It was a rather unseasonably cold, rainy, even snowy, Sunday evening in the Baltimore Inner Harbor…and they say that this is supposed to be spring! Nevertheless, this unusual, Debbie Downer weather did not keep loyal supporters from coming out to an evening of fun and celebration at the Hilton Baltimore. The cause for celebration…OYIN Handmade products have made the shelves of Target stores (as well as their online site) for nationwide access!
In case you are unaware of this brand, OYIN Handmade specializes in natural hair and skin care products that use natural products (as opposed to chemical products) in its creation. The products are versatile, and they have something for everyone (woman, man and child). And like the name says, these products are actually “Handmade”, to ensure the consistency and quality in each batch! Since it’s origin in 2001, to the launch of it’s website in 2003, and now infiltrating the national Target brand as carriers of the OYIN brand, the OYIN HoneyBees (as their team is affectionately called) have a good deal to celebrate about!
When speaking with one of the event’s attendees, and loyal OYIN supporter, Kori Montague, she notes that OYIN Handmade products have contributed to the successful transition of her haircare from chemical to natural. “OYIN hair products have been with me from the beginning of my natural transition [a few years ago], until this present day,” says Montague. “I’ve tried everything…starting with the shampoo & conditioner…even the body butter.”
In many cases, a business celebration can be still a business function, suited and stiff. This event, on the other hand, was just…a celebration! The spirit of positivity and support filled the air with people from all over conversing and taking pictures left and right (including inside of the free photo booth, filled with fun trinkets to use during the wacky photo shoots). Smiles and joy filled the room with the good music that was spun (which ranged in everything from 60s soul, to current pop songs – such as “Happy” & “Blurred Lines”, to late 80s & early 90s hip hop, R&B, and club/house). Guests also enjoyed a feast of crafty foods and sweets, that we’re unique, but still linked to some of our everyday favorites, such as Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles, Crab Cakes, and M&Ms (with the OYIN logo).
In all of this fun and good times, there were other perks for the guests and supporters to explore. One of those perks were hairstyle makeovers using OYIN products, by Camille E. Reed (natural hairstylist and salon owner of Noire Salon, in Silver Spring, MD – www.noiredesignconcepts.com). Another perk was experiencing the creativity or henna tattoos, by Henna Sooq, which is based in the Baltimore area (www.HennaSooq.com).
The night capped off with a toast from the founders of the brand, Jamyla Bennu, and her husband, Pierre, as well as the current General Manager, Airic Jerrod. As Pierre Bennu stated his remarks to the numerous supporters who turned out to help him celebrate, “this is a collection of not coincidences, but a lot of hard work, and love.” When asked how he felt about the brand’s successes, Bennu was so excited and honored, and was looking forward to seeing “what’s next?!” One thing is certain, we can safely say that OYIN Handmade‘s supporters share in Mr. Bennu’s sentiments of “what’s next”, and we’re sure that there will be more reasons to celebrate in the future! Continue to follow their successes at www.oyinhandmade.com, and on your local social media sites.
Pictured: Airic Jerrod, GM of OYIN Handmade