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The Hair Chronicles: Design Essentials Natural

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This is another one of those brands I’ve known about for years but never got around to trying until now. While I was at the Let Your Hair Down Expo in Brooklyn this September (check it out here), I was able to visit their table, and they had a cool sale (as is the case at most expos) where I could get the two items I scored for $20. This line is available at Walgreens, Sally’s and your local beauty supply stores, or you can order online here.

Here’s what I tried:

Honey Curl Forming Custard with honey and chamomile

- 7.5 oz, $16.99
- What it claims:Defines curls, elongates curls and coils, adds shine, medium to firm hold.
- Clear gel with the typical consistency
- Clean scent with a hint of sweetness

Almond and Avocado leave-in conditioner

- 8 oz, $12.99
- What it claims: a lightweight, non-sticky moisturizing conditioner with nourishing botanicals and Vitamin E for hair health and detangling. Penetrates quickly. Instantly soften hair and smooth the cuticle for easy detangling. Natural oils improve manageability and provide luminous shine. 
- Typical leave-in consistency
- Fresh scent

I tried a little bit of custard by using it to refresh three-day twist-out hair. What I immediately noticed was that this gel gave my hair the “wet” feeling, so I knew it had moisture. I untwisted my hair the next morning and was immediately impressed, and opted to scoop some into a travel-sized container to take on my flight this past weekend, since I didn’t want to check my bag nor fuss over hair products. I figured the gel would suffice for definition. 

This was my hair the next day:

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The good news is that the gel did its job. Great definition and shine, soft hold, no crunchiness. Plus, it made my curls POP! I gather this will be great for wash-n-gos and TWAs.

The bad news is that I overdid it by re-applying the gel to my hair to “refresh” that night when I had enough product in my hair already after a whole week, so the next morning I had mad flakes when I went to untwist. Ugh! Hoping it wouldn’t be too noticeable, I swooped my hair into an updo, where it stayed until I got home yesterday and gave my hair a good wash. This time around, I used both the custard and the leave-in on damp hair (the directions on the custard recommended pairing the two) and allowed it to air-dry overnight. This was my hair the next day:

Same results, no flakes. I put my hair into fat twists and went to spin class that evening, and didn’t re-apply any product before bedtime. My hair on day two:

Okay. So the custard kept the definition, but my hair definitely needed additional moisturizer, mostly from sweating so much in spin class. I also have additional frizz, too. It was almost as if I didn’t use a leave-in at all.

Overall? The leave-in conditioner didn’t really wow me. Just doesn’t pack a punch like I’m used to. The custard, however, is a keeper. I like that I’m able to get soft results and definition, and I’m interested in seeing how well the custard plays with my other leave-in conditioners. I normally don’t use gels or gel-like products that much for this reason.

Repurchase? Not the leave-in (though it smells wonderful!), but yes to the custard.

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Did You Hear?

For all you fans of Beauty Assortment for the Sun-Kissed, including myself (read my review here), you’re probably aware that the company site is currently undergoing a renovation, if you will. Well, the big news is here, and starting October 1, they’ll be known as Bekura! A bit of info from their release below:

Bekura (pronounced “bee-kure-ah”) translates to mean “To be Treasured” & is a better reflection of what we stand for.   The unique Bekura name supports our brand mission of striving to create specialty, artisan spa products targeted to specialty skin & hair

Our registered trademark company “Beauty Assortment for the Sun-Kissed" has now been restructured as our parent LLC umbrella -  which will house the newly rebranded Bekura spa product line as well as any future subsidiary brands.  Landing page coming soon!


Read the rest of the announcement here.

Bekura’s site grand reopening is October 1st, and will include new products, discount promos, and free gifts. So get ready - I can’t wait! 

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My stylist used this on my hair after I got my hair color (I mention it here). The first thing I noticed was the smell - cookies! Yum! When I asked about it, she informed me of how it’s nice and whipped and packed with oils to provide the moisturize I’m going to need with my new hair. I ordered this off the scent alone.
Quick details:
Available online only - click here 
8oz, $18.39; 16oz, $36.79
Fluffy, whipped consistency
Smells like cookies
Comes with a mini spatula for stirring - sometimes the oils can separate
The cookie smell lingers, so if you’re not a fan of sweet-smelling items, don’t use this. BUT, if you’re like me, you’re all over this and will want it, like, yesterday. This past Sunday I used this on damp hair (the directions recommend damp or wet, though my stylist used this on clean, blow-dried hair), and then I added my Soultanicals Knot Butta and put my hair into twists. The next day, my hair not only smelled like dessert, but it was soft, shiny and moisturized. This is Day 4 and I haven’t had to add any product for moisture, which is great because with color-treated hair I’m going to need it. This just might be perfect for the coming cold months. 

My stylist used this on my hair after I got my hair color (I mention it here). The first thing I noticed was the smell - cookies! Yum! When I asked about it, she informed me of how it’s nice and whipped and packed with oils to provide the moisturize I’m going to need with my new hair. I ordered this off the scent alone.

Quick details:

  • Available online only - click here 
  • 8oz, $18.39; 16oz, $36.79
  • Fluffy, whipped consistency
  • Smells like cookies
  • Comes with a mini spatula for stirring - sometimes the oils can separate

The cookie smell lingers, so if you’re not a fan of sweet-smelling items, don’t use this. BUT, if you’re like me, you’re all over this and will want it, like, yesterday. This past Sunday I used this on damp hair (the directions recommend damp or wet, though my stylist used this on clean, blow-dried hair), and then I added my Soultanicals Knot Butta and put my hair into twists. The next day, my hair not only smelled like dessert, but it was soft, shiny and moisturized. This is Day 4 and I haven’t had to add any product for moisture, which is great because with color-treated hair I’m going to need it. This just might be perfect for the coming cold months. 

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My sis and I love weekend trips to NYC. This past weekend we headed up there for the annual Let Your Hair Down expo (we went last year, check it out here). This year the event was in Brooklyn, and there were two sessions one could get tickets for. We got the earlier session and had an overall great time. Entry was a lot smoother this year, some of my favorite vendors were there as well as some new ones, and my sister and I made a point to stop at a few favorites as well as try out some  new faces and accessories.

Here’s my haul:

Soultanicals

  • Knot So Fast Detangling Kink Drink (smells just like the Knot Butta!)
  • Master Hair Cleanse hair detox (looks like a mud rinse)
  • Afrodite’s Shine Almight gloss boss (heard great things about this stuff)

Design Essentials

  • Honey Curlforming Custard with honey and chamomile (works like a hair gel without the crunch)
  • Almond and Avocado leave-in conditioner

I’d heard great things about Design Essentials, and they had a 2 for $20 deal on these two items, so I decided to try them out. And I’m already a fan of Soultanicals, so this time around I decided to try something different. Will report back!

Side note: We got to visit Mood, a designer fabric store that many of you Project Runway fans might be familiar with. Also, in the third picture you can really see my new hair color. Just thought that was awesome. LOL!

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