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When I was 19 I went travelling around Australia and spent a lot of time at the beach and I found that my hair always looked really good. I had that effortless 'surfer' look where my hair was wavy, but not flicky, and had lots of volume.
Back in Blighty, my hair is awful. It's flat and boring and I hate it! When I saw this Rough and Tousled Salt Spray from Charles Worthington I thought I'd give it a go to see if I could recreate my Australia beach look.
The spray was from Boots and I can't remember the price (I have a feeling it was around the £4 mark). I wasn't sure about it, but there was a 3 for 2 promotion on hair care (as there often is) and I thought I'd give it a go as I needed shampoo and conditioner anyway. I probably use it just under once a fortnight on average and the 150ml bottle has lasted me just under a year which I think is quite good! I'm actually surprised it's lasted that long as I think I use quite a lot each time.
You can apply this to damp hair or dry hair, but I think it works best on damp hair. I spray it all over the mid-lengths and ends of my hair when it is nearly dry (but still damp) then twist and scrunch to add volume. I then run some mousse through it and hair-spray to finish. Something I've found to work really well is to dry my hair about 75%, split my hair down the middle and twist each half into a twist at the side of my head and then spray this all over it and just leave it as I dry it for the rest. Once it falls out of the twist it has a really nice wave.
It doesn't make my hair feel heavy or sticky (or dirty like the actual beach) so that's a big plus in my books. I hate the feeling of dirty hair full of product that you don't want to touch.
=Does it work?=
The product does work to some extent, but I need to combine it with mousse and hairspray - so does it really contribute that much? Probably not. It does smell really great and it definitely gives some texture to my hair, but if my budget wouldn't allow me to keep buying it, I would definitely drop it over any of my other hair products.
The look (combined with hairspray and mousse) is like naturally wavy hair. My hair curls more than usual and has lots of bouncy volume and it definitely looks a lot nicer than my natural hair. I can see that it does look like I've been at the beach and the look might be a bit 'messy' for some people, but I like my hair like that.
I'm going to give it 3/5 as it only works in combination with other products. It's mostly water and I'm really not sure of the extent of its tousling power! If you fancy giving it a go, by all means do, but try and get it on offer! It's probably worth mentioning that if you don't have slightly wavy hair to begin with, I doubt this will do much. If your locks are poker straight naturally, I don't think this is going to give you miracle beach waves!
I never really do a lot with my hair beyond wearing it hanging down loose, but there are a few essential bits of kit that I use to add some variety to my look, and salt spray is one of my must-haves. I got this Front Row Rough & Tousled Salt Spray 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 £5.99.
Product description: "Looking for that tousled beach look all year round? Front Row Rough & Tousled Salt Spray:
+ adds real guts to your hair
+ brings out your natural waves & curls
+ leaves a cool matte finish, perfect for that casual-chic look."
The Front Row range by Charles Worthington is a modern line designed to help you produce 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 Rough & Tousled Salt Spray comes in a 150ml bottle. It has a sleek black design with a pump spray nozzle protected by a pull-off lid.
Recommended directions for use:
+ Section off hair and apply to mid lengths and ends, avoiding roots.
+ Rough dry on a low heat, manipulating hair with your fingers to bring out natural waves.
+ Can be used on dry hair too.
The label on the salt spray 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:
+ If it's waves you're looking for, twist random sections of your hair round your as you blow dry.
+ For maximum texture and an extra volume injection, when hair's almost dry, apply a second burst of product.
+ Don't be shy, the more product you use, the more guts you'll get.
I tend to use this Salt Spray at times when I'm having a bad hair day and don't know what else to do. It's a great fail-safe product for turning messy hair into cool looking messy hair! It is easy to apply with the pump spray and I will apply a generous amount all over the lengths of my hair to make it a bit damp, and then set about the simple task of styling it. There are different things you can do to get different results. For example, putting into a plait until the spray dries gives you defined waves. Twisting up into a bun until the spray dries gives a texturised soft curl. My favourite method is quick and simple, and I will literally just twirl my hair around in little sections, and then shake it out and give it a scrunch all over to add a bit of volume and give all-over messy waves, perfect for a surf-style beach look. This spray does suit a casual look best as it leaves the hair looking matte and feeling coated afterwards. On the good side this does help my thin hair to look a bit thicker, but on the bad side it makes my hair feel crunchy to the touch and I always need to give my hair a thorough wash at the end of the day after I've used this Salt Spray. It also makes my hair difficult to brush through afterwards as my hair seems prone to tangle then, so I always brush through my dry hair first, and then use the spray to finish off my style. Unfortunately it does not give any sort of lift or hold, so if I want to set my style in place then I will use hairspray as well, and this helps to keep any stray hairs in place as well. The spray has the lovely effect of leaving my hair scented with a fresh salty-citrus smell, which really does make me think of the beach in summer time.
I have been happy with using this Front Row Rough & Tousled Salt Spray, and can recommend it for anyone that wants the sort of styling product that requires minimum effort and gives a casual, relaxed summer look. I have since seen recipes for DIY salt sprays and I am tempted to give that a try seeing as the ~£6 price tag for this product is quite expensive. Well worth a try if you want to add some texture to your hair.
I have naturally curly hair, but after years of straightening and bleaching my hair I have to actually curl my hair, with heat or rollers to wear it curly. Otherwise I end up with a big frizzy mess.
After watching the 'This Morning' stylist to create some really nice natural waves on some lucky lady using a salt spray, and my impending holiday to Ibiza coming soon, I thought what better way to create a beach look than using this product.
I went to Boots and found the Charles Worthington Front Row Rough and Tousled Salt Spray, there was a full size one for £5.99 and a mini trial size for £2.49. I purchased the trial size which contains 50ml.
The bottle is small and would fit in a handbag or my hand luggage. It has a pump action spray and the directions were to use on the mid length of the hair (NOT the roots), on damp hair, and teasing the hair to bring out the natural waves. It did state it could also be used on dry hair. I used it on dry hair that afternoon and found it made a very slight curl, and left a 'gritty' feeling on my hair. The gritty feeling was not very noticeable or unpleasant, but you could definitely feel something there. I really like the smell of the product as it is very clean, none chemical smelling. More like a hair perfume than a styling product.
Not to be defeated (I was going to have the beach look for Ibiza no matter what it took!), I tried the product when I next washed my hair. I sprayed it onto seperate sections of my hair after towel drying and let it dry naturally whilst winding sections of hair around my fingers to encourage the curl. I have quite thick hair so it took a while to dry. The result was my hair was curly, but as I hadn't used serum it was a bit frizzy, and the curls were not really the nice wavy ones, but more short ringlets. I do think this is due to my hair type. Again there was a slight gritty feeling to my hair.
I was going to throw the product away but whilst I had my rollers in one night (on dry hair). I decided to use the product again to see if it helped maintain the roller curls. I sprayed the product all over my head over the hair on my rollers, probably about 5 - 8 pumps. I slept in my rollers and when woke up in the morning removed them to discover my curls were more prominent than usual. Yay. As I went throughout the day I noticed that my curls were staying longer than usual. They usually 'drop' after 3 - 4 hours, but 7 hours on and they were still going. They were still there (but not as full) the morning after. Now this is my must have product when wearing my hair curly. I think the salt sort of sets in my hair, keeping the shape longer than if I do not use it.
The trial bottle I had lasted about 4 months, and this is being used 2-3 times a week. I think with this product you have to try it in different ways to see what works for your hair type. But don't be disheartened if you don't see the result you want straight away.
After deciding that I no longer wanted to waste my time every morning by straightening my hair, I ventured out to buy some products that would help it look cute without doing much to it. That's when I picked up Charles Worthington Front Row Rough & Tousled Salt Spray (really? They couldn't have chosen a shorter name?). I actually bought this a few months ago and decided I hated it straight away, but I recently formed a loving relationship with this product and can't get enough of it now!
It's described as something that will add real guts to your hair, bring out your natural waves and curls, leave a cool matte finish and is perfect for a casual-chic look. It's basically just like sexy beach hair in a bottle and although you could do the same with with a water and sea salt spray, this seems to work a little better.
The spray comes in a tall, thin black bottle with a black label wrapped round it. To get to the directions, you simply peel off part of the label and wrap it round again to cover them up.
The directions say:
- Section off hair and apply to mid lengths and ends, avoiding roots.
- Rough dry on a low heat, manipulating hair with your fingers to bring out natural waves.
- Can be used on dry hair too.
- If it's waves you're looking for, twist random sections of your hair round your as you blow dry.
- For maximum texture and an extra volume injection, when hair's almost dry, apply a second burst of product.
- Don't be shy, the more product you use, the more guts you'll get.
I say scrap the directions! I've tried using it this way countless times and I'm just left with lank hair which feels dirty. I've changed the amount of product I use and blow drying time/technique, but the method on the bottle simply doesn't work for me.
I personally use it by spritzing it onto towel/air dried hair and then running my fingers through it a bit, twisting it, scrunching it and any other way you can think of manipulating your hair. This method works perfectly for me and gives me lovely, casual looking waves that wouldn't be out of place at Asda or at a party. Waves are always a very acceptable look and this product emphasises that, you just need to find the method that works for you.
The product itself has a bit of a sexy, subtle manly scent to it. It's almost as if you slept in a man's arms and his scent rubbed off onto your hair. I probably make that sound really unpleasant, but I've had a bunch of compliments on how my hair smells recently, so I guess that scent floats a few boats around here!
I bought this from Boots for £5.99 for a 150ml bottle. I've been using it everyday this month and still have over 3/4 of the bottle left, so it's definitely good value for money after you figure out how to use it!
- works really well when you figure out how to use it
- great value for money
- leaves a subtle, sexy scent on your hair
- the directions are essentially useless
Overall, I love this product now, but due to the fact that the directions are useless to me and you could get the same effect (without the scent) from sea salt and water, I'm going to remove two stars.
Thanks for reading!
After I gave quite a scathing review to Charles Worthington's Front Row Big Hair Sculpting Mousse, I felt that it was only fair to champion some of the other products in the range which are immeasurably better- starting with my favourite, the Salt Spray.
Front Row is the new high performance range from Charles Worthington. It advertises itself as being formulated behind-the scenes at top fashion shows, creating fast-paced fashion forward designs. The range boasts an impressive creative team who have tailored each product to specific styling needs- this is all about experimentation and finishing, no shampoos here!
The packaging on Salt Spray is clearly aware of its fashion pedigree and the creative team have collaborated with Fashion Fringe Award-winning designer Erdem Moralioglu to created limited edition prints for the bottles. The strikingly uniform matt black bottles feature a peel around label that reveals one of Erdem's designs, as well s a host of styling tips.
The 'Get the Look' inspiration is designed to be used in conjunction with the step by step videos on the website (http://www.makemefrontrow.com/) and I found them incredibly useful.
Often how you use a product is as important as what it is, and the Salt Spray delivers on both accounts. The Salt spray is targeted at creating a beach hair look and I found all instructions easy to follow and most importantly, highly effective.
The spray brings out natural waves for a relaxed summer style. It doesn't create clumpy sections or heavy product build-up as is often the case with similar styling gels. My hair was nicely textured after use, and the layers were defined and certainly tousled! It felt gutsy, with volume and staying power. Interestingly, although a matt finish is promised, I found that it never appeared dull and often retained shine as well as texture. Equally, the spray itself is light and after several weeks of use I haven't found that it exacerbates split ends or dries out hair. This means you can get that boho babe look without any of the downsides!
Much of what you achieve through this product depends on how much you use: a small amount creates delicate movement; much more meant that I was able to sculpt my fringe into a quiff that didn't flop after a few hours. To use, simply section off damp hair and apply to the ends and tips avoiding roots and rough dry on a low heat. Re-spray as the hair is nearly dry for extra staying power. I also recommend using on dry hair throughout the day to freshen up a look- the smell is also quite enchanting.
Although this is aimed at a more casual style than some of the high-gloss products in the range, styles still remain chic and 'done'. It strikes a perfect balance between not trying too hard and just looking scruffy- this is sexy mussed up hair at its best. I recommend using it alongside the Forever Lasting Hairspray to make it last even longer.
As for cost, although it is at the top end of drug store prices (£5.99 in Boots who appear to have exclusivity at the moment) it is very good value for money. The 150ml bottle lasts a long time (I'm about a quarter through after 6 weeks) and the Front Row range is clearly aimed at competing with salon brands. As a comparison Label M Dust which is a combination powder of dry shampoo and sea salt, starts at £9.99- so the Front Row range is good value. At the moment Boots are also running a 3 for 2 offer on professional hair care, which would average the cost at around £3.30.
Overall, this is a cracking product in itself, but combined with all the extra styling advice it really is a foolproof way to get catwalk ready hair without breaking the bank.