Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade – Trial and Error

Oyin Handmade's Burnt Sugar PomadeLet me start off by saying…

One whiff of this stuff will make you want to eat it!

It should be against the law for a company to make a non-edible product smell so friggin’ good. :)

Nevertheless, I have been reading all the hype about how great Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade is. So I bought a jar and tried it as a moisturizer on a finished rod set.  I also used it on wet twists a few times.   And to sum it up…

I wasn’t impressed.

Yes, it added a bit of shine, but my hair didn’t feel any more moisturized than it does when I use shea butter or other moisturizers.

I also couldn’t get the product to completely dissolve, so I ended up with tiny grains in my hair — not a good look!  Yes, they instruct you to rub the product between your fingers — and I did — but it took quite a bit of work to get those beads to dissolve.

Take Two

I later learned that pomades work best on dry/slightly damp hair.  So I re-twisted some old twists using a tiny bit of water and some of the pomade. Here’s the result…

Oyin Handmade's Burnt Sugar Pomade

I still battled the graininess, but this is the most luscious my twists have ever looked and they feel incredibly soft.  I’m not sure if it’s the pomade or a combination of the product and the fact my hair already has some oil/product in it.

Now that I know how and when to use it, I may add it to my list of staples — for dry twists anyway.  Just in time too.  This jar was on its way to the back of my cabinet. ;)

Comments

  1. sandra says

    You’re absolutely right about how products are used and their effectiveness. For years I had some Ms. Jessies silk straightening creme(no its not a texturizer or relaxer…not sure why the name) but anyway I was ready to just throw it out. And then something told me to spray the hair all over with water and just take one tablespoon of it and rub it throughout my hand and then run my hand all over my head. After that, I proceeded to do two strand twists. The twists felt a little weird as I was twisting. But when I worke up in the morning I could not believe my eyes. It was the bst twistout. I still use that creme. I looked at the instructions on the container but I don’t think many product developers know how to explain well how to use the product. I wrote Ms. Jessies about that issue as well. But then I thought, many different textures of hair absorb product and moisture differently and so perhaps we do need to experiment with the products in different ways.
    Lisa, my question to you is what would it take for many product junkies to avoid loosing so much money with testing? I know samples are a good idea. But I’m wondering if it would help if people read more reviews about products first. Could you tell me what you think?
    Thanks for this post.

  2. lisa says

    Hi Sandra,

    Yeah it’s tricky because everyone’s hair texture is so different so the instructions may need to be modified depending on your thickness, texture, etc.

    When I first started transitioning, I spent way too much money on products. Most of them are still in my cabinet. For me, it was about the obsession of trying to “fix” my hair. Now that I’m learning to accept my texture as it is, I don’t find myself longing to buy as many products as I used to.

    I used to watch YT videos and buy products based on someone else’s results. Now that I know what my hair will do and won’t do I have curbed my product junky-ism a lot. :) I know that’s not the force behind every junky, but I think after awhile it’s about finding what works and stick to it.

  3. Vee says

    Lisa I have followed you for awhile. You are one smart sister! I found you first through 2createawebsite. I have since referred several friends to that website. When I saw that you were starting a hair chanel, and going natural. I said what a smart move!. I have watched your transition and how your hair has grown. Natural really agrees with your hair. Your hair is so thick! Thats some good genes. So it looks full at any length. It looks like your hair grows pretty well also. Keep up the good work! Awesome!

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