DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #2 Oyin Handmade *CLOSED*

DCN recently observed our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and I thought what better way to celebrate then to share with you my favorite natural hair products!

Our 2nd Giveaway is sponsored by Oyin Handmade, you can read my reviews of their products here, there and also here.  I love this company for their cute packaging, great products containing awesome natural ingredients and the little candies they ship with every order.  And while I am a DIYer and make my own hair spritz I still continue to purchase their spritzes because they are AWESOME!

The folks at Oyin were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway which includes a large basket filled with goodies valued at $73 :) The basket contains:

16 oz. Honey Hemp Conditioner
8 oz. Juices N’ Berries
8 oz. Honeywash
4 oz. Shine & Define
4 oz. Burnt Sugar Pomade
4 oz. Whipped Pudding
OMG, yes this is the mother of all giveaways and I am giving it to you free!

To enter the giveaway you must:

1. Subscribe to my blog > enter your email address in the “Subscribe Me” box located in the footer menu below.  Leave your username in the comment so I can verify that you have subscribed example: myusername@yahoo.com. ***Unconfirmed entries will NOT count***

**Bonus Entry**

You can also earn bonus entries through fb and twitter:

#1 Tweet this giveaway then leave a comment stating “I tweeted the bonus entry” with your twitter handle. Example tweet: I just entered DCN @oyinhandmade giveaway @HereIsMySpout http://wp.me/p1owB1-dl

#2 Like Oyin Handmade and Derby City Naturals on FB then post the following message on YOUR Wall: I wanna win the Oyin Giftbasket from Derby City Naturals Favorite Things Giveaway. Then leave a comment stating I posted the message on FB with your fb user name. *Rule change 8/10/11: Please post message on YOUR FB wall as Oyin’s page was being overwhelmed by entries, all previous entries have already been counted and do NOT need to repost*

The contest is open from Tuesday 8/9/2011 through Monday 8/22/2011.  Winner will be selected via random.org random number generator.  Winner will be notified via email address used to subscribe to the blog and will be announced via blog, fb and twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

For more free stuff, check out our Pura Body Naturals Giveaway running through Wednesday 8/10/2011. Good luck :)

CONGRATS TO NUREKA DUNCAN YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY!!! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE, YOU HAVE 48 HOURS.

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1, 2, 3 Conditioning Spritz

This is a quick and simple  DIY recipe that is truly as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Use daily to refresh your hair adding moisture, softness and shine.

Spritz Bottle

 

1, 2, 3 Conditioning Spritz:

1 Tbsp oil of your choice (try olive, safflower, jojoba or almond oil)

2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (or juice)

3 Tbsp of conditioner of your choice (try Aubrey Organics)

Add ingredients to a 9 ounce spray bottle.  Fill the bottle 3/4 full with distilled water (or water from your tap).  Shake the bottle to mix well.  Store in the refrigerator for a cool refreshing mist.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

Moisture, moisture moisture – in my Jan Brady voice

Moisture is probably the top issue of naturally curly girls everywhere.  Dry, rough, brittle hair is not the business.  So what’s the deal with moisture? Well it’s all science really.  Curly hair twists and turns as it springs from the root making it very difficult for sebum, natural hair oil to travel down the length of the hair.  The sebum is present to coat the hair helping to seal in moisture and to add shine (this is also why curly hair is not naturally shiny).  So what’s a curly girl to do?

Thankfully moisture is very easy to add to hair; simply turn on your water facet and get it wet.  Water is the best moisturizer for your hair, there is no product that can do a better job.  However no one wants to walk around with a spray bottle lightly misting their hair every hour.  -_-

So that is why we have products.  If you are looking for moisture you want to select a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner as they are the same thing.  The aim of these products is to provide moisture, soften and lubricate the strands.  There are tons of products out there that can meet your daily needs including spritz, lotion, cream, jelly or pudding.  Below are a few popular products for moisturizing your hair.

Spritz

Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries

Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz

Donna Marie Moisture Mist

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

Lotion

Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets Stylin Potion

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Hair Lotion

Komaza Care Shea Butter Hair Lotion

Hair Milk

Komaza Care Coconut Hair Milk

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

My Honeychild Coconut Hair Milk

Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk

Leave-In Conditioner

Koils By Nature Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner

Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner

Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner

Cream

Donna Marie Super Buttercreme

Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme

Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourish Cream

And for those looking for a more natural option aloe vera gel is like water 2.0!  You can also create your own natural hair spritz filled with yummy stuff using very basic ingredients.  It is important to note that moisturizers need to be sealed in using an oil or butter (this will do the job of the sebum).  If your moisturizer already includes oils or butters then you do not have to seal it in.  Some popular sealants include coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter.  To keep your hair moisturized first start with water, follow with a moisturizer and then seal it in. 

What are your favorite moisturizers for your hair?

Jessicurl Product Review

Jessicurl

http://www.jessicurl.com

available for purchase online @ website or on naturallycurly.com

Me & Jessica McGuinty owner/ceo of Jessicurl

I have been wanting to meet Jessica for quite sometime now.  NaturallyCurly.com is one of my fav natural hair forums and she is somewhat of a star/legend on the boards.  Jessica was just a curly girl looking for products that would work on her hair.  When she couldn’t find them she decided to make them herself and Jessicurl was born!  I love Jessica for her entrepreneurial spirit, fabulous red curls and because she’s a Cali girl :)  When I finally met her at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta, GA back in April she could not have been any sweeter and more receptive to a curly fan (stalker).

Ok so on with the show. 

Jessicurl is a complete product line designed for curly girls that contains shampoo, conditioner, deep treatments, mositurizers, spritz and gels.  I picked up free samples of the Hair Cleansing Cream, Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and Confident Coils Styling Solution.

Hair Cleansing Cream

Ing: Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.

I am a no-poo girl meaning i do not use regular sulfate shampoos or silicone laced products to cleanse my hair.  Instead I opt to co-wash, wash my hair using conditioner, or use a cleansing cream that is sulfate and -cone free.  As cleansing creams go there are the good the bad and the awesome and this is definitely one of the awesome!  This product has a light mucilage (snotty) or gel like texture that applies easily and gently cleanses.  The product is not creamy like a condish but more like the consistency of aloe gel, however i found it to be very moisturizing.  I would feel comfortable actually detangling my hair while using this product as it had good slip to it.  I would recommend this product for daily use as it was gentle and non-drying.  I would also recommend to those with locs as it rinses clean with no reside.  Great product for ALL hair types.  This will be added to my Holy Grail.

**BONUS: Hair Cleansing Cream is 15% off for the rest of May 2011 of your purchase from the website.  That’s on all sizes and the discount is already built into the shopping cart. **

Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Ing: Water infused with Lemongrass, Nettle, Burdock, Kelp, Marshmallow Root,Horsetail, Basil, Bay Leaf, Oregano, Rosemary, Peppermint, Sage, and Thyme; Aloe Vera Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance

I am an admitted shea-hater.  It is nothing personal my hair just does not like heavy doses of shea so i was prepared NOT to like this product.  However, I was wrong.  This condish had great slip due to the water infused with mucilage herbs (my hair loves nettle, marshmallow root and horsetail) and I detangled very quickly using the minimal 1 oz sample packet.  My hair felt soft and bouncy afterward not weighed down or coated as it normally feels after using most shea products.  Great for everyday conditioning and light enough to use as a leave-in IMO.  I would have left it in but I had another product to try.

Confident Coils Styling Solution

Ing: Water, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyimide-1, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Polysorbate 60; Jojoba Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (and) Dehydroxanthan Gum, Aloe Vera Powder, Magnesium Sulfate, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.

I tried this product years ago (picked up free from a swap with another curly) and actually did not care for it.  I was eager to give it another chance, especially after the great results I had with the cleanser and condish.  So I smoothed the product over six sections of my hair and I waited.  Yeah still not loving it; the product really didn’t do anything for me.  Didn’t make my hair feel any softer or make my curls pop.  I would describe the product as a sort of moisturizing, light-weight gel.  I think it might be a good base to wear under gel or even as a next day refresher, maybe.  I just pulled my hair into a pony so I can’t really say.  In the end the product wasn’t for me.

There was also a sample pack of Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment that I have not used.  So here is a review of that product courtesy of JCokes7.


Product Review: Oyin Handmade Greg Juice

Oyin Greg Juice

Available at oyinhandmade.com

$11 for 8 oz

An oil-free spritz containing herb-infused water, vegetable moisturizers and natural humectants that moisturize the hair and scalp, refresh dry hair, and aid in detangling. It also makes a great hair perfume.  This spritz comes in two additional scents: Juices & Berries (fruity cocktail) or Frank Juice (a musky masculine scent).

I have used this spritz to moisten and refreshen my scalp while in twists and braids and also to revive my dry ends.

This is the second Juice I have purchased from Oyin Handmade. I first purchased the Juices & Berries back in November and have just now reached the last ounce of the bottle.  While Juices and Berries if very sweet smelling, this spray has a light herbal-citrus smell that is delightful and perfect for both men and women.

This product is ideal for any hair type as it is oil free so you can follow up with the oil or butter of your choice if desired to seal in moisture. While I can easily make my own spritz (and I do) I still love Oyin’s juices is they are lighter then my homemade spritz but do the job just right and they smell DIVINE.

Check out my review for Oyin Juices & Berries >>> https://derbycitynaturals.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/product-review-oyin-juices-berries-2/

Another plus is that Oyin ships your products out immediately (I normally get them within 3-4 days) and they include little candies in each shipment.  They also use biodegradable packing peanuts which is good for the environment!

Product Review: Oyin Juices & Berries

Oyin Juices & Berries

Available at oyinhandmade.com

$11.00 for 8 oz

 

Juices & Berries is an oil-free leave in conditioning spritz made with vegetable moisturizers and herbal extracts.  It is great for reviving an old hairstyle, as a detangler, or for moisturizing hair or locs.  It also makes a great hair perfume.  This spritz also come in two additional scents: Greg Juice and Frank Juice.

I use this product primarily to spritz my scalp daily when wearing my hair in protective styles like two strand twists or box braids.  I also use it for refreshing twist/braid-outs in the morning.  Now because the product is oil-free I sometimes  follow-up with an oil to seal.

What I LOVE about this product:

  • It is light, fruity and smells divine.
  • It is a great way to refresh the hair but does not cause my hair to frizz.
  • It leave my hair soft and moisturized.
  • It’s all natural

This product is so simple yet it works and because it is oil free it can be used on any hair type.  The only downside is that it is a little too pricey to only be a conditioning spray.  I am willing to pay more for stylers but I am confident I  could get similar results using a DIY conditioning spritz (though it would not smell as good).  I purchased this spritz during Black Friday Sales so it was cheaper.  If you are looking for a good conditioning spritz I would say to give it a try.

DIY Natural Hair Care Recipe

 

Looking for more natural ways to care for your hair? Check out these recipes.

 

Cleansing Rinse-gentle clarifier

2 c distilled water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or juice of one lemon

Mix ingredients then pour over hair.

 

Soapwort Shampoo -a gentle shampoo for normal to dry hair

1/2 c crushed soapwort root

8 c water

Place the soapwort in the water in pot over medium heat.  Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.  Strain out the leaves and root and pour into a clean bottle.  Use as a shampoo rinse.

 

Oil Rinse

1 cup olive oil

10 drops essential oil

-for dandruff treatment or dryness use sage, rosemary or tea tree oil

-for overall health use lavender, chamomile or rose oil

Mix oils and allow to sit for 24 hours.  After washing or conditioning the hair pour oil over hair and or scalp. Store in a cool dark place away from sunlight.

 

Rose-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse

1 cup rosewater

1 Tbsp jojoba oil

10 drops vitamin E oil

Warm water in a double boiler, when hot add jojoba oil.  Whisk in vitamin E oil and blend well.  Apply to clean hair.

 

Natural Hair Pomade

1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup beeswax

1 Tbsp coconut oil

Melt ingredients over low heat.  Pour into heat proof container and let cool at room temp, about 30 minutes.

DIY Herbal Hair Spritz

natural herbs

Your hair needs water to provide moisture but adding natural herbs will give it an extra boost.There is no distinct recipe, your hair will like different herbs at different times.  Below is a list of additives and their uses from the Anita Grant website:

To condition and detangle dry, coarse naturally curly hair use: Organic Burdock Root, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Nettle Leaf Herb, Organic Blue Malva Herb, Organic Chamomile Flower, Organic Hibiscus Flower, Irish Moss, Organic Coltsfoot

To condition thin, greasy, naturally curly hair use: Organic Horsetail Herb, Organic Lavender Flower, Organic Rose Buds, Irish Moss, Organic Coltsfoot

To naturally prevent dandruff use: Organic Horsetail Herb, Organic Burdock Root, Organic Chamomile Flower, Organic White Willow Bark, Organic Coltsfoot

To naturally soothe scalp irritation use: Organic Nettle Leaf Herb, Organic Chamomile Flower, Organic White Willow Bark, Irish Moss

To promote body, sheen and luster use: Organic Burdock Root, Organic Rose Buds, Organic Horsetail Herb, Organic Nettle Leaf Herb, Organic Coltsfoot, Organic White Willow Bark, Irish Moss

To promote healthy natural hair growth and prevent/repair split ends use: Single use Organic Burdock Root, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Nettle Leaf Herb – or – Herb Combos of Organic Nettle Leaf with Organic Coltsfoot and Organic Horsetail.

To prevent breakage of dry, coarse, naturally curly hair use: Organic Hibiscus Flower, Organic Blue Malva Herb

You can also add:

Aloe Vera Juice or Gel: Great moisturizing properties, helps provide a light hold and promote hair growth.

Vegetable glycerin: Humectant to supports moisture.

Honey: Humectant to support moisture also aids in clumping and provides hold.

These herbs can be found in root, liquid or powder form at your local health food store or at The Vitamin Shoppe.

DIY Herbal Spritz from Zainab1 courtesy of Natural Review:

Add all of your wonderful herbs into a bowl for a strong infusion I like to have my bowl/container half or a little over half-filled with the herbs.  If you like infusions not as strong you can use 1-2 tablespoons of each herb.

  1. Boil some distilled water
  2. Allow your herbs to steep (covered) for a few hours or even over night.
  3. Strain with cheese cloth or regular strainer or both.
  4. Add your Aloe Vera juice.
  5. Pour into a clean spray bottle and keep refrigerated.
  6. You can add EO’S of you choice for preservatives (optional).

You can use this spritz as a Wash-N-Go styler, as a final rinse after shampooing instead of conditioner, as a second day hair refresher, or just to provide additional moisture to dry tresses.