A few weeks ago Design Essentials South Africa sent me a few of their Design Essentials Natural range of hair products to try out. I was so excited to receive the goodies as I have been wanting to try their new Coconut & Monoi range for a while now! Before this review I had only ever used their Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-in Conditioner (which I really liked by the way) so I was looking forward to trying more from the Natural hair care range.
I received the following products in the box:
- Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner
- Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulphate Free Shampoo
- Design Essentials Natural Coconut & Monoi Intense Shine Oil Mist
- Design Essentials Natural Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Oil Treatment
One of the main things I noticed with the products was that they are all – Paraben free, Petrolatum free, Paraffin free & Mineral Oil free (yay!). It looks like they might have since updated their ingredients and removed the Mineral oil because the Leave-in Conditioner I used in my last review had mineral oil in it or it’s possible the mineral oil might only just be in the leave-in conditioner.
So this is how I have been using the products on a typical wash day…
- I usually wash my locs once every two weeks and sometimes depending on how much product build-up I have or if I feel they need a good clean, I will wash them once a week.
- I normally wash my locs on Saturday morning before I start with all the house chores. Lately I have been washing my locs in the bathroom sink instead of the shower because I find I have easier access to my scalp that way and I this ensures that I get to all the locs.
- I start off with wetting my scalp and locs and then lather them with Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo. I start with the scalp first and make sure I remove any product build-up. I then rinse and lather my locs again and rub them against each other to make sure all the dirt is removed. I then rinse again and ensure all the shampoo has been removed. I have to say the shampoo is quite rich and a little goes a long way. I really did not need a lot. The shampoo also had a lot of slip. I think it would also work as a great detangler for loose naturals.
- I then follow with the Design Essentials Natural Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Oil Treatment on damp (not wet) hair. You can use this a daily moisturiser or as hot oil treatment. I prefer to use it as a hot oil treatment on wash days. I make sure I coat all my locs and scalp with the oil. I then cover my locs with a shower cap (you can even use a plastic grocery bag) and for maximum results I cover with a doek (head wrap) and carry on with my chores in the house. This a great alternative to a hooded hair dryer. Depending how much I need to do in the house, I leave the shower cap on for about an hour but you can leave it on for longer and go about with your day running errands.
- I then rinse off the oil and then follow on with the Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturising & Detangling Conditioner. This conditioner is also quite thick but not greasy. It does not coat my locs at all. Instead I felt it absorbed quite easily into my locs. I also did not need a lot of conditioner. I left the conditioner on for about a minute or two and then rinsed it off thoroughly.
- After I dried my locs with an old cotton t-shirt, I finished off by spraying the Intense Shine Oil Mist spray to lock in the moisture and to give my locs some sheen.
After all of that my locs felt squeeky clean and smelled sooo good! One of the main things I LOVE about this range is the wonderful lingering scent and I am sucker for hair products that smell like sweets or fruits