Design Essentials

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System? 

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is one of the safest and most effective amino-acid
infused thermal reconditioning systems. Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System strengthens
the hair while straightening, stretching and smoothing naturally curly, frizzy, multi-textured, transitioning
and chemically treated hair. 

Is Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System a straightening system?


Yes, the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System straightens the hair while providing maximum
strengthening.

What is the active ingredient used in the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is an Amino-Acid based system, using the active
Cysteine Amino Acid.  It does not contain Formaldehyde nor any Formaldehyde derivatives. It does not
emit harmful gasses as seen with Formaldehyde based straightening systems.

Is the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System a chemical?

No, the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is not a chemical. It is a protein based
treatment that does not contain any harsh or permanent chemicals. Unlike chemical based products,
Strengthening Therapy System does not break nor rearrange the bonds. In contrast, it fills the hair fiber
with micro-fine amino acids, resulting in the stretching or elongation of the hair strand, while providing
maximum strengthening to the hair.

Does Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System contain Formaldehyde?


No, the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System does not contain Formaldehyde or any
ingredients that emit any level of Formaldehyde.

How does the Strengthening Therapy System work?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System utilizes the Thermal Reconditioning Process to
elongate, straighten, strengthen and transform hair into a stronger, healthier, more manageable state
that lasts up to 12 weeks.

1) The hair is infused with micro-fine amino acids (Cystine Amino-Acids) that penetrate deep into the hair shaft into the cortex of the hair.
2) The micro-fine amino acids completely fills the hair shaft to reinforce and strengthen the hair.
3) When heat is applied the restructuring/stretching process begins causing the molecules to align and the hair to gently elongate.  The bonds of the hair are not broken, just stretched.
4) The cuticle layer is then sealed during the flat ironing process resulting in hair that is stronger, stretched and can be worn straight or curly, and silkier to the touch.

How does the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System differ from a Keratin
System or a Relaxer?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is neither a relaxer system nor a keratin system.
Unlike relaxer systems, Strengthening Therapy does not use any harsh or permanent chemicals, does not
break the disulfide bonds like a relaxer and has no risk in over-processing the hair. Unlike Keratin
systems, Strengthening Therapy is truly Formaldehyde Free. It is an Amino-Acid based system that
tames, smoothes and elongates curls for a lasting, yet non-permanent effect (up to 12 weeks). It is
perfect for women who are transitioning, does not require multiple salon visits to complete service and is
effective on all hair types.

Can a client go back to curly after the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System?

Yes, Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System provides style versatility. Clients can wear their
hair straight today and curly tomorrow with ease and without the wait.

How does the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System react to humidity and hot flashes?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is formulated with a unique anti-reversion process that
locks out humidity and other reversion agents, providing maximum reversion resistance, significantly
reduced root-to-tip swelling and up to 12 weeks of frizz free lasting style.

Who is the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System Transitioning Mousse suitable for?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Transitioning Mousse is perfect for transitioning or naturally
curly customers who prefer to wear their hair straight. Transitioning Mousse delivers a sleek, smooth,
lustrous finish to multiple hair types.

Who is the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System Elongation Mousse suitable for?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Elongation Mousse is perfect for natural customers (wavy to
tightly coiled) who want to wear their hair curly and seeking greater manageability and frizz control.
Elongation Mousse defines, stretches and maximizes natural curl length.

Who is the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System Silkening Spray suitable for?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Silkening Spray is ideal for clients who are chemically treated
(relaxed or color treated) or those who have weakened or damaged hair.

How long will the Transitioning Mousse or Elongation Mousse Treatment last?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Transitioning Mousse or Elongation Mousse will last up to 12
weeks providing maximum conditioning, taming and silkening of the hair.

How frequently should the Silkening Spray Treatment be used?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Silkening Spray provides immediate strengthening. For
optimal results and maximum strengthening, repeat treatment weekly for three weeks.

Can Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System be used on relaxed hair?

Yes, the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Silkening Spray is the product of choice for anyone
who has a relaxer and will continue to get a relaxer. As a treatment it will refortify the hair and eliminate
frizz, leaving hair shiny and silky.

Can the Silkening Spray be used on the same day as a relaxer?

Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy Silkening Spray can be used the same day as a relaxer service
to refortify and fill in the broken fibers of the hair.

Is the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System safe to use on a child’s hair?

Yes, the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is gentle enough to be used on a child
without damage or harm to the child or her hair. Consideration should be given to the child’s ability to sit
still during the treatment process.

Can I color my hair before or after using the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System?

Color can be used before or after the use of the Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System. You
should apply color at least one week prior to receiving the Strengthening Therapy System Treatment or
at least two weeks after receiving the treatment. When coloring before the use of the Strengthening
Therapy System Treatment, it may be necessary to formulate one to two shades darker as the system
may lift/lighten the color by one to two shades.