The new Design Essentials STS Express Strengthening Treatment shortens the steps of its original version. You only have to blow-dry and flat iron once versus twice with the old system. Also, the flat iron should be between 340 and 400 degrees. The educators pounded "1-2-3 Smooth" into all of us.
Relaxed clients, natural clients, curlista's - all can benefit from the new smoothing treatment. There are three different "Step 2's" to choose from.
Another hairstylist and I asked about using the marcel irons and pressing combs. The educator said that the direct heat from these tools would take the product back off of the hair. So sealing the product with a flat iron is the only option.
They did not showcase a final style. The class was to demo the smoothing treatment. I didn't see much beveling of the ends. So if you just want straight hair, this system should work great. Please note that many of the hair classes as of late - no longer offer final styling.
On a separate note, this platform artist says "natural hair is not a trend; it is here to stay."