For years, I have been using Oyin Handmade's haircare products. I was introduced to them by my dear friend Andre' about 10 years ago.
What really drew me to them is that they are a Baltimore based, family run, Black Owned Business. My whole family uses the "Hair Dew" cream and "Juices & Berries" leave-in conditioning spray. Whenever possible, I always go for the family size! LOL!
I love how the universe works!
A few weeks ago, we were talking about hair products after one of our Sunrise Yoga classes on Zoom. (We always catch up and talk about various things after our Zoom classes. We talk about anything and everything. That is is what is so cool about our group. It is a safe space for authentic human connection and thoughtful expression.) Oyin came up in conversation. Later that same day, one of the ladies from class sent me a video that was asking people to apply to be an Oyin ambassador. How funny is that!?! Of course, I applied, and the rest is history!!!
Those of you who know me, know that I have a full range of "looks" when it comes to styling my hair. My favorite is anything that is low maintenance. All in all, the most important thing to me is maintaining moisture, which can be quite challenging when it comes to curly hair and being active. The warm weather is great, because I can wash and go, while in the winter time, I tend to keep my hair in head wraps and protective styles.
Photo Credits: Schaun Champion, Celeste Love Photography, and Tina Leu Fotos
Hair-Care is an essential part of Self-Care, and no matter what style I choose, it is always going to be a representation of me!
Stay tuned for more content as it relates to my haircare journey. With this new found relationship with Oyin, I will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what I do to take care of my hair.
As I am typing this blog, I am just realizing that this is a full-circle moment for me. Twenty years ago, when I first ventured into the virtual world, socially, I found the Nappturality Forum with Dee Coily. It is a platform where black women are able to share hair, beauty, and health tips with one another, while on their natural hair journey. I stopped perming my hair when I was carrying my 2nd son. He is now 23-years-old. I did stop while I was carrying my eldest son, but did not stop completely until after my 2nd son. I learned to love my natural texture after that. Not to mention the fact that it was way easier to care for! For so many years, I fought against what my hair wanted to do naturally, and it was so much more work. (Who wants that!?!) Now, my hair is so healthy and beautiful. I am grateful that black women's natural hair is celebrated. For so long, it was the opposite.
Photo Credit: Celeste Love Photography