How I Got A Super Defined Twistout…

During Christmas break I went to Maryland to visit my best friend and decided to leave my wig at home. During this time I experienced my best twistout so far! Since then, I’ve tried other combinations to get similar results and nothing else has worked. So I figure it must the the product combo I used from my favorite line, Oyin Handmade.



I started on freshly washed hair and applied Oyin Hair Dew as my leave-in. I followed by applying Oyin’s Boing next. Boing is completely new to me and is meant to be an all purpose product (moisturizer and hold). Finally I applied Oyin’s Shine and Define and proceeded to twist. My twisting method and process was the same.

The result was super soft hair with excellent hold that looked like a straw set. My hair was also shiny and just looked so good! On that trip I ran out of Shine and Define, so once I got back I tried duplicating the results with various gels and nothing else worked. The only thing I did not like about the Oyin combo is that it started to cause build up during the week, mainly due to the Boing product and me reapplying product/twisting each night.

These results are definitely worth trying again and I will do so once I’m done using up some of my other products.

Updated…a few months later…I received a product in my CurlBox and got similar results, but without buildup. The product is EcoCocktail and I believe it is by the same people that make the Eco Styler Gel. The only downside is that I have not been able to find this product in any of the stores in my area.

Wash Day + Blowout

Last weekend I didn’t have to work so I decided to blow out my hair and try a hot oil treatment. I used the Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary for my hot oil treatment.  I have to say that … Continue reading

Wash day regimen + Routine Update (4 to 6 months)

I wore my hair out for a little while and then decided to go back to wearing my wig daily.  While sitting under the dryer deep conditioning I figured why not document what I’m doing now. 

The players…..


I do this process once a week, usually on the weekends.
1. Cowash hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash.
2. Deep condition with heat for at least 20 minutes with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner.
3. Apply Oyin Hair Dew as a leave-in.
4. Seal and twist hair using Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade.
***Tonight will be my first night using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil in months.****

Sometimes I will switch products, but the process and steps are always the same.  I wear a satin bonnet to bed and don’t touch my hair again until the next wash day. 

Having a busy schedule really helps to distract me from having hand-in-fro syndrome.  Wash days are when I take the time to really play in my hair.  At week’s end my hair is still really moisturized without adding any extra product during the week. 


What is your wash day routine?  What are some of your favorite products to use?

Oyin Handmade Review

I purchased these products during the Black Friday sale and wanted to try them out for a while before reviewing.

First is the Grand Poo Bar.  I was expecting this to come in a plastic case, but it came in a plastic bag instead.  The bar is really big and I haven’t any problems with it dissolving really fast in the shower.  I still have a lot left and I use it weekly.  Although this is a non-sulfate shampoo, it still lathered quite well.  The poo bar got my hair really clean without stripping it.  I’ve read that some people don’t even need to use a conditioner with it, but I have no desire in trying that anytime soon.  This poo bar did a great job of cleaning, but I don’t feel as if I would purchase again because it wasn’t amazing.  I feel as if I can find a shampoo in the store that cleans and moisturizes just as well.

Next is the Honey Hemp Conditioner.  I love this stuff so much!  I purchased the 16.9 oz this time and next I will purchase the 32 oz.  The scent is very light and reminds me of kool-aid.  You can use this as a pre-poo, deep conditioner, or leave-in.  It is extremely moisturizing and has small amounts of protein so it doesn’t bother my hair.

The Hair Dew is a product that can be used as a leave-in or daily moisturizer.  Water is listed as the first ingredient, so you have to be careful when using with blown out hair.  It didn’t cause my hair to revert, but it did slightly.  I use it mostly as a leave-in because as a daily moisturizer it didn’t do that at all.  This stuff smells just like Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade and the consistency is super thick.  As a leave-in its okay but I won’t be purchasing again because I like Kimmaytube’s leave-in mix better.

I could smell Oyin’s Whipped Pudding all day!  It has a light chocolate scent and can be used for hair and body.  Water is listed as the first ingredient, so you know that it is moisturizing.  The Whipped Pudding makes my skin feel super soft and the same for my hair.  I don’t think I would purchase this regularly, but sparingly as a treat to myself.  Also, I tend to use this product more on my skin than my hair.

I have saved the best for last and that is the Oyin Burnt Sugar and Sugar Berries Pomade.  My hair loves this stuff so much!  This is the reason I have started dry detangling because this stuff makes my hair separate like butter.  No other oil I have tried so far makes my hair feel that way.  I use this product to seal in the moisture and a little goes a long way.  These products have castor oil listed as a main ingredient so I do want to try that before I repurchase.  But for now, the sugar pomades are a staple product!

I really enjoy the Oyin line, but I do want to try other items and brands that I can purchase in store.  Oyin is pricey, especially considering how much shipping is.  It also takes a while for products to arrive, so any comparable store alternatives are worth searching for.

I Have A Puff Now!!!

I have finally achieved a puff that does not look completely awkward.  Yay me!  My hair seems to be growing so fast!

The back (texture shot)

Tonight I co-washed with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, used a bit of the condish as a leave in, and applied Oyin Sugar Berries Pomade.  I smell scrumptious and I look cute!

OYIN Handmade Black Friday Sale

The Oyin Handmade Black Friday sale ends tomorrow at midnight!  In this sale, all items are 20% off and you can get free shipping with a purchase of $60 or more by using the code “thankyou2011”.

I tried this brand out when I went natural a few years ago and have been dying for a chance to try them again.  What did I order???  You’ll have to wait and see!

If you are an Oyin honey, you should definitely take advantage of this deal.  Even if you have not tried it before, now is a good time to try them out.  They have lots of samplers and gift sets as well.