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I bought this dry shampoo last year as I was going to a festival and had heard dry shampoo was a must have item. The idea of having greasy, unwashed hair was deeply unappealing for me so anything that could combat it was a winner for me. I bought this travel sized version as I planned to only use it for the festival and I didn't want to invest in a large size if it wasn't any good. Charles Worthington is a fairly expensive brand of hair care products and though I don't use them any more I have in the past invested in their shampoos and conditioners. I have always felt the brand offered really good quality so I had high hopes for this dry shampoo.
The dry shampoo comes in a metal aerosol tube much like a hair spray. The tube is metal with a black plastic lid. There is lettering on the tube with the Charles Worthington branding and other information about the product. The tube has a spray top, again much like a hair spray, which releases the product. The spray gives an even dispersion of the dry shampoo and works exactly as it should do. I think the design is really practical and whilst not being the most beautiful looking product ever it is certainly better than other dry shampoos out there in terms of appearance. The travel size is really handy, especially for something like a festival or a holiday - it would also fit really neatly in your handbag for more regular use.
The dry shampoo itself is white in colour and sort of size a talcum powder in a spray, if that makes sense. I've never use dry shampoo before and I have to stay it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It sprays onto your hair in the same way as hair spray but leaves a strange white powder running through your hair. As per the instructions I brushed it through which did seem to alleviate some of the white colour, all though not all of it. It did leave my hairbrush with a horrible white powder on it which I had to wash off - not the most convenient thing. The dry shampoo definitely left my hair looking fresher - it removes all the grease and makes it look clean, though not shiny in the way new washed hair looks. I found it difficult to remove the white colour altogether which meant my hair had a noticeable grey look to it - no one commented but I was definitely conscious of it which is not great. So I suppose the dilemma is: do you want greasy hair or grey hair? I'm just not sure.
The product is relatively expensive in terms of the other dry shampoos out there, but I felt it would be better to fork out a little for quality. I paid roughly £4 for this dry shampoo which is 100ml. There are cheaper products out there and I certainly hope better ones too! I think I will avoid using this dry shampoo again as I don't like the colour it left on my hair. However, on mornings where I am short on time and have forgotten to wash my hair it is a bit of a miracle grease remover - as long as you can live with greyish looking hair.
Overall, loved the effect but hated the greyness.
I bought this dry shampoo to take on a recent holiday. My hair quickly gets greasy and I almost always find that I have to use dry shampoo in between washes to keep it looking presentable. I didn't plan on washing my hair every morning, partly because I struggle to get up for breakfast at the best of times and partly because the hairdryer in the room was only small, didn't get off much power and made drying my hair in time for breakfast a real chore (we'd been to the same hotel before so I was already aware of this!). Add in the fact that we travelling by coach and I knew my hair would probably look a mess by the time we got to our destination and you can probably see why I was so keen on taking some with me. I have never really got on with Charles Worthington products and would never normally have bothered with this but as luck would have it, my local Superdrug only stocked this as far as travel size dry shampoos went. I just hoped that it would prove better than my previous experiences of the brand.
As I'd predicted, my hair looked a right mess by the second morning of our trip. There's something about travelling my coach that really seems to play havoc with my hair and encourage it to do its worst so out came this dry shampoo in the hope it would work its miracle. It works the same as any dry shampoo - spray it on, rub it in and brush out. My hair at this point was what I'd call moderately greasy. It hadn't yet got to oil slick proportions but it was just the wrong side of greasy - nothing a quick spray of a decent dry shampoo couldn't handle.
Unfortunately, this dry shampoo failed miserably! I sprayed it on as instructed and was dismayed to see that it immediately made my hair look and feel tacky and dull. This is not something that I have ever experienced with my usual Batiste dry shampoos. It didn't feel in any way like it was soaking up the oil but I carried on regardless with brushing my hair through and have a good look at the results. My hair definitely did not look any better. In fact, it actually looked worse. The tackiness didn't go away after brushing the product out and I'm not sure whether it's possible to brush it out. Whereas Batiste dry shampoo is more of a powder that does indeed brush out, this was more like a hairspray. My hair often used to go tacky when I'd used a bit too much of certain hairsprays in my teens and this wasn't at all dissimilar. At this point, we were due to get back on the coach so I had no choice but to scrape my hair back into a ponytail and get on with it. Had I more time and had the shampoo not been in the main case, I would have been straight in the shower to wash it out. Not impressed!
I tried it again later in the week when my hair was again between washes and I wasn't planning to wash it again until the following day. This time, my hair was a bit greasier than before but not as bad as it can be. On both occasions I've used this, while my hair has been a bit on the greasy side, I should point out that it wasn't lank and still had a bit of bounce and shine to it (the main problem was the grease at the roots on both days). Again, I got the same tacky feeling, my hair looked lifeless and this time it was more noticeable than before. Again, it failed to make my hair look at all refreshed or balanced. I wasn't so forgiving this time and promptly threw it in the bin. As there seemed to be a correlation between how greasy my hair was and how tacky this product then made it, I can imagine what it would have done had I tried to use it when my hair was in full blown grease mode! I often use Batiste dry shampoos in this scenario and while the results aren't always perfect, I never end up looking worse than before. We're hoping to go away later in the year and needless to say, I'll be ordering a mini Batiste dry shampoo from the Superdrug website in preparation for that!
It took a while for dry shampoos to gain my trust, as all I used to imagine was a powder from 10-15 years ago that you would sprinkle on your greasy roots, leave for a few minutes and than comb to get the powder away...grrrh. Anyway, it is visible after a day that my fine, straight hair is not freshly washed, even though it's not bad enough to wash again (especially with my currently quite sensitive scalp). And so I visited a Salon Brands section of hair care in Boots and got Charles Worthington Balancing Act. It's the first CW product I'm trying now, so good luck :)
CW Balancing Act comes in 150ml light pink spray can with a black plastic lid. At the front there is a logo and product name, at the back there is more information about directions, ingredients (apparently, rice protein does the trick) and effect it's supposed to have (instantly revitalised hair between washes). There is a rather big warning about product being flammable and much smaller one to say the can can be recycled.
Balancing Act in action:
You should shake the can well and spray through dry hair, concentrating on roots and using brush or your fingers to work it in and create volume. As per Charles' insider's tip, it's better to hold your head upside down while applying. I found this quite easy to do, I didn't have much trouble guessing how much I should use...it was pretty much the same as using hairspray, but in upside-down position.
The spray smells very nicely but not strong, it's not sweet flowery, nor citrusy scent, and I cannot really describe it - quite unusual for hair product. For me it's perfectly nice scent of luxury which stays in your hair for hours.
Working or not?
Yes, definitely working. My hair looked revitalised and very fresh straight away and the lovely scent lingered around me until I washed it later that evening (which, by the way, wasn't necessary considering how my hair looked, I just felt I should wash it...).
What wasn't 100% perfect was the feel when going through my hair with fingers, or brushing it after use - it felt like if I used a hairspray and combed my hair afterwards, plus a bit powdery (just the feel, you cannot see any powder at all). But as an emergency when look is more important than feel, it did the job well.
I also mentioned I have quite sensitive scalp and a few products cause itching nowadays, CW is perfectly fine, not causing any irritation at all.
Will buy again?
Well, at £5.10 per 150ml can of something that's supposed to be a Salon brand product, and considering I'm only planning to use it every other day, it's not too bad. I may as well try a cheaper one next time to compare, but so far I'm happy with CW - it's not too expensive, does the job and smells looovely :)