Sunday, 15 September 2013

Charles Worthington Front Row Rough & Tousled Salt Spray – Erdem Limited Edition (review)

Charles Worthington Salt Spray
Salt sprays are designed to add texture to hair, giving you casual, wind-swept waves and extra volume. Think of it as a seaside style – if, like me, you have long hair you might find that the combination of salty water, wind and sand gives you an unkempt look that somehow still manages to look great! It's anti-office, it's surfer chic; whatever you want to call it this product is designed to recreate that look. You might want to keep an eye out for fellow beauty blogger Richard's review on Lush's version of salt spray, coming soon, as well.

Here we have one of Charles Worthington's takes. The entire Front Row collection is available at Boots, and this particular bottle was designed in conjunction with Erdem and is strictly limited edition. There are nine styling products available in this collection, but the contents inside are the same as the standard range. The Front Row Salt Spray is designed to enhance your natural waves and curls while adding “real guts” and “a cool matte finish” to hair for a “casual-chic look”.

The Front Row limited edition packaging is interesting, but ultimately takes second place to the contents. Thankfully, what's inside is as good as what's outside. First off, the spray is even, so you can get a decent spritz all over your hair, and the light formula isn't too sticky so you can scrunch hair in your fists without it sticking to your hands. I applied it all over – avoiding the roots as they suggested – and scrunched until almost dry. This really vamped up my hair's natural wave; it looked great!

It also held really well. I kept my hair down for a few hours, and the messy waves never wilted and as I'd kept the product away from my roots the style didn't go flat or make my hair look greasy, either. Admittedly, for the ultimate in grip and holding ability, you'll need to use styling powders, but this still does a good job of enhancing and controlling your hair. The only downside is a slight crispiness – nothing major, but it does make hair feel a tad rough. It's not especially touchable after application, other than for working bits with your fingers, so you might want to get your partner to run their hands through your hair on another day.

For best effect, I found it worked better on dry hair rather than damp. When my hair was damp the style never held as well unless I used heat styling. I do disagree with Charles Worthington's advice to add more product for “more guts”, as in my experience using too much will make your hair greasy. This might be less of an issue if you're using heat styling but beaware of drying your hair out. On dry hair I sprayed all over, scrunching with my fingers as I went, working from back to front and making sure I lifted up sections so I had more oomph at the sides, too. To hold your style in place you might like to use hair spray on top, but to be honest, the hold is already pretty good, so I found it unnecessary.

As a bonus it smells lovely and is less drying on hair than many competitors but it's not the most natural product. I don't think 'natural' matters as much with hair styling as products you actually rub into your skin. As long as it's not being absorbed into my scalp, I can tolerate artificial hair products. Especially when they work as well as this (even Marie Claire voted this one of their 'Top Pick' products) and at £3.99 for 150 ml I don't think it's badly priced, either. Definitely worth a shot!

YES!
NO!
Easy to use, and effective in creating waves
Can dry out dry hair even more
Not too bad a price, bearing in mind good performance
Not a natural option (but better than Redken)
Holds hair in place pretty well

Smells nice


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Brand: Charles Worthington


Size: 50 ml
Price: £2.55 (£5.10/100 ml)

Size: 150 ml
Price: £5.49 (£3.66/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Magnesium Sulphate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Citric Acid, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Benzalkonium Chloride

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