Mannequin Mondays

Here’s the deal, I need to do whatever I have to do in order to motivate myself; which is why I’ve decided to do this series that I’m calling ‘Mannequin Mondays.’ The purpose of this is to inspire myself as I am completing the last 1/3 of my cosmetology program. Sooooo, I’ll be posting photos of styles that I create on mannequins. Got it? If hair isn’t your thing, cool. I get it. If it is, please share styles, articles, videos, etc., of hair things that are inspirational to you.

Here’s a throwback style that I did. I was inspired by the GlamSquad’s Kristina Maccaro on Instagram. I loved how you couldn’t tell where their style began or where it ended so I created my own version.

This was her version:

This was my version:

If you happen to be on Instagram anytime soon, why don’t you go on ahead and follow me @satoyafoster, GlamSquad (@glamsquad), and Kristina Maccaro (@kristinamaccaro). Let them know I sent you!


Product Review: Oyin Handmade Products

A little while back, I posted a photo of some products that I purchased from Oyin Handmade. I think I’ve used them long enough to have an informed opinion on them. Below is a photo of the products that I purchased.


Here’s a very quick rundown of how I use these products. Twist outs, braid outs, flat twist outs….that’s it. I don’t use these products for wash and go’s because my hair doesn’t like being disrupted too much in the wash and go process. My hair desires a quick rake of product while it’s sopping wet, and that’s it.

Let’s review each product in terms of the individual performance of each product and the usage according to its claims.

Greg Juice $13.99 (8.4 fl oz) Click here for the list of ingredients.

Greg Juice is one of the “juice” selections in the Oyin Handmade Juice Family. Here’s the description from the website.

“Our nourishing herbal leave-in tonics have been our most popular products since we first introduced “Greg Juice,” the original citrus-herbal version, in 2004. Now available in three unique scents, this oil-free mixture of vegetable moisturizers and herbal essences remains hugely popular among people with many different hair types and needs! ”
“The secret is this: spring 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 glycerine for humectancy and shine; and an essential oil blend nutritious to the scalp. This formula is excellent for a daily pick-me-up on cornrows or twists. My sisters say it keeps their locs moisturized without weighing them down. And if I tried to detangle my loose, coily hair without a bottle standing nearby, it would stand up and laugh at my comb.”

I can saw with confidence that the Greg Juice is one of the best refresher sprays that I’ve used. After use, my hair was soft, moisturized, and not greasy. You can definitely smell the essential oils in this product. It has a citrusy herbal scent. I also liked how the product sprayed. It gave a good even mist from the pump.

Hair Dew $34.99 (33 oz) Click here for the list of ingredients.

Oyin had this to say about the Hair Dew, “this creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. it’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.”

For my multi-textured hair, this product is ideal for light-medium conditioning and prepping for any molded style (i.e. twist out, braid out, etc.) It has the lingering smell of sugar cookies so if you don’t like smelling like baked goods, this product may not be for you. However, I enjoy it. This product will definitely be added to my Holy Grail stash.

Burnt Sugar Pomade $13.99 (8 oz) Click here for the list of ingredients.

Oyin says,”┬áSimilar in texture to an old school ‘hair grease,’ This blend of oils, butters, and veggie waxes acts as a humectant and protectant for hair, increasing shine to a high glossy sheen and locking in moisture. It’s packed with essential fatty acids to nourish scalp, and actually sinks into your hair and skin for a long lasting, non-greasy feeling. It’s great for braids, imparts shine and moisture to loose hair, brushes nicely into the hairline for a glossy finish, and adds luster to locks!┬áContains virgin coconut cream, mango oil, and hempseed oil in a base of nourishing castor oil.”

“HOW TO USE Rub between your fingers or palms to soften/liquefy. Use to moisturize scalp, to twist locs, to seal the ends of twists or braids, to polish a pulled-back style or an updo, to add weight to the canopy of your hair, to weigh down flyaways or control frizz, or to create waves on super short cuts.”

I was able to use this product for everything they mentioned with the exception of twisting locs. I don’t have locs. It helped me to achieve fool proof twist outs. It was perfect every time. It wasn’t frizzy, it wasn’t greasy (just don’t be too heavy handed), and it wasn’t sticky. I will say that I was unable to achieve a slick pony tail with it. It turned out “neat” but not “slick.”

Here are a few styles done with the help of these products.




















There you have it folks. Have any of you tried Oyin Handmade products? What did you try? How did you like it?

Braided Protective Style

I saw this video and I thought this would be a great hairstyle for naturals. Hope you like!