Design Essentials recently rolled out with four new lines under their unifying Platinum Collection line: Volume, Finishing, Styling, and Moisture. Each collection caters to specific hair needs and concerns. My main hair concern is dryness. I struggle a lot with maintaining moisture, so it's important that I use products that not only adds moisture but locks in it in for more than a day. If not, my hair can get very brittle and cause unnecessary shedding.
Based on my hair needs, I tried their Design Essentials Platinum Moisture line, and this is what I thought.
What's in the Collection?
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As naturals, I think it's important to check out the ingredients in whatever product we use to make sure we stay away from what may not work the best for our hair. The main ingredient in the collection is coconut oil along with other ingredients like mineral oil, water, seed oil, and much more. For me, coconut oil isn't one of my go-to's. I've tried it many times but have yet to get the same benefits as everyone else with natural hair seems to rave about. Nevertheless, I was optimistic because I've tried other form of coconut products like coconut milk and it has worked for me, specifically with detangling.
Now let's breakdown each product...
The Deep Moisturizing Shampoo
The first step in the system is the shampoo. The Deep Moisturizing Shampoo has a lot of slip which I loved! A little goes a long way and you don't have to worry about it drying out your hair. It adds enough moisture and slip to reduce tangles and knotting.
The Ultra-Moisturizing Mask
The Ultra-Moisturizing Mask is somewhat like a deep conditioner. After you apply the shampoo, it is recommended to apply the mask and leave it in for 15 minutes. It's optional to go under the dryer, but I put on my hot head cap and allowed the heat to increase the benefits of the mask. When it came time to rinse the mask off, my hair felt different than when I applied the shampoo. It was a bit harder to detangle and it wasn't as soft as I hoped. However, I truly feel like it was because of my hair's love/hate relationship with coconut oil rather than the product itself.
In my opinion though, I think a regular conditioner rather than a mask would possibly be better.
The Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner
The Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner has a runny consistency which allows it to get into your hair strands better. I actually prefer liquid-based leave-in opposed to cream-based. Sometimes with cream-based leave-ins, it sits on top of your hair instead of allowing the hair strands to soak up all the moisture. The leave-in is also very lightweight and it doesn't make the hair too oily nor does it weigh it down.
However, one con for the leave-in conditioner is it had the same effect as the hair mask as far as the way it made my hair feel. It was harder to detangle and it changed the texture of my hair a bit. I felt my hair getting drier. So, if I was adding moisture, it didn't feel like it.
My Overall Thoughts?
Krissy rocking her first day hair after giving Design Essentials Platinum Moisture line a spin.
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Keep in mind that this is my experience using the collection and every natural girl isn't the same so it may work differently for you.
As I mentioned before, coconut oil isn't compatible with my hair. I have type 4 hair, and it seems to cause more dryness rather than add moisture. If you struggle with coconut oil and have a love/hate relationship like I do, then this may not be the line for you. However, if your hair thrives off of coconut oil, then this line is right up your alley. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
My favorite product from the line (and the one I'd recommend the most) is the shampoo. The slip made cleansing so easy and still left my hair feeling soft. Good shampoos are hard to come by, so if you're looking for a new moisturizing shampoo, I would recommend this one.
Lastly, keep in mind that there are four different lines within the Design Essentials Platinum umbrella and you should use the collection that best caters to your hair needs.
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