Last year, I randomly decided I wanted to try a hair regimen that contained all one brand. And even though I had never tried Design Essentials before, the fact that a few of their products were specifically geared to relaxed hair made me choose this line. (And for the record, this post is not sponsored and I bought all of these products with my own money.) The first thing I did was relax my hair and then follow it up with an exclusively Design Essentials wash day. (See the details and results here: Relaxer Day | March 2016) At the time (and even upon reflection), the relaxer and wash day went well. But after months of use and reuse of the products, I have a final opinion about each of the products individually.
Would I recommend…
Design Essentials Rosemary & Mint Super Moisturizing Conditioner? Yeah, give it a try. Rosemary is one of those things that always makes me feel good when I see it on the ingredients list of hair products because it promotes hair growth. But also this product is wonderfully moisturizing and definitely the best of the three Design Essentials moisturizing conditioners that I tried. It didn’t just coat my hair, but it penetrated my hair strands and left me with well conditioned elastic hair whether I air dried or used heat to style.
Design Essentials Honey Creme Moisture Retention Shampoo? Yes, give it a try. It smells amazing and feels quite luxurious. While I’m lathering and after rinsing my hair feels smooth — no stripped feeling anywhere to be found. It is, in fact, a really good shampoo that lightly moisturizes the hair while cleaning the scalp. Two thumbs up!
Designs Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner? No, not because it’s terrible. But it isn’t particularly great. It’s a pretty average conditioner. It moisturizes the hair, but when I used it nothing particularly stood out about my hair. I won’t be repurchasing and I doubt I’d ever recommend anyone try it.
Design Essentials Express Instant Conditioner? Nope. This one was my least favorite of all the Design Essentials products, I tried. I literally could’ve just thrown it in the trash after my first use. But let’s be real, I’ve never been a fan of instant conditioners and that is exactly what this one is.
Design Essentials Milk & Honey Neutralizing Shampoo? Sure, give it a try. It’s a good neutralizing shampoo. My hair is properly neutralized after two lathers. I only wish it had color alarms to make me certain of that fact. To confirm proper neutralization, I always lather a third time with another neutralizing shampoo with color alarms.
Design Essentials Regular Conditioning Relaxer? Yes! I am so glad that when I switched to a lye relaxer, I chose this brand. This relaxer has been so good to my hair. The overall dull appearance of my relaxed hair that I was trying to escape is no longer an issue and my hair does a much better job of retaining moisture.
Design Essentials Bamboo & Silk HCO Blow Dry Spray? Yes! I really didn’t have high hopes for this product because I prefer serums when I’m blow drying. The heavy and viscous nature of the serums just seems obvious that it would be great at minimizing breakage while improving smoothness. But to my surprise this super lightweight liquid spray delivered. I got the same smooth results with this product and my hair wasn’t as weighed down and coated, which was a new feeling.
Design Essentials 6N1 Reconstructive Conditioner? Yes! This is a great protein conditioner. It’s definitely stronger than your typical “for damaged hair” conditioner, but it also leaves your hair strong, elastic and smooth. I’ve used it after my relaxer and I’ve used it for my protein deep conditioner on a regular wash day. In both situations, I’m always pleased. Although, I must admit my preference is with relaxer day.
Have you tried any of these Design Essentials products? What were your thoughts? Do you have any Design Essentials hair products that you would (or wouldn’t) recommend?