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design essentials natural curl stretching cream

This is one of the product types that I had been looking to add in my stash for a few months. I wanted a creamy product that I could use as a styler when I am doing flat twist and/or braid outs. I searched at Clicks, Dischem etc., and I couldn’t find such a product. Eventually I found this one at a salon (it was a silver lining for me since the visit to the salon didn’t turn out that great). I have been using it for a month now and I am ready to share my thoughts on it.

Name Design Essentials Curl Stretching Cream

Price R196 for 231g

What they say A moisture-rich blend of Almond Butter, Soy, Jojoba and Shea Butter to smooth and condition highly textured hair creating beautiful frizz controlled curls with excellent moisture, definition, hold and shime.

Ingredients Aqua/Water/Eau, Prunus Amygdalus (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Sweet Almond Butter),Glycerin, Canola Oil (and) Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Silica, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Acetylated Lanolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Coco Glucoside (and) Glyceryl Monooleate, PEG-8 Dilaurate, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Potassium Sorbate (and) Hexylene Glycol, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Stearyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Borate, Carbomer, Panthenol, PVP/VA Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), EDTA Disodium, BHT, Caramel, Silk Amino Acid.

How to use This product does not have instructions on the packaging

How I used it I use this product as the Cream in my LCB (liquid, cream, butter) method; this is usually on wash day and a for a few days in between wash days. I have also used it when I am doing my twist out.

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My thoughts This product is everything! The first thing that captured me about it was the fact that it is specified for coily textures: Type 4 hair; I was already impressed by that. The smell is ah-mazing, it’s a very sweet smell which reminds me of a dessert. The smell does linger on my hair but not too hectic that it becomes a problem. In terms of moisture, it does what it promises – my hair stays super soft for a few days after using this product. I was really amazed at the moisture retention that I got with this product.

Worth the purchase? Oh yes, yes, yes! I am so happy that I found this product, it works amazingly and is definitely worth the price.

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  • Reply Lebo

    Design Essentials products are everything! Thank you for sharing will definitely give it a try sometime

    June 8, 2016 at 09:05
    • Reply Lungi

      you’re welcome Lebo. Your video review on them piqued my interest towards this brand

      June 8, 2016 at 09:57
      • Reply Lebo

        I am glad it helped

        June 9, 2016 at 15:40
  • Reply Lebogang

    I will have to get my hands on it.

    June 8, 2016 at 14:48
  • Reply Becca

    Nice! Is the consistency thick, is it easy to apply to your hair given the consistency?

    June 17, 2016 at 10:40
    • Reply Lungi

      Hey Becca, it is quite easy to apply but I found that it can linger a bit on the hair and leave a white cast which disappears after some time.

      June 18, 2016 at 20:41
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