Design Essentials has been around for a long time. They have made a commendable effort in developing a comprehensive line of products that cater to various hair types. The most interesting line is centered around the idea of women who want to transition to natural hair and avoid “The Big Chop,” or cutting of the relaxed or permed hair. They refer to this system as Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System. The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System (STS) is a Cysteine, amino-acid, infused thermal reconditioning system. The STS is designed to treat and strengthen hair while straightening, stretching, and smoothing naturally curly, frizzy, multi-textured, transitioning and chemically treated hair.
How is STS different than a relaxer? Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System claims not to use any harsh or permanent chemicals like a relaxer. Unlike a relaxer, the Strengthening Therapy System is centered around the protein Cysteine to strengthen, smooth, and straighten your hair. STS prides itself on not containing any formaldehyde or breaking or rearranging any bonds in the hair; whereas, a relaxer contains very harsh chemicals and breaks the disulfide bonds in the hair.
Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System’s line contains four products: the Transitioning Mousse, Elongation Mousse, Silkening Spray, and Cleansing Sulfate Free Shampoo. The Transitioning Mousse reduces hair swelling starting from the root of your hair, while the sweet almond oil in the mousse nourishes and protects your hair. The Elongation Mousse is where the infused, amino-acid is the star of the show. The activated amino-acid restructures and lengthens naturally curly or tightly coiled hair. It lasts up to 12 weeks. The Silkening Spray is great for chemically processed and damaged hair. It reduces shedding and breakage by deeply penetrating your hair shaft. Lastly, the Cleansing Sulfate Free Shampoo can also be found in Design Essentials Natural Hair Products. The Cleansing Sulfate Free Shampoo truly cleanses your hair, especially if you have any type of product build up. It also contains wheat proteins to moisturize, condition, and strengthen your hair.
Although this seems to be a great shampoo, beware that it can strip your hair of its necessary nutrients. Try Design Essentials Natural Moisturizing Condition as a cleansing conditioner to co-wash. Once you’ve done that, let us know if you like it or not. Furthermore, if you’ve tried any of the Design Essential Products give us your honest review. We have heard mixed reviews on their products. Some say the products are nothing special, while others recommend specific items of their line. For example, many women recommend their Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion because of its Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, which prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. We value your opinion and look forward to hearing about your hair journey with these products.