I had the opportunity of reaching out the amazing team over at Design Essentials to find out more details about their new Strengthening Therapy System. After researching I was definitely intrigued and interested in this system so I decided to send them over some questions that I had so I can get a better understanding.
1) Who is STS for?
The Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is perfect for transitioning or naturally curly women who prefer to wear their hair straight. It provides style versatility by enabling women to wear their hair straight today and curly tomorrow with ease. It is also a great straightening alternative for women with damaged or weakened chemically treated hair or natural women (wavy to tightly coiled) who desire greater manageability and frizz control.
2) What are the benefits of STS?
Unlike relaxer systems, Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System does not use any harsh or permanent chemicals, does not break the disulfide bonds like a relaxer and has no risk of over-processing the hair. It is a safe way to strengthen, straighten, stretch and smooth naturally curly, frizzy, multi-textured, transitioning and chemically treated hair.
3) What is the difference between STS and a Keratin Treatment?
Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is neither a relaxer system nor a keratin system. 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).
4) Is there anything that could cause harm in STS?
The Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System is not a chemical, but 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. Strengthening Therapy System is actually one of the safest and most effective amino-acid infused thermal reconditioning systems on the market. It is even gentle enough to be used on a child without damage or harm to the child or her hair.
5) How long does this last?
The Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System will provide up to 12 weeks of maximum conditioning, taming and silkening of the hair.
6) Can I do this at home or does it have to be by a professional? How easy is it?
The Design Essentials® Strengthening Therapy System can only be applied by a licensed, professional hair stylist.
7) How do you maintain it?
The best part of the Strengthening Therapy System is that it allows you to maintain your regular hair routine. After applying the system, you can still straighten, twist, and scrunch the hair, all with greater manageability & strength!
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If you are interested in trying this out (like myself), check out their Salon Finder for a salon near you.
I am definitely interested. Maybe I will try it out in the fall when I am more likely to wear my hair straight. A friend of mine did it and her hair reverted back so I feel good about this system.