Monday, December 15, 2014

Our Holy Grail of Hair Products


Every stylist has a holy grail of hair products. These are their all-time favorites and the backbone of their styling technique. These products never fail to turn out gorgeous, healthy hair. Put simply, they just work for that stylist. If you do your own hair on a regular basis, you probably have a holy grail of products at home right now. After searching far and wide, you finally found that handful of products that your hair just seems to love. We would like to share what's in our Holy Grail collection with you. Are any of these products "must-haves" for you too? Tell us about it!

  • Botanical Oils (Design Essentials)- Botanical Oils is a blend of oils from the wheat plant, African Shea Tree, Olive Tree, ginseng root, and other plant life. Its extreme versatility allows it to stand-alone or be combined with other Design Essentials products to create customized results.
  • Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo- This gentle cleansing shampoo contains peach extract, irish moss, ginseng and wheat protein, all of which moisturize and condition hair without weighing it down. It soothes and replenishes, leaving your hair feeling healthy and refreshed. Available in 10 oz., liter and gallon sizes.
  • HCO Leave In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion (Design Essentials)- This product is an inter-cellular treatment, acting as a conditioner as well as a blow-drying agent. It quickly penetrates deep within the hair shaft to replenish needed proteins. Thus leaving the hair soft, manageable, and full of body.
  • Honey Curl Forming Custard (Design Essentials)- A natural product with Honey and Chamomile defines, shapes, and elongates curls and coils providing lasting hold without residue for highly-defined, frizz-free curls with brilliant shine.
  • Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner / Styling 1 Liter- this patented formula penetrates the hair shaft, conditioning as it smoothes the follicle. Simply work the product through wet hair, air dry and style. It tames naturally curly hair, blocks frizz, works great on perms, and makes hair soft & silky.
So what's in your holy grail of hair products?

Monday, December 8, 2014

ADU Client Corner: Robyn-Ann Lawson, SALTY magazine

Our newest featured client is none other than Robyn-Ann Lawson, founder and Curator-in-Chief of SALTY Magazine, LLC. Founded in 2011, SALTY magazine is "For those in, but not of the culture" of Christianity. The brand's magazine, apparel, and media highlight colorful young individuals infiltrating Christian culture with beauty, creativity, and truth. According to the website, "We believe the Gospel is not just truth, but creative genius. Therefore, it is done a disservice when shared in less than creative ways." Interested in contributing or otherwise supporting this positive publication? Check out their guidelines here. You can also keep up with SALTY magazine through their social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Robyn-Ann started this brand as a blog during her time as a young adult leader at her church. From there, she has been on a mission to "discover and create profitable outlets for skilled disciples committed to serving their generation with various art forms that tell of the genius and good news of Christ." We admire her dedication to a positive purpose, as well as her ability to always look fabulous while doing it. We appreciate your patronage, Robyn-Ann Lawson!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

8 Conditioners We Just Love!


Hair can be so fickle. Hot, humid weather is not its friend; and neither is cold, dry air. Well winter is coming, and your hair is going to need a little extra moisture to survive the season! Here, we've put together a list of some of our favorite conditioners because MOISTURE MOISTURE MOISTURE!!
  1. Design Essentials Natural Moisturizing Conditioner- Moisture-rich botanicals heal dry damaged hair while wheat protein repairs and leaves your hair manageable. This line is dedicated to natural hair, but the product works for all hair types. 
  2. Design Essentials Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner- This product has been formulated for the busy, yet hair conscious consumer. The rich blend of moisturizers instantly penetrates the cuticle and infuses the hair shaft with moisture. Conditioning time is reduced and hair is silky and soft in just minutes. 
  3. Design Essentials Moisture Retention Conditioning Shampoo-Keep in mind, this product is actually a shampoo! It's gentle enough to use every day, and the non-stripping formula lathers quickly to detangle and smooth the cuticles leaving your hair feeling soft, silky and full of body. 
  4. Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner- This super charged conditioner that quickly penetrates the scalp, calms and relaxes the senses with its therapeutic peppermint scent while at the same time leaving the hair soft and manageable. 
  5. Design Essentials Therapeutics Rx Leave-In Hydrating Conditioner- Botanical extracts instantly soften and moisturize all textures of dry hair, leaving it nourished from the inside out. 
  6. Dudley's Moisturizing Conditioner- This special moisturizer specifically targets your hair and scalp. It is specifically designed to work in conjunction with Dudley's Moisturizing Shampoo. 
  7. Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner - A balancing blend of natural olive oil and coconut moisturizes and protects your hair without weighing it down. Essential triglycerides add softness, shine and silkiness to your hair for effortless combing and minimized breakage. 
  8. MIXED CHICKS deep conditioner- If you are thinking about blow drying or ironing your hair, this is a great treatment before you apply any heat. It will protect you from thermal damage, and will make those straight strands shine! It's also a great detangler for coarse, curly, or straight hair.