“ Brand: Charles Worthington / Type: Conditioner / What it does: volumizeses, „
Charles Worthington were my favourite brand of shampoo and conditioner for a long time, with several of their products suiting me so well that I just couldn't choose between them! Then Mr Worthington changed them, out of the blue and with absolutely no warning I bought a bottle of shampoo and was left with appallingly straw-like hair - I complained, thinking I had a dud bottle, only to receive a complimentary bottle and have the same issues. So a couple of years went by where I didn't bother with the brand, until last month when my sister gave me a bottle of Full Volume conditioner which she'd bought only to find it wasn't strong enough a formula to condition her extremely thick wavy hair. I wasn't going to bother using it, until one day I ran out of conditioner and was forced to crack open the Charles Worthington.
The conditioner feels creamy and light at the same time, I only need a small amount as it spreads so quickly and easily through my hair - the lightweight formula ensuring I coat every hair with a minimum of fuss. It has a very slight oily feel when I touch it with my fingertips and for this reason I follow my usual rule and apply only to the length of my hair - I haven't tried it out, but suspect from the initial feel that this would make my hair greasy if I let it anywhere near the roots so keep it away.
It feels nice enough while it's on my hair, I can't say I can feel the actual conditioning process at this point but it definitely has the kind of consistency which makes it sit lightly on my hair and never feels as though it's weighing it down even when wet. I leave the conditioner on for a few minutes as I always do and then rinse with cool(ish) water, not being very impressed at the dreadlock I can feel forming at the nape of my neck and the overall 'condition' of my hair as I'm rinsing. I have a hair problem; whenever my hair gets even the tiniest bit damp (let alone wringing wet for washing) it tangles to a ridiculous level, my two eldest daughters have the same issue so we all have to use a good conditioner and a brush that's going to be kind to our hair. I could tell this Full Volume conditioner wasn't going to be enough for my hair and grudgingly gazed over at the kiddy-inspired detangling spray which I knew I was going to be forced to use to untangle my hair without pulling clumps out at the root.
Yep, I was right. After a careful towel drying session I had to use detangler and spent far too long brushing my hair (why can't be all be bald?!), and then realised my hair had an amazing shine. I looked in the mirror from all angles and found my hair to be healthy looking, incredibly shiny (now the tangles had gone) and I actually could see the tiniest bit of extra volume. I don't really *do* anything to my hair (life is too short!) and certainly hadn't suddenly obtained masses of volume but there was a visible uplift to my roots and this made my long straight 'style' (for want of a better word) look like I'd spent a little more time on it than I really had. The volume lasted, with the help of the tiniest spritz of hair spray, all day and I noticed it didn't go limp at any point and left no itchy residue as I find a lot of Charles Worthington conditioners do these days. This is probably due to the fact that rinsing is so easy and straightforward, I was confident all traces of conditioner had been removed after just a couple of minutes and when I was finally able to draw a comb through my painstakingly brushed hair I was rewarded with the sight of clear teeth with absolutely no tell-tale creaminess to indicate I'd missed any.
It's a shame really that the actual conditioning properties are so poor as the results I saw in the finish of my hair were absolutely brilliant, especially considering I've felt so let down by Charles Worthington recently. I can't use this again as my hair issues need deeper conditioning action, I can't be dealing with a conditioner which doesn't even begin to remove the tangles from my hair despite the fabulous shine and look of health it leaves me with. I continued to use the bottle until it was all gone and tried adjusting the times I left the conditioner on for (including a trial of using it as a hair mask for thirty minutes before rinsing) but nothing helped and I've had to relegate this one to the 'fab product, but not for me' pile.
I bought the Charles Worthington Full Volume Conditioner alongside the matching shampoo and another product as part of a special '3 for £10' offer in Boots. The conditioner is described as volumising and contains collagen which they say will 'optimise fullness and leave hair feeling thicker and nourished'. I have quite thick hair already and trust me it has it's own natural volume, but I straighten it to tame frizz and quite like the thought of 'big' hair especially around the roots, so I thought this was worth a try.
The conditioner comes in a wide, flat bottle with a silver band around the top. The bottle is predominantly pink and is only a slightly different shade to the shampoo bottle which is of the same design. The problem with this is that, as a contact lens wearer, whilst in the bath/shower, I do sometimes struggle to distinguish between the two bottles.
I have been using this conditioner alongside the matching shampoo. I find that when I rinse the shampoo out, my long, thick hair feels incredibly tangled and so following up with this conditioner is essential, but not only that, it has a rather difficult job to do!
The conditioner is white and glossy and the consistency is pretty good. I find it to be
thick yet light feeling and I don't feel like I am weighing my hair down with product. It has a gentle, slightly fruity smell, but it's not really all that noticeable. I apply this by simply running a small amount of it through the ends of my hair - avoiding the roots as I find conditioner on my roots makes them greasy. There is no time indicated on the bottle, so I assume this does not have to be left on. I usually rinse straight away, although I have left it on for a few minutes once or twice and haven't really seen any benefit from this.
As soon as I rinse my hair I can tell that it is untangled and feeling much smoother, which is a huge positive. Like the shampoo I don't find that this product helps with volume at all, which is disappointing considering that's what it is advertised to do. It does however leave my hair feeling lovely. My hair comes out feeling smooth and soft and I find it manageable as well as being tangle-free. I also think my hair looks shinier and healthier after using this product, although no scent is left in my hair.
A 250ml bottle of this shampoo costs £5.19 from Boots. A 75ml travel size is also available priced at £1.99. Whilst this is not the cheapest on the market, the brand is often on special offer, and Boots often give out £2 off hair care vouchers when you spend £10 in store, so it can be picked up cheaper.
Overall, like the matching shampoo, I like the product, but do think it is wrongly branded as 'volumising' it is not. It does leave my hair looking and feeling lovely though and I would buy it again, so it's a four star rating from me.
*review first posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne
I bought this conditioner at the same time as buying the Charles Worthington Full Volume Shampoo. I'm glad I bought both of them together, because not only were they part of a money saving offer, but they also work much better together than they do when just one of them is used on its own. I bought this from Boots, it was part of a 3 for £10 offer which was on all Charles Worthington products. I felt like I was getting a really good deal with this offer because, as the woman on the till pointed out to me, just two products would have added up to £10. I was getting a whole other product free. Charles Worthington hair products are quite expensive compared to other brands but in my opinion they are so worth paying that little bit extra for. The majority of them that I have tried have worked really well with my hair and I'm always impressed by the quality when I go back to using Charles Worthington after using other cheaper hair brands for a while. I don't buy his products all the time because then I'd never have any money left for anything else, I am only a student after all, but when I see them on offer I simply can't resist treating myself.
The bottle this comes in has been updated since it looked like the one shown in the picture on here. It is still the shape unique shape, but it is now a light baby pink colour and has a silver lid. I think it looks gorgeous and was drawn to it straight away when I walked down the hair care section in Boots. It creates a really good impression of the conditioner itself thats inside.
The smell of this conditioner is one of the best hair product smells I have ever come across. It just smells like a conditioner should; fresh, lovely, clean, luxurious. A little bit of sweetness in it but nothing overpowering. I just love it. You get this smell when you wash the hair but more than that it stays on all day the next day. It lasts and you can smell it in the day, not just when you sniff the hair itself. It's just a fragrance that when you smell it you feel like you're hair is well cared for and it makes you feel happy.
My hair was so soft after using this I didn't want to stop running my fingers through it. It looked so shiny as well, it kept catching the light and looked so healthy, especially after I had blow dried and straighted it and combined this with other products from the same range, my favourite being the leave in conditioner. They seem to work really well together and even though they're good on their own, they results are absolutely amazing when they are all used together.
This conditioner is easy to use and rinses out really well, if you want a bit of extra shine try rinsing it out with freezing cold water. You might not want to do this all the time in winter, but when you do this it closes off the cuticle and that creates a mirror like shine. Also you can try a blast with the hairdryer on the cold setting if you want a really shiny and glamorous look.
Overall I recommend this fabulous conditioner.
I bought this conditioner at the same time as I bought the matching shampoo and have been using them together for the most part, so the results I've had are probably due to a combination of the two.
The conditioner isn't cheap, at nearly £5 for a 250ml bottle, but you can sometimes find a special offer such as a 2 for 1 with the shampoo as well. If you have fine or flat hair and have struggled to find products that give it a bit of life and body though, I'd say this conditioner is a good investment. You don't need to use very much for each application so it does last a decent amount of time.
One of my favourite things about this conditioner is the design of the bottle. Its an unusual and unique shape, sort of like a squished cylinder so it looks a bit nicer than most bottles when its sitting on your bathroom shelves! The lid is easy to use as well, instead of a screw top you just press on one side of the lid and the other pops up, much easier than messing about with a lid, a bottle and a handful of conditioner!
The conditioner has a nice creamy consistency but isn't as thick and heavy as other conditioners so it doesn't weigh your hair down and leave it unmanageably soft and floppy. You only need a small amount of conditioner to cover your hair (mine is shoulder length and I use a blob about the size of a grape), it spreads easily and evenly and is easy to rinse out. I'd recommend rinsing it out quite quickly though rather than leaving it in a long time. You'll still get good results without risking making your hair too greasy once its dry.
The conditioner doesn't have a strong scent, it doesn't make me sneeze anyway which a lot of others do so that's a good sign! A
As for results, this conditioner does leave your hair easy to style and untangle. Whether or not it boosts the volume of it really does depend on how you're styling your hair. If you're going to make the effort and blow dry it properly, the conditioner does seem to give it a lift, or at least doesn't make it fall flat the way others do. If however you're going to let your hair dry naturally, its probably not worth using this pricey product as it won't make much of a difference. It really does seem to need the heat in order to be effective.
I've recently started using this conditioner in conjunction with the shampoo from the same range and have been rather impressed with both.
Whereas the shampoo is on the clear side, the conditioner is more white and is quite a thick consistency as is typical of conditioners. Athough it is relatively thick, it is easy enough to apply to your hair and doesn't slide off if you leave it on for several minutes. As with the shampoo, there is a faint scent of either rice or white tea but nothing too intense.
I'm using this in conjunction with the shampoo from the same range, and the results have been more than satisfactory. Instead of my usual dull and lifeless hair, I've now got hair that is shiny and has much more volume than it would otherwise have, even if I haven't got the time to wash my hair every day. Considering that this range doesn't seem to be intended for greasy hair, this is impressive! My hair looks much healthier and is in much better condition generally.
In Sainsburys, this cost us £4.37 (the same as the shampoo), which made buying both rather expensive. Ordinarily, I buy quite cheap shampoos and conditioners and wouldn't dream of paying that amount but it was my Mum that bought these. After using them both, I'm convinced that they are worth paying extra for as they have worked wonders for my hair's look and feel but I'll certainly be stocking up if I see the range on offer anywhere as I still somewhat resent the idea of paying over £4 each for a shampoo and conditioner. I must be far too used to buying the cheaper brands for £1.50 each or less! To sum it up though, you do get what you're paying for with this range.