“ Brand: Charles Worthington / Volume / Type: Hair Mousse / What it does: volumizeses, „
* Prices may differ from that shown
Charles Worthington is one of my favourite hair care brands. Despite the fact that it is one of the slightly more pricey hair care brands out there I really like it. This is because most of the products I have tried from the range have always lived up to their claims and they have worked really well on my hair.
Front Row is one of the sideline ranges from this brand. The black bottles and colourful names on the bottles make the products in this range really stand out in the aisle. One day when I was shopping in Boots this particular mousse caught my eye and I picked it up to have a look at what it said on the back of the bottle.
The mousse claims to create the ultimate big hair styles for both curly or straight hair. It "gives even the most lifeless hair a volume injection and contains added style memory for all day staying power".
I was curious to find out whether this mousse would live up to its claims. I had no reason to doubt it would considering I had never been let down by the range before. So I went over to the till and treated myself. This costs £6.29 but it was on offer at the time and I recieved a discount of £2 with a voucher so although it was more expensive than some hair care products out there really it was quite reasonably priced. Currently this is under a 3 for 2 offer in Boots.
To use hair mousse you squeeze some onto your hand and then scrunch it in your hair to create body and volume. It is best to use it on damp hair. With this I have found that a little bit goes a long way. If you use too much of it then you can end up with it feeling very sticky. So I would recommend trying not to use too much of it. Still, when you use only a small amount it can still feel a little bit sticky so maybe I would recommend not using the product at all.
I was a disappointed with this product I have to say. I had never used a bad product from Charles Worthington before buying this and I expected it to be really good. It wasn't, though. It didn't give my hair that much body, it just seemed to make it look dryer and feel a little bit sticky. It gave my hair a tiny bit of volume but not as much as other hair mousses I have used have given it in the past. For the price I don't think this product is worth bothering with. There are much better hair mousses out there or other types of product that give your hair volume which work much better than this one.
**The Product Range**
'Front Row' is the new sideline range from designer hairdresser Charles Worthington. The range is aimed at fashion-forward hairstyles that crave more body, more shine or more texture for a catwalk inspired look. Unlike conventional ranges, Front Row focuses only on styling products: no shampoo or conditioners here!
The packaging for the whole range is fresh and contemporary. It features innovative peel off labelling that reveals insider style tips and advice for maximising the potential of the products. I'm a really big fan of this range as a whole, it mostly delivers the high performance that it promises and is comparable to salon-only brands.
At around £5 per product they don't come cheap compared to other high street products (I bought it in Boots, and it was the most expensive range). However, it should more appropriately be compared to premium salon prices which normally start at £10+ (Label M, S factor, TIGI Bedhead etc)- so it could potentially be a monster saving.
Unfortunately, I found the Big Hair Sculpting Mousse a bit of a let-down. It appears to be the lamer younger sibling that hasn't had a chance to properly develop. I followed the comprehensive instructions to the letter, but instead of lustrous volume I ended up with a dull finish and crunchy sections.
It advertises itself as a "sculpting" product, but the mousse failed to hold any style I dried my hair into- it just didn't feel like any hold was there at all and I had to revert to my trusty Label M soufflé. Equally, the roots soon fell flat despite the promise to be "long lasting"- the label even promises "all day staying power" which was a pretty ambitious claim after my experience. In general my hair lacked any sort of oomph to it at all, and as I have quite naturally full hair I was surprised to find it actually MORE not less lifeless.
Finally, although I appreciated the advice to use alongside Front Row Gloss Serum for a silky finish, for a product aiming at designer level results it probably should have a glossing element to it too. Front Row connotes a catwalk perfect finish and I really felt let down by Charles on this front. That said, other products in the range such as the Sea Salt Spray are really VERY good and I would happily recommend them on all the criteria the mousse fails on- So give those a try and leave the failure of the family alone.