Monday, 25 November 2013

Charles Worthington Style Setter Brush-Out Strong Hold Hairspray (review)

One of the biggest criticisms levelled at hair sprays is they can make hair look stiff or artificially set. The mark of a good hair spray is its ability to hold a style in place, while resisting humidity and looking perfectly natural – almost as if you always look that perfect. Charles Worthington's range is quite pricey but in my experience you can usually rely on his products to deliver the goods. This hair spray is new to me, though, so I was interested to see if it's as good as I expected it to be!
Charles Worthington Strong Hold Hairspray

I do want to start with a negative point, though. I know this particular issue doesn't matter to everybody, but inclusion is of utmost importance in my day job, and this product with it's black on dark grey writing and small font precludes people with less than stellar vision from reading the packet. My reading vision is excellent, but even I struggled with this.

If you can read the blurbs, you'll be reassured that this spray is “safe for colour-treated hair”, “humidity resistant” and “adds shine and moisture” while “disappearing at the stroke of a brush”. From an ecological point of view – an unusual concern bearing in mind the propellants included for the aerosol – Charles Worthington do advertise this as “paraben free” and claim they are “against animal testing”. However, owner PZ Cussons is one of those companies that approve animal testing "if the law requires it”, which is a misleading claim.

Now for the positives, and there are a few! Red hair dye, such as the bright auburn colour I use, is especially sensitive to cleansing and styling products, but mine's remained unaffected by this spray. My hair also retains a softness after use with little stickiness or brittleness, but it's still held in place for quite some time (but the 8-hour claim seems like a stretch). And yes, it really does brush out so you can restyle without your hair looking or feeling greasy. How natural my hair looks is obviously important, and this Style Setter performs well in this regard, although I can't say it's any better (or worse) at resisting humidity than other sprays I've used.

I also like that it's not highly scented despite the advertising claiming it's got a “high-end fragrance, composed of a subtle blend of green apple blossom, daisy and violet, with white cedar and musk”. I can't detect ANY of those notes and I'm a perfume addict; at least it's not strong so doesn't clash with my proper perfume! The greatest selling point for me, though, is the ultra-fine mist. It sprays cleanly, evenly and lightly so you can control exactly how much you use and where you use it. It couldn't be simpler or more foolproof.

At six-ish pounds, like all Charles Worthington products, it's at the slightly pricier end of the market, but the High Street regularly has deals available (such as 3 for 2 in one well-known store!) making it a more affordable purchase. It should also last you a fairly long time. I think it's worth the money and gets a solid thumbs up from me!

Holds hair in place a while; looks natural
High-end fragrance? Not really
Hair looks touchably soft and shiny

Brushes out easily


Brand: Charles Worthington

Size: 200 ml
Price: £5.99 (£3.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolysed Lupine Seed Extract, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Gluconolactone, Limonene, Sodium Benzoate


  1. I found this hairspray too strong. It left my hair so crispy- although it did guarantee my curls lasted all day. Great blog hun x
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    1. I have to admit I do like a strong hold, but it wasn't too stiff for me. And thanks for the compliment! :-D