Hello humans still reading my rants, thanks for waking up from Christmas leftover binge-induced naps and making your way here XD In the spirit of full disclosure this post was meant to be done ages ago but ya… December 👀
So I assume we’ve all eyed out the Design Essential goodies that recently popped into Clicks stores. When I first heard I was EXCITED 🙌 AS 🙌 BALLS ⚽ See, I’m a fan of @frogirlginny (Lawd a mercy 😍) and she is a fan of the DE life. Hence when I saw it I just had to try it…
.. Until I saw the prices 😐 From R150 a product, eish dreams died that day. BUT thanks to the angels of Essence Festival, I was able to get me some freebies to try #IKRIwasdyingtoo. Now after thorough use and investigation, I can tell you exactly which products are worth the investment (because after R150, it’s not simply a price tag but a serious financial decision XD).
I received the following to try:
Initially I did lean heavily toward the Coconut and Monoi range which is formulated for helping moisturize dry, dull and thirsty hair. Also @frogirlginny loved it, so my fangirl came through hard. Maybe I expected my fro to magically grow to her majestic proportions after using the same products idk XD I LOVED the Deep Moisture Masque, it seriously gave my hair the business y’all. My hair usually needs heavy products, and responds really well to them especially for frizz-taming because I have a lot of that XD But for some reason, using the Souffle and Gelee together just gave me limp hair that only dried NEVER. Any attempts at diffuse drying just left me a crusty mess, and eventually I had to admit that the products were just too heavy for my hair 🙁 If anyone has tried them PLEASE let me know what I’m doing wrong because the Masque is so good :’)
Verdict: Invest in the Deep Moisture Masque because it’s an excellent deep conditioner with or without heat, but maybs give the Deep Moisture Milk and Curl Defining Gelee a miss (Unless you know how to use them, then PLEASE TELL ME BECAUSE I FEEL BETRAYED).
As well as:
I chose these because I had to try the Almond & Avocado range; also I’m a leave-in conditioner hoe of note. I did not expect much because the range is more for detangling and manageability, plus the products are lighter than the Coconut and Monoi range. The leave-in is a decent one, smells really nice but there are definitely cheaper alternatives around that do the same thing. My absolute favourite product definitely has to be the Curl Enhancing Mousse! It has rave online reviews and now I’m adding to them XD IMMEDIATE curl definition that only required the smallest squirt of product, and it dried into such gorgeous volume with no crunchiness or flaking #mahheartmahsoul. It is second-day hair in a bottle <3 #thewonderofchemistry #Iunderstanditnot #dontquestionit #justenjoy XD
Verdict: The Almond & Avo Leave-In is optional really; get it if you want to feel fancy with matching products or if someone else if paying XD but PLEASE: get you some of that Mousse girl!👐 It is a Holy Grail product for me- well worth the investment because it will not let you down for days when you NEED popping curls. With the amount needed the one bottle should last a good few months, especially if you only break it out on special occasions.
A giant thank you to the DE team for letting me live my FroGirlGinny dreams, even if it was not quite what I expected XD All of the products I tried should be available at your local Clicks stores, hopefully I have managed to narrow things down for you- unless you can afford to trial and error this stuff, then you do you girl #goals 💃