I’ve always said that hair spritzes do absolutely nothing for my hair. They always seemed too light to have any effect on my thick mane. So when I received my Oyin Juices & Berries in my CurlKit a while back, I immediately sent the ‘lowly’ spritz to spend eternity in product purgatory (the bottom drawer to the right of my vanity). So, a couple weeks ago, while searching for some stray bobby pins in my drawer of unfit products, I came across my forgotten bottle of J&B. Our eyes met. It looked up at me and said “Leah! Try me! I promise I don’t suck!” I looked at my hair in the mirror. Noticing it seemed a bit parched, I grabbed the lonely bottle of Juices & Berries and spritzed away, and boy, I’m glad I did!
Ever since I first reached for this product about two weeks ago, I’ve been using it almost daily as a quick curl refresher and way to add a bit of moisture to my hair before venturing out into the cold, harsh, unforgiving DC Winter weather. I was doubtful the first time I tried it, but I must say I am now pleasantly surprised. Not only does this product smell amazing, but my hair feels super soft and moisturized! I’m on Day 5 wash n’ go hair right now, and it still feels like a soft cloud of moisturized curls.
According to the Oyin Handmade website, the product contains:
“Aqueous infusion of shavegrass leaf, lavender buds, nettle leaf, chamomile flower, and red rose petals; organic flax seeds; organic aloe leaf juice; vegetable glycerin; lavender oil, orange peel oil, grapefruit seed extract; citric acid, and love!“ (awwwwwe! <3 )
Of course “love” is my favorite ingredient (especially when it’s aqueous), as it has been known to break curses, make birds sing, and has numerous rainbow-enhancing properties. But there are also plenty of other noteworthy ingredients in this product. Nettle leaf, grapeseed extract, and lavender have been thought to promote hair growth. Chamomile has great anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and of course the star of the show is the humectant, Vegetable Gylcerin!
There was a vicious rumor going around the natural hair interwebs saying that one should not use glycerin in the winter. Glycerin is a humectant, pulling water from the air to keep your hair nice and moisturized. The thinking behind the rumor is that in a low-humidity environment, the glycerin will draw water out of your hair since there isn’t enough water in the air to satisfy its insatiable, zombie-like, hunger for H2O. Pretty scary rumor, indeed. Well, not being the type to listen to random natural hair rumors, I threw caution to the wind and applied this glycerin-containing product to my hair and boldly stepped out into the blustery, dry, 20 degree weather to see what happens (and by “threw caution to the wind”, I meant I went online and did an obsessive amount of research until I found numerous sources that concurred that the rumor was false). Well, let me tell you, ten days and two wash n’ go’s later, my 2nd to 5th day hairs have been more moisturized and softer than ever! Plus, it didn’t weigh my hair down like many butters and oils do. I must say I’m impressed.
As for the smell, Juices & Berries smell just like that; Juices & Berries! …and who doesn’t like juices and berries? I’d say it’s a fairly strong smell, but a very pleasant one. The smell does fade quite a bit throughout the day, though, so no worries if you have a sensitive nose. If you like the product but don’t like the scent, Oyin’s “Frank Juice” (Not making it up. That’s actually the name) supposedly smells like Frankincense & Myrrh and Oyin’s “Greg Juice” (tee hee hee) is unscented.
The website also says you can use it to aid in detangling. I haven’t used it for that purpose, as I’m not a “dry detangler”, but if you are, it may be worth a try.
Overall, I really enjoyed this product! I will definitely continue using it for a while, and will probably repurchase. The only concern I have about this product is how well it will work in the summer months. Over here in DC, the summers are super humid, and using humectants in very humid weather can end up making hair very frizzy, puffy, and overall less than fabulous. So, I’m not sure if it will be a year-round favorite, however I will most definitely give it a spin when the warm weather rolls in just to see what happens.
Have you tried Oyin products? What do you think about the Juices & Berries? Do you prefer to use a humectant in the summer/winter? What do you use to revive 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th day hair?