Update: enter here to win 1 of 3 collections of Design.Me stylers; each prize is worth about $130 (CAN/USA). Good luck, lovelies! xo
Maybe a decade ago Toronto-based hairstylist and salon owner Greg May showed me a hairspray from his own line of care and styling aids. What made it unusual was a three-option nozzle function that allowed the user to select a light, medium or high hold. I don't use much hair spray and don't do a lot of hair stories – I'm so minimalist (aka lazy) about styling my own 'do – so it never made it into a post. What's this got to do with another based-in-Canada hair care brand? A little deja-vu, and a long overdue nod to Greg for having shown me the technology first.
design.me hair stylers
So, Design.Me. Launched in late 2016, the still-growing collection of hair stylers is in playful, Instagram-friendly packaging and includes formulas to speed blowdrying, boost volume, and increase manageability and shine. They're cruelty-free and gluten-free.
Lemme give you a rundown of the range:
PowderdryMe ($19.50 CAD at designmehair.com and $17.31 USD at walmart.com) is a lightweight pre-blowdry spray that provides a light conditioning hit as it cuts the blow-dry time down by about a third. A key ingredient is silicone quaternium-16, a molecule that basically displaces water on the surface of wet hair as it smooths the cuticle. Conditioning emollients including panthenol and tocopheryl acetate (synthetic Vitamin E). Can be used on dry hair for beach-y texture.
FabMe ($24.50 CAD at designmehair.com and $16.30 USD at walmart.com) combines leave-in conditioner with styling cream and protection. It detangles, softens, smooths, strengthens, shines, reduces drying time, and defends against heat-styling damage and colour-fade, too. Provides more intense conditioning benefits than PowderdryMe; contains the same dry-faster silicone.
PuffMe Volumizing Powder Spray ($19.50 CAD at designmehair.com and $15.46 USD at walmart.com) is that awesome styling powder that seems to melt instantly onto the hair so you can really boost your volume (apply at the roots first). This one is for normal to thick hair. The finish is a bit sticky, or waxy, once in the hair, but boy it works. Design.Me claims to be the first brand to put it in a spray form rather than a powder shaker – bravo. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
PuffMe Light Volumizing Powder Spray ($19.50 CAD at designmehair.com and $15.03 USD at walmart.com) is a less intense version of PuffMe, designed for fine to medium hair. Hit at the roots for volume, or, particularly with slippery hair, or hair that tends to frizz of show off flyaways, lightly mist all over before styling to make braids or updos easier to manage.
Out of the range my favourite is the Design.Me FabMe leave-in treatment. Applied generously to my thick, medium/coarse wet hair before my usual curl-enhancing mousse and 5 minutes with my Dyson Supersonic, FabMe gave my waves lots of great texture and body, impressive given its length. (At the time of that photo somewhere up there, my hair was actually far too long and heavy for good, lasting waves without more styling effort than I'm usually willing to put in.)
The brand's website, designmehair.com (non-affiliate), ships worldwide. If you shop there, you can save 20% with our Beautygeeks code: BG20. I mentioned somewhere up there, it's a Canada-based company; shipping is $5 in this country. For the USA, though, shipping is free.
Select Design.Me products – the brand has travel sizes and just added volumizing shampoo and conditioner on their own site – are also available at salons and boutiques and via amazon.ca and walmart.com in the USA. (The 20% off Beautygeeks code BG20 is valid only on the brand's website.)
Do you use much in the way of hair styling products? Have you tried any of the Design.Me products? And how about this packaging – too millennial, or just playful enough to make morning styling sessions a little brighter?
DESIGN.ME FAB.ME LEAVE-IN TREATMENT ingredients: Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Diisopropyl Adipate, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Glycerine, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium Chloride,Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Panthenol, Silicone Quaternium – 16, Styrene/Vp Copolymer, Undeceth-11, Butyloctanol, Undeceth-5, Benzyl Salicylate, Glyceryl Laurate, Citric Acid,Tetrasodium Edta, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Acetic Acid, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene- Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol
DESIGN.ME POWDERDRY.ME BLOWDRY AID ingredients: Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Diisopropyl Adipate, Glycerine, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Silicone Quaternium - 16, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Undeceth-11, Butyloctanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Undeceth-5, Benzyl Salycilate, Glyceryl Laurate, Benzyl Benzoate, Tetrasodium Edta, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Acetic Acid, Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Anisyl Alcohol.
DESIGN.ME PUFFME VOLUMIZING POWDER SPRAY ingredients: Aqua, Silica Silylate, Sodium Benzoate, Octylacrylmide/ Acrylates/ Butyylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Citric Acid
DESIGN.ME PUFFME LIGHT VOLUMIZING POWDER SPRAY ingredients: Aqua,Silica Silylate,Sodium Benzoate, Octylaczylamide/ Acrylates/ Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Citric Acid.
DESIGN.ME HOLDME THREE WAYS HAIRSPRAY ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Isobutane, VA/ Crotonates/ Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer, Octylacrylamide/ Acrylates/ Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hexyldecanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Butane, Propane, Triethyl Citrate, Aqua (Water/Eau), Benzyl Salicylate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal
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