This week I received a few emails about the product I used in the photo above, and from this post. I wanted to wait until I knew for sure Oyin's Shine & Define was a keeper before running down the halls proclaiming my love for it! I must admit, I had Oyin's Shine & Define sitting in my medicine cabinet for a few months before I finally used it out of necessity. I ran out of Miss Jessie's CP, and I needed something to braid my hair with. I reluctantly grabbed the OS&D and began braiding my hair.
Early on, I wasn't convinced that anything spectacular was going to happen, it had almost a thin butter-like consistency so my hopes weren't too high [products w/that consistency usually do nothing for my hair]. The sheen in the beginning was ok too. However when I took down my braids, my hair was super soft, shiny, and very defined. I was pleasantly surprised, as Shine & Define was the only product I have used to date that can even compete with the definition and sheen that I get from Miss Jessie's CP. Shine & Define also gets bonus points for being the first all natural product that can give me results like this!
I normally order all of my Oyin's products via Naturally Curly because their shipping is unbelievably fast [I'm talking same week fast!]. The price is $11 for 4oz, but trust it will take a while before you use an entire jar of this stuff. You don't need to pile it on, a little goes a long way.
To achieve this look, I did the following:
- Shampooed hair w/Lanza Daily Clarifying Shampoo [Love this stuff, it is my new favorite clarifying poo]
- Conditioned hair w/Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner
- Used Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as my leave-in
- Braided my hair in 8 big braids [2 in the front, 2 in the back on each side] using Shine & Define
- Let air dry for about 16 hours or about 1hour underneath a Pibbs dryer. [The braids are soo thick, it takes a while to dry]
- Take down braids with oil of the day [usually Afroveda's Sunsilk Citrus Oil, or Monoi De Tahiti]
- Run my fingers through my hair, fluff, and go!