“Did you brush your teeth yet?”
“You did? Really? Breathe for me.”
“Whoa. Go brush your teeth, buddy…Did you wash your face?
(Close inspection of the face.) “There is still Popsicle from last night on your nose. Go wash your face. With soap.”
But I DID wash my face.
“Well, wash it again. Did you do your hair?”
This last one – the hair – doesn’t require as much inspection. It’s usually pretty obvious from afar. Plus, unlike brushing teeth or washing faces, it doesn’t draw the same resistance from my kids, maybe because it’s a quick and easy task. Spritz-spritz. Scrunch-scrunch. Done.
Because I have two boys with short hair, “doing their hair” in the morning means spraying in a moisturizer, making sure it’s distributed through their curls, and then some quick shaping. My morning hair care regimen is about the same – a good moisturizing spray helps re-set my curls and allows me to reshape the sections that have gone flat in the night. Although, with summer here, most days it just goes straight into a ponytail.
A few weeks Design Essentials sent me samples from their Coconut & Monoi collection. I don’t know what monoi is (sounds fancy!), but I do know coconut and I know it smells deeeelicious! It reminds me of the beach and the suntan lotion I used as a kid. The Coconut Water Curl Refresher works great for the boys. Plus, it meets my unofficial checklist of things I look for in hair products.
- Ingredients I can read, including good-for-curls moisturizers? Check.
- Paraben-free? Check.
- Smells yummy? Not flowery? I can’t stand flowery. Check.
- Not tested on animals? (Admittedly not a deal-breaker for me, but obviously preferable.) Check.
- Reasonably priced? Check.
- Available locally? Check. The line is carried by major chains like CVS, Sally Beauty, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.
My only complaint is the sprayer on the bottle. Full disclosure: I am a connoisseur of spray bottles, so my standard on this may be higher than normal. It needs to spray a nice wide mist and be easy to spray but never leaky. Leaky is bad. Honestly, a less-than-awesome sprayer can be a deal-breaker for me. The sprayer on the DE bottle is borderline. It’s okay for the kids, but I have so much hair that the resistance in the sprayer makes my finger get tired (I know – I’m being a diva here!) and, when I spray a lot, it eventually starts to leak. That said, the moisturizer itself works great.
The verdict is still out on the Deep Moisture Masque. I would consider a thumbs-up for the smell alone, but for some reason it didn’t give my hair that slippy feel I look for after conditioning (that feeling that screams “moisturized”). At the same time, my curls were in full effect after using it, which is the goal, right?
I received free products from Design Essentials in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine. For more about DE products, visit the Design Essentials website.