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Design Essentials: Volume Weightless Leave-In Conditioner with Grape Seed Extract: Product Review

I am always on the hunt for quality products that enhance my style and personality. In my circle, I am a chameleon when it comes to my ever-changing hairstyles, and between you and me, my secret weapons are not the hairstyles but the products I use to maintain them.

While most people in my crew gravitate to various hair gels and pomades to perfect their styles, I, on the other hand, go banana for a good leave-in conditioner and heat protectant. As a natural, I need products that will not suck the moisture out my scalp nor weigh my hair down with oils and creams that don’t penetrate my strands.

My hair tools of choice are leave-in conditioners and heat protectants. For the sake of time, I will discuss my first hair tool in my arsenal; a good leave-in conditioner. A quality leave-in conditioner does exactly what its name implies. It is a conditioner that you can leave in your hair. This is not to be confused with regular conditioners that are used after shampooing and rinsed out. A leave-in conditioner is often applied to damp hair after the hair has been both shampooed and conditioned.

"I am three weeks in and loving this product."

This step in my hair routine adds moisture to my strands that may have been stripped away during the week and the washing process. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is also natural, suggested that I try the leave-in conditioner from the Design Essential Platinum line. It is called the Volume Weightless Leave-In Conditioner with Grape Seed Extract for fine to normal hair, and it is step 3 in the Design Essentials Platinum line.

To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive at first, until I realized the product contained Grape Seed Extract. Naturals have been reaping the benefits of this extract for years. When Grape Seed Extract is applied to the hair it operates as a sealant that locks moisture in and protects strands from breakage that is often caused by heat damage. Moreover, Design’s product boasts of being “a strengthening leave-in detangler that instantly thickens fine hair while smoothing and nourishing,” and “leave strands feeling soft, healthy, and full of body.” So, I had to give it a try.

I am three weeks in and loving this product. I applied it as the twelve-ounce bottle suggested by shaking it first and then spraying it 8 to 10 inches from my hair. When sprayed, it comes out as a thin mist and therefore does not weigh it down. A spritz here, a spritz there was all that was needed. Using my fingers, I smoothed the product in my hair, and I could feel my strands responding to it. I was able to detangle my hair with my fingers instead of a comb. In the past, I usually need to comb my hair to make sure the product has coated every strand. However, Design’s Weightless Leave-In Conditioner detangled my hair with ease. Even after I dried my hair, my hair did not feel heavy with product. My hair felt soft and moisturized. Besides, the leave-in has a nice floral scent that isn’t overpowering like other products.

If you are looking for a good leave-in conditioner, I recommend trying the Volume Weightless Leave-In Conditioner with Grape Seed Extract for fine to normal hair by Design Essentials. The leave-in conditioner is step 3 in the Design Essentials Platinum line.

Stay tuned for my review on Design Essentials Platinum Finishing Thermal Protectant Serum.

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L. Renee James-Griffin is a former GA Pre-K teacher and staff writer who has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and other publications. She resides in Georgia where she currently instructs high school and college students alike about literature. In addition, James-Griffin splits her time between her family, her writing, and her writing business, TLM Language Services, LLC, with her two business partners. Her book, The Building Blocks of Writing is currently on presale on

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