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Where from and how much?
I bought this hairspray a while back as part of an offer in Boots. On the Boots website it currently costs £5.49, with which you will also get 20 points, but it is also part of a 3 for £10 promotional offer on Charles Worthington haircare products.
This product promises to "bring unruly flyaways under control to create a lustrous shine with no stickiness".
Taming the frizzies
I have naturally curly hair so I like to use a spray after my hair is dry to tame any stray frizzies, and as I tend not to wash it every day, I also like a spray in-between washes to revive my style.
I don't generally use aerosol sprays as I find them a little sticky and that they can leave my hair with a dry feeling. The pump action sprays that I prefer add a little moisture to my hair which helps me flatten any frizz. But I decided to give this product benefit of the doubt and give it a try!
I like the look of this product. The aerosol is very stylishly designed in black with modern blue writing - it is a bit different and quite distinctive I think. It is easy to spray on, and the first thing I noticed was the fragrance. I would say this has a slightly masculine scent that isn't at all unpleasant, but is definitely not an overly feminine fragrance. I actually quite like the smell but it wouldn't be out of place in a men's product, so this may put people off! However as I say, this didn't bother me, and it isn't a scent that lingers particularly so I don't think it's a massive problem.
After applying this to my hair it definitely felt a bit sticky to the touch, and I wasn't too pleased about this! However after leaving the spray for a minute or two, this stickiness went completely and my hair actually felt soft as it had before using the spray. In fact my hair didn't feel as if I had used a hairspray at all. Despite this, I found that the spray did keep my hair in place, and despite it being quite a windy day, my curls stayed fairly calm which certainly wouldn't have been the case if I hadn't used a spray! My hair also stayed frizz-free and I think overall the spray did a good job of keeping things under control.
I really like this spray and think it does a good job of keeping my hair in place. However the scent isn't the greatest - I would prefer a longer-lasting fragrance. I would also argue that it doesn't deliver any shine as promised - but then as I have curly hair it isn't usually very shiny anyway so this wasn't a real issue for me.
At full price I think this is a little expensive - however as part of a 3 for £10 deal then I think this is great value, and would happily pick it up, and would be keen to try out others in the range too.
Since I've had my hair cut into a different style I am finding that hairspray has now had to become part of my daily routine and is a big essential in my hair care kit. Before I had a defined style with a fringe I never used to bother using styling products so now I'm having fun experimenting with different products and seeing what sort of results they give. I got this Row Forever Lasting Hairspray as part of a Charles Worthington textured hair styling kit, but I've also seen it available to buy separately in Boots, where it costs £6.29. I think this is quite expensive and after trying it I'm happy in most areas but will be looking for a cheaper alternative next time.
Product description: "Charles Worthington Front Row Forever Lasting Hairspray delivers invisible hold for styles that stay up as long as you do. Looking for a show stopping catwalk hair all day long? Charles Worthington Front Row Forever Lasting Hairspray brings unruly flyaways under control to create a lustrous shine with no stickiness."
The Front Row range by Charles Worthington is a modern line designed to create fun and creative fashionable looks. There are lots of different products to choose from including mousse, dry shampoo, salt spray, wax, heat defence, glossing serum, hairspray, blow dry spray, shine spray, prep shampoo and prep conditioner. This hairspray comes in a nice big 200ml can. It has a sleek black cylindrical design and there is a fixed lid incorporated into the top of the bottle. The lid has a large area where you press down and a small nozzle at the top where the hairspray comes out. This is quite helpful as you can get a good grip on the can and it allows you to apply the right amount of pressure when using it.
Recommended directions for use:
+ For the perfect finish use on dry hair
+ Shake can well before use
+ After styling, hold at arms length and mist over hair from root to tips
The label on the hairspray bottle has a tab at one side which you can peel back to reveal instructions on advanced styling techniques.
Insider tips from the creative team:
+ To control flyaways and get really even distribution, spray onto a brush first, then run through your hair.
+ For super strength hold, layer up! Spray once, leave to dry for 30 seconds and then add a second layer.
+ For sleek up-do's, try spraying onto the hair whilst using the flow of gentle heat from your hairdryer to smooth the hair.
The Front Row Forever Lasting Hairspray has a nice smooth spraying action which is easy to control. It has a widely dispersed gentle misting effect that covers hair without getting clumpy or weighing it down. It can be a little difficult to apply precisely in small specific areas because of this, but for general all over application this is perfect to ensure a light and even distribution. The hairspray itself goes on clear and has no colour to it. There is no real fragrance to it and it's practically unnoticeable once the hairspray has been applied.
I never used to use hair styling products as I dislike the feeling of products in my hair. I've recently had a layered cut with a side swept fringe and I am now finding it a real challenge to get my fringe to stay in place! My primary use for hairspray is to tame the fringe and keep it in place, but also to keep it looking smooth and sleek throughout the day. My hair falls into a natural centre parting and even though I've had my hair cut with a fringe for years now, every time I wash my hair it tries to fall back to the centre parting. A split fringe is not a nice look on me! I have started using hairspray on my fringe every day to keep my style in place, as well as to keep my hairdo looking neat and tidy. I find that it is easy to apply onto my hair, and I really like the styling tips that suggest layering up the hairspray for more defined hold. I normally apply quite a liberal amount as I live in a seaside town and as soon as I step outside my front door the sea breeze completely messes up my carefully straightened and styled hairdo! Instead of spraying it all on in one go and ending up with completely saturated hair, I really like the effect of spraying on layers and letting the hairspray dry in between as this does seem to improve the hold and I don't end up with product overload. Although it does always look great to begin with I find that the strength of the hairspray is still not enough to hold my fringe in place properly and it often shifts or droops through the day which is quite disappointing and means I spend loads of time fiddling around with it.
On the rare occasions when I wear my hair up I have had good success at using this hairspray to keep it in place. I don't usually go for anything dramatic, but this works wonders at keeping a messy bun up and without losing the nice texture that you get from having the ends of the bun loose. I would say that the hairspray is better suited to this sort of hairdo than it is for keeping my fringe securely in place. I also like to use this to keep flyaway hairs in check when I'm wearing my hair in a ponytail, and it is very successful for this so I don't end up with loose strands working their way out. When I am wearing my hair down and I've blow dried or back combed it for extra volume, I use this hairspray all over to keep the hair looking full. Again, the hairspray works really well at this and anything which maintains a full bodied look to my thin and flat hair is a definite bonus so I was pleased with this performance. I've also tried the other recommended technique or applying onto a hairbrush and then running that through my hair, however this tends to brush my hair flat again and ruins any effect that I had built up, although it does work for smoothing down the top section of a ponytail quite nicely. When I tried this on my fringe it made the strands of hair separate and then form little clumpy strands so I wasn't impressed with how that looked!
The hairspray is not noticeably visible when I'm wearing it on my hair, although I can feel it when I run my hands over my hair. It does not leave a sticky or greasy feeling, and it doesn't have that awful dry crunch texture that some hairsprays do, it just feels lightly coated and not as flexible as freshly washed and unprocessed hair. When I have tried brushing the hairspray out it appears to disappear completely, but then when I put my hair straighteners back through my hair to tidy up any kinks I can see that it has not been fully removed, as the heat effects any leftover remnants. It is easy to remove with simple shampoo though, and does not leave and residue or build up even if I have used it a few times before washing my hair again.
The 200ml can lasted me through a couple of months worth of daily usage, which I think is reasonable, but it is still expensive in comparison to other brands. Overall I think that the Charles Worthington Front Row Forever Lasting Hairspray is a good product but sadly I will have to keep looking to find the perfect hairspray for keeping my fringe set in place.