Product Review: Design Essentials Natural Twist and Set Setting Lotion

When I think setting lotion, I immediately reminisce to the smell of a beauty salon I visited once.  I sat in the chair, asked for a roller set, and the stylist applied this blue potion, that when over applied, left my hair feeling hard, crunchy and flaky.  It also had a smell of alcohol – not refreshing at all.

This setting lotion reassured me that there is a hair god somewhere… and it did not want me to look a hot mess, either.

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Name of Product:

Design Essentials Natural Twist and Set Lotion

Price Point:
Approx. $13.99

8 oz.

“Design Essentials Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion is a ready to use, quick drying setting lotion suitable for curly to tightly coiled natural textures. Infused with essential botanicals like Jojoba and Olive Oil and vitamins and proteins, such as Panthenol and Silk Amino-Acids…”
What It Does/Who It’s For:
“…the Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion conditions, moisturizes and adds luminous shine to the hair while nourishing and visibly improving manageability. The Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion provides a medium hold, easy detangling and styling versatility for natural hair.”

    It did provide a medium hold and my hair wasn’t too dry either, but I would suggest using a leave-in for added moisture.  The detangling was also fairly easy using the product.  Luminous shine?  Didn’t happen.  It wasn’t dull, but it wasn’t anything that was like “OMG, her hair is so shiny” either.

    For Sets:

    1. Shampoo with the Natural Curl Cleaner Sulfate Free Shampoo
    2. Condition with the Natural Moisturizing Conditioner, apply the Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion to damp hair and comb through.
    3. Proceed to twist or set into the desired style and dry under heated dryer.

    The Design Essentials Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion provides a medium hold without the hard, crunchy feel. For a softer hold, diluteNatural Twist & Set Setting Lotion with water and proceed to twist or set, as desired.

    I didn’t use any other products from the line since 1) I don’t own them and 2) I received this product via my curlBOX.  I also did not dry my hair under a heated dryer and went the more eco-friendly way of air drying.  I let my twists set for two days before removal and my results were… well, see for yourself:

    This is a liquid product, so don’t expect a creamy consistency (hence, why it’s a setting lotion).  It isn’t too sticky when it dries, which is why I favor it over other setting lotions that I have used in the past.  I applied the product by spraying it in my hands first, then applying it to my hair, but I am sure it works just the same if you spray it onto your hair directly.

    The Scent:
    The scent is relatively faint, but it still smells good!  It is definitely one of those products you won’t smell throughout the night or while it is in your hair.

    The Ingredients:
    Water (Aqua), Polyquaternium 11, Cetyl Triethylmonium Olivate Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone Copolyol, Methylisothiazolinone (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Fragrance (Parfum), PEG 75 Lanolin, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Silk Amino Acid, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Jojoba Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Collagen, FD&C Blue No. 1 (C.I.42090), FD&C Red No. 33 (C.I. 17200)

    Not really an everyday product for me, but I could get away with it every once in a while.  Too many ‘cones’ for my taste.

    First Day Hair

    Overall Conclusions:
    I do like this setting lotion and will be revisiting again… maybe for a set other than a twist set.  I want to use it in a different capacity, yanno?  I also feel like a little goes a long way – you can get your hair saturated with the minimal amount needed (maybe 2-3 squirts per 1/8 section) and still have great definition and hold.

    Oh, and I got great second day hair.  The maintenance?  I retwisted my hair into FOUR big twists.  I didn’t use any additional product of any kind, but definitely could have as my hair was a little parched.  Still looked great, though!

    Have you ever tried Design Essentials Natural Hair line?