Saturday, 12 July 2014

Charles Worthington Salon At Home Strength & Repair Miracle Repair Elixir Oil (review)

Charles Worthington Salon At Home Strength & Repair Miracle Repair Elixir Oil
Hair serums are an essential part of my daily haircare regime. I use one after shampooing and conditioning every time, as a precursor to styling. There are so many serums to choose from it can be a bit of a minefield but this is a particularly good one – and it's multi-purpose, too!

Here's how you can use it:
  • help to care for all hair types
  • condition dry hair before shampooing
  • ease de-tangling when hair is damp
  • smooth out unruly locks
  • increase shine and gloss
  • reduce the amount of frizz
  • protect hair from heat styling
  • improve conditioning intensity of treatments

At around fifteen pounds it's not cheap, but it is “a blend of five precious oils, including renowned Argan Oil … recognised for its exceptional nourishing and repairing properties” and being a Charles Worthington product you know it's going to be of the utmost quality.

And you can tell. The clear serum feels expensive the moment you smooth it through damp hair and it's got pleasant but subtle smell, too. It's lovely to apply, sinking into hair quickly and leaving it feeling touchably soft – even when wet – and as your hair dries it looks shiny and healthy with a touch of natural-looking gloss.

It's also brilliant at de-tangling your hair, and my hair normally loves to knot up. A couple of pumps of this worked through mid-lengths and ends and the comb flies through. That's all you need (C.W. suggest 2–3 squirts); a little goes a long way. If I used more than four pumps on my shoulder-length hair I found it started to feel a little oily. Less is more!

Using this on dry hair gives you a more artificial-looking shine. Which is fine if you're going for a super-glam look (red carpet beehive, anyone?) but otherwise stick to using it on damp hair to keep it natural. If you have afro hair you might want to avoid this as it contains lots of non-soluble silicones.

Silicones can potentially weigh your hair down but I don't find that's the case with this elixir. In fact my hair feels light as air, certainly lighter than when using Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum previously. Charles Worthington gets the balance right between nourishing your hair and not weighing it down better than any other pre-styling treatment I've tried to date.

My main issue is when I use it after an intensive treatment. The combination of all that conditioning leaves my hair too floppy and overly smooth and therefore nigh on impossible to style! Even hair bands just slip down. Having silky hair is great but you can go overboard.

The other gripe is the price. Fifteen pounds is a lot for a serum, even a good one, but offers are available be it multi-buy discounts or money off. Keep an eye out for good deals like the £5 off in Boots at the moment.

Charles Worthington is not a natural brand so I shan't downgrade them too harshly for including silicones and artificial fragrance, but there's no propylene glycol and parabens are excluded. There are, however, real plant extracts (which feature high up in the ingredients listing) and vitamins, too.

This serum has been very well received and it's not hard to see why. It works and works effortlessly. While it's expensive, a little really does go a long way which offsets the initial cost somewhat.  Bearing in mind this is currently my absolute favourite pre-styling treatment means I'm buying another bottle as soon as this runs out, whatever the cost!

Makes hair feel incredibly silky
Hair looks smoother, shinier and healthier
Is there an alternative to all those silicones?
A little goes a long way

Many uses; a proper multi-purpose serum


Brand: Charles Worthington

Size: 50 ml
Price: £14.99 (£29.98/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicanol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) Germ Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol, Phytantriol, Cocoglycerides, Capryllic/Capric Triglyceride, Aminopropyl Phenyl Trimethicone, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Parfum (Fragrance), Benztl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

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