp conditioner is wonderful!!!! its smells divine and all natural, you cant beat that..excellent detangler and it is one of the only conditioners along with aubrey organics white camellia conditioner that will make my hair easily detangled and soft after doing a protein treatment. Other conditioners that normally work great do not work that well after i use products that contain a lot of protein. Only thing i find weird about it is that when i use a lot(since my hair is thick) as a leave-in/styler, my hair feels a little hard, but i dont mind.
Hey, am I the only one who saw this column set in a weird fashion? It popped up on my screen in one loooooooong skinny vertical line of type, but the rest of the blog page is set in the normal fashion.
I just got Oyin's Greg Juice or whichever one is berry scented in the blue bottle along with the burnt sugar. They both smell delicious. I also think the Juice maybe makes my hair softer…hard to tell.
However, I'm very disappointed by the burnt sugar. The ingredients separate and harden so I don't even have the real product. It's just layers of different ingredients. Also, it looks NOTHING like the picture that was posted on this site.
Oh well. It doesn't seem to be hurting, but that's a lot of $$ for just a sweet smell.
I AM IN LOVE WITH OYIN!!! I will say it one more time!! haha….I have been twisting and restwisting all this week. And my hair has never looked better. As for the young lady who hasn't had a good experiene, let me tell you, if I tried to use the whipped pudding or the shine and define alone, my hair would be a hot dry mess. But I found that adding in some CD Mimosa Hair Honey helps with keeping in the moisture. And then putting whipped shea butter on my ends works well. The whipped pudding has a water base, and for me, products with water base don't do me much good as far as moisture goes during the winter. So add some kind of oil to your hair after you use the whipped pudding.
See if that works!!
And as for the people who live by the Oyin store, I am jealous. The owners seem like the coolest people. EVER. And just know guys, if you haven't ordered from the official OYIN site, expect to wait two weeks for your order to get to you. They make their products to order so it's worth the wait to me.
after my stash challenge i will be taking a trip to Oyin with my wish list! im excited!
and the lady recommending this product in this review is transitioning 🙂
OK, I've been on the fence about these products, but I guess I'm going to have to give them a try! 😉
have u tried the oyin website itself?
here's a link mi dear:
Need to find another site that sells Oyin; Curlmart says pretty much all their products are out of stock. Go figure…does anyone know if this stuff works ok on transitioning hair?
I love all of their products, especially the Whipped Pudding. I started using it as a deep conditioner mixed with castor oil and Aussie Moist. THE BEST THING EVER!!!
I must be the only one who had a less than pleasant experience with these products? Maybe I need to re-try, but my hair has never been as dry as it was when I attempted to moisturize w/that whipped pudding. The only thing I liked was the Greg's Juice and that was for the smell. Not certain it did anything for my hair.
I quite love Oyin. I have the Frank Juice and it was a GODSEND when I had my kinky twists in. I sprayed it on everyday and it cooled my scalp, made my hair feel and smell great, and moisturized everything. I definitely want more frank products.
I am lucky enough to live in Bmore, down the street from Oyin. I even participated in a bottling party they had and received free goodies. everything is devine! I use the whipped pudding EVERYWHERE! I like in in my hair, but it does wonders for my feet, especially since it's winter. too bad you don't have any burnt sugar pomade. IMHO, it's the best smelling stuff ever!
my tip for the Greg (or Frank or Juices & Berries) Juice is to spray it on everyday right before you get in the shower. since it's a humectant, you will come out of the steam with your hair feeling like a cloud!