product review: oyin handmade’s leave-in conditioner

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Why read review after review when you can just read one? We’ve “combed” the web to get the verdict on Oyin Handmade’s Leave-in Conditioner.

An aqueous herb infused potion of love and vital hair nutrients, Oyin Handmade’s leave-in tonics (Gregg’s Juice, Frank’s Juice & Juice and Berries) are sure to leave your kinks and curls spellbound with their rejuvenating finish and guaranteed hair growth stimulation.

main takeaway

Best paired with a sealing oil of any kind, Oyin Handmade’s leave-in conditioner works wonders as it provides an ample source of moisture to your locks, limiting tangles and knots as a conditioner and refresher. Due to its liquid based texture, the herbal tonics are strongly recommended for moisturizing tresses (to be then locked and sealed) during banding and other no-heat stretching techniques, as it tends to dry quicker than heavier crèmes and serums. If applied prior to curl defining styles (i.e., twist-outs, braid-outs, bantu knots, etc.), less than desirable results will occur.

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  • Superb functionality in bottle design and spray rationing
  • Summery amorous (almost candy-like) scent
  • Impeccable moisturizing proficiency
  • Effortlessly detangles kinks and knots
  • Light water-based texture
  • Best used when stretching hair

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  • May cause shrinkage if excessively used during daily application
  • Doesn’t define curls if used as a moisturizer when creating twist outs, bantu knots and braid outs

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what the manufacturer says

Our nourishing herbal leave-in tonics have been our most popular products since we first introduced “Gregg Juice,” the original citrus-herbal version, in 2004…

What’s the secret? Pure water strongly infused with a variety of herbs known to help condition and stimulate the scalp, thus encouraging hair growth; vegetable ingredients for detangling, moisture and suppleness; vegetable glycerin for humectancy and shine; and an essential oil blend nutritious to the scalp.

Note from the manufacturer: If you’re worried about using products with glycerin during the winter or in a dry climate, check out this post on on Glycerin and our blog post on the subject.


what commenters say

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I love this stuff on my type 4 hair. I use at night to spritz and then seal with my Burnt Sugar Pomade, also by Oyin Handmade. In addition, I keep a bottle handy in my bag, especially for those days after twist outs when I have quite gotten to my desired moisture level.


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I love this product. I’ve been using it for a few years now but I HATE the bottle that they use now. It’s extremely hard to spray the hair because pump is horrible. They need that old bottle back! Other than that it’s great as it’s very conditioning and moisturizing. It wakes up my 4a curls and even when I have an up-do style it allows for moisture to get in my hair. A wonderful product however horribly redesigned!


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…When I actually tried it for the first time, my hair felt refreshed (if that makes sense). It’s the easiest way to replenish moisture to dry hair without having to do too much work throughout the week especially when in a protective style and it works well to detangle my kinky type hair as well. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because I wouldn’t necessarily use it as a leave-in (I prefer something creamy for that purpose), but some may find that it works just fine…”

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what bloggers say

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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, a 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… 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 most product butters and oils do. I must say I’m impressed![/ts_one_third] [ts_one_third]

The moisture is unbelievable! This product is most definitely God sent and even though it’s a humectant it still left my hair feeling wonderful during the winter months. I can’t wait to see how great it will work in the summer!!![/ts_one_third] [ts_one_third]

The Greg Juice and Juices and Berries are amazing but you have to be really careful using these on very humid days or your twist-out will turn into a cotton ball afro. I had this happen to me last week and couldn’t get a good twist-out for three days due to humidity. On the plus side, my hair felt AMAZING! Yeah I’m screaming at you again! I would suggest you do yourself a favor and give these products a try. You won’t be disappointed! Pick up sample products if you are still a bit apprehensive about splurging on these goodies. Seriously try them out and let me know what you think. I just can’t imagine anyone not liking them!

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what vloggers say

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where to buy

A 8.4oz bottle is currently selling for $13.99 at Target. You can also get it online at Amazon.


Water, shave grass 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!

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Chadette Maragh
Chadette Maragh

Chemical nazi. Heat cheat. Silk sheet sleeper. Hair pin hoarder (quilted tips only, of course). Winter wig wearer. Haircut addict. Moisturize, seal and repeat junkie. Hair care fundamentals 101? Alcohol belongs in a glass, shaken, not stirred and most importantly, not in my hairspray! - Cheers!

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