I got an email advertising the Design Essentials line the other morning and was intrigued. I don’t often review hair care on here because I know what I like and the list is short, but one of the products caught my eye as a potential dupe for a discontinued item, so I had to try it. I was very pleasantly surprised by the line as a whole and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Like I said above, I don’t use a lot of hair products. Honestly, I wash my hair 2-3 times a week tops so I don’t like to put a lot of product in my hair. Things like hairspray only see my hair on the last day before I wash it because it pretty much ruins any chance of me getting another day out of my hairstyle. Call it lazy, call it mom life, it’s just my reality yo! But anyway, it’s summer and I’m into super laid back styles right now. I will typically wash my hair at night and the next day I’ll wear it down and naturally wave, the following day I’ll curl a few pieces with my Sarah Potempa Beachwaver, the day after that I will touch up a few more pieces, and the last day I might wear my hair up…then wash!

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The first thing I tried was the Coconut Water Curl Refresher. This is advertised as being perfect for wash’n go and soft hold hairstyles. That is exactly what I need! My hair is thick and coarse and naturally wavy and when I wear it down I really like to have something that gives just a tiny bit of hold. This smells SO good. It’s a blend of coconut water, chamomile, calendula, horsetail, vitamin E and silk protein. As soon as I’m done curling or styling my hair I spritz some of this on it and BOOM, it feels super soft, smells amazing, and my curls have new life. I sometimes come back later in the day and spray a little more and tousle it around for fun. There’s UV protection in this too which makes it perfect for summer!

I moved on to try the Deep Moisture Oil Treatment. I have always sworn by Moroccanoil, but I immediately liked that this was in a plastic instead of a glass container and that it shuts all the way for travel. I applied this at night to my towel dried hair and woke up with my hair super soft and super shiny and in perfect waves. This has Moroccan Argan Oil, Vitamin E, and other goodies, and dare I say I LOVE this so much that I already know it’s a repurchase for me.

coconut and monoi deep moisture milk souffleThe Deep Moisture Milk Soufflé was the real reason I wanted to try out this line. I saw the word “soufflé” and it instantly made me think about a discontinued product by S Factor called Spun Satin. My mom has been looking for a dupe for her beloved discontinued product for a long time so when I saw this I gave it to her right away. She has short hair that’s very thick and needs to be shaped and pieced out after washing, and she said this was exactly what she needed. It has a thick, whipped texture, isn’t sticky at all and doesn’t leave residue on the hair. It leaves it shiny and allows you to style a short hair style with piecey layers. As a bonus, it’s less than 1/3 of the price of what she was using before and you get twice as much. Yay! coconut and monoi deep moisture milk cremeI found the Deep Moisture Milk Créme to be perfect for second and third day hair. It has a little bit of hold and gives shine while it smoothes flyaways. I worked this through from the ends and up towards the middle of my hair to refresh my style a little bit. Argan, Olive, and Sunflower oils are what make the hair so soft!

I haven’t tried the Intense Shine Oil mist simply because I haven’t really needed extra shine lately. This product line gives me plenty of shine already. I think I’ll give it a whirl next time I straighten my hair, because I like my hair to have a glass-like finish when I flat iron it. In the meantime, the rest of the line is working beautifully for me.

I am wearing three day old wavy hair in the pic below from Instagram. Check it out. I totally am loving this whole Design Essentials line. I am silly and left my Curl Refresher out and my daughter got into it, so a brand new one is already in my Amazon shopping cart. I can’t be without it! And the best part is that this line is really inexpensive. Most of their product line is in the $13-15 range. Holla!

Have you tried anything from the Design Essentials line? What’s your go to hair product line? I was so happy with everything I tried!


14 Comments on Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Line

  1. Never Say Die Beauty
    August 14, 2015 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

    Just the ingredients coconut and monoi appeal to me. I’ve gotta check out their shampoo and conditioner since I don’t really use styling products.

  2. Heather
    August 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I am always on the hunt for new hair products, and these sound amazing!

  3. BeautyJudy
    August 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I need the Coconut Water Curl Refresher!!!

  4. Phyrra
    August 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm (2 years ago)

    The Deep Moisture Milk Créme sounds really nice!

  5. MarciaF
    August 14, 2015 at 10:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m like you and don’t use hairspray until the day before I’m going to wash it. I don’t want anything too heavy that will feel greasy or weigh my hair down. My blog partner would love this line with the coconut in it.

  6. Lisa Heath
    August 15, 2015 at 12:08 am (2 years ago)

    I do the same thing! I don’t do hairspray or anything until the day before I’m washing it to avoid build up and the need to wash it right away

  7. Mai
    August 15, 2015 at 12:22 am (2 years ago)

    I think I may need that deep moisture milk soufflé!

  8. Kath Thefabzilla
    August 15, 2015 at 12:48 am (2 years ago)

    You perfected RBF. Welcome to the club!

  9. Nidia - Lit From Within
    August 15, 2015 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds perfect for my thick, curly hair! I only wash mine 1 or 2x a week. I’m not a mom, but I do like easy, wash’n go styles, or wearing it up the most.

  10. Honeygirlk
    August 17, 2015 at 1:11 am (2 years ago)

    Amazon is where I get them huh? I’m gonna check them out. I use a Monoi line that is outrageously expensive… I totally would enjoy this and all the coconut goodness.

    • justina
      August 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

      You can get them at Sally’s and Target too I believe!

  11. Anastasia
    August 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I remember using Yves Rocher monoi products back in the day, but I don’t think I tried anything with that ingredient since.

  12. Allen Erz
    September 5, 2015 at 12:32 am (2 years ago)

    McBride Research Labs, Inc. The Design Essentials® Natural Coconut Monoi Deep Moisture Collection is the solution for dry, dull hair.


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