REVIEW ¦ Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse

design-essentials-curl-enhancing-mousse-reviewHey NaturalLeeders!!! I’m back with another hair product review. Recently a girlfriend of mine reminded me just how much I used to love using mousse in my relaxed hair to help give it a wavy look. Back then I would apply mousse to my freshly washed (relaxed) hair and I would scrunch it to give the look of loose curls and waves. This little reminder lead me to go out and revisit this sort of styler to see how it worked with my now natural hair.

Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse.

Let me jump right in to the scent of this mousse because it was the first thing that caught my attention. The fragrance was so captivating I was even more excited to try it. I’m not the best at describing scents but it’s quite tropical and I just so happen to come from the tropics so you already know major points went up for this product based on the smell alone. As the old saying goes, “first impressions last…” & the scent surely did last.

I think everyone knows by now that I’m a wash & go gal, so that’s exactly how I to use the curl enhancing mousse—in a wash & go. The first time I used the product, I absolutely hated it!!! My hair felt dry and crispy, rice cakes come to mind when I think of how crispy my hair felt. I did however use the mousse on it’s own because whenever testing a new product I like to follow the directions given by said product, and it made no mention of pairing the mousse with any moisturizing product.

“For types 3b- 4a: After shampoo and condition, section hair, pump Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse on wet hair and comb or finger through into desired style. Allow curls to form and air dry naturally or lightly diffuse to set curls”

This NaturalLeeders was exactly what I did. EPIC FAIL!!! All I was left with was DRY hair. The only plus was how amazing my hair smelled.

design-essentials-curl-enhancing-mousse-reviewClearly this product did not work well on it’s own so I went back to the drawing boards (well more like to my shower) and used the curl enhancing mousse over one of my staple leave-ins (Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In). I achieved much better results compared to my trial 1 failure, however I didn’t have a defined wash & go, with separated curls and minimum frizz as the product promised. Instead I had a very fluffy wash & go with less definition than what I’m used to and quite a bit of frizz by the end of the day. By day three my hair felt unusually dry and crispy again so I decided to rewash my hair and do a quick deep condition to restore the moisture lost and put the product to rest. R.I.P. Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse (HERE).



-Dries Quickly

-No signs of flaking or residue

-Good Slip


-Not as moisturizing as the product claims

-Despite a label that boasts olive oil as an ingredient, there isn’t actually any olive oil in the product

-Leaves hair unbearably dry

-Generous amount of mousse is needed for application

-Does not prevent frizzyness as the product claims

Overall this is a pretty average product, it’s quick and easy and for a wash and go, and of course it smells divine. Sadly, I am still on the fence about the moisture levels. Even after layering my hair with a moisturizing cream my hair still felt dry by the ending of day 1 and by day 2 it felt and looked unbearably dry. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be giving this mousse another try because I don’t want to put my hair through that sort of moisture loss ‘trauma’ again.
Have you ever tried this product? Do you use mousse in your hair? If yes, leave a comment below of one you would recommend. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥