Design Essentials Range – Product review

I’ve noticed how my best product discoveries always seem to happen from a lucky draw or goodie bag. I’m not complaining though. Queen of freebies over here! I mean, look at the excitement on my face…

Photo Credit: Lifeafter 8_5 for Curl Talk Crown & Glory


I’d like to tell you a little bit about my long journey with Design Essentials and hopefully help you navigate towards something better or more suitable for your natural tresses.

I must state that no two people have the exact same bush on their heads. We can be the same hair type, same porosity, but that still doesn’t mean our textures are exactly the same. That being said, this advice is based on my 4A type hair.

I won a lucky draw prize at a Curl Talk event around mid 2017. I won three Design Essentials products. I think it was the shampoo, conditioner and detangling leave-in conditioner. Nevertheless, I started using it, because like most naturals, the only thing I really knew to use at the time was Aunt Jackie’s range. This was before I made peace with the fact that I would never have loose, bouncy, Pantene curls. The devastation though. Can I just say that the media can be very misleading when it comes to this natural hair thing? But that’s a post for another day.



I love how well it cleanses my hair and scalp. I don’t know if it makes sense, but you know that feeling of clean hair? How you just don’t get it by using certain products? Aaaand, it didn’t leave my hair feeling straw-like once I rinsed out the shampoo, which happens often enough for me to notice a problem. The conditioner is great for slip and it makes detangling a lot less frustrating and time-consuming. Of course, the smell was an added bonus, nothing overwhelming but strong enough for me to enjoy that “clean hair” smell.

I didn’t get much benefit from the curl mousse because my hair type is not very wash – and – go friendly. The only time I have awesome curl definition is straight after I’ve washed my hair and have not dried it yet. Straight thereafter, the spirit of shrinkage descends upon my hair. So if anyone reading this is looking to try out the curl mousse, hit me up. The bottle is still very close to full. 🙂

The detangling leave-in conditioner works great for the LOC (Leave-in conditioner, Oil, Cream/Butter) method that I apply before doing a dry roller set. Very light product, perfect for layering and my hair doesn’t feel like I’ve used too much product.

The products range from R194,95 to R239,95 per item. Hopefully you read this part while sitting down. I agree that it’s a little bit steep, but its definitely worth the quality you get and the way it makes your hair feel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this product. The only reason why I’ve stopped using it now is because I’m trying out the Gimme Naturals range from Stylish Steppers. I still use the detangling leave-in for when I do the LOC (leave-in treatment, oil, cream/butter) method before rolling my hair in to dry.

What’s been your best product discovery when it comes to your hair, to date? As Barney would say, sharing is caring. 🙂

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