Oyin Handmade, a black owned brand, is changing the hair game with its honey-centric products.
Everyone's hair journey is a personal one, but we can guarantee you've tried the all natural route at least once. Who hasn't smothered their locks in coconut oil or greased their scalp with Jamaican castor oil?!
Initially, adopting an eco-friendly routine appears to be easy, but the transition can be difficult. And for a lot of us, the trial period only indicates we should be doing something else; this type of method doesn't work for everyone. If the emergence of black owned beauty brands has taught us anything, it's that there are plenty of products that get the job done, while harnessing the benefits of all natural ingredients.
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Oyin Handmade is one of them. Beyond it's adorable packaging and clever product names ("Juices & Berries," "Hair Dew"), it's probably the only brand that utilizes honey as its hero ingredient. In fact, the word Oyin literally means "honey" in Yoruba.
"Honey is one of nature’s most versatile beauty products because of its nourishing qualities and soothing effect on skin and hair," says Jamyla Bennu, grand mixtress and co-founder of Oyin Handmade. "Honey promotes healing and moisture and it’s a natural humectant (preserves moisture) and a natural antimicrobial."
As we enter another winter season, it's especially important to take advantage of honey's nourishing effects. It's also imperative to maintain balance with such a dense and sticky ingredient. Whether you're using as a lip balm, skin moisturizer or hair product, remember that moderation is key.
"It can be used as a great hair conditioner; the nutrients in raw honey gives dull hair shine without weighing it down," adds Bennu. "Honey is also great as a shampoo booster, as it strengthens hair follicles for healthy hair growth and as a bath soak to help repair skin and protect is against environmental damage."
Check out some of our favorite Oyin must-haves below!
Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, $17, target.com
Oyin Handmade Whipped Shea Butter is amazing for the fall and winter - this multi-purpose rich cream contains 75% pure unrefined shea butter including ingredients such as jojoba, black seed, avocado, virgin coconut oils and Vitamin E. $14, target.com
Oyin Handmade Hair Dew is a lightweight, creamy emulsion, leave-in hair lotion that's perfect for year-round use. $14, target.com