I have long been told that a wash and go is not for me, as my hair is thick in density yet has very thin and fragile strands which tangle and break very easily. This is why I have found twist out styles to be the perfect alternative; they allow for kinks and curls to live freely in a controlled environment. The Design Essentials Almond & Avocado collection is a three-step process that produces the perfect twist out, braid out, Bantu knot out (or any other kind of ‘out’ you can think of) for naturals. Gone are the days when leaving afro hair out to play, automatically meant paying for it in time and tangle later on, so I decided to put this range to the test. Boasting natural ingredients which makes it a safe collection for daily use, you will get around ten gos before the product runs out and save an hour in detangling and styling time each go. Here are the results of my first try…


The Shampoo Stage

Because I have a lot of hair, I always separate it into four sections before washing to avoid unnecessary tangle. It is far better to carrot plait each part or clips them away from each other with sectioning claws rather than use a hairband as these can often get caught in wet hair and will also need cleaning later. One by one, I undo a section, soak it right through and then apply the shampoo. With Design Essentials, I massaged it into my scalp gently and smoothed the product through the strands, careful to move my fingers in one direction outwards. Free of sulphate, parabens, paraffin, petrolatum and mineral oil, the creamy lather was satisfyingly instant and made this process super easy; leaving my hair squeaky cleansed and smelling positively edible. I rinsed thoroughly and although I didn’t need to apply a second time, I did, just to be greedy!


The Conditioning Stage

I wrapped my hair in a towel for ten minutes before applying the conditioner, allowing for the release of any excess water, and noticed that my hair felt fluffy and light. Still separated into four, I applied a generous amount of the moisturizing & detangling conditioner from the root of each section all the way down, paying particular attention to the ends. Though the instructions recommend combing the product though, if your hair is anywhere near as fragile as mine, you will not comb it whilst wet or damp. Instead, I smoothed the creamy formula through with my palms and left it to sit on my hair for three minutes. The winning combination of almond, avocado and shea butter soothed the frizz on the ends of my hair (which is overdue a trim actually) and alleviated any drying I had felt going into the wash. It was almost a shame to rinse it off, it felt so luxurious!


The Twist Out Stage

On still damp hair, I applied the curling crème evenly before quickly setting it into two-strand twists. Made with sweet almond and avocado oils, this lightweight creamy formula air-dried quickly and didn’t harden or stiffen my strands yet held the texture very well. Only when it was completely dry, did I undo and separate the twists gently with my fingers? The style was defined yet soft and completely frizz-free, even when I played with it to create different looks. Though I am not one to keep a twist out style more than two or three days, I suspect the curls would hold longer if I wanted. When I was ready to comb the curls out and go fro again, my hair easily complied, without my having to wash out the creme and start over.


Verdict [5 Stars]

This is one of the softest twists out that I have achieved, I love how defined my curls are and how they move. Best of all, when I touch the hair, my hand doesn’t come away all oily or greasy. Yay! Design Essentials is definitely a collection to twist n’ shout about! Go get yours!


Shop Design Essentials now! [BlackHairCare.co.uk]



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